Anniversaries and commemorations come and go daily. Most of us, even the best historians, miss most occasions. If we think of history as events then we are faced with a continually showering in the grains of sand. Nevertheless, we do pick out certain patterns in the remembrance of historical dates. The blog here reminds us of some dates where the local, state, national, and global perspectives entwine.

On 22, Thursday February 1894, Enid Markey, American actress, born (d. 1981)
On 22, Saturday February 1919, Mary Maguire, actress, born (died 1974)
On 22, Tuesday February 1944, United States Strategic Air Forces in Europe organized from the Eighth Air Force’s strategic planning staff; subsuming strategic planning for all US Army Air Forces in Europe and Africa.
On 22, Tuesday February 1944, Jonathan Demme, American film director, producer and writer, born (d. 2017)
On 22, Tuesday February 1944, Tom Okker, Dutch tennis player, born
On 22, Tuesday February 1944, Robert Kardashian, American attorney and businessman, born (d. 2003)
On 22, Sunday February 1959, Harold Hardwick, died (born 1888), freestyle swimmer
On 22, Sunday February 1959, Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.
On 22, Sunday February 1959, Kyle MacLachlan, American actor, born
On 22, Sunday February 1959, Helen Parrish, American actress, died (b. 1924)
On 22, Thursday February 1979, Saint Lucia becomes independent of the United Kingdom.
On 22, Thursday February 1979, Patrick Merrill, Canadian lacrosse player, born
On 22, Thursday February 1979, Sigrid Schauman, Finnish painter, died (b. 1877)
On 22, Wednesday February 1989, Moisés da Costa Amaral, East Timor politician, died (b. 1938)
On 22, Tuesday February 1994, Rachael Leahcar, singer-songwriter, born
On 22, Tuesday February 1994, Papa John Creech, American fiddler, died (b. 1917)
On 22, Monday February 1999, Moderate Iraqi Shiite cleric Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr is assassinated.
On 22, Monday February 1999, William Bronk, American poet, died (b. 1918)
On 22, Sunday February 2009, Australia observes a National Day of Mourning in remembrance of the 209 (later revised downwards to 173) people who perished in the Victorian bushfires.
On 22, Saturday February 2014, Labor candidate Yvette D’Ath wins the Redcliffe state by-election, 2014 in Queensland.
On 22, Saturday February 2014, Media personality Charlotte Dawson is found dead in her Woolloomooloo apartment after committing suicide.
On 22, Saturday February 2014, Charlotte Dawson, 47, television personality, died
On 22, Saturday February 2014, 2014 Ukrainian revolution: The Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament) votes to remove President Viktor Yanukovych from office, replacing him with Oleksandr Turchynov, after days of civil unrest leaving around 100 people dead in Kiev.

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Neville Buch (Pronounced Book) Ph.D. is a certified member of the Professional Historians Association (Queensland). Since 2010 he has operated a sole trade business in history consultancy. He was a Q ANZAC 100 Fellow 2014-2015 at the State Library of Queensland. Dr Buch was the PHA (Qld) e-Bulletin, the monthly state association’s electronic publication, and was a member of its Management Committee. He is the Managing Director of the Brisbane Southside History Network.

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