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, Monday April 1844, Lewis Powell, attempted assassin of United States Secretary of State William H. Seward, conspirator with John Wilkes Booth, born (d. 1865)
On 22, Tuesday April 1919, Donald J. Cram, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate, born (d. 2001)
On 22, Saturday April 1944, Adrian Hurley, basketball player and coach, born.
On 22, Saturday April 1944, Damien Broderick, science fiction author, born.
On 22, Saturday April 1944, Steve Fossett, American aviator, sailor and millionaire adventurer, born (d. 2007)
On 22, Wednesday April 1959, Recording sessions for the influential jazz album Kind of Blue by Miles Davis take place at Columbia’s 30th Street Studio in New York City.
On 22, Wednesday April 1959, Terry Francona, American baseball player and manager, born
On 22, Wednesday April 1959, Ryan Stiles, American comedian, born
On 22, Tuesday April 1969, Robin Knox-Johnston becomes the first person to sail around the world solo without stopping.
On 22, Tuesday April 1969, Dion Dublin, English footballer, born
On 22, Tuesday April 1969, Husain Bey, Crown Prince of Tunisia, died (b. 1893)
On 22, Sunday April 1979, Daniel Johns, musician, born
On 22, Sunday April 1979, The Albert Einstein Memorial is unveiled at The National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.
On 22, Sunday April 1979, Daniel Johns, Australian musician (Silverchair), born
On 22, Sunday April 1979, Leslie Phillips, English cricketer, died (b. 1899)
On 22, Saturday April 1989, Catherine Banner, British author, born
On 22, Saturday April 1989, Louis Smith, British gymnast, born
On 22, Saturday April 1989, Emilio Segrè, Italian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate, died (b. 1905)
On 22, Friday April 1994, Richard Nixon, 37th President of the United States, died (b. 1913)
On 22, Wednesday April 2009, Ken Annakin, English film director, died (b. 1914)
On 22, Wednesday April 2009, Jack Cardiff, English cinematographer, died (b. 1914)

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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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