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 July 1844, William Archibald Spooner, British scholar, Anglican priest, born (d. 1930)
On 22, Thursday July 1869, John A. Roebling, American bridge engineer, died (b. 1806)
On 22, Sunday July 1894, The Paris–Rouen Competition for Horseless Carriages, the first automobile competition, is held.
On 22, Sunday July 1894, María Sabina, Mexican curandera, born (d. 1985)
On 22, Tuesday July 1919, Allie Paine, American college basketball standout, born (d. 2008)
On 22, Saturday July 1944, The Bretton Woods Conference ends with agreements signed to set up the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and International Monetary Fund.
On 22, Saturday July 1944, The new Polish Committee of National Liberation publishes the PKWN Manifesto in Chełm, calling for a continuation of fighting against Nazi Germany, radical reforms including nationalisation of industry, and a “decent border in the West” (the Oder–Neisse line).
On 22, Saturday July 1944, United States v. Masaaki Kuwabara, the only Japanese American draft avoidance case to be dismissed on a due process violation of the U.S. Constitution.
On 22, Wednesday July 1959, A Kumamoto University medical research group studying Minamata disease concludes that it is caused by mercury.
On 22, Wednesday July 1959, Nigel Findley, American game designer, born (d. 1995)
On 22, Tuesday July 1969, Spanish dictator and head of state Francisco Franco appoints Prince Juan Carlos his successor.
On 22, Tuesday July 1969, Jason Becker, American heavy metal guitarist, formerly of Cacophony, born
On 22, Tuesday July 1969, James Arnold Taylor, American voice actor, born
On 22, Tuesday July 1969, Despina Vandi, Greek singer, born
On 22, Sunday July 1979, 1979 Ba’ath Party Purge: Iraqi president Saddam Hussein arranges the arrest and later execution of nearly seventy members of his ruling Ba’ath Party.
On 22, Sunday July 1979, Tony Galento, American boxer, died (b. 1910)
On 22, Sunday July 1979, Sándor Kocsis, Hungarian footballer, died (b. 1929)
On 22, Saturday July 1989, Keegan Allen, American actor, born
On 22, Saturday July 1989, Kamal G, Indian film director, film editor and film producer, born
On 22, Saturday July 1989, Baltasar Breki Samper, Icelandic actor, born
On 22, Saturday July 1989, Trent Boult, New Zealand cricketer, born
On 22, Saturday July 1989, Martti Talvela, Finnish bass, died (b. 1935)
On 22, Friday July 1994, Jaz Sinclair, American actress, born
On 22, Friday July 1994, Alexandre Hogue, American painter, died (b. 1898)
On 22, Thursday July 1999, A landmark ruling by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission forces Telstra to make its telephone network available to competitors such as Optus.
On 22, Thursday July 1999, Gar Samuelson, American drummer, died (b. 1958)
On 22, Wednesday July 2009, The longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting up to 6 minutes and 38.8 seconds, occurs over parts of Asia and the Pacific Ocean.
On 22, Tuesday July 2014, Australian rules football: The 2014 Foxtel Cup concludes, with Williamstown defeating West Perth in the grand final.

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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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