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.

What Time is It? It is flow of a sandstorm that will on each day compress somewhere into a structure – sandstone, selected and only remembered in the longue durée.

On Thursday, 22 January 1920, The national Country Party of Australia is formed.

On Thursday, 22 January 1920, The Australian Country Party is officially formed, led by Nelson Pollard.

On Friday, 22 January 1960, In France, President Charles de Gaulle fires Jacques Massu, the commander-in-chief of the French troops in Algeria.

On Friday, 22 January 1960, Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh descend into the Mariana Trench in the bathyscaphe Trieste, reaching the depth of 10,911 meters (35,797 feet) and become the first human beings to reach the lowest spot on Earth.

On Thursday, 22 January 1970, Seven men, including high-ranking Victorian police officers are named in connection with an alleged abortion protection racket at the Victorian Government’s Board of Inquiry into allegations of police corruption over abortions.

On Thursday, 22 January 1970, Federal Cabinet reaches a final agreement on the introduction of common health fees acceptable to the Australian Medical Association.

On Thursday, 22 January 1970, Primary Industry Minister Doug Anthony announces at Casino that Australia has agreed to sell about 30,000 tons of meat 1970, worth about $25 million- to Russia within the next six months.

On Tuesday, 22 January 1980, Andrei Sakharov, Soviet scientist and human rights activist, is arrested in Moscow.

On Monday, 22 January 1990, Tram dispute talks break down in Melbourne.

On Monday, 22 January 1990, A gas leak causes the evacuation of a Melbourne building.

On Monday, 22 January 1990, John McEnroe is thrown out of the Australian Open Tennis Championships.

On Monday, 22 January 1990, The League of Communists of Yugoslavia votes to give up its monopoly on power.

On Monday, 22 January 1990, Robert Tappan Morris is convicted of releasing the Morris worm.

On Thursday, 22 January 2015, After Houthi forces seize the presidential palace, Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi resigns after months of unrest.

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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.