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 12, Wednesday January 1944, WWII: Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle begin a 2-day conference in Marrakech.
On 12, Wednesday January 1944, Joe Frazier, American boxer, born (d. 2011)
On 12, Wednesday January 1944, Carlos Villagrán, Mexican actor and comedian, born
On 12, Wednesday January 1944, Nicholas Bunkerd Kitbamrung, Thai Roman Catholic priest and blessed, died (b. 1895)
On 12, Monday January 1959, The Caves of Nerja are discovered in Spain.
On 12, Monday January 1959, Motown Records is founded by Berry Gordy, Jr.
On 12, Monday January 1959, Per Gessle, Swedish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Roxette) , born
On 12, Sunday January 1969, Led Zeppelin, the first Led Zeppelin album, is released in the United States.
On 12, Sunday January 1969, Martial law is declared in Madrid, as the University is closed and over 300 students are arrested.
On 12, Sunday January 1969, American football: The New York Jets upset the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III, 16-7. Joe Namath is the MVP of the game.
On 12, Friday January 1979, Marián Hossa, Slovak ice hockey player, born
On 12, Friday January 1979, Lee Bo-young, South Korean actress and model, born
On 12, Friday January 1979, Grzegorz Rasiak, Polish footballer, born
On 12, Thursday January 1989, Arci Muñoz, Filipina actress and model, born
On 12, Wednesday January 1994, Emre Can, German footballer, born
On 12, Wednesday January 1994, Samuel Bronston, American film producer and director, died (b. 1908)
On 12, Tuesday January 1999, Nicolás Schiappacasse, Uruguayan footballer, born
On 12, Tuesday January 1999, Betty Lou Gerson, American actress, died (b. 1914)
On 12, Monday January 2009, Claude Berri, French film director, died (b. 1934)
On 12, Monday January 2009, Arne Næss, Norwegian philosopher, died (b. 1912)
On 12, Sunday January 2014, (12–15) Perth Hills Fire; A total of 55 homes were razed, 1 fatality, and a damage bill in excess of $13 million.

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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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