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, Wednesday December 1869, Edwin Arlington Robinson, American poet, born (d. 1935)
On 22, Wednesday December 1869, Nathan Paine, American lumber baron, born (d. 1947)
On 22, Saturday December 1894, Dreyfus affair: French Army officer Alfred Dreyfus is convicted of treason.
On 22, Saturday December 1894, Edwin Linkomies, Finnish Prime Minister, born (d. 1963)
On 22, Friday December 1944, WWII: Brigadier General Anthony C. McAuliffe, commander of the U.S. forces defending Bastogne, refuses to accept demands for surrender by sending a one-word reply, “Nuts!”, to the German command.
On 22, Friday December 1944, The Vietnam People’s Army is formed in French Indochina.
On 22, Friday December 1944, Steve Carlton, American baseball player, born
On 22, Friday December 1944, Harry Langdon, American comedian, died (b. 1884)
On 22, Tuesday December 1959, Bernd Schuster, German footballer and manager, born
On 22, Tuesday December 1959, Gilda Gray, Polish-born dancer and actress, died (b. 1901)
On 22, Monday December 1969, Josef von Sternberg, Austrian film director, died (b. 1894)
On 22, Monday December 1969, Enrique Peñaranda, Bolivian general, 45th President of Bolivia, leader of the World War II, died (b. 1892)
On 22, Saturday December 1979, Petra Majdič, Slovene cross-country skier, born
On 22, Saturday December 1979, Amanda Baker, American actress, born
On 22, Saturday December 1979, Darryl F. Zanuck, American film producer, died (b. 1902)
On 22, Friday December 1989, Kempsey bus crash: Two tourist coaches collide on the Pacific Highway north of Kempsey, New South Wales, 35 are killed and 39 injured. Both the Grafton and Kempsey bus crashes led to calls to make the Pacific Highway dual carriageway.
On 22, Friday December 1989, One of the few successful Australian Democrats Bills is passed through the House of Representatives on the voices. It outlaws the advertising of tobacco products in the print media.
On 22, Friday December 1989, Jared Petrenko, Australian rules footballer, born
On 22, Friday December 1989, Jharal Yow Yeh, rugby league footballer, born
On 22, Friday December 1989, After a week of bloody demonstrations, Ion Iliescu takes over as President of Romania, ending the communist dictatorship of Nicolae Ceaușescu, who flees his palace in a helicopter after the palace is invaded by rioters.
On 22, Friday December 1989, Two tourist coaches collide on the Pacific highway north of Kempsey, Australia, killing 35 people.
On 22, Friday December 1989, Jordin Sparks, American singer, born
On 22, Friday December 1989, Logan Huffman, American actor, born
On 22, Friday December 1989, Samuel Beckett, Irish writer, Nobel Prize laureate, died (b. 1906)
On 22, Friday December 1989, Vasile Milea, Romanian military officer and politician, minister of Defense (suicide), died (b. 1927)
On 22, Thursday December 1994, Prime Minister Paul Keating confirms Resource Minister Beddall’s decision to renew woodchip licences and increase woodchip volumes, a decision which went against Environment Minister Faulkner’s advice and enraged the environment movement.
On 22, Tuesday December 2009, Mick Cocks, rock guitarist (Rose Tattoo), died
On 22, Monday December 2014, Prime Minister Abbott causes controversy and is accused of sexism when he states that women are particularly “focused on the household budget” 2019 — a budget which he claimed was about $550 a year better off with the carbon tax gone.
On 22, Monday December 2014, Amirah Droudis, former partner of Man Monis, the Martin Place gunman, is refused bail.
On 22, Monday December 2014, Joe Cocker, English singer, died (b. 1944)
On 22, Monday December 2014, Abdel Aziz Mohamed Hegazy, 38th Prime Minister of Egypt, died (b. 1923)
On 22, Monday December 2014, Joseph Sargent, American film director, died (b. 1925)

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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.