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 27, Saturday January 1844, Charles Nodier, French writer, died (b. 1780)
On 27, Wednesday January 1869, The Republic of Ezo is proclaimed on the northern Japanese island of Ezo (which will be renamed Hokkaidō on September 20) by remaining adherents to the Tokugawa shogunate.
On 27, Monday January 1919, Ross Bagdasarian Sr., American musician and actor (Alvin and the Chipmunks), born (d. 1972)
On 27, Monday January 1919, Endre Ady, Hungarian poet, died (b. 1877)
On 27, Thursday January 1944, WWII: Two-year Siege of Leningrad is lifted.
On 27, Thursday January 1944, Light cruiser HMS Spartan is sunk by a Henschel Hs 293 guided missile from a German aircraft off Anzio, western Italy, with the loss of 46 men.
On 27, Thursday January 1944, Peter Akinola, Nigerian religious leader, born
On 27, Thursday January 1944, Mairead Corrigan, Northern Irish peace activist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, born
On 27, Thursday January 1944, Nick Mason, English rock drummer, born
On 27, Thursday January 1944, Adenan Satem, Malaysian politician, Chief Minister of Sarawak, born (d. 2017)
On 27, Tuesday January 1959, Keith Olbermann, American news anchor and sportscaster, born
On 27, Monday January 1969, Fourteen men, 9 of them Jews, are executed in Baghdad for spying for Israel.
On 27, Monday January 1969, Reverend Ian Paisley, Northern Irish Unionist leader and founder of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster is jailed for three months for illegal assembly.
On 27, Monday January 1969, The modern-day powerhouse of the Hetch Hetchy Project at Moccasin, California, rated at 100,000 kVA, is completed and placed in operation. On February 7, the original is removed from service.
On 27, Monday January 1969, Cornelius, Japanese rock musician, singer and producer, born
On 27, Monday January 1969, Patton Oswalt, American stand-up comedian, writer, actor and voice artist, born
On 27, Monday January 1969, Anukulchandra Chakravarty, revered Indian godman, died (b. 1888)
On 27, Monday January 1969, Charles Winninger, American actor, died (b. 1884)
On 27, Saturday January 1979, Daniel Vettori, New Zealand cricketer, born
On 27, Saturday January 1979, Rosamund Pike, British actress, born
On 27, Friday January 1989, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Dutch footballer, born
On 27, Friday January 1989, Daisy Lowe, British fashion model, born
On 27, Friday January 1989, Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor, died (b. 1918)
On 27, Friday January 1989, Thomas Sopwith, British aviation pioneer and yachtsman, died (b. 1888)
On 27, Thursday January 1994, Claude Akins, American actor, died (b. 1926)
On 27, Tuesday January 2009, John Updike, American writer, died (b. 1932)
On 27, Tuesday January 2009, R. Venkataraman, 8th President of India, died (b. 1910)
On 27, Monday January 2014, Pete Seeger, American singer, songwriter, musician, and activist, died (b. 1919)

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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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