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, Friday January 1869, José Vicente de Freitas, Portuguese colonel and politician, 97th Prime Minister of Portugal, born (d. 1952)
On 22, Saturday January 1944, WWII: Operation Shingle: The Allies begin the assault on Anzio, Italy. The U.S. 45th Infantry Division stand their ground at Anzio against violent assaults for four months.
On 22, Thursday January 1959, Knox Mine Disaster: Water breaches the River Slope Mine in Port Griffith, Pennsylvania near Pittston, Pennsylvania; 12 miners are killed.
On 22, Thursday January 1959, Linda Blair, American actress, born
On 22, Thursday January 1959, Mike Hawthorn, English race car driver, died (b. 1929)
On 22, Wednesday January 1969, Shelley Sandie, basketball player, born
On 22, Wednesday January 1969, An assassination attempt is carried out on Leonid Brezhnev by deserter Viktor Ilyin. One person is killed, several are injured. Brezhnev escaped unharmed.
On 22, Monday January 1979, Ali Hassan Salameh, Palestinian Leader of Black September and mastermind of the 1972 Munich Massacre (b.1940)
On 22, Saturday January 1994, Industry, Technology and Regional Development Minister Alan Griffiths resigns over the “sandwich shop” affair, causing a Cabinet reshuffle.
On 22, Saturday January 1994, Jean-Louis Barrault, French actor and director, died (b. 1910)
On 22, Saturday January 1994, Frances Gifford, American actress, died (b. 1920)
On 22, Saturday January 1994, Telly Savalas, American actor, died (b. 1922)
On 22, Friday January 1999, Graham Staines, Australian missionary, died (b. 1941)
On 22, Thursday January 2009, Chau Sen Cocsal Chhum, 21st Prime Minister of Cambodia, died (b. 1905)

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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.