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 29, Monday January 1844, Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, died (b. 1784)
On 29, Saturday January 1944, Susana Giménez, Argentinian television presenter, born
On 29, Saturday January 1944, Patrick Lipton Robinson, Jamaican judge, born
On 29, Saturday January 1944, William Allen White, American journalist, died (b. 1868)
On 29, Thursday January 1959, Nick Xenophon, lawyer and politician, born
On 29, Thursday January 1959, Walt Disney releases his 16th animated film, Sleeping Beauty in Beverly Hills. It is Disney’s first animated film to be shown in 70mm and modern 6-track stereophonic sound. Also on the program is Disney’s new live-action short subject Grand Canyon, which uses the music of Ferde Grofé’s Grand Canyon Suite. Grand Canyon wins an Oscar for Best Documentary Short.
On 29, Thursday January 1959, Mike Foligno, Canadian ice hockey player, born
On 29, Wednesday January 1969, Alfred McClelland, died (born 1886), politician
On 29, Wednesday January 1969, Hyde, Japanese rock musician, singer and guitarist, born
On 29, Wednesday January 1969, Allen Dulles, American director of the Central Intelligence Agency, died (b. 1893)
On 29, Monday January 1979, Cleveland Elementary School shooting (San Diego): Brenda Ann Spencer opens fire at a school in San Diego, California, killing two faculty members and wounding eight students and a police officer. Her justification for the action, “I don’t like Mondays”, inspires the Boomtown Rats to make a song of the same name.
On 29, Monday January 1979, B. J. Flores, American boxer, born
On 29, Sunday January 1989, The British children’s television show, Thomas & Friends, begins airing in the United States with the series premiere of Shining Time Station on PBS.
On 29, Saturday January 1994, Ayane Sakura, Japanese voice actress, born
On 29, Saturday January 1994, Ulrike Maier, Austrian alpine skier, died (b. 1967)
On 29, Saturday January 1994, Nick Cravat, American actor and acrobat, died (b. 1912)
On 29, Thursday January 2009, Victoria Police arrest a Melbourne man for murder, after he allegedly throws his four-year-old daughter off the West Gate Bridge.

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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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