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 9, Tuesday January 1844, Julián Gayarre, Spanish opera singer, born (d. 1890)
On 9, Saturday January 1869, The British clipper ship Thermopylae arrives in Melbourne, having sailed from London in the record time of 64 days.
On 9, Tuesday January 1894, New England Telephone and Telegraph installs the first battery-operated telephone switchboard, in Lexington, Massachusetts.
On 9, Thursday January 1919, Friedrich Ebert orders the Freikorps into action in Berlin.
On 9, Sunday January 1944, Ian Hornak, American painter, draughtsman and sculptor, born (d. 2002)
On 9, Sunday January 1944, Jimmy Page, English rock guitarist (Led Zeppelin), born
On 9, Friday January 1959, Rigoberta Menchú, Guatemalan recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, born
On 9, Friday January 1959, Mark Martin, American NASCAR driver, born
On 9, Friday January 1959, Giuseppe Bottai, Italian Fascist journalist and politician, died (b. 1895)
On 9, Tuesday January 1979, Deputy Prime Minister Doug Anthony signs a pact to allow uranium mining to begin at the Ranger Uranium Mine in the Northern Territory. The pact gives the authority to develop the 100,000 tonne deposit to the Australia Atomic Energy Commission, Peko Wallsend and the Electrolytic Zinc Company for a period of 21 years.
On 9, Tuesday January 1979, The Music for UNICEF Concert is held at the United Nations General Assembly to raise money for UNICEF and promote the Year of the Child. It is broadcast the following day in the United States and around the world. Hosted by the Bee Gees, other performers include Donna Summer, ABBA, Rod Stewart and Earth, Wind & Fire. A soundtrack album is later released.
On 9, Tuesday January 1979, Jake Shields, UFC fighter, born
On 9, Tuesday January 1979, Joshua Harto, American actor, born
On 9, Tuesday January 1979, Tomiko Van, Japanese singer (Do As Infinity), born
On 9, Monday January 1989, Michael Beasley, American basketball player, born
On 9, Monday January 1989, Nina Dobrev, Bulgarian-born Canadian actress, born
On 9, Monday January 1989, Bill Terry, American baseball player, died (b. 1898)
On 9, Sunday January 1994, Madge Ryan, Australian actress, died (b. 1919)
On 9, Sunday January 1994, Johnny Temple, American baseball player, died (b. 1927)
On 9, Saturday January 1999, Li Zhuhao, Chinese swimmer, born
On 9, Saturday January 1999, Maximiliano Romero, Argentinian footballer, born
On 9, Thursday January 2014, Bryan Fairfax, 83, conductor, died
On 9, Thursday January 2014, Charlie Bazzano, 90, Olympic cyclist, died
On 9, Thursday January 2014, Amiri Baraka, American poet, died (b. 1934)
On 9, Thursday January 2014, Dale T. Mortensen, American Nobel economist, died (b. 1939)

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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.