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 May 1844, Mary Cassatt, American artist, born (d. 1926)
On 22, Saturday May 1869, Sainsbury’s first store, in Drury Lane, London, is opened.
On 22, Thursday May 1919, Peter Howson, politician, born (died 2009)
On 22, Thursday May 1919, Paul Vanden Boeynants, 2-time Prime Minister of Belgium, born (d. 2001)
On 22, Monday May 1944, John Flanagan, author, born.
On 22, Friday May 1959, David Blatt, Israeli-American professional basketball player and coach, born
On 22, Friday May 1959, Morrissey, British singer, born
On 22, Friday May 1959, Henri Marchand, French actor, died (b. 1898)
On 22, Thursday May 1969, Apollo program: Apollo 10’s lunar module flies to within 15,400 m of the Moon’s surface.
On 22, Tuesday May 1979, Maggie Q, American actress, born
On 22, Monday May 1989, The Nordland Days in Leningrad region (Leningrad Oblast) open.
On 22, Sunday May 1994, Pope John Paul II issues the Apostolic Letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalis from the Vatican, expounding the Catholic Church’s position requiring “the reservation of priestly ordination to men alone”.
On 22, Saturday May 1999, Camren Bicondova, American actress and dancer, born
On 22, Thursday May 2014, Laurie Hill, 71, VFL football player (Collingwood), died
On 22, Thursday May 2014, Wes Lofts, 71, VFL football player and administrator (Carlton), died
On 22, Thursday May 2014, The Royal Thai Army overthrows the caretaker government of Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan after a failure to resolve the political unrest in Thailand.
On 22, Thursday May 2014, The Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic declare the formation of Novorossiya, also referred to as the Union of People’s Republics.

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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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