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.

What Time is It? It is flow of a sandstorm that will on each day compress somewhere into a structure – sandstone, selected and only remembered in the longue durée.

On 6 January 1870, The Musikverein, Vienna, is inaugurated in Austria-Hungary.

On 6 January 1895, born Hudson Fysh (died 1974), aviator, joint founder of Qantas

On Saturday, 6 January 1945, A German offensive recaptures Esztergom, Hungary from the Russians.

On Wednesday, 6 January 1960, The Associations Law comes into force in Iraq, allowing registration of political parties.

On Sunday, 6 January 1980, Global Positioning System time epoch begins at 00:00 UTC.

On Sunday, 6 January 1980, The president of Sicily, Piersanti Mattarella, is killed by the Mafia.

On Thursday, 6 January 2000, The last natural Pyrenean ibex is found dead, apparently killed by a falling tree.

On Tuesday, 6 January 2015, Queensland Premier, Campbell Newman, catches the state by surprise when he announces a January 31 election date—the shortest campaign period in the state’s history.

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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.