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 13 March 1845, The Violin Concerto by Felix Mendelssohn premieres in Leipzig, with Ferdinand David as soloist.

On Saturday, 13 March 1920, Start of the Wolfgang Kapp and Walther von Lüttwitz’s Kapp Putsch (an attempted coup in Germany) briefly ousts the Weimar Republic government from Berlin, but fails due to public resistance and a general strike.

On Tuesday, 13 March 1990, The Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union approves changes to the Constitution of the Soviet Union to create a strong U.S.-style presidency. Mikhail Gorbachev is elected to a five-year term as the first-ever President of the Soviet Union on March 15.

On Monday, 13 March 2000, The United States dollar becomes the official currency of Ecuador, replacing the Ecuadorian sucre.

On Saturday, 13 March 2010, Australia defeats Germany 2-1 in the final of the 2010 Men’s Hockey World Cup at Dhyan Chand National Stadium, in New Delhi, India. This is Australia’s second World Cup title.

On Friday, 13 March 2015, Australian jihadi Jake Bilardi, aged 18, dies carrying out a suicide-bombing attack in Iraq.


Images Citations in Composite: ID 17208541 © Anhong |; ID 35001957 © DiversityStudio1 |; ID 156394527 © Gerd Zahn |



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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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