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 Saturday, 20 March 1920, A general election is held in New South Wales. The Labor Party led by John Storey defeats the incumbent Nationalist Party.

On Friday, 20 March 1970, The Agency for Cultural and Technical Co-operation (ACCT) (Agence de Coopération Culturelle et Technique) is founded.

On Tuesday, 20 March 1990, Serial killer John Wayne Glover is arrested for a series of “Granny Murders” on Sydney’s North Shore.

On Tuesday, 20 March 1990, Ferdinand Marcos’s widow, Imelda Marcos, goes on trial for bribery, embezzlement, and racketeering.

On Monday, 20 March 1995, Sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway: members of the Aum Shinrikyo religious cult release sarin gas on 5 subway trains in Tokyo, killing 13 and injuring 5,510. 11 of the principal activists are hanged in 2018.

On Monday, 20 March 2000, Queensland Premier Peter Beattie announces that State Cabinet has approved a $30 million deal to exclude trawling from 35 percent of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and reduce the fish catch from the reef by 15 percent.

On Saturday, 20 March 2010, State elections are held in South Australia and Tasmania.

On Saturday, 20 March 2010, Sydney FC defeats Melbourne Victory in the 2010 A-League Grand Final at Etihad Stadium to add the A-League Championship to their Premiership. Sydney FC wins 4–2 on penalties, after the match is tied at 1–1 after extra time.

On Friday, 20 March 2015, The Lindt café in Sydney opens three months after the siege in which two of 17 hostages and gunman Man Haron Monis were killed.

On Friday, 20 March 2015, died Eva Burrows, 85, Salvation Army General (1986–1993)

On Friday, 20 March 2015, died Malcolm Fraser, 84, Prime Minister (1975–1983)


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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