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, 21 February 1920, The island province of Marinduque in the Philippines archipelago is founded.

On Wednesday, 21 February 1945, The last V-2-rocket is launched from Peenemünde.

On Saturday, 21 February 1970, Construction begins on the Boğaziçi Bridge crossing the Bosphorus in Istanbul.

On Thursday, 21 February 1980, A Beech 200 light aircraft crashes at Sydney Airport, killing 13.

On Tuesday, 21 February 1995, Serkadji prison mutiny in Algeria: 4 guards and 96 prisoners are killed in a day and a half.

On Tuesday, 21 February 1995, Steve Fossett lands in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada, becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.

On Monday, 21 February 2000, UNESCO holds the inaugural celebration of International Mother Language Day.


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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