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 28 February 1845, The United States Congress approves the annexation of Texas.

On 28 February 1870, The Bulgarian Exarchate is established, by decree of Sultan Abdülaziz of the Ottoman Empire.

On Wednesday, 28 February 1945, In Bucharest, a violent demonstration takes place, during which the bolşevic group opens fire on the army and protesters. In response, Andrei Y. Vishinsky, USSR vice commissioner of foreign affairs and president of the Allied Control Commission for Romania, travels to Bucharest to compel Nicolae Rădescu to resign as premier.

On Wednesday, 28 February 1990, Bob Carr moves to suspend Standing Orders in New South Wales Legislative Assembly in order to move a motion to condemn National Party Leader and Deputy Premier Wal Murray for allegedly interfering with proper tendering procedures in respect of the Walsh Bay redevelopment.

On Wednesday, 28 February 1990, President of Nicaragua Daniel Ortega announces a cease-fire with the U.S.-backed contras.

On Sunday, 28 February 2010, Australia sends a team of 40 competitors to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. Two Australians win gold medals, Torah Bright in the Women’s halfpipe and Lydia Lassila in the Women’s aerials.

On Sunday, 28 February 2010, died Phillip Law, 97, scientist and explorer

On Saturday, 28 February 2015, Former Governor-General Dame Quentin Bryce presents to the Premier of Queensland the report Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an End to Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland which proposes the introduction of a specialised domestic violence court and a new criminal offence of non-lethal strangulation.


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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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