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 3 January 1870, A state flag of Western Australia is adopted.

On 3 January 1870, born Ethel Richardson (died 1946), author, better known by her nom de plume Henry Handel Richardson

On 3 January 1870, Construction of the Brooklyn Bridge begins.

On Saturday, 3 January 1970, Police in Liverpool, Sydney conduct a high speed car chase after Wally Mellish, a central figure in the July 1968 Glenfield siege.

On Wednesday, 3 January 1990, Prime Minister Bob Hawke and New South Wales Premier Nick Greiner meet to discuss the reconstruction of Newcastle.

On Wednesday, 3 January 1990, United States invasion of Panama: General Manuel Noriega is deposed as leader of Panama and surrenders to the American forces.

On Monday, 3 January 2000, When Federal Justice Minister, Senator Amanda Vanstone is asked whether alleged Nazi war criminal Konrad Kalejs would be welcome when he arrived in Australia in the coming days, she replies, “Would you expect a situation where any Australian citizen would not be?”, an answer which caused much controversy.

On Saturday, 3 January 2015, A series of massacres in Baga, Nigeria and surrounding villages by Boko Haram kills more than 2,000 people. [January 3–7 2015]

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.