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 Tuesday, 6 March 1945, A Communist-led government is formed in Romania under Petru Groza following Soviet intervention.

On Tuesday, 6 March 1945, Resistance fighters accidentally ambush and attempt to execute SS general Hanns Albin Rauter, the arch-persecutor of the Dutch.

On Sunday, 6 March 1960, Vietnam War: The United States announces that 3,500 American soldiers will be sent to Vietnam.

On Sunday, 6 March 1960, The Canton of Geneva in Switzerland gives women the right to vote.

On Friday, 6 March 1970, A bomb being constructed by members of the Weathermen and meant to be planted at a military dance in New Jersey, explodes, killing three members of the organization.

On Friday, 6 March 1970, Süleyman Demirel of AP forms the new government of Turkey (32nd government).

On Tuesday, 6 March 1990, The New South Wales Auditor-General clears the New South Wales Rail Chief, Sayers, of any wrongdoing.

On Tuesday, 6 March 1990, An SR-71 sets a U.S. transcontinental speed record of 1 hour 8 minutes 17 seconds, on what is publicized as its last official flight.

On Saturday, 6 March 2010, Severe thunderstorms and hail hit Melbourne and central Victoria, causing flash flooding and widespread property damage.

On Friday, 6 March 2015, NASA’s Dawn probe enters orbit around Ceres, becoming the first spacecraft to visit a dwarf planet.


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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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