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 7 February 1845, In the British Museum, a drunken visitor smashes the Portland Vase, which takes months to repair.

On Saturday, 7 February 1920, Admiral Kolchak and Viktor Pepelyayev are executed by firing squad near Irkutsk.

On Wednesday, 7 February 1945, WWII: General Douglas MacArthur returns to Manila.

On Wednesday, 7 February 1990, Commonwealth Games athletes are welcomed home with a parade through the city streets of Melbourne.

On Wednesday, 7 February 1990, The Communist Party of the Soviet Union votes to end its monopoly of power, clearing the way for multiparty elections.

On Wednesday, 7 February 1990, In the Tajik SSR, rioting breaks out against the settlement of Armenian refugees there.

On Saturday, 7 February 2015, After a six-year absence, Lawrence Springborg is again elected as Leader of Queensland’s Liberal National Party, replacing Campbell Newman (who lost his seat in the 2015 state election). John-Paul Langbroek is elected Deputy Leader, replacing Jeff Seeney.


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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.