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 13 January 1895, First Italo-Ethiopian War 1895. Battle of Coatit: Italian forces defeat the Ethtiopians.

On Tuesday, 13 January 1920, The New York Times ridicules American rocket scientist Robert H. Goddard.

On Saturday, 13 January 1945, WWII: The Soviet Union begins the East Prussian Offensive to eliminate German forces in East Prussia.

On Tuesday, 13 January 1970, US Vice-President Spiro Agnew arrives in Canberra. 14 are arrested during protests outside Parliament House over Mr. Agnew’s visit on 14 January.

On Saturday, 13 January 1990, Douglas Wilder becomes the first elected African American governor as he takes office in Richmond, Virginia.

On Friday, 13 January 1995, died Max Harris, 74, poet and author

On Tuesday, 13 January 2015, died Keith Wright, 73, politician, MP for Capricornia (1984–1993), convicted paedophile (died in Vietnam).

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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