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, 23 March 1920, Admiral Miklós Horthy declares that Hungary is a monarchy, without anyone on the throne.

On Wednesday, 23 March 1960, Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev meets French president Charles de Gaulle in Paris.

On Sunday, 23 March 1980, A bushfire sweeps through the Adelaide Hills.

On Sunday, 23 March 1980, Police conduct a drug raid on the Heidelberg Hotel, angering civil libertarian groups.

On Sunday, 23 March 1980, Aboriginal groups accuse Charles Perkins of joining in an attack on land rights by the New South Wales Government.

On Monday, 23 March 2015, died Alan Seymour, 87, playwright (The One Day of the Year)


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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