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 Friday, 9 March 1945, WWII: Bombing of Tokyo: USAAF B-29 bombers attack Tokyo, Japan, with incendiary bombs, killing 100,000 citizens in the firebombing. It was the single most destructive air attack of World War II.

On Friday, 9 March 1945, The film Les Enfants du Paradis premieres in Paris.

On Friday, 9 March 1990, A “sombre, serious and responsible” Labor campaign is launched in Brisbane, 4 days after the Liberal Party’s glitzy launch.

On Friday, 9 March 1990, Bushfires burn in the Adelaide Hills.

On Friday, 9 March 1990, Police seal off Brixton in South London after another night of protests against the poll tax.

On Friday, 9 March 1990, Newfoundland Premier Clyde Wells confirms he will rescind Newfoundland’s approval of the Meech Lake Accord.

On Thursday, 9 March 2000, Colonial Stadium (now Telstra Dome) plays host to its first game of Australian rules football. Essendon defeats Port Adelaide (24.12.156) to (8.14.62)

On Tuesday, 9 March 2010, Official visit to Australia of President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. During the visit he is appointed an Honorary Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) and addresses the Australian Parliament, the first Indonesian head of state to do so.


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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