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, 15 February 1980, In Vanuatu, followers of John Frum’s cargo cult on the island of Tanna declare secession as the nation of Tafea.

On Thursday, 15 February 1990, The Reserve Bank of Australia cuts official interest rates by half a percent 1990; a move which Federal Opposition MP John Hewson described as “blatantly playing politics”.

On Thursday, 15 February 1990, The United Kingdom and Argentina restore diplomatic relations after 8 years. The UK had severed ties in response to Argentina’s invasion of the Falkland Islands, a British Dependent Territory, in 1982.

On Thursday, 15 February 1990, In Cartagena, Colombia, a summit is held between President of the United States George H. W. Bush, President of Bolivia Jaime Paz Zamora, President of Colombia Virgilio Barco Vargas, and President of Peru Alan García. The leaders pledge additional cooperation in fighting international drug trafficking.

On Monday, 15 February 2010, Two trains collide in the Halle train collision in Halle, Belgium, killing 19 and injuring 171 people.

On Sunday, 15 February 2015, died Barbara Darling, 67, Anglican bishop


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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