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 Wednesday, 21 March 1945, WWII: British troops liberate Mandalay, Burma.

On Wednesday, 21 March 1945, Bulgarian and Soviet troops successfully defend the north bank of the Drava River as the Battle of the Transdanubian Hills concludes.

On Monday, 21 March 1960, The Sharpeville massacre in South Africa results in more than 69 dead, 300 injured.

On Saturday, 21 March 1970, The first Earth Day proclamation is issued by San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto.

On Saturday, 21 March 1970, ‘All Kinds of Everything’, sung by Dana (music and text by Derry Lindsay and Jackie Smith), wins the Eurovision Song Contest 1970 for Ireland.

On Friday, 21 March 1980, U.S. President Jimmy Carter announces that the United States will boycott the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

On Friday, 21 March 1980, Mafioso Angelo Bruno is murdered in Philadelphia.

On Wednesday, 21 March 1990, Allegations are revealed that a Minister misled New South Wales Parliament over North Coast land deals.

On Wednesday, 21 March 1990, Alan Bond sells off his brewing interests and Bond Media to Bell Resources.

On Wednesday, 21 March 1990, After 75 years of South African rule since World War I, Namibia becomes independent.

On Sunday, 21 March 2010, Victoria win their 28th Sheffield Shield title, defeating Queensland by 457 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

On Sunday, 21 March 2010, The category 3 severe tropical Cyclone Ului crosses the Queensland coast near Airlie Beach, causing moderate damage.


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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