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 Sunday, 7 March 1920, The Syrian National Congress proclaims Syria independent, with Faisal I of Iraq as king.

On Wednesday, 7 March 1945, WWII: At the end of Operation Lumberjack, American troops seize the Ludendorff Bridge over the Rhine at Remagen in Germany and begin to cross; in the next 10 days 25,000 troops with equipment are able to cross.

On Monday, 7 March 1960, Arthur Calwell becomes leader of the Australian Labor Party.

On Saturday, 7 March 1970, Citroën introduces the SM at the Geneva Auto Salon.

On Saturday, 7 March 1970, A solar eclipse passes along the Atlantic coast region. Totality is visible across southern Mexico and across the southeast coast of the United States, Nantucket, and Nova Scotia.

On Saturday, 7 March 1970, 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds in the United Kingdom vote for the first time, in a by-election in Bridgwater.

On Wednesday, 7 March 1990, The New South Wales Government launches its “Statecare” environmental policies on the same day that an oil slick is washed up on three Sydney beaches.


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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