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 1 March 1845, President John Tyler signs a bill authorizing the United States to annex the Republic of Texas.

On 1 March 1870, Sometime in March, The Mitsubishi Company is established in Japan as a shipping firm, by Iwasaki Yatarō with Thomas Blake Glover.

On 1 March 1870, Battle of Cerro Corá, Paraguay: Marshal Francisco Solano López’s last troops are cornered by those of the Triple Alliance. López refuses to surrender and is killed, ending the Paraguayan War.

On 1 March 1895, William Lyne Wilson is appointed United States Postmaster General.

On Monday, 1 March 1920, Hungarian Admiral and statesman Miklós Horthy becomes the Regent of Hungary.

On Monday, 1 March 1920, The United States Railroad Administration returns control of American railroads to its constituent railroad companies.

On Thursday, 1 March 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt gives what will be his last address to a joint session of the United States Congress, reporting on the Yalta Conference.

On Sunday, 1 March 1970, Rhodesia severs its last tie with the United Kingdom, declaring itself a republic.

On Saturday, 1 March 1980, The federal executive of the Australian Labor Party decides to intervene in the Queensland branch. Most key office-holders are replaced.

On Saturday, 1 March 1980, The Commonwealth Trade Union Council is established.

On Saturday, 1 March 1980, The Voyager 1 probe confirms the existence of Janus, a moon of Saturn.

On Thursday, 1 March 1990, A fire at the Sheraton Hotel in Cairo, Egypt, kills 16 people.

On Thursday, 1 March 1990, Steve Jackson Games is raided by the U.S. Secret Service, prompting the later formation of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

On Thursday, 1 March 1990, The Royal New Zealand Navy discontinues its daily rum ration.

On Thursday, 1 March 1990, Luis Alberto Lacalle, a grandson of the late politician and diplomat Luis Alberto de Herrera, is sworn in as President of Uruguay.

On Wednesday, 1 March 1995, Julio María Sanguinetti is sworn in as President of Uruguay for his second term.

On Wednesday, 1 March 1995, Polish Prime Minister Waldemar Pawlak resigns from Parliament and is replaced by ex-communist Józef Oleksy.

On Monday, 1 March 2010, A record rainfall for a single day, since 22 December 1956, with over 100mm of rain fall across 1.7 per cent of Australian territory on 1 March, and over 1.9 per cent of the country the following day.

On Monday, 1 March 2010, Major floods hit southern Queensland and north western New South Wales, with Charleville, Roma and St George severely affected, resulting with significant damage to properties, roads and rail lines.


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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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