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 Monday, 19 January 1920, The United States Senate votes against joining the League of Nations.

On Monday, 19 January 1920, The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is founded.

On Friday, 19 January 1945, The Holocaust: Soviet forces liberate the Łódź Ghetto; only 877 Jews of the initial population of 164,000 remain at this time.

On Tuesday, 19 January 1960, The Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan is signed in Washington, D.C.

On Monday, 19 January 1970, Prime Minister John Gorton announces that Federal Cabinet has accepted the recommendation of a Senate select committee for Australia to adopt the metric system of weights and measures.

On Monday, 19 January 1970, The six Premiers unanimously agree in Adelaide to approach Prime Minister John Gorton with a long-range plan aimed at States levying their own income-tax.

On Monday, 19 January 1970, Queensland Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen agrees to a Commonwealth-State inquiry into oil-drilling on the Great Barrier Reef.

On Friday, 19 January 1990, A man is charged over an alleged plan to fire-bomb Parliament in Canberra.

On Friday, 19 January 1990, A fire breaks out in the historic Wool Store building in Brisbane.

On Friday, 19 January 1990, Queensland Premier Wayne Goss announces an independent inquiry into the logging industry on Fraser Island.

On Monday, 19 January 2015, Tennis: The 2015 Australian Open is held in Melbourne. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic wins the Men’s Singles; the USA’s Serena Williams wins the Women’s Singles. [19 January to 1 February 2015]

On Monday, 19 January 2015, Queensland Police confirm that part of a skull found near at McGregor Creek in north Queensland is that of schoolgirl Marilyn Wallman, who vanished at the age of 14 while riding to school from the Mackay suburb of Eimeo in March 1972.

On Monday, 19 January 2015, The Eritrean Catholic Church is founded.

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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