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 22 March 1870, A state flag of Queensland is adopted, with a portrait of Queen Victoria.

On Thursday, 22 March 1945, Arab League is formed with the adoption of a charter in Cairo, Egypt.

On Thursday, 22 March 1945, Hildesheim Cathedral in Germany is destroyed in an air raid.

On Tuesday, 22 March 1960, Arthur Leonard Schawlow and Charles Hard Townes receive the first patent for a laser, in the United States.

On Saturday, 22 March 1980, The Georgia Guidestones are erected in Elbert County, Georgia.

On Thursday, 22 March 1990, Prime Minister Bob Hawke admits that Australia is in the first stages of recession.

On Wednesday, 22 March 1995, Cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov returns after setting a record for 438 days in outer space.

On Monday, 22 March 2010, A storm featuring torrential rain and large hailstones caused flash flooding, structural damage and loss of power to 150,000 houses in Perth.


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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