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 26 January 1870, Reconstruction Era (United States): Virginia rejoins the Union.

On Friday, 26 January 1945, WWII: Infantry action at Holtzwihr, France, for which Audie Murphy is awarded the Medal of Honor.

On Monday, 26 January 1970, Mick Jagger is fined £200 for possession of cannabis.

On Saturday, 26 January 1980, Israel and Egypt establish diplomatic relations.

On Friday, 26 January 1990, Allan Border is honoured in the Australia Day Honours.

On Monday, 26 January 2015, Angus Houston and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh were appointed Knights of the Order of Australia in the 2015 Australia Day Honours.

On Monday, 26 January 2015, died Tom Uren, 93, politician

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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.