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 Thursday, 8 March 1945, Josip Broz Tito forms a Provisional Government of the Democratic Federal Yugoslavia in Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

On Thursday, 8 March 1945, The Nazi authorities kill 117 Dutch men in reprisal for the attempted murder of Hanns Albin Rauter.

On Thursday, 8 March 1945, Operation Sunrise: Waffen-SS General Karl Wolff meets with Allen Welsh Dulles of the United States Office of Strategic Services at Lucerne in neutral Switzerland to negotiate surrender of the Axis forces in Italy to the Allies.

On Saturday, 8 March 1980, The Soviet Union’s first rock music festival starts.

On Thursday, 8 March 1990, The Nintendo World Championships were held within the Fair Park’s Automobile Building, kickstarting an almost year long gaming competition across 29 American cities.

On Wednesday, 8 March 2000, Tokyo train disaster: A sideswipe collision of two Tokyo Metro trains kills five people.


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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