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 Friday, 16 January 1920, Beginning of Prohibition in the United States

On Friday, 16 January 1920, Prohibition in the United States begins, with the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution coming into effect.

On Friday, 16 January 1920, The Allies of World War I demand that the Netherlands extradite German Kaiser Wilhelm II, who fled there in 1918.

On Friday, 16 January 1920, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, is founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C.

On Tuesday, 16 January 1945, WWII: Adolf Hitler takes residence in the Führerbunker in Berlin.

On Tuesday, 16 January 1990, Andrew Peacock launches the Federal Opposition’s Family Action Plan.

On Monday, 16 January 1995, An avalanche hits the village Súðavík in Iceland, killing 14 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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