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 Saturday, 2 January 1960, U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy (D-MA) announces his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.

On Tuesday, 2 January 1990, A battle by the major creditors to the Bond Group of companies to gain control of the best assets begins in the Supreme Court of Victoria.

On Sunday, 2 January 2000, A massive oil spill occurs off the coast of Phillip Island, endangering the region’s penguin population.

On Sunday, 2 January 2000, Massacre of twenty Copts by Muslim villagers in Kosheh, Egypt.

On Saturday, 2 January 2010, The fatal stabbing of a young Indian man, Nitin Garg, in the Melbourne suburb of Yarraville generates deep anger in India, following other incidents of violence against Indian students in Australia.

On Friday, 2 January 2015, Bushfires in the Adelaide Hills and the outer Adelaide metropolitan area destroy 32 houses; and 125 outbuildings. [2–9 January 2015]

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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.