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 20 February 1895, The gold reserve of the U.S. Treasury is saved, when J. P. Morgan and the Rothschilds loan $65 million worth of gold to the United States government. The offering of syndicate bonds sells out only 22 minutes after the New York market opens, and just two hours after going on sale in London.

On 20 February 1895, Venezuelan crisis of 1895: U.S. President Grover Cleveland signs into law a bill resulting from the proposition of House Resolution 252, by William Lindsay Scruggs and Congressman Leonidas Livingston, to the third session of the 53rd Congress of the United States of America. The bill recommends that Venezuela and Great Britain settle their dispute by arbitration.

On Friday, 20 February 1920, 1920 Gori earthquake: An earthquake hits Gori in the Democratic Republic of Georgia, killing 114.

On Friday, 20 February 2015, Category 4 cyclone, Cyclone Lam, makes landfall in the Northern Territory between Milingimbi and Elcho Island, the strongest cyclone to strike the Northern Territory since Cyclone Monica in 2006.

On Friday, 20 February 2015, Social Services Minister Scott Morrison releases the final report of the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into Childcare and Early Childhood Learning which recommends that the current child care system be abolished and replaced with a single subsidy available to nannies “to better meet the needs and budgets of families”.

On Friday, 20 February 2015, Queensland Reds rugby union player Karmichael Hunt is charged by Queensland’s Crime and Corruption Commission with four counts of supplying cocaine.

On Friday, 20 February 2015, Cyclone Marcia makes landfall in Queensland, damaging the city of Rockhampton and surrounds.


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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