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 23 January  1845, The United States Congress establishes a uniform date for federal elections, which will henceforth be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

On 23 January 1870, Marias Massacre: U.S soldiers attack a peaceful camp of Piegan Blackfeet Indians, led by chief Heavy Runner.

On Friday, 23 January 1920, The Netherlands refuses to extradite the German Kaiser.

On Tuesday, 23 January 1945, WWII: Hungary agrees to an armistice with the Allies.

On Tuesday, 23 January 1945, German Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz orders the start of Operation Hannibal, the mass evacuation by sea of German troops and civilians from the Courland Pocket, East Prussia and the Polish Corridor evacuating an estimated 800,000-900,000 German civilians and 350,000 soldiers from advancing Soviet forces.

On Friday, 23 January 1970, Joseph Fielding Smith becomes the 10th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

On Tuesday, 23 January 1990, The industrial tram dispute continues as 250 trams blockade the city of Melbourne.

On Monday, 23 January 1995, The Tasmanian Conservation Foundation commences court proceedings to overturn 2 of the 11 woodchip licenses issued by the Federal Government.

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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.