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 5 March 1870, The first ever international Association football match, England v Scotland, takes place under the auspices of the Football Association at The Oval, London.

On Monday, 5 March 1945, WWII: Brazilian troops take Castelnuovo (Vergato), in the last prior operations for the Allied Spring 1945 offensive in Italy.

On Saturday, 5 March 1960, Alberto Korda takes his iconic photograph of Che Guevara, Guerrillero Heroico, in Havana.

On Saturday, 5 March 1960, Elvis Presley receives his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army.

On Thursday, 5 March 1970, The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty goes into effect, after ratification by 56 nations.

On Monday, 5 March 1990, Federal Opposition Leader, Andrew Peacock, launches the Liberal Party’s policy for the upcoming Federal Election.

On Monday, 5 March 1990, Queensland State Cabinet gives Commission of Inquiry status to the investigation which Mr Tony Fitzgerald, QC, will conduct into the future management and conservation of Fraser Island.

On Sunday, 5 March 2000, died Dame Roma Mitchell, 86, Governor of South Australia (1913–2000)

On Thursday, 5 March 2015, The ancient city sites of Nimrud, Hatra and Dur-Sharrukin in Iraq are demolished by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. [March 5–8 2015]


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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