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 11 February 1895, The lowest ever UK temperature of −27.2 °C (−17.0 °F) is recorded at Braemar, in Aberdeenshire. This record is equalled in 1982, and again in 1995.

On Thursday, 11 February 1960, The N-class blimp ZPG-3W of the U.S. Navy is destroyed during a storm over Massachusetts.

On Thursday, 11 February 1960, Twelve Indian soldiers die in clashes with Red Chinese troops along their small common border.

On Wednesday, 11 February 1970, Ohsumi, Japan’s first satellite, is launched on a Lambda-4 rocket.

On Wednesday, 11 February 1970, Ohsumi (satellite) launched.

On Sunday, 11 February 1990, Nelson Mandela is released from Victor Verster Prison, near Cape Town, South Africa, after 27 years behind bars.

On Wednesday, 11 February 2015, A report by the Australian Human Rights Commission, The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention 2014, is released. The report and the AHRC’s president, Gillian Triggs, are subsequently criticised by Prime Minister Tony Abbott as “blatantly partisan”.


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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