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 Thursday, 14 January 1960, The Reserve Bank and Commonwealth Bank are created in Australia.

On Wednesday, 14 January 1970, Prime Minister Gorton announces that Ampol Exploration Ltd. is not proceeding with its intention to drill for oil in the Great Barrier Reef pending a thorough examination of whether there might be damage to the reef.

On Wednesday, 14 January 1970, Biafra capitulates, ending the Nigerian Civil War.

On Wednesday, 14 January 1970, Diana Ross and The Supremes perform their farewell live concert together at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas. Ross’s replacement, Jean Terrell, is introduced onstage at the end of the last show.

On Friday, 14 January 2000, Tennis 2000. Mark Philippousis defeats Pete Sampras to win the Colonial Classic Final

On Friday, 14 January 2000, Grant Hackett wins 800 metres at the Queensland swimming titles.

On Friday, 14 January 2000, The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at 11,722.98 (at the peak of the Dot-com bubble).

On Friday, 14 January 2000, A United Nations tribunal sentences five Bosnian Croats to up to 25 years in prison for the 1993 killing of more than 100 Bosnian Muslims.

On Thursday, 14 January 2010, Yemen declares an open war against the terrorist group al-Qaeda.

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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