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 17 March 1845, Stephen Perry patents the rubber band, in the United Kingdom.

On Saturday, 17 March 1945, WWII: Kobe, Japan is fire-bombed by 331 B-29 bombers, killing over 8,000 people.

On Thursday, 17 March 1960, Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 710 crashes near Tell City, Indiana, killing all 63 on board.

On Tuesday, 17 March 1970, The United States Army charges 14 officers with suppressing information related to the My Lai Massacre.

On Wednesday, 17 March 2010, The remains of Special Air Service members Lieutenant Kenneth Hudson and Private Robert Moncrieff are found in West Kalimantan. The Australian soldiers disappeared on 21 March 1966 whilst on patrol during the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation.

On Wednesday, 17 March 2010, The population of Heron and Lady Elliot Islands is evacuated to the mainland, in expectation of the approaching tropical Cyclone Ului.


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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