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, 18 February 1960, The 1960 Winter Olympics begin at the Squaw Valley Ski Resort, in Placer County, California.

On Wednesday, 18 February 1970, The Queensland Country Party is defeated in the Albert by-election.

On Wednesday, 18 February 1970, A jury finds the Chicago Seven defendants not guilty of conspiring to incite a riot, in charges stemming from the violence at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Five of the defendants are found guilty on the lesser charge of crossing state lines to incite a riot.

On Saturday, 18 February 1995, Elections in the Australian Capital Territory replace the minority Australian Labor Party government of Rosemary Follett and elect a minority Liberal Party government of Kate Carnell.

On Thursday, 18 February 2010, The President of Niger, Mamadou Tandja, is overthrown after a group of soldiers storms the presidential palace and form a ruling junta, the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy headed by chef d’escadron Salou Djibo.

On Wednesday, 18 February 2015, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announces a $100 million upgrade to Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, including a restoration of the station’s iconic ballroom which has been closed since 1985.

On Wednesday, 18 February 2015, The United States Court of Military Commission Review strikes down David Hicks’ March 2007 conviction for supporting terrorism.


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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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