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 24 March 1870, Syracuse University is established and officially opens.

On Saturday, 24 March 1945, WWII 1945. Operation Varsity: Two airborne divisions capture bridges across the Rhine River to aid the Allied advance.

On Saturday, 24 March 1945, The cartoon character Sylvester the cat debuts in Life with Feathers.

On Monday, 24 March 1980, Archbishop Óscar Romero is killed by gunmen while celebrating Mass in San Salvador.

On Saturday, 24 March 1990, A federal election is held. The government of Prime Minister Bob Hawke is re-elected for a fourth term with its lowest primary vote ever 1990; 39.4% and the loss of 8 seats. Australian Democrats Leader Janine Haines fails in her bid for the South Australian Lower House seat of Kingston, and National leader Charles Blunt loses his northern New South Wales seat of Richmond, largely on anti-nuclear Helen Caldicott’s preferences. In North Sydney, popular ex-mayor Ted Mack becomes the first genuine Independent to win a House seat since World War II. The number of Australian Democrats Senators increases to 8.

On Saturday, 24 March 1990, Australian federal election, 1990: Bob Hawke’s Labor Government is re-elected with a reduced majority, narrowly defeating the Liberal/National Coalition led by Andrew Peacock.

On Wednesday, 24 March 2010, South Australian Liberal leader Isobel Redmond concedes defeat following the 2010 state election.

On Wednesday, 24 March 2010, The 2010 UCI Track Cycling World Championships are held in Copenhagen, Denmark. Australia tops the medal table, winning 6 gold medals, 2 silver and 2 bronze.

On Tuesday, 24 March 2015, Two Australians are among 150 killed in the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps.

On Tuesday, 24 March 2015, An Airbus A320-211 operated by Germanwings crashes in the French Alps, killing all 150 on board.

 

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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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