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 Wednesday, 28 January 1920, The New South Wales cricket team wins the 1919-20 Sheffield Shield.

On Wednesday, 28 January 1920, El Tercio de Extranjeros (the “Regiment of Foreigners”), later the Spanish Legion, is established by decree of King Alfonso XIII of Spain.

On Sunday, 28 January 1945, WWII: Supplies begin to reach China over the newly reopened Burma Road.

On Thursday, 28 January 1960, The National Football League announces expansion teams for Dallas to start in the 1960 NFL season, and Minneapolis–St. Paul for the 1961 NFL season.

On Sunday, 28 January 1990, Prime Minister Bob Hawke pledges millions for a new Melbourne sports stadium.

On Sunday, 28 January 1990, Police arrest a man in Melbourne alleged to be the infamous loaded note bandit.

On Sunday, 28 January 1990, Lisa Curry wins a gold medal at the Auckland Commonwealth Games.

On Sunday, 28 January 1990, Four months after their exit from power, the Polish United Workers’ Party votes to dissolve itself and reorganize itself as the Social Democracy of the Republic of Poland.

On Wednesday, 28 January 2015, The High Court of Australia rules that the Federal Government acted legally in detaining 157 Tamil asylum seekers aboard a Customs boat.

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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.