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 3 March 1845, Florida is admitted as the 27th U.S. state.

On 3 March 1845, The United States Congress passes legislation, overriding a presidential veto for the first time.

On 3 March 1895, In Munich, Germany, bicyclists have to pass a test and display license plates.

On Saturday, 3 March 1945, WWII: Finland declares war on the Axis powers.

On Saturday, 3 March 1945, United States and Filipino troops take Manila, Philippines.

On Saturday, 3 March 1945, Bombing of the Bezuidenhout: The British Royal Air Force accidentally bombs the Bezuidenhout neighbourhood in The Hague, Netherlands, killing 511 people.

On Thursday, 3 March 1960, Elvis Presley returns home from Germany to the United States, after being away on military duty for 2 years.

On Monday, 3 March 1980, Pierre Trudeau returns to office as Prime Minister of Canada.

On Monday, 3 March 1980, The Audi Quattro, a four-wheel drive sporting coupe, is launched in West Germany.

On Monday, 3 March 1980, The first ShowBiz Pizza Place restaurant opens in Kansas City, MO.

On Saturday, 3 March 1990, The International Trans-Antarctic Scientific Expedition, a group of six explorers from six nations, completes the first dog sled crossing of Antarctica.

On Friday, 3 March 1995, United Nations Operation in Somalia II, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Somalia, ends.

On Tuesday, 3 March 2015, Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley announces that the Government’s plans to introduce a $5 GP co-payment have been abandoned due to lack of community support.

On Tuesday, 3 March 2015, The Victorian CFA Training College, Fiskville is closed indefinitely after traces of PFOS are found in the site’s water tanks. The closure follows years of claims that the site is a cancer cluster.

On Tuesday, 3 March 2015, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announces that Australia will send another 300 troops to Iraq to help train the Iraqi army in its fight against Islamic State.


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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