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 12 February 1870, Women’s suffrage: Women gain the right to vote in Utah Territory.

On Thursday, 12 February 1920, Start of the Conference of London: Leaders of the United Kingdom, France and Italy meet to discuss the partitioning of the Ottoman Empire.

On Monday, 12 February 1990, Carmen Lawrence becomes the Premier of Western Australia, and Australia’s first female premier, after the resignation of Peter Dowding.

On Monday, 12 February 1990, Representatives of NATO and the Warsaw Pact meet in Ottawa for an “Open Skies” conference. The conference results in agreements about superpower troop levels in Europe and on German reunification.

On Friday, 12 February 2010, The 2010 Winter Olympics are held in Vancouver and Whistler, Canada. [February 12–28 2010]

On Thursday, 12 February 2015, Leaders from Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France reach an agreement on the conflict in eastern Ukraine that includes a ceasefire and withdrawal of heavy weapons. However, several days later, the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels claim that, within its first day, the ceasefire was broken 139 times, as both sides failed to withdraw their heavy weapons and fighting had continued.

On Thursday, 12 February 2015, The United Nations Security Council adopts Resolution 2199 to combat 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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