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 15 January 1870, A political cartoon for the first time symbolizes the United States Democratic Party with a donkey (A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion by Thomas Nast for Harper’s Weekly).

On Friday, 15 January 1960, The 2nd Annual Logie Awards are held the Savoy Hotel in Brighton, Victoria, although they are not televised. Graham Kennedy wins the “Star of the Year” (Gold Loogie) award.

On Friday, 15 January 1960, The first televised anime, Three Tales, debuts on NHK.

On Thursday, 15 January 1970, Canberra police investigate possibly dangerous chemicals thrown into the swimming pool of the Prime Minister’s Lodge which appeared to be eating into the tiled walls of the pool in which Prime Minister Gorton swims every morning.

On Thursday, 15 January 1970, Brisbane is hit by a dust storm.

On Thursday, 15 January 1970, After a 32-month fight for independence from Nigeria, Biafran forces under Philip Effiong formally surrender to General Yakubu Gowon.

On Thursday, 15 January 1970, Sydney police receive a $10,000 ransom note for the return of missing three-year-old Cheryl Grimmer.

On Monday, 15 January 1990, The National Assembly of Bulgaria votes to end one party rule by the Bulgarian Communist Party.

On Monday, 15 January 1990, Thousands storm the Stasi headquarters in East Berlin in an attempt to view their government records.

On Monday, 15 January 1990, Martin Luther King Day Crash 1990.Telephone service in Atlanta, St. Louis, and Detroit, including 9-1-1 service, goes down for nine hours, due to an AT&T software bug.

On Friday, 15 January 2010, The longest annular solar eclipse of the 3rd millennium occurs.

On Friday, 15 January 2010, The Chadian Civil War officially ends.

On Thursday, 15 January 2015, Federal Health Minister, Sussan Ley, announces that the proposed $20 cut to rebates for short consultations with GPs have been taken “off the table” four days before it was due to take effect.

On Thursday, 15 January 2015, The Swiss National Bank abandons the cap on the franc’s value relative to the euro, causing turmoil in international financial markets.

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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