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 Thursday, 19 February 1920, The United States Senate refuses to ratify the Treaty of Versailles.

On Monday, 19 February 1945, 980 Japanese soldiers die as a result of being attacked by long saltwater crocodiles in Ramree, Burma.

On Monday, 19 February 1945, WWII 1945. Battle of Iwo Jima: About 30,000 United States Marines land on Iwo Jima.

On Thursday, 19 February 1970, Poseidon bubble: shares in Australian nickel mining company Poseidon NL, which stood at $0.80 in September 1969, peak at around $280 before the speculative bubble bursts.

On Tuesday, 19 February 1980, AC/DC frontman Bon Scott dies after a night of heavy drinking in London.

On Friday, 19 February 2010, Mary MacKillop is declared by Pope Benedict XVI to be a saint of the Roman Catholic Church, the first Australian so declared. A formal canonisation will take place in October 2010.


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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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