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 4 March 1845, James K. Polk is sworn in, as the 11th President of the United States.

On 4 March 1870, Red River Rebellion: Thomas Scott is executed by Louis Riel’s provisional government, in modern-day Manitoba, Canada.

On 4 March 1895, Japanese troops capture Liaoyang, and land in Taiwan.

On Sunday, 4 March 1945, In the United Kingdom, The Princess Elizabeth, later to become Queen Elizabeth II, joins the British Army’s Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service as a truck driver/mechanic.

On Sunday, 4 March 1945, Football club Red Star Belgrade (in Serbian: FK Crvena zvezda) formed in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

On Tuesday, 4 March 1980, Robert Mugabe is elected Prime Minister of Zimbabwe.

On Saturday, 4 March 2000, The PlayStation 2 is released in Japan.

On Wednesday, 4 March 2015, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announces that Australian defence force personnel will receive a pay rise of two per cent per year 2015 an increase on the Government’s earlier below-inflation offer of 1.5 per cent.

On Wednesday, 4 March 2015, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announces tough new laws and a $45.5 million plan to address Victoria’s ice epidemic, including a boost to police to crush ice drug labs, as well as better access to rehabilitation and needle exchange programs.


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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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