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 10 February 1870, Anaheim, California is incorporated.

On 10 February 1870, The YWCA is founded in New York City.

On Tuesday, 10 February 1920, General Józef Haller first performs Poland’s Wedding to the Sea, a symbolic celebration of the restitution of Polish access to the Baltic Sea.

On Saturday, 10 February 1945, WWII: 3,608 drown when the troopship SS General von Steuben is sunk by the Soviet submarine S-13.

On Saturday, 10 February 1945, [Start Date] WWII: Operation Kita: The Imperial Japanese Navy returns “Completion Force”, containing both its Ise-class battleships, safely from Singapore to Kure in Japan despite Allied attacks.

On Wednesday, 10 February 1960, A conference about the proposed independence of the Belgian Congo begins in Brussels, Belgium.

On Tuesday, 10 February 1970, An avalanche at Val-d’Isère, France kills 41 tourists.

On Saturday, 10 February 1990, President of South Africa F. W. de Klerk announces that Nelson Mandela will be released the next day.

On Saturday, 10 February 1990, Las Cruces Bowling Alley massacre: 2 people walked into the 10 Pin Alley in Las Cruces, New Mexico, (known then as the Las Cruces Bowl) and shot seven people, four of whom were killed. The case is currently unsolved.


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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