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 11 December 1845, First Anglo-Sikh War: Sikh army crosses the Sutlej in the Punjab.
On 11 December 1895, Svante Arrhenius becomes the first scientist to deliver quantified data about the sensitivity of global climate to atmospheric carbon dioxide (the “Greenhouse effect”), as he presents his paper “On the Influence of Carbonic Acid in the Air Upon The Temperature of the Ground” to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
On Saturday, 11 December 1920, The Burning of Cork in Ireland: British forces set fire to some 5 acres (20,000 m2) of the centre of Cork, including the City Hall, in reprisal attacks, after a British auxiliary is killed in a guerilla ambush.
On Saturday, 11 December 1920, Haiyuan earthquake
On Sunday, 11 December 1960, MGM’s The Wizard of Oz is rerun on CBS only a year after its previous telecast, thus beginning the tradition of annual telecasts of the film.
On Thursday, 11 December 1980, CERCLA is enacted by the U.S. Congress.
On Tuesday, 11 December 1990, Media company Fairfax is placed in receivership.
On Saturday, 11 December 2010, The 52nd Australian Film Institute Awards are presented. The film Animal Kingdom wins ten awards (including three industry awards presented the night before).
On Friday, 11 December 2015, At the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Meeting in Sydney, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the State Premiers agree to extend indefinite detention laws to convicted terrorists considered to be a continued risk, as well as agreeing on a timeframe for tax reform.
On Friday, 11 December 2015, Harry Butler, 85, naturalist and conservationist.
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