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 Saturday, 13 November 1920, The White Army’s last units and civilian refugees are evacuated from the Crimea on board 126 ships, the remnants of the Russian Imperial Navy, to Turkey, Tunisia and the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, accompanied by wide-scale civilian massacres. The total number of evacuees amounts to approximately 150,000 people, of which 20% are civilians.
On Sunday, 13 November 1960, Sammy Davis Jr., marries Swedish actress May Britt.
On Friday, 13 November 1970, Hafez al-Assad comes to power in Syria, following a military coup within the Ba’ath Party.
On Friday, 13 November 1970, 1970 Bhola cyclone: A 120-mph (193 km/h) tropical cyclone hits the densely populated Ganges Delta region of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), killing an estimated 500,000 people (considered the 20th century’s worst cyclone disaster). It gives rise to the temporary island of New Moore / South Talpatti.
On Tuesday, 13 November 1990, The first known web page is written.
On Tuesday, 13 November 1990, In New Zealand, David Gray kills 13 people in what will become known as the Aramoana massacre.
On Saturday, 13 November 2010, Burmese opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi is released from her house arrest after being incarcerated since 1989.
On Friday, 13 November 2015, Hobart woman Emma Parkinson, aged 19, is injured in the November 2015 Paris attacks which kills about 130 people.
On Friday, 13 November 2015, Multiple terrorist attacks claimed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Paris, France, result in 130 fatalities.
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