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, 16 October 1920, Polish–Soviet War: After the Polish army captures Tarnopol, Dubno, Minsk, and Dryssa, the ceasefire is enforced.
On Tuesday, 16 October 1945, Food and Agriculture Organization established at a meeting in Quebec City as a specialized agency of the United Nations.
On Friday, 16 October 1970, October Crisis: The Canadian government declares a state of emergency and outlaws the Quebec Liberation Front.
On Thursday, 16 October 1980, Violet Roberts, 52, and Bruce Roberts, 22, are released from prison after serving almost five years of their sentence for murdering their husband and father, Eric Roberts. The mother and son are “released on licence” just 24 hours after the New South Wales Attorney-General Frank Walker recommended the action to the Department of Corrective Services, following sustained pressure from supporters who argued that the sentences were unduly harsh. The Attorney-General had publicly described them as a miscarriage of justice.
On Monday, 16 October 1995, The Million Man March is held in Washington, D.C. The event was conceived by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
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