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 17 April 1895, The Treaty of Shimonoseki is signed between China and Japan. This marks the end of the First Sino-Japanese War, and the defeated Qing Empire is forced to renounce its claims on Korea, and to concede the southern portion of Fengtien province, Taiwan, and the Pescadores Islands to Japan. The huge indemnity exacted from China is used to establish the Yawata Iron and Steel Works in Japan.
On Tuesday, 17 April 1945, WWII: Brazilian forces liberate the town of Montese, Italy, from German forces.
On Tuesday, 17 April 1945, Inundation of the Wieringermeer in the Netherlands by occupying German forces.
On Friday, 17 April 1970, Apollo program: Apollo 13 splashes down safely in the Pacific.
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