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 Tuesday, 17 July 1945, WWII: Potsdam Conference 1945. At Potsdam, the three main Allied leaders hold their final summit of the war. President Truman officially informs Stalin that the U.S. has a powerful new weapon. [July 17–August 2 1945]
On Thursday, 17 July 1980, Nine Network’s new quiz show Sale of the Century launches, bringing in record ratings with Nine winning the 7pm timeslot.
On Monday, 17 July 1995, The West Australian Government’s Royal Commission into former West Australian Premier Carmen Lawrence’s role in the Easton affair opens in Perth, Western Australia, an inquiry earlier labelled by Prime Minister Paul Keating as a “flagrant abuse of the judicial system”.
On Friday, 17 July 2015, Nigel Milsom wins the 2015 Archibald Prize for his portrait of barrister Charles Waterstreet.
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