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 18 September 1845, The Anglo-French blockade of the Río de la Plata is formally declared.
On 18 September 1870, Old Faithful Geyser is observed and named by Henry D. Washburn, during the Washburn–Langford–Doane Expedition to Yellowstone.
On 18 September 1895, Booker T. Washington delivers the Atlanta compromise speech.
On 18 September 1895, Daniel David Palmer performs the first chiropractic spinal adjustment, on Harvey Lillard, whose complaint was partial deafness after an injury.
On Tuesday, 18 September 1945, Typhoon Makurazaki in Japan kills 3,746 people.
On Tuesday, 18 September 1945, The Japanese Army in Central China officially surrenders to the Chinese in Wuhan.
On Friday, 18 September 1970, American musician Jimi Hendrix dies at age 27 from an overdose of sleeping pills.
On Tuesday, 18 September 1990, The International Olympic Committee awards the 1996 Summer Olympics to Atlanta.
On Tuesday, 18 September 1990, Provisional Irish Republican Army assassination attempt on the life of Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Terry at his home near Stafford, England. Hit by at least 9 bullets, the former Governor of Gibraltar survives, as does his wife, Lady Betty Terry, who is also shot (most likely by accident).
On Friday, 18 September 2015, Automaker Volkswagen is alleged to have been involved in worldwide rigging of diesel emissions tests, affecting an estimated 11 million vehicles globally.
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