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 2 October 1870, A plebiscite held in Rome supports, by 133,681 votes to 1,507, the annexation of the city by Italy.
On Tuesday, 2 October 1945, George Albert Smith becomes president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
On Friday, 2 October 1970, Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) the Environmental Science Services Administration (ESSA) Corps, one of seven federal uniformed services of the United States, is renamed to NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps under the soon to be formed National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
On Friday, 2 October 1970, The Wichita State University football team’s “Gold” plane crashes in Colorado, killing most of the players. They were on their way (along with administrators and fans) to a game with Utah State University.
On Friday, 2 October 1970, Pink Floyd releases Atom Heart Mother. It becomes their first number one album.
On Tuesday, 2 October 1990, Opera singer Dame Joan Sutherland announces her retirement.
On Monday, 2 October 2000, Queen of the Damned, based on the novel by Anne Rice, begins principal photography in a converted biscuit factory in St Albans, Melbourne.
On Saturday, 2 October 2010, Collingwood wins the replay of the 2010 AFL Grand Final, defeating St Kilda 16.12 (108) to 7.10 (52).
On Friday, 2 October 2015, Curtis Cheng, a civilian worker for the New South Wales Police Force is shot dead outside police headquarters in Parramatta. The suspected perpetrator, a 15-year-old boy, is shot dead by police shortly afterwards.
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