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 Sunday, 22 May 1960, The 9.4–9.6 Mw Valdivia earthquake affected Chile with a maximum Mercalli intensity of XII (Extreme). This megathrust earthquake ruptured from Arauco to Chiloé Archipelago, causing the most powerful earthquake on record and a destructive basin-wide tsunami.
On Thursday, 22 May 1980, Pac-Man, the best-selling arcade game of all time, is released in Japan.
On Tuesday, 22 May 1990, New South Wales (13.8.86) upsets Victoria (10.16.76) in a State of Origin match at the SCG.
On Tuesday, 22 May 1990, Cold War: The leaders of the Yemen Arab Republic and the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen announce the unification of their countries as the Republic of Yemen.
On Tuesday, 22 May 1990, Microsoft releases Windows 3.0.
On Saturday, 22 May 2010, Air India Express Flight 812 overshoots the runway at Mangalore International Airport in India, killing 158 and leaving 8 survivors.
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