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 Saturday, 29 May 1920, Floods at Louth, Lincolnshire in England kill 23.
On Tuesday, 29 May 1945, German communists, led by Walter Ulbricht, arrive in Berlin.
On Tuesday, 29 May 1945, Dutch painter Han van Meegeren is arrested for collaboration with the Nazis, but the paintings he has sold to Hermann Göring (Koch) are later proved to be his own fakes.
On Tuesday, 29 May 1990, Mikhail Gorbachev arrives in Ottawa for a 29-hour visit.
On Tuesday, 29 May 1990, Boris Yeltsin is elected as the first ever elected president of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic.
On Tuesday, 29 May 1990, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) founded.
On Saturday, 29 May 2010, died Randolph Stow, 74, writer
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