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, 30 October 1920, The Communist Party of Australia is founded in Sydney.
On Tuesday, 30 October 1945, The undivided country of India joins the United Nations.
On Sunday, 30 October 1960, Dr. Michael Woodruff carries out the first successful kidney transplant in the United Kingdom, at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
On Friday, 30 October 1970, In Vietnam, the worst monsoon to hit the area in six years causes large floods, kills 293, leaves 200,000 homeless and virtually halts the Vietnam War.
On Thursday, 30 October 1980, El Salvador and Honduras sign a peace treaty to put the border dispute fought over in 1969’s Football War before the International Court of Justice.
On Tuesday, 30 October 1990, A special Premiers’ Conference is held in Brisbane. State Premiers agree with the Commonwealth to streamline transport rules under an historic agreement providing for national registration and licensing.
On Tuesday, 30 October 1990, The first transatlantic fiber optic cable TAT-8 fails, causing a slowdown of Internet traffic between the United States and Europe.
On Monday, 30 October 1995, Quebec independentists narrowly lose a referendum for a mandate to negotiate independence from Canada.
On Monday, 30 October 1995, Tansu Çiller of DYP forms the new government of Turkey.
On Monday, 30 October 2000, This is the final date during which there is no human presence in space; on October 31, Soyuz TM-31 launches, carrying the first resident crew to the International Space Station. The ISS has been continuously crewed since.
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