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 31 July 1895, Sabino Arana founds the Basque Nationalist Party
On 31 July 1895, The Basque Nationalist Party (Euzko Alderdi Jeltzalea-Partido Nacionalista Vasco) is founded, by Basque nationalist leader Sabino Arana.
On Saturday, 31 July 1920, Irish-born Australian Catholic Bishop Daniel Mannix is detained onboard ship off Queenstown, and prevented from landing in Ireland, or from speaking in the main Irish Catholic communities elsewhere in the United Kingdom.
On Saturday, 31 July 1920, France prohibits the sale or prescription of contraceptives.
On Saturday, 31 July 1920, Representatives of British revolutionary socialist groups meet at the Cannon Street Hotel in London, and agree to form the Communist Party of Great Britain.
On Friday, 31 July 1970, NBC anchor Chet Huntley retires from full-time broadcasting.
On Thursday, 31 July 1980, China’s population hits one billion people.
On Saturday, 31 July 2010, A tornado hits the town of Penola, South Australia.
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