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 7 August 1895, The Aljaž Tower, a symbol of the Slovenes, is erected on Mount Triglav.
On Tuesday, 7 August 1945, U.S. President Harry Truman announces the successful atomic bombing of Hiroshima while he is returning from the Potsdam Conference aboard the U.S. Navy heavy cruiser USS Augusta (CA-31) in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
On Sunday, 7 August 1960, The Ivory Coast becomes independent from France.
On Sunday, 7 August 1960, The world’s first standard gauge passenger preserved railway, the Bluebell Railway, opens to the public in southern England.
On Friday, 7 August 1970, Harold Haley, Marin County Superior Court Judge, is taken hostage and murdered, in an effort to free George Jackson from police custody.
On Thursday, 7 August 1980, Lech Wałęsa leads the first of many strikes at the Gdańsk Shipyard in the Polish People’s Republic.
On Tuesday, 7 August 1990, John Cain resigns as Premier of Victoria over a series of financial scandals, and is replaced by the first female premier of Victoria, Joan Kirner.
On Tuesday, 7 August 1990, U.S. President Bush orders U.S. combat planes and troops to Saudi Arabia to prevent a possible attack by Iraq.
On Tuesday, 7 August 1990, Prime Minister of India V. P. Singh announces plan to reserve 49% of civil service jobs for lower-caste Hindus. The plan triggers riots, leaving at least 70 dead by September.
On Monday, 7 August 1995, A second West Australian Federal MP leaves the Liberal Party to sit as an Independent, following the bitter power struggle in the West Australian branch.
On Monday, 7 August 2000, DeviantART is launched.
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