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 Wednesday, 11 May 1960, In Buenos Aires, four Mossad agents abduct the fugitive Nazi criminal against humanity, Adolf Eichmann, in order that he can be taken to Israel and put on trial. Eichmann is later convicted and executed.
On Monday, 11 May 1970, Henry Marrow is killed in an alleged hate crime in Oxford, North Carolina.
On Monday, 11 May 1970, Lubbock tornado: An F5 tornado hits downtown Lubbock, Texas, the first to hit a downtown district of a major city since Topeka, Kansas in 1966; 26 are killed.
On Sunday, 11 May 1980, American mobster Henry Hill is arrested for drug possession.
On Thursday, 11 May 1995, More than 170 countries agree to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions.
On Thursday, 11 May 2000, The billionth living person in India is born.
On Tuesday, 11 May 2010, The 2010 Australian federal budget was released by the Treasurer of Australia, Wayne Swan.
On Monday, 11 May 2015, Version O of Les Femmes d’Alger by Pablo Picasso sells for US$179.3 million at Christie’s auction in New York, while the sculpture L’Homme au doigt by Alberto Giacometti sells for US$141.3 million, setting a new world record for a painting and for a sculpture, respectively.
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