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, 13 April 1960, United States launches navigation satellite Transit I-b.
On Wednesday, 13 April 1960, Proposed mass-production of Blue Streak (missile) for the United Kingdom is cancelled.
On Monday, 13 April 1970, An oxygen tank in the Apollo 13 spacecraft explodes, forcing the crew to abort the mission and return in four days.
On Sunday, 13 April 1980, A sensitive report, ‘The Threat of the Internal Security of Australia’, is lost by the Office of National Assessment.
On Friday, 13 April 1990, Cold War: The Soviet Union apologizes for the Katyn massacre.
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