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 Tuesday, 15 June 1920, A new border treaty between Germany and Denmark gives northern Schleswig to Denmark.
On Tuesday, 15 June 1920, The Estonian Constituent Assembly adopts the first constitution of Estonia, which will come into effect on December 21 the same year.
On Wednesday, 15 June 1960, Violent demonstrations at Tokyo University result in 182 arrests, 589 injuries.
On Wednesday, 15 June 1960, The BC Ferries company, later to become the second-largest ferry operator in the world, commences service between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay, British Columbia, Canada.
On Monday, 15 June 1970, Operation Wedding: fifteen refuseniks try to escape from the Soviet Union by hijacking a plane.
On Friday, 15 June 1990, The Federal Government admits it can’t stop Indonesia giving aid to thousands of Cambodians heading to Australia, renewing fears of an influx of boat people.
On Friday, 15 June 1990, Hundreds of Aborigines and their supporters march to New South Wales Parliament House to demonstrate against a plan to replace the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council.
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