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 25 May 1870, died Captain Thunderbolt (real name Fred Ward, born 1836), bushranger
On 25 May 1895, R. v. Wilde: Oscar Wilde is convicted in London of “unlawfully committing acts of gross indecency with certain male persons” (under the Labouchere Amendment) and given a two years’ sentence of hard labour, during which he will write De Profundis.
On Sunday, 25 May 1980, Indianapolis 500: Johnny Rutherford wins for a third time in car owner Jim Hall’s revolutionary ground effect Chaparral car; the victory is Hall’s second as an owner.
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