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, 26 October 1920, Álvaro Obregón is announced the elected president of Mexico.
On Wednesday, 26 October 1960, Robert F. Kennedy telephones Coretta Scott King, the wife of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and secures King’s release from jail regarding a traffic violation in Atlanta.
On Monday, 26 October 1970, Garry Trudeau’s comic strip Doonesbury debuts in approximately two dozen newspapers in the United States.
On Thursday, 26 October 2000, Pakistani authorities announce that their police have found an apparently ancient mummy of a Persian Princess in the province of Balochistan. Iran, Pakistan and the Taliban all claim the mummy until Pakistan announces it is a modern-day fake on April 17, 2001.
On Thursday, 26 October 2000, The New York Yankees defeat the New York Mets 4-2 in the fifth game of the World Series to win the first “Subway Series” since 1956 by 4 games to 1. The series win was the Yankees third in a row and 26th overall.
On Tuesday, 26 October 2010, Repeated eruptions of Mount Merapi volcano in Central Java, Indonesia, and accompanying pyroclastic flows of scalding gas, pumice, and volcanic ash descending the erupting volcano kill 300 people and force hundreds of thousands of residents to evacuate.
On Monday, 26 October 2015, A magnitude 7.5 earthquake strikes the Hindu Kush region and causes 398 deaths, with 279 in Pakistan, 115 in Afghanistan and 4 in India.
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