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, 3 August 1920, Irish War of Independence: Catholics riot in Belfast, in protest at the continuing British Army presence.
On Wednesday, 3 August 1960, Niger becomes independent from France.
On Thursday, 3 August 2000, Rioting erupts on the Paulsgrove estate in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, after more than 100 people besiege the home of a block of flats allegedly housing a convicted paedophile. This is the latest vigilante violence against suspected sex offenders since the beginning of the “naming and shaming” anti-paedophile campaign by the tabloid newspaper News of the World.
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