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 Friday, 5 October 1945, Hollywood Black Friday: A strike by the Set Decorator’s Union in Hollywood results in a riot.
On Wednesday, 5 October 1960, White South Africans vote to make the country a republic.
On Monday, 5 October 1970, U.S. President Richard Nixon’s European tour ends.
On Monday, 5 October 1970, The Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) kidnaps James Cross in Montreal and demands release of all its imprisoned members. The next day the Canadian government announces it will not meet the demand, beginning Quebec’s October Crisis.
On Monday, 5 October 1970, The Public Broadcasting Service begins broadcasting.
On Sunday, 5 October 1980, Alan Jones becomes the second Australian driver to win the Formula One World Drivers Championship after winning the final race of the season at Watkins Glen, New York.
On Sunday, 5 October 1980, Elisabeth blast furnace demolished at Bilston Steelworks marking the end of iron and steel production in the Black Country of England.
On Sunday, 5 October 1980, British Leyland launches its new Metro, a three-door entry-level hatchback which is designed as the eventual replacement for the Mini. It gives BL a long-awaited modern competitor for the likes of the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Chevette.
On Friday, 5 October 1990, After one hundred and fifty years, ten months and two days, The Herald broadsheet newspaper in Melbourne is published for the last time as a separate newspaper. Founded in 1840 as The Port Phillip Herald, it is merged with its morning tabloid sister paper The Sun News-Pictorial and the first issue of the new Herald Sun, described by owner Rupert Murdoch as “the world’s first 24-hour newspaper”, with morning and afternoon editions, is published on 8 October. On the same day, the 49-year-old afternoon tabloid The Daily Mirror in Sydney is published for the last time as a separate newspaper. The first edition of The Daily Telegraph-Mirror also appears on 8 October.
On Thursday, 5 October 1995, Tansu Çiller of DYP forms the new government of Turkey (51st government, a minority government which failed to receive the vote of confidence).
On Thursday, 5 October 2000, Mass demonstrations in Belgrade lead to resignation of Yugoslavia’s president Slobodan Milošević.
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