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, 6 July 1945, Frank Forde is sworn in as Prime Minister of Australia, following the death of John Curtin. He will serve Australia’s shortest term as Prime Minister, being replaced by Ben Chifley a week later.
On Friday, 6 July 1990, President of Bulgaria Petar Mladenov resigns over accusations that he ordered tanks to disperse anti-government protests in December 1989.
On Friday, 6 July 1990, Somali President Siad Barre’s bodyguards massacre anti-government demonstrators during a soccer match; 65 people are killed, more than 300 seriously injured.
On Monday, 6 July 2015, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten attend a summit of 40 Aboriginal leaders to discuss a possible 2017 referendum for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal people.
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