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 7 December 1895, A corps of 2,350 Italian troops, mostly Askari, are crushed by 30,000 Abyssinian troops at Amba Alagi.
On Wednesday, 7 December 1960, The United Nations Security Council is called into session by the Soviet Union in order to consider Soviet demands for the Security Council to seek the immediate release of former Congolese Premier Patrice Lumumba.
On Monday, 7 December 1970, Giovanni Enrico Bucher, the Swiss ambassador to Brazil, is kidnapped in Rio de Janeiro; kidnappers demand the release of 70 political prisoners.
On Monday, 7 December 1970, The U.N. General Assembly supports the isolation of South Africa for its apartheid policies.
On Monday, 7 December 1970, During his visit to the Polish capital, German Chancellor Willy Brandt goes down on his knees in front of a monument to the victims of the Warsaw Ghetto, which will become known as the Warschauer Kniefall (“Warsaw Genuflection”).
On Friday, 7 December 1990, Paul Keating remarks at a Press Gallery dinner that Australia has never had a strong leader. He is forced to make a public apology to Prime Minister Bob Hawke on 10 December.
On Friday, 7 December 1990, In Brussels, trade talks fail because of a dispute between the U.S. and the European Union over farm export subsidies.
On Friday, 7 December 1990, The National Assembly of Bulgaria elects Dimitar Iliev Popov as Prime Minister of Bulgaria.
On Thursday, 7 December 1995, A full bench of the Federal Court of Australia rejects Minister Tickner’s appeal against their 7 November ruling.
On Thursday, 7 December 1995, NASA’s Galileo Probe enters Jupiter’s atmosphere.
On Thursday, 7 December 2000, Kadisoka temple discovered in Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
On Monday, 7 December 2015, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull unveils his Government’s vision for a more innovative economy to create an “ideas boom”, outlining plans to give generous tax breaks to Australians who invest in start-up companies and changes to the insolvency laws to inspire greater entrepreneurships.
On Monday, 7 December 2015, Mining magnate Clive Palmer loses a Supreme Court of Western Australia case to force his estranged Chinese business partner, CITIC Pacific, to pay his company, Mineralogy, $48 million. The court decision throws the future of Queensland Nickel into jeopardy as a result.
On Monday, 7 December 2015, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announces a Queensland Cabinet reshuffle with the appointment of three new ministers, bringing total numbers from 14 to 17, and the splitting of a number of “super-portfolios” to lessen the workload on particular ministers. In doing so, the Premier is accused by the Opposition by breaking an election promise not to increase Cabinet numbers.
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