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 Sunday, 11 April 1920, Mexican Revolution: Álvaro Obregón flees from Mexico City (during a trial intended to ruin his reputation) to Guerrero, where he joins Fortunato Maycotte.
On Wednesday, 11 April 1945, Buchenwald concentration camp is liberated by the United States Army.
On Saturday, 11 April 1970, An avalanche at a tuberculosis sanatorium in the French Alps kills 74, mostly young boys.
On Saturday, 11 April 1970, Apollo program: Apollo 13 (Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, Jack Swigert) is launched toward the Moon.
On Wednesday, 11 April 1990, Tim Fischer unexpectedly beats John Sharp for the leadership of the National Party of Australia. He pledges to restore his party’s traditional base in rural and provincial Australia.
On Tuesday, 11 April 1995, The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting is held. The assembled Premiers and territory leaders endorse a program of reforms envisaged by Professor Fred Hilmer’s National Competition Policy Review.
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