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 July 1920, The East Prussian plebiscite is held.
On Monday, 11 July 1960, Congo Crisis: Moise Tshombe declares the Congolese province of Katanga independent. He requests and receives help from Belgium.
On Monday, 11 July 1960, Harper Lee publishes her novel To Kill a Mockingbird, which later wins the Pulitzer Prize for the best American novel of 1960.
On Saturday, 11 July 1970, The first tunnel under the Pyrenees links the towns of Aragnouet (France) and Bielsa (Spain).
On Wednesday, 11 July 1990, Terrorists blow up a passenger bus travelling from Kalbajar to Tartar in Azerbaijan. 14 people are killed, 35 wounded.
On Tuesday, 11 July 1995, Srebrenica massacre: Units of the Army of Republika Srpska, under the command of General Ratko Mladić, enter Srebrenica with little resistance from Dutch peacekeepers of the United Nations Protection Force, going on to kill thousands of Bosniak men and boys and rape many women.
On Tuesday, 11 July 1995, President Clinton announces the restoration of United States–Vietnam relations twenty years after the Vietnam War.
On Tuesday, 11 July 1995, A Cubana de Aviación Antonov An-24 crashes into the Caribbean off southeast Cuba killing 44 people.
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