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 12 December 1870, Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina becomes the second black U.S. congressman, the first being Hiram Revels.
On Wednesday, 12 December 1945, Howard Florey shares the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on penicillin.
On Monday, 12 December 1960, The Supreme Court of the United States upholds a lower Federal Court ruling that the State of Louisiana’s racial segregation laws are unconstitutional, and overturns them.
On Saturday, 12 December 1970, A landslide in western Colombia leaves 200 dead.
On Wednesday, 12 December 1990, Prime Minister Bob Hawke publicly states that skilled journalists are more important than diverse media ownership to the media’s crucial democratic role.
On Tuesday, 12 December 1995, died Andrew Olle, 48, ABC TV journalist
On Saturday, 12 December 2015, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is among the signatories to a global climate change agreement after a two-week summit at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.
On Saturday, 12 December 2015, A global climate change pact is agreed at the COP 21 summit, committing all countries to reduce carbon emissions for the first time.
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