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, 13 June 1920, Essad Pasha Toptani, nominal ruler of Albania, is assassinated by Avni Rustemi in Paris.
On Sunday, 13 June 1920, The United States Post Office Department rules that children may not be sent via parcel post.
On Saturday, 13 June 1970, The Long and Winding Road becomes the Beatles’ 20th and final single to reach number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
On Wednesday, 13 June 1990, Cold War 1990: The destruction of the Berlin Wall by East Germany officially starts, 7 months after it was opened the previous November.
On Wednesday, 13 June 1990, June 1990 Mineriad: Clashes break out in Bucharest between supporters and opponents of the ruling National Salvation Front. [June 13–15 1990]
On Tuesday, 13 June 1995, French President Jacques Chirac announces the resumption of nuclear tests in French Polynesia.
On Sunday, 13 June 2010, The Japanese space probe Hayabusa lands in the Woomera Prohibited Area in South Australia, after returning to Earth with samples from the asteroid 25143 Itokawa.
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