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 2 May 1845, A suspension bridge collapses in Great Yarmouth, England, leaving around 80 dead, mostly children.
On 2 May 1895, Gongche Shangshu movement: Thousands of Beijing scholars and citizens protest against the Treaty of Shimonoseki.
On Sunday, 2 May 1920, The first game of Negro National League baseball is played, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
On Wednesday, 2 May 1945, WWII: The Soviet Union announces the fall of Berlin. Soviet soldiers hoist the Red flag over the Reich Chancellery.
On Wednesday, 2 May 1945, Lübeck is liberated by the British Army.
On Wednesday, 2 May 1945, Surrender of Axis troops in Italy comes into effect.
On Wednesday, 2 May 1945, Troops of the New Zealand Army 2nd Division enter Trieste a day after the Yugoslavs; the German Army in Trieste surrenders to the New Zealand Army.
On Wednesday, 2 May 1945, Following the death or resignation of the Hitler Cabinet in Germany, the Schwerin von Krosigk cabinet first meets.
On Wednesday, 2 May 1945, Neuengamme concentration camp near Hamburg is evacuated at about this date.
On Wednesday, 2 May 1945, Expatriate American poet Ezra Pound is arrested by the Italian resistance movement; released by them, on May 5 he turns himself in to the United States Army and is imprisoned as a traitor.
On Friday, 2 May 1980, Referendum on system of government held in Nepal.
On Wednesday, 2 May 1990, In London, a man brandishing a knife robs a courier of bearer bonds worth £292 million (the second largest mugging to date).
On Wednesday, 2 May 1990, First talks between the government of South Africa and the African National Congress. [May 2–4 1990]
On Sunday, 2 May 2010, The Rudd Government announces it will tax the above-normal profits—known as super profits—of the mining industry to fund a superannuation rise and a company tax cut.
On Sunday, 2 May 2010, The eurozone and the International Monetary Fund agree to a €110 billion bailout package for Greece. The package involves sharp Greek austerity measures.
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