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 Wednesday, 24 October 1945, The United Nations is founded by ratification of its Charter, by 29 nations.
On Wednesday, 24 October 1945, The International Court of Justice (“World Court”) established by the United Nations Charter.
On Wednesday, 24 October 1945, The Norwegian Nazi leader Vidkun Quisling is executed by firing squad for treason against Norway.
On Monday, 24 October 1960, Nedelin catastrophe: A large rocket explodes on the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, killing at least 90 people of the Soviet space program.
On Saturday, 24 October 1970, Salvador Allende is elected President of Chile.
On Friday, 24 October 1980, SBS commences transmission in Sydney & Melbourne on VHF Channel 0 & UHF Channel 28, becoming the first station in Australia to use UHF frequencies.
On Wednesday, 24 October 1990, In the Pakistani general election, Prime Minister Bhutto’s Pakistan Peoples Party loses power to a center-right coalition government led by the Islami Jamhoori Ittehad party.
On Tuesday, 24 October 1995, Anna Wood, a 15-year-old schoolgirl from Sydney, dies after taking ecstasy at a rave. Her death sparks a media firestorm and a national debate over the use of illicit drugs.
On Tuesday, 24 October 1995, A total solar eclipse is visible from Iran, India, Thailand, and Southeast Asia.
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