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 28 November 1895, Chicago Times-Herald race: The first American automobile race in history is sponsored by the Chicago Times-Herald. Press coverage first arouses significant American interest in the automobile.
On Sunday, 28 November 1920, Irish War of Independence 1920. Kilmichael Ambush: The flying column of the 3rd Cork Brigade of the Irish Republican Army, led by Tom Barry, ambushes two lorries carrying men of the Auxiliary Division of the Royal Irish Constabulary at Kilmichael, County Cork, killing 17 (with 3 of its men also dying), which leads to official reprisals.
On Wednesday, 28 November 1945, An earthquake in Balochistan causes a tsunami and kills 4,000.
On Monday, 28 November 1960, Mauritania becomes independent of France.
On Monday, 28 November 1960, The African and Malagasy Organisation for Economic Cooperation (OAMCE) (Organisation Africain et Malagache de Coopération Économique) is established.
On Monday, 28 November 1960, Édith Piaf’s recording of “Non, je ne regrette rien” is released in France.
On Saturday, 28 November 1970, The Montréal Alouettes defeated the Calgary Stampeders to become victors in the 58th Grey Cup 23–10.
On Wednesday, 28 November 1990, Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew resigns and is replaced by Goh Chok Tong.
On Wednesday, 28 November 1990, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher resigns and is replaced by John Major.
On Tuesday, 28 November 1995, 27 nations sign the Barcelona Treaty, creating the Union for the Mediterranean.
On Sunday, 28 November 2010, WikiLeaks releases a collection of more than 250,000 American diplomatic cables, including 100,000 marked “secret” or “confidential”.
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