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 31 October 1895, born Les Darcy (died 1917), boxer
On 31 October 1895, A major earthquake occurs in the New Madrid Seismic Zone of the midwestern United States, the last to date.
On Friday, 31 October 1980, The Polish government recognizes Solidarity.
On Friday, 31 October 1980, Reza Pahlavi, eldest son of the Shah of Iran, proclaims himself the rightful successor to the Peacock Throne.
On Tuesday, 31 October 2000, Singapore Airlines Flight 006 collides with construction equipment in the Chiang Kai Shek International Airport, resulting in 83 deaths.
On Saturday, 31 October 2015, Rugby union: New Zealand beats Australia 34–17 in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham Stadium, London.
On Saturday, 31 October 2015, Kogalymavia Flight 9268, an Airbus A321 airliner en route to Saint Petersburg from Sharm el-Sheikh, crashes near Al-Hasana in Sinai, killing all 217 passengers and 7 crew members on board.
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