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, 4 July 1945, The Brazilian cruiser Bahia is sunk by an accidentally induced explosion, killing more than 300 and stranding the survivors in shark-infested waters.
On Monday, 4 July 1960, Following the admission of the State of Hawaii as the 50th state in August 1959, the new 50-star Flag of the United States is first officially flown over Philadelphia.
On Saturday, 4 July 1970, A chartered Dan-Air De Havilland Comet crashes into the mountains north of Barcelona; at least 112 people are killed.
On Saturday, 4 July 1970, Bob Hope and other entertainers gather in Washington, D.C. for Honor America Day, a nonpartisan holiday event.
On Saturday, 4 July 1970, Longtime radio music countdown show American Top 40 debuts on 5 U.S. stations with Casey Kasem as host.
On Friday, 4 July 1980, Newcastle’s Sun newspaper cease publication.
On Tuesday, 4 July 1995, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom John Major is re-elected as leader of the Conservative Party.
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