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, 7 November 1990, Indian Prime Minister Singh resigns over losing a confidence vote in the Parliament of India, having lost the support of Hindus who want a Muslim mosque in Ayodhya torn down to build a Hindu temple.
On Wednesday, 7 November 1990, The final military parade to mark the anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution takes place in the USSR.
On Tuesday, 7 November 1995, The Federal Court of Australia rules against Minister Tickner’s ban on the building of a bridge to Hindmarsh Island in South Australia.
On Tuesday, 7 November 1995, Typhoon Angela leaves the Philippines and Vietnam devastated, with 882 deaths and US$315 million in damage. The typhoon was the strongest ever to strike the Philippines in 25 years, with wind speeds of 130 mph (210 km/h) and gusts of 180 mph (290 km/h).
On Tuesday, 7 November 2000, ‘Horse Brew’ wins the Melbourne Cup.
On Tuesday, 7 November 2000, In London, a criminal gang raids the Millennium Dome to steal the Millennium Star diamond, but police surveillance catches them in the act.
On Saturday, 7 November 2015, The Royal Commission into trade union governance and corruption clears Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten of wrongdoing during his time at the helm of the Victorian Australian Workers Union.
On Saturday, 7 November 2015, Chinese and Taiwanese presidents, Xi Jinping and Ma Ying-jeou, formally meet for the first time.
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