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 8 August 1870, The Republic of Ploiești, an uprising against Domnitor Carol of Romania, fails.
On 8 August 1895, The steamship SS Catterthun strikes Seal Rocks, NSW, and founders, killing 55 persons
On Wednesday, 8 August 1945, The United Nations Charter is ratified by the United States Senate, and this nation becomes the third to join the new international organization.
On Wednesday, 8 August 1945, WWII: The Soviet Union declares war on Japan.
On Wednesday, 8 August 1990, Iraq announces its formal annexation of Kuwait.
On Wednesday, 8 August 1990, The government of Peru announces an austerity plan that results in huge increases in the price of food and gasoline. The plan sets off days of rioting and a national strike on August 21.
On Tuesday, 8 August 2000, The Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor.
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