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 9 May 1895, Thirteen workers are killed by soldiers of the Russian Empire during the Yaroslavl Great Manufacture strike.
On Wednesday, 9 May 1945, Germany surrenders to the Allies, ending World War II in Europe.
On Wednesday, 9 May 1945, WWII: The Soviet Union marks V-E Day.
On Wednesday, 9 May 1945, The Red Army enters Prague.
On Wednesday, 9 May 1945, Hermann Göring surrenders to the United States Army near Radstadt.
On Wednesday, 9 May 1945, Vidkun Quisling and other members of the collaborationist Quisling regime in Norway surrender to the Resistance (Milorg) and police at Møllergata 19 in Oslo as part of the legal purge in Norway after World War II.
On Wednesday, 9 May 1945, General Alexander Löhr, Commander of German Army Group E near Topolšica, Slovenia, signs the capitulation of German occupation troops.
On Wednesday, 9 May 1945, The German occupation of the Channel Islands in Guernsey and Jersey ends with their liberation by British troops.
On Monday, 9 May 1960, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announces that it will approve birth control as an additional indication for Searle’s Enovid, making it the world’s first approved oral contraceptive pill.
On Saturday, 9 May 1970, In Washington, D.C., 100,000 people demonstrate against the Vietnam War.
On Friday, 9 May 1980, In Florida, the Liberian freighter Summit Venture hits the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay. A 1,400 feet (430 m) section of the bridge collapses and 35 people (most in a bus) are killed.
On Friday, 9 May 1980, The Norco shootout takes place in California.
On Friday, 9 May 1980, James Alexander George Smith “Jags” McCartney the Turks and Caicos Islands’ first Chief Minister, is killed in a plane crash over New Jersey.
On Wednesday, 9 May 1990, In South Korea, police battle anti-government protesters in Seoul and two other cities.
On Tuesday, 9 May 1995, The Federal Budget is delivered. The Budget’s enormous turnaround in projected revenue, from a deficit of $12.9 billion to a small surplus, is received with scepticism by many commentators.
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