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 Monday, 18 October 1920, Thousands of unemployed demonstrate in London; 50 are injured.
On Thursday, 18 October 1945, Nuremberg trials begin, after Buchenwald closed.
On Thursday, 18 October 1945, Isaías Medina Angarita, president of Venezuela, is overthrown by a military coup.
On Saturday, 18 October 1980, Australian federal election, 1980: Malcolm Fraser’s Liberal/National Country Coalition Government is re-elected with a substantially reduced majority, defeating the Labor Party led by Bill Hayden. The Government also loses control of the Senate, with the Australian Democrats winning the balance of power.
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