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 19 July 1870, Franco-Prussian War: France declares war on Prussia.
On Monday, 19 July 1920, Start of the Second Congress of the Communist International takes place in Saint Petersburg and Moscow; the notorious Twenty-one Conditions are adopted.
On Tuesday, 19 July 1960, First reported skyjacking/hijacking in the world Trans Australia Airlines Flight 408
On Saturday, 19 July 1980, Former Turkish Prime Minister Nihat Erim is killed by two gunmen in Istanbul, Turkey.
On Saturday, 19 July 1980, The 1980 Summer Olympics are held in Moscow, Soviet Union. 82 countries boycott the Games, athletes from 16 of them participate under a neutral flag. [to August 3 1980]
On Thursday, 19 July 1990, Prime Minister Bob Hawke announces that the Commonwealth will work with the States to achieve effective supervision of deposit-taking, non-bank institutions.
On Monday, 19 July 2010, 250 Australian and British WWI soldiers are laid to rest in a new Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery in Fromelles, France. This is the first full cemetery that the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has constructed in more than 50 years.
On Sunday, 19 July 2015, Millions watch live as Australian surfer Mick Fanning escapes a shark during a competition at Jeffrey Bay, South Africa.
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