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 24 May 1895, Anti-Japanese officials, led by Tang Jingsong in Taiwan, declare independence from the Qing Dynasty, forming the short-lived Republic of Formosa.
On Monday, 24 May 1920, Venustiano Carranza is buried in Mexico City; all of his mourning allies are arrested. Adolfo de la Huerta is elected provisional president.
On Sunday, 24 May 1970, The scientific drilling of the Kola Superdeep Borehole begins in the USSR.
On Saturday, 24 May 1980, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip arrive in Australia.
On Saturday, 24 May 1980, The Australian Olympic Federation announces it will send an Olympic delegation to Moscow, despite objections raised by the Prime Minister. The tight 6-5 ballot, announced by Federation President, Syd Grange at Melbourne’s Sheraton Hotel, ends speculation about Australia’s role following America’s boycott of the games. Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser is critical of the decision, expressing hope that the Australian participation would not be interpreted as an endorsement of Soviet policy.
On Saturday, 24 May 1980, The International Court of Justice calls for the release of U.S. Embassy hostages in Tehran.
On Saturday, 24 May 1980, The New York Islanders win their first Stanley Cup, from a goal by Bobby Nystrom in Game 6 overtime of the 1980 Stanley Cup Finals over the Philadelphia Flyers.
On Wednesday, 24 May 1995, AFC Ajax wins the UEFA Champions League at the Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna by defeating A.C. Milan 1–0.
On Wednesday, 24 May 2000, Real Madrid C.F. defeats Valencia CF 3–0 in the UEFA Champions League Final at Stade de France to win their second title between 1998 and 2002, and their eighth overall.
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