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 Thursday, 25 October 1945, WWII: Japanese armed forces in Taiwan surrender to the Allies.
On Thursday, 25 October 1945, Getúlio Vargas is deposed as president in Brazil. José Linhares is named as temporary president.
On Thursday, 25 October 1945, Osijek prison massacre
On Sunday, 25 October 1970, The wreck of the Confederate submarine Hunley is found off Charleston, South Carolina, by pioneer underwater archaeologist, Dr. E. Lee Spence, then just 22 years old. Hunley was the first submarine in history to sink a ship in warfare.
On Saturday, 25 October 1980, Proceedings on the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction conclude at The Hague.
On Monday, 25 October 2010, Environmental activist Peter Gray throws his shoes at former Prime Minister John Howard on the ABC’s Q&A programme, in protest to the Howard Government’s involvement in the Iraq War.
On Monday, 25 October 2010, An earthquake and consequent tsunami off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, kills over 400 people and leaves hundreds missing.
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