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 8 November 1895, Wilhelm Röntgen discovers a type of radiation (later known as X-rays).
On Tuesday, 8 November 1960, United States presidential election, 1960: In a close race, Democratic U. S. Senator John F. Kennedy is elected over Republican U. S. Vice President Richard Nixon, to become (at 43) the second youngest man to serve as President of the United States, and the youngest man elected to this position.
On Sunday, 8 November 1970, Egypt, Libya and Sudan announce their intentions to form a federation.
On Sunday, 8 November 1970, Tom Dempsey, who was born with a deformed right foot and right hand, sets a National Football League record by kicking a 63-yard field goal to lift the New Orleans Saints to a 19–17 victory over the Detroit Lions at Tulane Stadium.
On Sunday, 8 November 1970, The British comedy television series, The Goodies debuts on BBC Two.
On Sunday, 8 November 2015, Detainees riot at Christmas Island following the death of asylum seeker Fazel Chegeni after he escaped from the detention centre.
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