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 9 August 1845, The Aberdeen Act is passed by the Parliament of the United Kingdom, empowering the British Royal Navy to search Brazilian ships, as part of the abolition of the slave trade from Africa.
On Monday, 9 August 1920, died Samuel Griffith (born 1845), Premier of Queensland
On Thursday, 9 August 1945, WWII: Atomic bombing of Nagasaki: A United States B-29, Bockscar, drops an atomic bomb, codenamed “Fat Man”, on Nagasaki, Japan, at 11:02 a.m. (local time).
On Thursday, 9 August 1945, Soviet–Japanese War opens: The Soviet Union begins its army offensive against Japan in the northern part of the Japanese-held Chinese region of Manchuria.
On Tuesday, 9 August 1960, The government of Laos is overthrown in a coup.
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