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 12 November 1870, German company Dresdner Bank is founded.
On Friday, 12 November 1920, Italy and the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes sign the Treaty of Rapallo.
On Thursday, 12 November 1970, Soviet author Andrei Amalrik is sentenced to three years for ‘anti-Soviet’ writings.
On Monday, 12 November 1990, Prime Minister Bob Hawke announces that the risk of war in the Persian Gulf had increased as two more Australian guided missile vessels left for the Gulf.
On Monday, 12 November 1990, Akihito is enthroned as the 125th emperor of Japan following the death of his father on January 7, 1989.
On Monday, 12 November 1990, Tim Berners-Lee publishes a more formal proposal for the World Wide Web.
On Sunday, 12 November 1995, After 10 years, the last Australian Grand Prix takes place on the streets of Adelaide. Damon Hill, of the Williams team, wins. The race moves to Albert Park in Melbourne from 1996 onwards.
On Sunday, 12 November 1995, The Millbrook Commonwealth Action Programme, a programme to implement the Harare Declaration, is announced by the Commonwealth Heads of Government.
On Thursday, 12 November 2015, Two suicide bombers detonated explosives in Bourj el-Barajneh, Beirut, killing 43 people and injuring over 200 others.
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