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 14 May 1870, The first rugby match is played in New Zealand, between the Nelson Football Club and Nelson College.
On Monday, 14 May 1945, WWII: Battle of Poljana 1945. The last battle of the War in Europe is fought at Poljana near Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia.
On Saturday, 14 May 1960, The Kenyan African National Congress Party is founded in Kenya, when three political parties join forces.
On Thursday, 14 May 1970, Ulrike Meinhof helps Andreas Baader escape and create the Red Army Faction which exists until 1998.
On Thursday, 14 May 1970, In the second day of violent demonstrations at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, state law enforcement officers fire into the demonstrators, killing 2 and injuring 12.
On Wednesday, 14 May 1980, The Sumpul River massacre occurs in Chalatenango, El Salvador.
On Monday, 14 May 1990, A bitter public row between Paul Keating and John Button over tariff policy leads critics to cast further doubt on Prime Minister Bob Hawke’s ability to discipline his ministers.
On Sunday, 14 May 1995, The Dalai Lama proclaims 6-year-old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima as the 11th reincarnation of the Panchen Lama.
On Thursday, 14 May 2015, The Norfolk Island Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 is passed by the Parliament of Australia, abolishing the self-government arrangements of Norfolk Island.
On Thursday, 14 May 2015, Johnny Depp’s wife, Amber Heard, brings pet dogs Pistol and Boo into Australia illegally. Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says that the dogs should “bugger off” back to Los Angeles and suggests that they might be euthanased if they do not leave.
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