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 Monday, 15 October 1945, WWII: Pierre Laval, the former premier of Vichy France, is shot dead by a firing squad for treason against France.
On Monday, 15 October 1945, The Fifth Pan-African Congress is held in Manchester. [October 15–21 1945]
On Thursday, 15 October 1970, A portion of the West Gate Bridge in Melbourne collapses, killing 35
On Thursday, 15 October 1970, In Egypt, a referendum supports Anwar Sadat 90.04%.
On Thursday, 15 October 1970, A section of the new West Gate Bridge in Melbourne collapses into the river below, killing 35 construction workers.
On Thursday, 15 October 1970, The domestic Soviet Aeroflot Flight 244 is hijacked and diverted to Turkey.
On Wednesday, 15 October 1980, Mini-series The Last Outlaw debuts on Seven.
On Wednesday, 15 October 1980, James Callaghan announces his resignation as leader of the British Labour Party.
On Wednesday, 15 October 1980, James Hoskins forces his way into WCPO’s television studio in Cincinnati, holding 9 employees hostage for several hours before releasing them and taking his own life.
On Monday, 15 October 1990, Cold War: Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to lessen Cold War tensions and reform his nation.
On Monday, 15 October 1990, South Africa ends segregation of libraries, trains, buses, toilets, swimming pools, and other public facilities.
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