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 16 April 1895, The town of Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, is incorporated.
On Monday, 16 April 1945, WWII: Battle of Berlin begins, opening with the Battle of the Oder–Neisse and the Battle of the Seelow Heights.
On Monday, 16 April 1945, Canadian forces take Harlingen, and occupy Leeuwarden and Groningen in the Netherlands.
On Monday, 16 April 1945, 7000-8000 drown when MV Goya is sunk by Soviet submarine L-3 in the Baltic Sea while evacuating German troops and civilians as part of Operation Hannibal.
On Thursday, 16 April 1970, Rev. Ian Paisley wins a by-election to gain a seat in the House of Commons of Northern Ireland.
On Thursday, 16 April 1970, The National Westminster Bank begins trading in the United Kingdom.
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