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, 16 July 1945, Trinity test at night in New Mexico.
On Monday, 16 July 1945, Vannevar Bush’s As We May Think published.
On Monday, 16 July 1945, The Trinity Test, the first of an atomic bomb, using about six kilograms of plutonium, succeeds in unleashing an explosion equivalent to that of 19 kilotons of TNT.
On Monday, 16 July 1945, A train collision near Munich, Germany kills 102 war prisoners.
On Thursday, 16 July 1970, Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh opens.
On Wednesday, 16 July 1980, Former California Governor and actor Ronald Reagan is nominated for U.S. President, at the 1980 Republican National Convention in Detroit. Influenced by the Religious Right, the convention also drops its long-standing support for the Equal Rights Amendment, dismaying moderate Republicans.
On Monday, 16 July 1990, Luzon earthquake
On Monday, 16 July 1990, 1990 Luzon earthquake: An earthquake measuring M 7.7 kills more than 1,600 in the Philippines.
On Sunday, 16 July 1995, Roderic deHighden wins the men’s national marathon title, clocking 2:13:58 in Brisbane, while Julie Rose claims the women’s title in 2:38:44.
On Thursday, 16 July 2015, Nigel Milsom is awarded the Archibald Prize for his portrait Judo house pt 6 (the white bird). The Wynne Prize was awarded to Natasha Bieniek for Biophilia and the Sulman Prize was awarded to Jason Phu for I was at yum cha when in rolled the three severed heads of Buddha: fear, malice and death.
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