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.
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On 24 September 1895, Start of the Automobile Club de France sponsors the longest race to date, a 1,710 km (1,060 mi) event, from Bordeaux to Agen and back. Because it is held in ten stages, it can be considered the first rally. The first three places are taken by a Panhard, a Panhard, and a three-wheeler De Dion-Bouton.
On Thursday, 24 September 1970, The Odd Couple premiered on ABC.
On Monday, 24 September 1990, A special Australian Labor Party Conference endorses the privatisation of Qantas and Australian Airlines, the merger of OTC and Telecom and the sale of Aussat, despite the misgivings of the Left faction.
On Monday, 24 September 1990, The Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union grants Gorbachev special powers for 18 months to secure the Soviet Union’s transition to a market economy.
On Sunday, 24 September 1995, The Canterbury Bulldogs (playing as the Sydney Bulldogs) defeat the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 17-4 to win the 88th NSWRL/ARL premiership.
On Thursday, 24 September 2015, The Federal Government commits $100 million to boost domestic violence services.
On Thursday, 24 September 2015, A stampede during the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca kills at least 2,200 people and injures more than 900 others, with more than 650 missing.
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