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 31 December 1870, Sir Henry Barkly is appointed Governor of the Cape of Good Hope, and High Commissioner for Southern Africa.
On 31 December 1870, The 12.8 km (8.0 mi) Fréjus Rail Tunnel through the Alps is completed.
On Saturday, 31 December 1960, Last day on which the farthing, a coin first minted in England in the 13th century, is legal tender in the United Kingdom.
On Thursday, 31 December 1970, Paul McCartney sues in Britain to dissolve The Beatles’s legal partnership.
On Monday, 31 December 1990, The Queensland regional television market is aggregated, with Sunshine Television Network (now Seven Queensland) taking a Seven affiliation, WIN Television taking a Nine affiliation, and QTV with the Ten affiliation.
On Monday, 31 December 1990, Russian Garry Kasparov holds his title by winning the World Chess Championship match against his countryman Anatoly Karpov.
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