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, 6 August 1945, WWII: Atomic bombing of Hiroshima: A United States Boeing B-29 Superfortress, the Enola Gay, drops an atomic bomb, codenamed “Little Boy”, on Hiroshima, Japan, at 8:15 a.m. (local time). The atomic bombings are believed to have resulted in between 129,000 and 246,000 deaths.
On Saturday, 6 August 1960, Cuban Revolution: In response to a United States embargo against Cuba, Fidel Castro nationalizes all American and foreign-owned property in Cuba.
On Saturday, 6 August 1960, In the Republic of the Congo (Léopoldville), now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Albert Kalonji declares the independence of the Autonomous State of South Kasai.
On Monday, 6 August 1990, Gulf War: The United Nations Security Council orders a global trade embargo against Iraq in response to its invasion of Kuwait.
On Monday, 6 August 1990, President of Pakistan Ghulam Ishaq Khan dismisses Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto, accusing her of corruption and abuse of power.
On Monday, 6 August 1990, The South African government and ANC begin talks on ending Apartheid in South Africa.
On Friday, 6 August 2010, The High Court of Australia rules in the case Rowe & Anor v Electoral Commissioner & Anor that certain provisions of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 are invalid, specifically those introduced in the Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Electoral Integrity and Other Measures) Act 2006, which close the electoral roll on the day the writ for a federal election is issued. An estimated 100,000 enrolments were being reconsidered by the Australian Electoral Commission, and would be contacted to inform them they would be eligible to vote in the 2010 election.
On Thursday, 6 August 2015, The jobless figure tops 800,000 for the first time in 20 years.
On Thursday, 6 August 2015, Hutchison Port Holdings sacks 94 workers via SMS and e-mail, triggering strikes in Brisbane and Sydney.
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