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 8 October 1870, Léon Gambetta escapes the besieged Paris in a hot-air balloon.
On 8 October 1895, The Eulmi Incident: Empress Myeongseong of Korea is killed at her private residence within Gyeongbokgung Palace, by Japanese agents.
On Monday, 8 October 1945, Hadamar Trial: Personnel of the Hadamar Euthanasia Centre, now in the American zone of Allied-occupied Germany, are the first to be tried for systematic extermination in Nazi Germany. [October 8–15 1945]
On Thursday, 8 October 1970, The U.S. Foreign Office announces the renewal of arms sales to Pakistan.
On Thursday, 8 October 1970, Soviet author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
On Thursday, 8 October 1970, Vietnam War: In Paris, a Communist delegation rejects U.S. President Richard Nixon’s October 7 peace proposal as “a maneuver to deceive world opinion.”
On Monday, 8 October 1990, Federal Cabinet endorses logging in 40% of the disputed New South Wales south-eastern forests, to the dismay of environmentalists.
On Monday, 8 October 1990, Israeli–Palestinian conflict: In Jerusalem, Israeli police kill 17 Palestinians and wound over 100 near the Dome of the Rock mosque on the Temple Mount.
On Monday, 8 October 1990, Globalization: The first McDonald’s restaurant is opened in Mainland China in Shenzhen, near Hong Kong. Since 1979, Shenzhen has been a Special economic zone.
On Friday, 8 October 2010, The Murray-Darling Basin Authority releases the Guide to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. The plan proposes to cut water entitlements in the basin by up to 40% and return 4000 GL of water to the river system.
On Thursday, 8 October 2015, Brian Loughnane resigns as Liberal Party Federal Director.
On Thursday, 8 October 2015, A Commission of Inquiry finds that the 2011 flood in Grantham, Queensland, which killed 12 people, was a freak of nature.
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