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 Wednesday, 1 December 1920, The Mexican Revolution ends with a new regime coming to power, which couples with the end of the generally accepted period of the ‘Old West’.
On Thursday, 1 December 1960, Patrice Lumumba, deposed premier of the Republic of the Congo, is arrested by the troops of Colonel Joseph Mobutu.
On Thursday, 1 December 1960, A Soviet satellite containing live animals and plants is launched into orbit. Due to a malfunction it burns up during re-entry.
On Tuesday, 1 December 1970, The Italian House of Representatives accepts the new divorce law.
On Tuesday, 1 December 1970, Ethiopia recognizes the People’s Republic of China.
On Tuesday, 1 December 1970, The Basque ETA kidnaps West German Eugen Beihl in San Sebastián.
On Tuesday, 1 December 1970, Luis Echeverría becomes president of Mexico.
On Saturday, 1 December 1990, Channel Tunnel workers from the United Kingdom and France meet 40 metres beneath the English Channel seabed, establishing the first land connection between Great Britain and the mainland of Europe for around 8,000 years.
On Saturday, 1 December 1990, President of Chad Hissène Habré is deposed by the Patriotic Salvation Movement and replaced as president by its leader Idriss Déby.
On Friday, 1 December 1995, A new licence for a trial shipment of 200,000 tonnes of woodchips to Taiwan reignites plans for a “Son of Wesley Vale” pulp mill for northern Tasmania.
On Wednesday, 1 December 2010, [Starting in December] Around 200,000 people in 22 cities and towns across Queensland are affected by floods, most widespread flooding disaster in Queensland history. [December 2010- January 2011]
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