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 11 August 1870, Melbourne Town Hall is opened.
On Wednesday, 11 August 1920, Bolshevik Russia recognizes independent Latvia.
On Saturday, 11 August 1945, WWII: The Allies reply to the Japanese surrender offer by saying that Emperor Hirohito will be subject to the authority of the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces.
On Saturday, 11 August 1945, The Holocaust: Kraków pogrom 1945. Róża Berger is shot dead by Polish militia.
On Saturday, 11 August 1945, Soviet troops complete occupation of Sakhalin. [August 11–25 1945]
On Thursday, 11 August 1960, Chad becomes independent from France.
On Friday, 11 August 2000, The Melbourne Phoenix defeat the Adelaide Thunderbirds 52–51 in the Commonwealth Bank Trophy netball grand final.
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