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 12 May 1870, The Port Adelaide Football Club is founded. The club plays its first match of Australian rules football at Buck’s Flat, Glanville Estate, South Australia on May 24.
On 12 May 1870, The Canadian province of Manitoba is created, in response to Louis Riel’s Red River Rebellion.
On Saturday, 12 May 1945, Argentinian labour leader José Peter declares the Meat Industry Workers Federation dissolved.
On Saturday, 12 May 1945, Rev. W. V. Awdry’s children’s book The Three Railway Engines, first of The Railway Series, is published in England.
On Tuesday, 12 May 1970, The 1976 Winter Olympics are awarded to Denver, Colorado but it is later rejected in 1972.
On Wednesday, 12 May 2010, Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771 crashes at runway at Tripoli International Airport in Libya, killing 103 of the 104 people on board.
On Tuesday, 12 May 2015, A second major earthquake in Nepal, measuring 7.3 on the moment magnitude scale, results in 153 deaths in Nepal, 62 in India, 1 in China and 2 in Bangladesh with a total of 218 deaths.
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