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 Thursday, 18 August 1960, United States president Dwight Eisenhower is briefed on the Congo crisis at a meeting with the National Security Council and asks whether the U.S. “can’t get rid of this guy” (Patrice Lumumba).
On Tuesday, 18 August 2015, Rock music performer Jimmy Barnes and his family narrowly escape a Bangkok bombing that kills 20.
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