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 19 May 1845, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, with 134 men, comprising Sir John Franklin’s expedition to find the Northwest Passage, sail from Greenhithe on the Thames. They will last be seen in August, entering Baffin Bay.
On Wednesday, 19 May 1920, Mexican Revolution: Álvaro Obregón’s troops enter Mexico City.
On Saturday, 19 May 1990, The US and the USSR agree to end production of chemical weapons and to destroy most of their stockpiles of chemical weapons.
On Wednesday, 19 May 2010, Protests in Bangkok, Thailand, end with a bloody military crackdown, killing 91 and injuring more than 2,100.
On Tuesday, 19 May 2015, Soccer: Melbourne Victory wins the 2015 A-League Grand Final, defeating Sydney FC 3–0.
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