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 20 October 1870, The First Vatican Council adjourns.
On Saturday, 20 October 1945, Mongolians vote for independence from China.
On Tuesday, 20 October 1970, The Soviet Union launches the Zond 8 lunar probe.
On Tuesday, 20 October 1970, Egyptian president Anwar Sadat names Mahmoud Fawzi as his prime minister.
On Monday, 20 October 1980, Greece rejoins the NATO military structure.
On Monday, 20 October 1980, In continuous production since 1962, the last MG MGB roadster rolls off the assembly line at the Abingdon-on-Thames (England) factory, ending production for the MG Cars marque.
On Friday, 20 October 1995, Brenda Hodge, the last person to be sentenced to death in Australia before the full abolition of capital punishment, is paroled from prison after serving eleven years of a life sentence.
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