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, 21 April 1960, In Brazil, the country’s capital (Federal District) is relocated from the city of Rio de Janeiro to the new city, Brasília, in the highlands. The actual city of Rio de Janeiro becomes the State of Guanabara.
On Tuesday, 21 April 1970, The Principality of Hutt River “secedes” from Australia (it remains unrecognised by Australia and other nations).
On Monday, 21 April 1980, Rosie Ruiz wins the Boston Marathon, but is later exposed as a fraud and stripped of her award.
On Tuesday, 21 April 2015, Three die as floods wash away houses in Dungog, New South Wales.
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