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 Wednesday, 21 July 1920, The Interallied Mission to Poland takes place.
On Saturday, 21 July 1945, WWII: President Harry S. Truman approves the order for atomic bombs to be used against Japan.
On Thursday, 21 July 1960, Francis Chichester, English navigator and yachtsman, arrives at New York City aboard his yacht, Gypsy Moth II, crossing the Atlantic Ocean solo in a new record of just forty days.
On Tuesday, 21 July 1970, The Aswan High Dam in Egypt is completed.
On Friday, 21 July 1995, Third Taiwan Strait Crisis: The Chinese People’s Liberation Army fires missiles into the waters north of Taiwan. [July 21–26 1995]
On Wednesday, 21 July 2010, Slovenia becomes the 32nd member of the OECD.
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