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, 22 September 1920, The London Metropolitan Police forms the Flying Squad, a motorised mobile detective patrol unit.
On Thursday, 22 September 1960, Mali, the sole remaining member of the “Mali Federation” following the withdrawal of Senegal one month earlier, declares its full independence as the Republic of Mali.
On Tuesday, 22 September 1970, The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) is founded.
On Tuesday, 22 September 1970, Tunku Abdul Rahman resigns as prime minister of Malaysia, and is succeeded by his deputy Tun Abdul Razak.
On Monday, 22 September 1980, The command council of Iraq orders its army to “deliver its fatal blow on Iranian military targets,” initiating the Iran–Iraq War.
On Monday, 22 September 1980, Youth riots in Tallinn, the capital of the Estonian SSR, are quickly put down. Similar riots are organized on 1 October.
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