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, 23 June 1960, Japanese prime minister Nobusuke Kishi announces his resignation.
On Tuesday, 23 June 1970, The film: Kelly’s Heroes is released in the US.
On Monday, 23 June 1980, Australia’s first “test tube baby” (Candice Reed) is born in Melbourne’s Royal Women’s Hospital.
On Monday, 23 June 1980, David Opas, a Judge of the Family Court of Australia is shot and killed outside his home.
On Monday, 23 June 1980, The 1980 United States heat wave claims 1,700 lives. [to September 6 1980]
On Monday, 23 June 1980, Tim Berners-Lee begins work on ENQUIRE, the system that will eventually lead to the creation of the World Wide Web in fall 1990.
On Saturday, 23 June 1990, In Canada, the Meech Lake Accord of 1987 dies after the Manitoba and Newfoundland legislatures fail to approve it ahead of the deadline.
On Friday, 23 June 2000, The Childers backpacker hostel fire kills 15 people.
On Wednesday, 23 June 2010, Despite defeating Serbia 2-1 in their final match in Group D, Australia did not progress past the group stages of the 2010 FIFA World Cup—finishing third in their group behind Ghana on goal difference.
On Tuesday, 23 June 2015, Australian Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant recruit Mohamed Elomar is reportedly killed in Iraq. Doubts remain about Khaled Sharrouf’s death.
On Tuesday, 23 June 2015, Sofie Laguna wins the 2015 Miles Franklin Award for her novel The Eye of the Sheep.
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