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, 26 May 1920, Ganja revolt: Anti-Soviet opposition in the Azerbaijan SSR launches an abortive revolt in Ganja.
On Tuesday, 26 May 1970, The Soviet Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2.
On Monday, 26 May 1980, The High Court of Australia building in Canberra is opened by Queen Elizabeth II. Prince Philip is also in attendance.
On Monday, 26 May 1980, John Frum supporters in Vanuatu storm government offices on the island of Tanna. Vanuatu government troops land the next day and drive them away.
On Monday, 26 May 1980, In South Korea, military government forces and pro-democracy protesters clash; 2,000 protesters die.
On Monday, 26 May 1980, Vernon Jordan is shot and critically injured in an assassination attempt in Fort Wayne, Indiana, by Joseph Paul Franklin (the first major news story for CNN).
On Tuesday, 26 May 2015, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announces plans to strip Australian citizenship from dual nationals who go overseas to fight with terrorist groups.
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