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 27 October 1870, Franco-Prussian War 1870. Siege of Metz: Marshal François Achille Bazaine, commanding the French left wing, is forced by starvation to surrender the fortifications of Metz.
On Wednesday, 27 October 1920, The League of Nations moves its headquarters to Geneva, Switzerland.
On Wednesday, 27 October 1920, Baron Louis De Geer the Younger becomes the new Prime Minister of Sweden.
On Saturday, 27 October 1945, Indonesian National Revolution: Battle of Surabaya 1945. Pro-independence Indonesian soldiers and militia fight British and British Indian troops in Surabaya. [October 27–November 20 1945]
On Monday, 27 October 1980, Six Provisional Irish Republican Army prisoners in Maze prison in Northern Ireland refuse food and demand status as political prisoners; the hunger strike lasts until December.
On Saturday, 27 October 1990, A general election is held in the Northern Territory. The Country Liberal Party government of Marshall Perron is returned to power.
On Saturday, 27 October 1990, Cold War: The Supreme Soviet of the Kirghiz SSR selects Askar Akayev as the republic’s first president.
On Saturday, 27 October 1990, The New Zealand general election is won by the New Zealand National Party, and its leader, Jim Bolger, becomes prime minister.
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