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, 29 September 1920, The first domestic radio sets come to stores in the United States; a Westinghouse radio costs $10.
On Wednesday, 29 September 1920, Adolf Hitler makes his first public appearance in Austria, with speeches in Vienna, Innsbruck, and Salzburg.
On Saturday, 29 September 1945, The 1945 VFL Grand Final is held, and becomes known as the “Bloodbath” due to the wet, muddy conditions and frequent violence between players and amongst the spectators. Carlton defeats South Melbourne 15.13 (103) to 10.15 (75).
On Tuesday, 29 September 1970, The U.S. Congress gives President Richard Nixon authority to sell arms to Israel.
On Tuesday, 29 September 1970, In Berlin, Red Army Faction members rob three banks, with loot totaling over DM200,000.
On Monday, 29 September 1980, The Washington Post publishes Janet Cooke’s story of Jimmy, an 8-year-old heroin addict, later proven to be fabricated.
On Saturday, 29 September 1990, Washington, D.C.’s National Cathedral is finished.
On Saturday, 29 September 1990, The United Nations World Summit for Children draws more than 70 world leaders to United Nations Headquarters. [September 29–30 1990]
On Friday, 29 September 2000, The HM Prison Maze in Northern Ireland is closed.
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