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 Saturday, 5 May 1945, WWII: Prague uprising: Prague rises up against occupying Nazi forces.
On Saturday, 5 May 1945, The US 11th Armored Division liberates the prisoners of Mauthausen concentration camp, including Simon Wiesenthal.
On Saturday, 5 May 1945, Canadian soldiers liberate the city of Amsterdam from Nazi occupation.
On Saturday, 5 May 1945, A Japanese fire balloon kills six people, Elsie Mitchell and five children, near Bly, Oregon, when it explodes as they drag it from the woods. These are the only people killed by an enemy attack on the American mainland during WWII.
On Saturday, 5 May 1945, Yosemite Sam, a cartoon character debuts in Hare Trigger.
On Friday, 5 May 2000, A rare conjunction of seven celestial bodies (Sun, Moon, planets Mercury–Saturn) occurs during the new moon.
On Tuesday, 5 May 2015, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announces a Commission of Inquiry into the flooding which led to the 2011 Grantham tragedy.
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