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 6 October 1870, Rome becomes the capital of unified Italy.
On Tuesday, 6 October 1970, Bolivian President Alfredo Ovando Candía resigns; General Rogelio Miranda takes over but resigns soon after.
On Tuesday, 6 October 1970, French President Georges Pompidou visits the Soviet Union.
On Saturday, 6 October 1990, Collingwood (13.11.89) defeats Essendon (5.11.41) to win the 94th VFL/AFL premiership. It is the first premiership won under the AFL banner and Collingwood’s first premiership since 1958, thereby symbolising the end of the “Colliwobbles”.
On Friday, 6 October 1995, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz announce the discovery of 51 Pegasi b, the first confirmed extrasolar planet orbiting an ordinary main-sequence star.
On Friday, 6 October 2000, The last Mini is produced in Longbridge.
On Tuesday, 6 October 2015, Australia and 11 other countries form the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
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