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 15 July 1870 , Reconstruction Era: Georgia becomes the last former Confederate state to be readmitted to the Union.
On 15 July 1870 , The British government admits the former Hudson’s Bay Company territory of Rupert’s Land and the North-Western Territory to the Dominion of Canada.
On 15 July 1895, Archie MacLaren scores an English County Championship cricket record innings of 424 for Lancashire, against Somerset, at Taunton. This record lasted until 1994.
On Sunday, 15 July 1945, The Scott Morrison Award of Minor Hockey Excellence was first given; first recipient is Gordie Howe.
On Tuesday, 15 July 1980, Western Wisconsin Derecho: A severe and destructive thunderstorm strikes four counties in western Wisconsin, including the city of Eau Claire. It causes over $250 million in damage and one person is killed.
On Saturday, 15 July 1995, The Queensland state election, 1995 produces a hung Parliament, with Labor holding a one-seat majority over the Liberal/National coalition, as well as suffering a 7% swing and the loss of 9 seats.
On Saturday, 15 July 2000, Essendon becomes the first VFL/AFL team to begin a season with nineteen consecutive wins, beating Collingwood’s record from 1929.
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