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 20 May 1870, Charles Craufurd Hay becomes acting Governor of the Cape of Good Hope, and High Commissioner for Southern Africa.
On Thursday, 20 May 1920, Mexican Revolution: Venustiano Carranza arrives in San Antonio Tlaxcalantongo; troops of Rodolfo Herrero attack him at night, and shoot him.
On Friday, 20 May 1960, In Japan, police carry away socialist members of the Diet of Japan. The Diet next approves a mutual security treaty with the United States.
On Tuesday, 20 May 1980, 1980 Quebec referendum: Voters in Quebec reject by a vote of 60% a proposal to seek independence from Canada.
On Sunday, 20 May 1990, Cold War: The first post-Communist presidential and parliamentary elections are held in Romania.
On Thursday, 20 May 2010, Scientists announced that they have created a functional synthetic genome.
On Thursday, 20 May 2010, Five paintings worth €100 million are stolen from the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
On Wednesday, 20 May 2015, The two constituent republics of Novorossiya, the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic, announce the suspension of the Novorossiya project, returning to separate (though internationally unrecognised) states.
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