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 Thursday, 23 December 1920, The United Kingdom and France ratify the border between French-held Syria and British-held Palestine.
On Thursday, 23 December 1920, The Government of Ireland Act 1920, passed by the Parliament of the United Kingdom, receives Royal Assent from George V, providing for the partition of Ireland into Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland, with separate parliaments, granting a measure of home rule.
On Wednesday, 23 December 1970, The Polish government freezes food prices for two years.
On Wednesday, 23 December 1970, The Bolivian government releases Régis Debray.
On Wednesday, 23 December 1970, The North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City is topped out at 1,368 feet (417 m), making it the tallest building in the world.
On Wednesday, 23 December 1970, Law 70-001 is enacted in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, amending article 4 of the constitution and making the country a one-party state.
On Tuesday, 23 December 1980, Victoria decriminalises homosexual acts between consenting adults, with the Royal Assent of the Crimes (Sexual Offences) Act 1980.
On Sunday, 23 December 1990, In the Slovenian independence referendum, 88.5% of the overall electorate (94.8% of votes), with the turnout of 93.3%, supported independence of the country.
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