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 24 June 1870, died Adam Lindsay Gordon (born 1833), poet
On Sunday, 24 June 1945, WWII: A victory parade is held in Red Square in Moscow.
On Friday, 24 June 1960, Joseph Kasa-Vubu is elected as the first President of the independent Democratic Republic of the Congo.
On Wednesday, 24 June 1970, The United States Senate repeals the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution of 1964.
On Sunday, 24 June 1990, The Victorian Government orders the closure of the Farrow Corporation building societies Pyramid, Geelong and Countrywide.
On Sunday, 24 June 1990, Kathleen Young and Irene Templeton are ordained as priests in St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast, becoming the first female Anglican priests in the United Kingdom.
On Saturday, 24 June 1995, South Africa wins the Rugby World Cup.
On Thursday, 24 June 2010, Following a leadership spill, Julia Gillard replaces Kevin Rudd as leader of the Federal Australian Labor Party and hence Prime Minister of Australia. Gillard is the 27th Prime Minister and the first female appointed to that role.
On Thursday, 24 June 2010, Julia Gillard is elected unopposed in a Labor Party leadership ballot and sworn in as the first female Prime Minister of Australia following the resignation of Kevin Rudd.
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