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, 26 August 1920, The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is passed, guaranteeing women’s suffrage.
On Wednesday, 26 August 1970, Women’s Strike for Equality takes place down Fifth Avenue in New York City.
On Wednesday, 26 August 1970, The Isle of Wight Festival 1970 begins on East Afton Farm off the coast of England. Some 600,000 people attend the largest rock festival of all time. Artists include Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Doors, Chicago, Richie Havens, John Sebastian, Joan Baez, Ten Years After, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, The Moody Blues and Jethro Tull.
On Sunday, 26 August 1990, In Sofia, protesters set fire to the headquarters of the governing Bulgarian Socialist Party.
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