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 27 May 1895, In re Debs: The Supreme Court of the United States decides that the federal government has the right to regulate interstate commerce, legalizing the military suppression of the Pullman Strike.
On Thursday, 27 May 1920, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk becomes president of Czechoslovakia.
On Wednesday, 27 May 1970, A British expedition climbs the south face of Annapurna I.
On Sunday, 27 May 1990, In the Burmese general election, Burma’s first multiparty election in 30 years, the National League for Democracy led by Aung San Suu Kyi wins in a landslide, but the State Law and Order Restoration Council nullifies the election results.
On Sunday, 27 May 1990, In the Colombian presidential election, César Gaviria is elected President of Colombia; he takes office on August 7.
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