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 29 April 1870, The Chicago Base Ball Club, later to be known as the Chicago White Stockings and ultimately the Chicago Cubs, play their first game against the St. Louis Unions of the National Association of Base Ball Players, an amateur league.
On Sunday, 29 April 1945, At the royal palace in Caserta, Lieutenant-Colonel Viktor von Schweinitz (representing General Heinrich von Vietinghoff) and SS-Obersturmbannfuehrer Eugen Wenner (representing Waffen-SS General Karl Wolff) sign an unconditional instrument of surrender for all Axis powers forces in Italy, taking effect on May 2. Italian General Rodolfo Graziani orders the Esercito Nazionale Repubblicano forces under his command to lay down their arms.
On Sunday, 29 April 1945, Dachau concentration camp is surrendered to U.S. forces, who kill SS guards at the camp and the nearby hamlet of Webling.
On Sunday, 29 April 1945, Brazilian forces liberate the commune of Fornovo di Taro, Italy, from German forces.
On Sunday, 29 April 1945, Operation Manna: British Avro Lancaster bombers drop food into the Netherlands to prevent the starvation of the civilian population.
On Sunday, 29 April 1945, Adolf Hitler marries his longtime mistress Eva Braun in a closed civil ceremony in the Berlin Führerbunker and signs his last will and testament.
On Wednesday, 29 April 1970, The U.S. invades Cambodia to hunt out the Viet Cong; widespread, large antiwar protests occur in the U.S.
On Wednesday, 29 April 2015, Bali Nine ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are executed by firing squad on the Indonesian island of Nusa Kambangan. Australia recalls its ambassador from Indonesia in protest.
On Wednesday, 29 April 2015, died Andrew Chan, 31, convicted drug trafficker, member of the Bali Nine (died in Indonesia)
On Wednesday, 29 April 2015, died Myuran Sukumaran, 34, convicted drug trafficker, member of the Bali Nine (died in Indonesia)
On Wednesday, 29 April 2015, The World Health Organization (WHO) declares that rubella has been eradicated from the Americas.
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