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 January 1845, The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe is published for the first time, in the New York Evening Mirror.
On Tuesday, 29 January 1980, The Rubik’s Cube makes its international debut at The British Toy and Hobby Fair, Earl’s Court, London.
On Monday, 29 January 1990, The trial of Joseph Hazelwood, former skipper of the Exxon Valdez, begins in Anchorage, Alaska. He is accused of negligence that resulted in America’s second worst oil spill to date.
On Monday, 29 January 1990, In Holmdel, New Jersey, scientists at Bell Labs announce they have created a digital optical processor that could lead to the development of superfast computers that use pulses of light rather than electric currents to make calculations.
On Thursday, 29 January 2015, died Colleen McCullough, 77, author (The Thorn Birds)
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