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 30 December 1845, Queen’s Colleges of Belfast, Cork, and Galway are incorporated in Ireland.
On 30 December 1870, Juan Prim, prime minister of Spain, is assassinated.
On Wednesday, 30 December 1970, In Viscaya in the Basque country of Spain, 15,000 go on strike in protest at the Burgos trial death sentences. Francisco Franco commutes the sentences to 30 years in prison.
On Saturday, 30 December 1995, The lowest ever United Kingdom temperature of −27.2 °C (−17.0 °F) is recorded at Altnaharra in the Scottish Highlands. This equals the record set at Braemar, Aberdeenshire in 1895 and 1982.
On Wednesday, 30 December 2015, Commissioner Dyson Heydon releases the final report of the Royal Commission into trade union governance and corruption which details “widespread and deep-seated” misconduct by union officials and refers more than 40 individuals and organisations to authorities such as police.
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