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 Wednesday, 4 November 1970, Vietnam War 1970. Vietnamization: The United States turns control of the air base in the Mekong Delta to South Vietnam.
On Wednesday, 4 November 1970, Social workers in Los Angeles take custody of Genie, a girl who had been kept in solitary confinement since her birth.
On Tuesday, 4 November 1980, ‘Beldale Ball’ wins the Melbourne Cup.
On Tuesday, 4 November 1980, United States presidential election, 1980: Republican challenger and former Governor Ronald Reagan of California defeats incumbent Democratic President Jimmy Carter to become the 40th President-Elect of the United States, 1 year after the beginning of the Iran hostage crisis.
On Saturday, 4 November 1995, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated at a peace rally in Tel Aviv.
On Thursday, 4 November 2010, Qantas Flight 32 suffers an uncontained engine failure and makes an emergency landing at Singapore Changi Airport. The failure was the first of its kind for the Airbus A380.
On Thursday, 4 November 2010, Aero Caribbean Flight 883 crashes in central Cuba, killing all 68 people on board.
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