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 9 September 1845, Potato blight breaks out in Ireland, beginning the Great Famine.
On Sunday, 9 September 1945, Chiang Kai-shek officially accepts the Japanese capitulation at Nanking.
On Friday, 9 September 1960, The first regular season game in the American Football League (established as a rival league to the NFL) takes place at Boston’s Nickerson Field. The Denver Broncos defeat the Boston Patriots 13–10.
On Wednesday, 9 September 1970, Guinea recognizes the German Democratic Republic.
On Wednesday, 9 September 1970, Elvis Presley begins his first concert tour since 1958 in Phoenix, Arizona, at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
On Sunday, 9 September 1990, New South Wales Premier Nick Greiner announces a ban on beachfront high-rise developments and says his State “is no place for the Queensland white-shoe brigade”.
On Sunday, 9 September 1990, U.S. President Bush and Soviet President Gorbachev meet in Helsinki to discuss the Persian Gulf crisis.
On Sunday, 9 September 1990, First Liberian Civil War: Liberian president Samuel Doe is captured by rebel leader Prince Johnson and killed in a filmed execution.
On Sunday, 9 September 1990, Sri Lankan Civil War: Sri Lankan Army soldiers massacre 184 civilians in Batticaloa.
On Wednesday, 9 September 2015, The Australian refugee intake is increased by 12,000 in response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria and Iraq.
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