Archive | May, 2013

Add Your Piece of History… 31st May

31 May
  • On this day in 1859.  Big Ben rings out over the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London for the first time.  The massive bell inside the clock tower, weighs more than 13 tons (13,760kg).
  • On this day in 1911.  The hull of the Titanic was launched in Belfast, Ireland.  At the ceremony, a White Star Line employee claimed, “Not even God himself could sink this ship”.
  • On this day in 1927.  Ford Motor Company produced the last “Tin Lizzie”, model T, in order to begin production of the Model A.

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English: Engraving of the second 'Big Ben', ta...

Engraving of the second ‘Big Ben’, taken from The Illustrated News of the World December 4 1858 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: 1910 Model T Ford, Salt Lake City, Utah

1910 Model T Ford, Salt Lake City, Utah (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: RMS Olympic and RMS Titanic under con...

RMS Olympic and RMS Titanic under construction in Belfast, Ireland, 1910 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Add Your Piece of History… 30th May

30 May
  • On this day in 1431.  Joan of Arc is burned at the stake.  Her claims of receiving visions and divine inspiration resulted in her being accused of heresy and witchcraft.  During her trial she retracted her claims of vision and was sentenced to life imprisonment.  She recanted on her retraction, and was burned at the stake on the 30th of May 1431 in Rouen.
  • On this day in 1959.  The first full size hovercraft , the SR-N1, designed by Sir Christopher Cockerell, is launched and tested at Cowes on the Isle of Wight.
  • On this day in 1967.   Evel Knievel the motorcycle daredevil stuntman successfully clears 16 cars in Gardena, California.
Joan of Arc's Death at the Stake (Right-Hand P...

Joan of Arc’s Death at the Stake (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Memorial to Sir Christopher Cockerell...

Memorial to Sir Christopher Cockerell at Hythe The inscription reads “HOVERCRAFT On this site Sir Christopher Cockerell (1910-1999) and his team continued the early development of hovercraft which he had first demonstrated in1955. They also developed and tested hovercraft skirts in a wave tank built here in 1965. Let this creative work be an inspiration to young engineers of the future” (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 

This is daredevil Evel Knievel photographed in...

This is daredevil Evel Knievel photographed in front of his house in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Add Your Piece of History… 29th May

29 May
  • On this day in 1953.  Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal become the first explorers to reach the top of Mount Everest.  Mount Everest is the highest mountain on Earth.  Its summit ridge marks the border between Nepal and China.  The summit of Mount Everest, stands at 8,844.43 meter high, and is rising at a rate of around 2.5 centimetres per year.
  • On this day in 1917.  Assassinated US President, John F Kennedy was born on this day.  John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts.  Kennedy’s presidential term was tragically cut short when he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, on the 22nd of November 1963 while on a political trip through Texas.
  • On this day in 1736.  Patrick Henry was born on this day in Hanover Country, Virginia.  A symbol of America’s struggle for liberty and self-government, Patrick Henry was a lawyer, patriot, and willing participant in every aspect of the founding of America.  Henry delivered the famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech.  He died on the 6th of June 1799 at Red Hill Plantation, Virginia.

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English: Tenzing Norgay with Edmund Hillary. D...

Tenzing Norgay with Edmund Hillary. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John F. Kennedy motorcade, Dallas, Texas, Nov....

John F. Kennedy motorcade, Dallas, Texas, Nov. 22, 1963 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Marker on stone monument to Virginia ...

Marker on stone monument to Virginia patriot Patrick Henry at the location of his plantation in Henry County, Virginia, where he lived from 1778–1784. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Add Your Piece of History… 28th May

28 May
  • On this day in 1908.  Ian Fleming the author of the ‘James Bond’ spy novels was born.  Ian Lancaster Fleming was born in Mayfair, London.  Fleming wrote 12 novels and 9 short stories featuring James Bond, secret agent 007, and is also known for writing the children’s novel, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  Fleming died of a heart attack in Canterbury, Kent on the 12th of August 1964.
  • On this day in 1952.  The women of Greece were given the right to vote.
  • On this day in 1968.  Kylie Minogue, Australian singer, recording artist, songwriter was born today.  Kylie was born in Melbourne, Australia.

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Grave and memorial to Ian Fleming at Sevenhamp...

Grave and memorial to Ian Fleming at Sevenhampton, Wiltshire (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Add Your Piece of History… 27th May

27 May
  • On this day in 1995.  ‘Superman’ actor Christopher Reeve was paralysed after a horse riding accident.  Reeve was riding his horse “Eastern Express” cross country, at the Commonwealth Park equestrian centre in Culpeper, Virginia.  Approaching the third of 18 jumps, a triple-bar just over a meter high, the horse made an abrupt refusal, throwing Reeve to the ground, where he landed on his head.  With the support of his wife Dana, they opened the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Centre, a centre devoted to teaching paralysed people to live more independently.  Reeve died of heart failure at the age of 52, on the 10th of October 2004.
  • On this day in 1937.  The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco was opened to pedestrian traffic.  The following day, President Roosevelt pushed a button in Washington DC, signalling the start of vehicle traffic over the Bridge.  The Golden Gate Bridge has been declared one of the modern Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • On this day in 1922.  Christopher Lee celebrates his birthday today, he turns 91.  Lee was born in Belgravia, Westminster, London.  Lee stared in movie’s such as ‘The Lord of the Rings’ film series, Star Wars prequel trilogy, The Hobbit film series, Dracula and James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun.  

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The Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco, CA a...

The Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco, CA at sunset taken from the Marin Headlands (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Juxtaposed images of Superman and Clark Kent

Christopher Reeve as Superman and Clark Kent (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Christopher Lee as Count Dracula.

Christopher Lee as Count Dracula. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Add Your Piece of History… 26th May

26 May
  • On this day in 1907.  American film actor John Wayne, who become popular for his roles in Western movies was born today.  He died of stomach cancer on the 11th of June 1979.  Born Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, Iowa.
  • On this day in 1828.  A mysterious boy, Kaspar Hauser, first appears on the streets of Nurnberg, Germany.  He was wearing peasant clothing and barely able to talk.  The only identification he carried was a letter addressed to the captain of the 4th squadron of the 6th cavalry regiment, the author of the letter asked the captain to take the boy in or hang him.  He could only walk in toddler’s steps, could barely use his finger and was able to eat only water and bread.  As he learned to communicate, the boy said that he had lived in a dark 2 x 1 x 1.5 meter cell with only a straw bed and a horse carved out of wood for a toy.  He never saw his caretaker, who only taught him to say “I want to be a rider like my father”, and to write Kaspar Hauser, which was assumed to be his name.  In 1833, Hauser was lured to Ansbacher Hofgarten with the promise that he would hear something about his ancestry.  Instead a stranger stabbed him fatally to the chest, puncturing his lung.  He died three days later.  His headstone reads “Here lies Kasper Hauser, riddle of his time.  His birth was unknown, his death mysterious”.

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Kaspar Hauser

Kaspar Hauser (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Screenshot of John Wayne from the trailer for ...

Screenshot of John Wayne from the trailer for the film Wake of the Red Witch. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Add Your Piece of History… 25th May

25 May
  • On this day in 1967.  John Lennon’s psychedelic Rolls Royce was delivered.  The Rolls Royce caused an uproar, including the Rolls Royce company raising a formal complaint.  John Lennon had bought the car new from Rolls Royce in 1965 and become bored with the colour so had a psychedelic paint job.  The car was sold at Sotheby’s in 1985 for $2,299,000.00.
  • On this day in 1870.  Notorious Australian bush-ranger ‘Captain Thunderbolt’ is shot dead.  He was born Frederick Ward and was born at Wilberforce near Windsor, N.S.W.  As an excellent horseman, he stole horses and for this he was sentenced in 1856 to 10 years on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour.  On the 11 of September in 1863 he and another inmate escaped from the supposedly escape-proof prison by swimming to the mainland.  After his escape, Captain Thunderbolt lead a life as a bush-ranger before he was shot dead by Constable Alexander Walker on the 25th May 1870.

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John Lennon's Rolls Royce

John Lennon’s Rolls Royce (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Statue of Captain Thunderbolt at the intersect...

Statue of Captain Thunderbolt at the intersection of New England Highway and Thunderbolts Way, Uralla, NSW (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Add Your Piece of History… 24th May

24 May
  • On this day in 1883.  The Brooklyn Bridge, linking Brooklyn and Manhattan over the East River opens to traffic.  It had taken 14 years to complete.  On that first day, a total of 1,800 vehicles and 150,300 people crossed Manhattan and Brooklyn. Emily Warren Roebling was the first to cross the bridge.
  • On this day in 1686.  Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit who is best known for inventing the mercury thermometer  was born today in 1686.  Fahrenheit is also known for developing a temperature scale now named after him.  Fahrenheit first filled his thermometers with alcohol before using mercury, which gave better results.  He died on the 16th of September 1736.
  • On this day in 1945.  Priscilla Presley, wife of Elvis Presley celebrates her birthday today.  Priscilla was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her father was an Air Force officer, and her family was stationed in Germany when she was a teenager. She met Elvis Presley in 1959, when she was 14. At that time, Elvis was serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. They began a romance, and Priscilla eventually followed Elvis to the United States.

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English: The Brooklyn Bridge, seen from Manhat...

The Brooklyn Bridge, seen from Manhattan, New York City. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, place of b...

Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, place of burial (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Add Your Piece of History… 23rd May

23 May
  • On this day in 1430.  Joan of Arc was captured at Compiegne, northern France and sold to the British.
  • On this day in 1701.  After being convicted of piracy and of murdering William Moore, Captain William Kidd was hanged in London. William Kidd was born in Scotland in 1654.  William Kidd started out as a privateer, hired by European royals to attack foreign ships. When his crew insisted on attacking the Quadegh Merchant, Kidd found himself on the wrong side of the British government. He was hanged in London in 1701, as a warning to other pirates. Legends exist about Captain Kidd and the treasure some believe he buried in the Caribbean, and he remains one of history’s most famous and fascinating pirates.
  • On this day in 1934.  Notorious US Robbers, Bonnie and Clyde, were ambushed and killed.  Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were gunned down with over 100 rounds of ammunition by police in Black Lake, Louisiana.

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English: snapshot by unknown photographer of s...

Spot where Bonnie & Clyde were ambushed, 5/23/34 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, somet...

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, sometime between 1932 and 1934, when their exploits in Arkansas included murder, robbery, and kidnapping. Contrary to popular belief the two never married. They were in a long standing relationship. Posing in front of an early 1930s Ford V-8 automobile. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Captain William Kidd, privateer turned pirate,...

Captain William Kidd, privateer turned pirate, whom all colonial governors were directed to seize if found (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Add Your Piece of History… 22nd May

22 May
  • On this day in 1965.  The Beatles song ” Ticket to Ride” single goes number 1.  “Ticket to Ride” was the first Beatles recording to break the three-minute mark.
  • On this day in 1570.  The 1st atlas, with 70 maps, was published.  Abraham Ortelius, a book collector and engraver published the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theater of the World) – the world’s first atlas.
  • On this day in 1906.  The Wright Brothers patent an aeroplane.  Orville and Wilbur Wright were granted U.S. Patent 821393  for a “Flying Machine”.  With the granted patent, the Wright Brothers had control over their design, they could grant or deny permission to use their design and were entitled to a royalty.

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English: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum or Theatrum o...

Theatrum Orbis Terrarum or Theatrum orbis terrarum refers to an atlas by Dutch cartographers Abraham Ortelius.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oblique view of the airplane - Wright 1906 Patent

Wright 1906 Patent (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wright brothers

Wright brothers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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