Add Your Piece of History… 6th June

6 Jun
  • On this day in 1827.  Explore Allan Cunningham discovers the Darling Downs.    He was born on the 13th of July 1791 in Wimbledon, England.  As a botanist who came to Australia suffering from tuberculosis, he found that Australia’s climate helped him regain some of his health, and he was keen to discover more of the country he came to love.  On the 6th of June 1827,  Cunningham found a vast area of excellent pastoral land which he named the Darling Downs, in honour of the Governor.  A year later, Cunningham discovered an easier route to the Darling Downs, travelling through the Great Dividing Range from Brisbane, thus was found Cunningham’s Gap.


  • On this day in 1859.  Today is Queensland Day, marking the day that Queensland separated from the colony of New South Wales.


  • On this day in 1944.  Allied forces land on the coast of Normandy as D-Day commences.  In the early hours of 6 June 1944, Allied forces began their assault against Hitler’s “Fortress Europe”.  By the end of the day 155,000 Allied troops, including 18,000 paratroopers and glider-borne troops, were in Normandy.  The initial assault involved about 1,300 RAF planes, followed by 1,000 American bombers dropping bombs on targets in northern France.  The United States and Britain each lost about 1,000 troops and Canada lost 355 in the initial stages of D-day.


Please feel free to add your piece of history (something personal or general history).


English: Allan Cunningham (1791–1839), English...

Allan Cunningham (1791–1839), English botanist and explorer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


D-Day: The Normandy Invasion

D-Day: The Normandy Invasion (Photo credit: The U.S. Army)



10 Responses to “Add Your Piece of History… 6th June”

  1. Julie (aka Cookie) June 6, 2013 at 3:48 am #

    Happy Queensland Day !!!!

    • 09history - Emma June 6, 2013 at 8:01 am #

      Thank you Julie, from all Queenslanders. The funny thing is, I never knew there was such a day until I went researching for this blog!

  2. Alex Autin June 6, 2013 at 4:11 am #

    Hope you have a great Queensland Day! Also on this day in 1933 the first drive-in theater open in New Jersey, US.

    • 09history - Emma June 6, 2013 at 7:58 am #

      Thank you Alex! Thank you also for adding a piece of history. I have never had the experience of a drive-in movie. I’m sad to report that QLD lost the first game to NSW, 2 more games to go so ‘Go Queenslander’.

  3. midlifetraveller June 6, 2013 at 4:27 am #

    I don’t remember ever hearing about Queensland Day before, maybe if they’d played the State of Origin on the 6th we would have won!!

    • 09history - Emma June 6, 2013 at 8:05 am #

      I had never heard of it either! You have lived in Queensland longer! It’s wonderful to learn something new. Hahaha maybe we would have won, can’t wait for the next two games, bring it on!

  4. Bee June 6, 2013 at 6:37 am #

    Your blog is interesting reading

    • 09history - Emma June 6, 2013 at 8:58 am #

      Thank you so much Barbara. I’m really glad you’re enjoying it. I appreciate you taking the time to let me know 🙂

  5. Jo June 7, 2013 at 12:53 am #

    Really interesting! Thanks for visiting my blog — I’m looking forward to your posts now, and seeing what each day brings. 🙂

    • 09history - Emma June 12, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

      Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a message!

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