Add Your Piece of History… 23rd June

23 Jun
  • On this day in 1961.  The Antarctic Treaty System comes into force to regulate international relations with respect to Antarctica, “all land and ice shelves south of 60°S latitude parallel”.   Antarctica is the Earth’s only continent without a native human population.
    The Antarctic Treaty consists of a number of articles agreed by the 12 original signatories Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Chile, France, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, the USSR, the United Kingdom and the United States.
    The treaty includes the following important rules.                                                                                                                                                            1. Research be used for peaceful purposes only.
    2. Military activity, such as weapons testing, is prohibited.
    3. Free exchange of information and personnel.
    4. The Antarctic Treaty does not recognise, dispute, or establish territorial sovereignty claims .
    5. Prohibits nuclear explosions or disposal of radioactive wastes.                                                                                                                         There are a number of other articles but those above are the most important combined with the mission statement  “The main objective of the “Antarctic Treaty System” ATS is to ensure in the interests of all mankind that Antarctica shall continue forever to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes and shall not become the scene or object of international discord.”
  • On this day in 2000.  15 people die in a fire at a Backpacker hostel in Childers, Queensland.  In the early hours of the morning, a fire swept through the Palace Backpackers Hostel, killing 15 people.  The first started in a downstairs TV lounge, from where it quickly spread, rushing up the stairwell and destroying the century-old former pub.  Five days after the fire, fruit-picker Robert Long was captured, after his girlfriend named him as a likely suspect.  Long had a history of petty crimes until he tried to burn his girlfriend and her daughter in Darwin.  Long appeared to be seeking revenge after the hostel ousted him for non-payment of rent.  In 2002 Long was jailed for life over the blaze.
  • On this day in 1868.  Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for an invention he called a ”Type-Writer.”

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

Christopher Latham Sholes, inventor of the fir...

Emblem of the Antarctic Treaty.

Emblem of the Antarctic Treaty. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sholes typewriter, 1873. Museum, Buffalo and E...

Sholes typewriter, 1873. Museum, Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Childers Palace Backpackers Hostel, Childers, Qld.

Childers Palace Backpackers Hostel, Childers, Qld. (Photo credit: jemasmith)


5 Responses to “Add Your Piece of History… 23rd June”

  1. chirose June 23, 2013 at 2:11 am #

    And it’s my birthday..!!

    • 09history - Emma June 24, 2013 at 8:34 am #

      Happy Birthday Rose! We hope you had a wonderful day.

      • chirose June 26, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

        I did – thank you..!! And I just realized you are from Australia..!! How cool..!!

  2. Bee June 23, 2013 at 7:53 am #

    I was wondering I might be wrong are you an Aussie. I notice from time to time Snippets about Australian history. But I do love reading all the other bit of history on your blog. Great Idea

    • 09history - Emma June 24, 2013 at 8:41 am #

      Heheh Yes Barbara we are proud Aussies! We are in QLD. There is so much Australian history that I am learning by doing this but I don’t like to leave out the rest of the world! Thank you so much for your time in leaving a comment.

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