Add Your Piece of History… 7th July

7 Jul
  • On this day in 1841.  Explorer Edward Eyre completes the first crossing of Australia from east to west, travelling across the Nullarbor Plain from Adelaide to Albany.
  • On this day in 1958.  The highest ever recorded tsunami hits Lituya Bay, Alaska.  An earthquake measuring between 7.9 and 8.3 on the Richter Scale occurred along a nearby fault line, displacing approximately 40 million cubic yards of dirt and glacier from a mountainside a the head of the Bay.  The landslide triggered a tsunami, or series of waves, the tallest of which reached an estimated 524 metres (1700 feet) in height.
  • On this day in 1940.   Ringo Starr an English musician, singer and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles, celebrates his birthday today.

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

Eyre Highway on the Nullarbor Plain, Australia...

Eyre Highway on the Nullarbor Plain, Australia. Road Sign for longest straight road in Australia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Lituya Bay a few weeks after the 1958...

Lituya Bay a few weeks after the 1958 tsunami. The areas of destroyed forest along the shorelines are clearly recognizable as the light areas rimming the bay. A fishing boat anchored in the cove at lower left was carried over the spit in the foreground; a boat under way near the entrance was sunk; and a third boat, anchored near the lower right, rode out the wave. Photo by D.J. Miller, United States Geological Survey. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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3 Responses to “Add Your Piece of History… 7th July”

  1. currentdescendent July 8, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    Now I know that Eyre is a real name and not just a name in a book by Charlotte Bronte.

    • 09history - Emma July 9, 2013 at 11:37 am #

      Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte! And I just received a comment from Edward Eyre’s great great grandson! It really is amazing that one little blog can connect people from all over the world.

      • currentdescendent July 10, 2013 at 1:25 am #

        Wow! That is really cool! Isn’t it amazing though? I love it.

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