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Add Your Piece of History… 9th August

9 Aug
  • On this day in 1173.  Construction begins on the Tower of Pisa, which is later to become the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.  The Leaning Tower of Pisa is the bell tower, or campanile, of the cathedral in Pisa’s Campo dei Miracoli (field of Miracles).  The tower took nearly 200 years to complete, being finished in 1372.
  • On this day in 1945.  The United States drops a second atomic bomb, this time on the Japanese city of Nagasaki.  On the morning of 6 August 1945, the “Enola Gay”, an American B-29 Superfortress dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima in Japan.  Another atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki 3 days later, killing 74,000 immediately.  However the real death toll from the impact and the effects of the bomb was closer to 150,000, no including the effects on generation to come.  Nagasaki was targeted as it was one of Japan’s most important ports providing vital access to and from Shanghai.  The destruction was limited to about 6.5 square kilometres as Nagasaki is surrounded by mountains.  President Truman issued the order to drop the bombs after Japan failed to act upon the Potsdam Declaration.  The declaration had been issued 10 days previously, calling for the unconditional surrender of Japan.  Japan surrendered to the Allies on 14 August 1945.

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The Leaning tower of Pisa

The Leaning tower of Pisa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Mission map for the bombings of Hiros...

Mission map for the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, August 6 and August 9, 1945. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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)

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