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Add Your Piece of History… 13th June

13 Jun
  • On this day in 1923.  Australia sees the introduction of Vegemite.  Vegemite is the registered brand name for a dark brown, salty food paste made from yeast extract, mainly used as a spread on sandwiches and toast.  The iconic Australian spread was first developed in 1922.  A trade name competition was held to find a name for the new product, and the winning name of Vegemite was chosen from the entries by being picked at random out of a hat.
  • On this day in 1990.  Official demolition of the Berlin Wall begins.  The Berlin Wall stood as a symbol of the Cold War for nearly 30 years.  It was originally erected overnight on the 13 August 1961, when the Eastern and Western halves of Berlin were separated by barbed wire fences up to 1.83 metres high.  The barbed wire was gradually replace with permanent concrete blocks, reaching up to 3.6m high.  The wall included over 300 watchtowers, 106km of concrete and 66.5km of wire fencing.
  • On this day in 1981.  At a parade in London a teenager fired 6 blank shots at Queen Elizabeth II.  Marcus Simon Sarjeant  joined the crowds for Trooping the Colour, standing  near the junction between The Mall and Horseguards Avenue. When the Queen came past riding her 19-year-old horse Burmese, Sarjeant quickly fired six shots from his revolver.  The horse was momentarily startled but the Queen brought her under control, both Queen and horse were unharmed.

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Fred Walker, whose company Fred Walker & Co. c...

Fred Walker, whose company Fred Walker & Co. created Vegemite. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

East German construction workers building the ...

East German construction workers building the Berlin Wall. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Add Your Piece of History… 2nd June

2 Jun
  • On this day in 1953.  Queen Elizabeth II is crowned, millions watch the first televised coronation of a monarch.  She was proclaimed Queen on the 6th of February 1952, following the death of her father, George VI.   The ceremony include the Queen being handed the four symbols of authority – the orb, the sceptre, the rod of mercy and the royal ring of sapphire and rubies.  After the coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey, millions of people cheered the 27 year old queen and her husband, the 30 year old Duke of Edinburgh, as they passed along a 5 mile procession route in a gilded horse drawn carriage.
  • On this day in 1965.  The first contingent of Australian combat troops arrives by plane in Saigon as Australia takes a more active role in the Vietnam War.  They joined the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade at Bien Hoa air base.  Another contingent of 400 Australian troops would arrive by ship on the 8th of June.  By 1969, Australian forces in Vietnam totalled an estimated 8,000 personnel.

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of ...

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Coronation portrait, June 1953, London, England. Credit: Library and Archives Canada/K-0000047 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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