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Add Your Piece of History… 11th August

11 Aug
  • On this day in 1897.  British children’s author, Enid Blyton, is born.  Enid Blyton was born in East Dulwich, England on this day.  Blyton became a prolific writer of children’s books, and many of her titles have been translated into 40 different languages.  It is estimated that she wrote over 600 titles, many under the same series, such as the Secret Seven, Famous Five, Magic Faraway Tree and Adventure series.
  •  On this day in 1877.  American astronomer Asaph Hall discovers Phobos and Deimos, the two moons of Mars.
  • On this day in 1896.  Harvey Hubbell received a patent for the electric light bulb socket with a pull-chain.
  • On this day in 1934.  Alcatraz, in San Francisco Bay, received federal prisoners for the first time.

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Asaph Hall, discoverer of the two Martian moons.

Asaph Hall, discoverer of the two Martian moons. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Add Your Piece of History… 10th August

10 Aug
  • On this day in 1990.  The Magellan spacecraft arrives at Venus to begin mapping the planet’s surface.  The Magellan spacecraft was named after the 16th century Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan.  Magellan remained in orbit around Venus for 4 years before it lost altitude and crashed on the planet’s surface in October 1994.
  • On this day in 1844.  Charles Sturt sets out on his final expedition to search for an inland sea in Australia.

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Diagram of the Magellan Venus Orbiter

Diagram of the Magellan Venus Orbiter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Charles Sturt

Charles Sturt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Add Your Piece of History… 8th August

8 Aug
  • On this day in 1963.  The Great Train Robbery in England occurs, in which £2.6m is stolen in used, untraceable bank notes.  For 125 years, The Post Office train, known as the Up Special, had run its nightly service.  On this day the train was carrying over 26 million pounds ($AU75.5 million) in used, untraceable bank notes destined for burning at the Bank of England, when it was stopped by a red light at 3:15am local time in Buckinghamshire.  Police investigators found that the signals had been tampered with and the telephone wires had been cut.  After the train was stopped, thieves attacked driver Jack Mills, 58, with an iron bar, uncoupled the engine and front two carriages and drove them to Bridego Railway Bridge, Ledburn, near Mentmore.  There they load 120 mail and money bags into a waiting truck.  13 of the thieves were caught and tried 6 months later.  Ronnie Biggs became the best known of the criminals when he escaped from prison and headed for Brazil, remaining free for 28 years.
  • On this day in 1988.  Princess Beatrice, the first child of Prince Andrew and his wife Sarah, is born.  Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York (Beatrice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor), the Queen’s fifth grandchild was born on this day.  Princess Beatrice was born at Portland Hospital in London.  Her birth was greeted with 41 gun salutes at Hyde Park and Tower Green.  (8/8/88)

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Bridego Bridge, Buckinghamshire, England. The ...

Bridego Bridge, Buckinghamshire, England. The scene of the 1963 Great Train Robbery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Add Your Piece of History… 5th August

5 Aug
  • On this day in 1962.  Famous actress Marilyn Monroe is found dead in her bed.  Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jean Mortensen on 1 June 1926, in Los Angeles, California.  Monroe was found dead of a sleeping pill overdose on 5 August 1962.
  • On this day in 1930.  Neil Armstrong was born on this day in Wapakoneta, Ohio, U.S.  Neil Armstrong is best known as the first person to set foot on the Moon in 1969.

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Cropped screenshot of Marilyn Monroe from the ...

Cropped screenshot of Marilyn Monroe from the trailer for the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Flag of the United States on American astronau...

American astronaut Neil Armstrong (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Add Your Piece of History… 4th August

4 Aug
  • On this day in 1929.  The first passenger train departs Adelaide on the Ghan railway line to Alice Springs.  The original Ghan train was called the Afghan Express, a name which was soon shortened to just “The Ghan”.  It was named The Ghan because it followed the tracks of the Afghan camel teams which used to make the trek across central Australia.  The first train trip of the Ghan pulled out of the Adelaide station on 4 August 1929 with 120 passengers on board.  The train now travels through the centre of Australia, between the cities of Adelaide and Darwin, a total journey of 2979km.

 

  • On this day in 1961.  Barack Obama celebrates his birthday today.  Barack Hussein Obama II was born in  Honolulu, Hawaii, United States.  Barack is the 44th and current President of the United States. 

 

  • On this day in 1901.  Louis Armstrong was born on this day in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.  Considered the father of Jazz, he replaced the Beatles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “Hello, Dolly!” when he was 63 years old.

 

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The Ghan waiting at Alice Springs station befo...

The Ghan waiting at Alice Springs station before continuing north to Darwin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

English: Louis Armstrong, jazz trumpeter

Louis Armstrong, jazz trumpeter. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Add Your Piece of History… 3rd August

3 Aug
  • On this day in 1978.   The Queen opens the 11th Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Canada.

 

  • On this day in 1914.  Germany declared war on France. The next day World War I began when Britain declared war on Germany.

 

  • On this day in 1933.  The Mickey Mouse Watch was introduced for the price of $2.75. Produced by the Ingersoll-Waterbury Watch Company.  The watches were introduced just 5 years after Mickey Mouse made his debut in Steamboat Willie.  Over 11,000 of the original Mickey Mouse watches were sold on the first day of release.

 

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Add Your Piece of History… 2nd August

2 Aug
  • On this day in 1870.  Tower Subway, the first tube railway in the world, is opened under the Thames River in London.    The London Underground is a public electric railway system that runs underground in central London and emerges above ground in the city’s suburbs.
  • On this day in 1997.  After three days, skiing instructor Stuart Diver is pulled alive from the rubble of the collapsed Thredbo resorts.  For three days after the collapse of the Alpine Way in Australia’s high country, Stuart Diver, 27, lay trapped between two concrete slabs, under mud, rubble and snow.  1350 volunteers and specialists in rescue operations worked in shifts around the clock to clear the rubble and find survivors.  Diver had been buried for 66 hours and was suffering severe hypothermia and poor circulation.  When Diver was finally lifted from his concrete and rubble prison on 2 August 1997, a resounding cheer rang across the mountainside.
  • On this day in 1922.  Scottish inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, dies.  Alexander Graham Bell was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on 3 March 1847.  It was whilst living in Canada, from 1870, that Bell pursued his interest in telephony and communications.  On 7 March 1876, he was granted US Patent Number 174,465 for “the method of, and apparatus for, transmitting vocal or other sounds telegraphically …. by causing electrical undulations, similar in form to the vibrations of the air accompanying the said vocal or other sound” – the telephone.  Bell an others formed the Bell Telephone Company in July 1877.

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Tower Subway, showing tubular construction wit...

Tower Subway, showing tubular construction with segmental cast-iron rings, 1870 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Portrait of Alexander Graham Bell Fra...

Portrait of Alexander Graham Bell  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bell on the telephone in New York (calling Chi...

Bell on the telephone in New York (calling Chicago) in 1892 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Add Your Piece of History… 31 July

31 Jul
  • On this day in 1942.  The town of Mossman in far north Queensland is bombed by the Japanese.   In WWII, the first real attack of the Japanese on an Australian base occurred with the bombing of Darwin on 19 February 1942.  That attack was the first of about 90 attacks that occurred at various places in and around Australia during the war.  Shortly after this initial attack, the northwest coastal towns of Broome and Wyndham also came under fire, followed by Derby a few weeks later.  It is less well known that the town of Mossman, near Cairns, was also bombed.  On the night of 31 July 1942, Sub Lieutenant Mizukura dropped eight bombs, thinking that the lights he saw were Cairns.  In fact it was Mossman, and while the other seven bombs have never been recovered, one fell on a sugar cane farm near Saltwater, Mossman.  It caused a crater that measured 7 metres wide and a metre deep, and sent flying shrapnel through the window of a nearby farmhouse.  Farmer Felice Zullo’s two and a half year old daughter was wounded in the head from shrapnel which entered the house while she was in her cot at the time.
  • On this day in 1947.  J.K. Rowling celebrates her birthday today.  Joanne Kathleen Rowling was born in Chipping Sodbury, England.  J.K. Rowling is the author of the Harry Potter books.  The use of J.K. Rowling was the publisher’s decision to stop boys from being discouraged by the story’s author being female.

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Author J.K. Rowling reads from Harry Potter an...

Author J.K. Rowling reads from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at the Easter Egg Roll at White House. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Add Your Piece of History… 29th July

29 Jul
  • On this day in 1942.  During World War II, Japanese forces attack Kokoda on the island of New Guinea, forcing Australian troops to retreat.  There at Kiokoda, at 2:30 in the morning on the 29 July 1942, the Australian troops were attacked by Japanese forces led by Captain Ogawa.  Within an hour, the Australian defence line collapsed.  Major Watson of the Papuan Infantry Battalion, ordered the forces to retreat to Deniki.  Seven Australians had been killed and 6 wounded, compared to the Japanese losses of 12 dead and 26 wounded.  Months later, with much assistance from the Papua New Guinean natives, dubbed “Fuzzy Wuzzy Angles”, the Australian troops turned back the Japanese forces, which then retreated to bases at Buna, Gona and Sanananda.  Here, the Japanese were eventually defeated in a hard fought campaign which lasted through December 1942 to 23 January 1943, one year after the Japanese first landed at Rabaul.

 

  • On this day in 1981.  Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer marry.  Buckingham Palace announced the engagement on 24 February 1981 of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.  When they married on 29 July 1981, it was classed as a fairytale wedding. Charles, 32, and Diana, 20, were married at St Paul’s Cathedral in a ceremony attended live by 3500 guests and viewed by a television audience of 750 million.  Difficulties within the royal marriage were reported within a few years, in 1985.  Fifteen years after the “fairytale wedding”, the marriage ended in divorce.  Diana agreed to relinquish the title of “her royal highness’, to be known in the future as Diana, Princess of Wales.

 

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A map of the Kokoda Trail/Track as it was in 1...

A map of the Kokoda Trail/Track as it was in 1942. It has been rotated so the trail which runs roughly NE from Port Moresby runs up and down the page. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Princess Diana's Wedding dress, 1981

Princess Diana’s Wedding 1981

 

The Princess of Wales on her wedding day

The Princess of Wales on her wedding day (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Add Your Piece of History… 27th July

27 Jul
  • On this day in 1940.  Cartoon character Bugs Bunny makes his first appearance in the animated cartoon, ‘A Wild Hare’.

 

  • On this day in 1586.  Sir Walter Raleigh brings the first tobacco to England from Virginia.

 

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The first on-screen appearance of Bugs Bunny, ...

The first on-screen appearance of Bugs Bunny. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

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