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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… 21st June

21 Jun
  • On this day in 1982.  Prince William of Wales is born.  Prince William was born William Arthur Philip Louis Mountbatten-Windsor at 9:03pm in St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London.
  • On this day in 1869.  The first telegram is sent in Western Australia.  Australia’s first telegraph line, which ran from Melbourne to Williamstown, opened in 1854.  Each of the other states followed suit within seven years, but Western Australia’s relative isolation delayed the development of the technology.  The first telegraph pole was installed near the Perth jetty by Colonial Secretary, the Honorable Fred Barlee, in 1869, and a 12 mile wire extended to Fremantle.  the first telegram was sent on the 21st of June 1869.  The text of the first telegram read: “To the chairman of the Fremantle Town Trust.  His Excellency Colonel Bruce heartily congratulates the inhabitants of Fremantle on the annihilation of distance between the Port and the Capital and he requests that this the first message may be publicly known.  Government House 21st June 1869.”
  • On this day in 2003.   The fifth Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” was published by J.K. Rowling. Amazon.com shipped out more than one million copies on this day making the day the largest distribution day of a single item in e-commerce history. The book set sales records around the world with an estimated 5 million copies were sold on the first day.

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English: His Royal Highness Prince William of ...

His Royal
Highness Prince William of Wales. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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