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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… 23rd May

23 May
  • On this day in 1430.  Joan of Arc was captured at Compiegne, northern France and sold to the British.
  • On this day in 1701.  After being convicted of piracy and of murdering William Moore, Captain William Kidd was hanged in London. William Kidd was born in Scotland in 1654.  William Kidd started out as a privateer, hired by European royals to attack foreign ships. When his crew insisted on attacking the Quadegh Merchant, Kidd found himself on the wrong side of the British government. He was hanged in London in 1701, as a warning to other pirates. Legends exist about Captain Kidd and the treasure some believe he buried in the Caribbean, and he remains one of history’s most famous and fascinating pirates.
  • On this day in 1934.  Notorious US Robbers, Bonnie and Clyde, were ambushed and killed.  Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were gunned down with over 100 rounds of ammunition by police in Black Lake, Louisiana.

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Spot where Bonnie & Clyde were ambushed, 5/23/34 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, somet...

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, sometime between 1932 and 1934, when their exploits in Arkansas included murder, robbery, and kidnapping. Contrary to popular belief the two never married. They were in a long standing relationship. Posing in front of an early 1930s Ford V-8 automobile. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Captain William Kidd, privateer turned pirate,...

Captain William Kidd, privateer turned pirate, whom all colonial governors were directed to seize if found (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Add Your Piece of History… 16th April

16 Apr

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  • On this day in 1922.  Annie Oakley sets the women’s record by breaking 100 clay targets in a row.
  • On this day in 1889.  On the 16th April 1889, Comedian and film director Charlie Chaplin was born in London.

    Vintage Annie Oakley Ad

    Vintage Annie Oakley Ad (Photo credit: Becky F)

Charlie Chaplin The Tramp debuted in 1914 -- p...

Charlie Chaplin The Tramp debuted in 1914 — pre-1923 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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