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post 11th May 2018, 04:15pm
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330, Constantine the Great dedicated Byzantium (Constantinople; now Istanbul) as the new capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, an act that helped transform it into a leading city of the world.

1310 Fifty-four members of the Knights Templar are burned at the stake in France for being heretics

1812 British Prime Minster Spencer Perceval is shot by a bankrupt banker in the lobby of the House of Commons.

1812 Waltz introduced into English ballrooms. Some observers consider it disgusting and immoral.

1813 In Australia, William Lawson, Gregory Blaxland and William Wentworth, lead an expedition westwards from Sydney. Their route opens up inland Australia for continued expansion throughout the 19th century.

1924 Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft and Benz & Cie begin their first joint venture (later merge into Mercedes-Benz)

1956 Elvis Presley's 1st entry on UK charts with "Heartbreak Hotel"

1960 Israeli soldiers capture Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires

1968 Actor Richard Harris releases "MacArthur Park"

1969 British comedy troupe Monty Python forms, made up of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin

1985 56 die and at least 265 are injured at Bradford City football ground in the worst fire in English football history


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On this day in 1805, explorer Sir Alexander Burnes was born in Montrose. Burnes, who was the son of a provost, gained a taste for travel whilst serving in the army of the East India Company, which he joined at the age of sixteen.

He is the author of 'Travels into Bokhara' which is one of the best-selling travel books of all time and which gained him the recognition of the Roya
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1681 Louis XIV sends an expedition to aid James II in Ireland. As a result, England declares war on France.

1787 English slave ship Sisters, en route from Africa to Cuba, capsizes killing hundreds

1792 24 merchants form New York Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street

1824 The diaries of Lord Byron are burnt by six of the poet's friends at the office of John Murray in London, sometimes described as “the greatest crime in literary history”

1875 The first Kentucky Derby was run at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, and the winning horse was Aristides.

1899 Victoria & Albert Museum foundation laid, London, England

1906 Switzerland's Simplon Tunnel open to rail traffic

1916 British Summer Time (Daylight Savings) introduced

1943 World War II: the Dambuster Raids by No. 617 Squadron RAF on German dams

1949 British government recognises Republic of Ireland (previously Irish Free State)

1972 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) fires on workers leaving the Mackies engineering works in west Belfast (Although the factory was sited in a Catholic area it had an almost entirely Protestant workforce)





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1701 Captain William Kidd is hanged in London after being convicted of piracy and the murder of William Moore

1873 Canada's North West Mounted Police Force forms (it didn't get the "Royal" until 1904)

1883 Baseball game between one-armed and one-legged players at Recreation Park, Philadelphia, Snorkeys defeat the Hoppers 33-17

1934 American outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow - Bonnie and Clyde - are killed by police in an ambush near Sailes, Louisiana

1945 The Allies arrest the members of the Nazi Flensburg government, including Admiral Karl Donitz, formally dissolving Nazi Germany

1966 The Beatles release "Paperback Writer"

1969 BBC orders 13 episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus

2004 Part of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport's Terminal 2E collapses, killing four people and injuring three others.



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1453 Constantinople falls to Muhammad II, ending the Byzantine Empire

1630 Born on this day Charles II, king of England (1660-1685).

1660 Charles II is restored to the English throne, succeeding the short-lived Commonwealth.

1874 Born on this day G.K. Chesterton, English writer.

1903 Born on this day Bob Hope, comedian and actor.

1911 The Indianapolis 500 is run for the first time.

1917 Born on this day John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States (1961-1963).

1951 C. F. Blair becomes the first man to fly over the North Pole in single-engine plane.

1953 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay become the first men to reach the top of Mount Everest.

1974 President Richard Nixon agrees to turn over 1,200 pages of edited Watergate transcripts.

1990 Boris Yeltsin is elected the president of Russia.


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1740 Born on this day Donatien Alphonse Francois, the Marquis de Sade.

1793 Maximilien Robespierre, a member of France's Committee on Public Safety, initiates the "Reign of Terror."

1840 Born on this day Thomas Hardy, English poet and novelist (Far From the Madding Crowd, Tess of the D'Urbervilles).

1883 The first baseball game under electric lights is played in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

1904 Born on this day Johnny Weissmuller, American gold-winning Olympic swimmer who portrayed Tarzan in films.

1910 Charles Stewart Rolls, one of the founders of Rolls-Royce, becomes the first man to fly an airplane nonstop across the English Channel both ways. Tragically, he becomes Britain's first aircraft fatality the following month when his biplane breaks up in midair.

1942 The American aircraft carriers Enterprise, Hornet and Yorktown move into their battle positions for the Battle of Midway.

1944 Allied "shuttle bombing" of Germany begins, with bombers departing from Italy and landing in the Soviet Union.

1946 Italian citizens vote by referendum for a republic.

1953 Elizabeth II is crowned queen of the United Kingdom at Westminster Abbey.

1954 Senator Joseph McCarthy charges that there are communists working in the CIA and atomic weapons plants.

1969 The Australian aircraft carrier Melbourne slices the destroyer USS Frank E. Evans in half off the shore of South Vietnam.



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Normandy Invasion begun
Led by U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, an Allied armada of ships, planes, and landing craft and some 156,000 troops began the invasion of northern France from England this day in 1944—the famous “D-Day” of World War II.
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1844 George Williams originated the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) in London.



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1517 Sir Thomas Pert reaches Hudson Bay

1578 England grants Sir Humphrey Gilbert a patent to explore and colonize North America

1685 James Scott, Duke of Monmouth, rebels against Catholic king James II

1770 Captain James Cook runs aground on the Great Barrier Reef.

1798 Napoleon Bonaparte takes the island of Malta.

1892 The Limelight Department, one of the world's first film studios, is officially established in Melbourne, Australia

1910 Born on this day Jacques-Yves Cousteau, French oceanic explorer, filmmaker, author and inventor of the aqualung.

1930 William Beebe, of the New York Zoological Society, dives to a record-setting depth of 1,426 feet off the coast of Bermuda, in a diving chamber called a bathysphere.

1937 Marx Brothers' "A Day At The Races" released

1940 The Italian Air Force bombs the British fortress at Malta in the Mediterranean.

1963 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is arrested in Florida for trying to integrate restaurants.

1975 1st oil pumped from North Sea oilfield

1987 Margaret Thatcher wins her third consecutive term as Prime Minister.


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On this day in 1960 the final train ran on the Fortrose Branch of the Highland Railway, aka the Black Isle Railway. It was a Scottish Railtours special (pulled by an ex-Caledonian Railway 812 class 0-6-0) and is pictured here at Munlochy.

This branch line was opened in 1894 and also included stops at Redcastle, Allangrange, Avoch and Fortrose. It’s junction with the main line was at Muir of Ord. The last passenger services ran in October 1951 while goods services ceased on 13 June 1960.
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On this day 21 June 1919, the German officer Rear Admiral Von Reuter gave the order for the scuttling of the German High Seas Fleet in Scapa Flow Orkney.
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70 years ago today, 500 hopeful settlers from Kingston, Jamaica disembarked in Britain, the first arrivals of a post-war drive to recruit labour from the Commonwealth.
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My Previous post should have included the following. The ship shown is the 'Empire Windrush' a former German cruise liner. Sorry for missing this info from the post


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