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post 31st Oct 2017, 07:43am
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1517 Martin Luther nails his 95 Theses to the door of the church at Wittenberg in Germany. Luther's theories and writings inaugurate Protestantism, shattering the external structure of the medieval church and at the same time reviving the religious consciousness of Europe.
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post 1st Nov 2017, 01:08pm
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Naomi Mitchison, author, poet and politician was born in Edinburgh on this day in 1897. During her lifetime, Mitchison wrote more than ninety books, including historical novels and science fiction.
Mitchison was the only girl at her school - Dragon School in Oxford, then became a VAD nurse during World War One. Mitchison was a campaigner for women's issues and a lifelong Socialist, and wrote more than ninety books, including The Conquered (1923), The Corn King and the Spring Queen (1931), and We Have Been Warned (1935).

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1355 English invasion army under King Edward III lands at Calais

1698 Scottish settlers make landfall in Panama, establishing the ill-fated 'Darien Venture' colony

1868 Time zone: New Zealand officially adopts a standard time to be observed nationally

1898 Cheerleading starts at the University of Minnesota with Johnny Campbell leading the crowd in cheering on the football team

1904 British newspaper "Daily Mirror" begins publishing

1914 Great Britain annexes Cyprus

1917 Balfour Declaration proclaims support for a Jewish state in Palestine

1924 Sunday Express publishes first British crossword puzzle

1936 First high-definition TV broadcast service, by BBC in London

1944 Auschwitz begins gassing inmates

1953 Pakistan becomes Islamic republic

1959 The first section of the M1 motorway, the first inter-urban motorway in the United Kingdom, is opened between the present junctions 5 and 18, along with the M10 motorway and M45 motorway

1983 "Thriller" single released worldwide by Michael Jackson


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The paddle steamer 'Lovedale' alongside the railway pier at Kyle of Lochalsh 120 years ago today.
The extension of the line from Stromeferry had just been completed and she is awaiting the arrival of the first train
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'Skiffle King' Lonnie Donegan died on this day 2002 at the age of 71. Donegan was a Glasgow-born musician who influenced a generation of musicians with 24 consecutive top thirty hits, including Gamblin' Man, Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour and My Old Man's a Dustman.
Paul McCartney called Donegan 'the man who really started the craze for guitars' - and Donegan had begun to play guitar at the age of fourteen, originally influenced by the folk and jazz music he'd grown up with.
John Lennon's Quarrymen band, formed in 1957, was one of many which took its influence from Donegan, although ironically, it would be the growing popularity of The Beatles which saw Donegan's own influence begin to wane.
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Hugh Montgomerie, 12th Earl of Eglinton, was born on this day in 1739. Montgomorie was a politician (he acted as MP for Ayrshire from 1780 to 1796) and a composer. Among his works is the dance tune Ayrshire Lasses.

As Lord Lieutenant of Ayrshire, Montgomorie showed a keen interest in shipping and engineering and helped to fund the Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal which was created to aid ships negotiating the silted River Clyde. The canal terminated at Port Eglinton, where nearby Eglinton Street was named after the earl.
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1631 Pierre Gassendi observes transit of Mercury predicted by Kepler

1775 Lord Dunmore promises freedom to male slaves who join British army

1867 Born on this day Marie Curie, French chemist who researched radioactivity and discovered radium.

1872 Cargo ship Mary Celeste sails from Staten Island for Genoa; mysteriously found abandoned four weeks later

1881 Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, two participants in Tombstone, Arizona's, famous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, are jailed as the hearings on what happened in the fight grow near.

1900 Battle of Leliefontein, a battle during which the Royal Canadian Dragoons win three Victoria Crosses.

1900 Born on this day Heinrich Himmler, head of the Nazi SS and organizer of extermination camps in Eastern Europe.

1918 Born on this day Billy Graham, evangelist.

1940 Tacoma Narrows (Galloping Gertie) Bridge collapses, Washington Co. USA





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Playwright Allan Ramsay (pictured) opened Scotland's first public theatre at Carrubber's Close in Edinburgh on this day in 1736. The theatre's future was to be short-lived as due to the disapproval of the strict Protestant kirk, it was declared illegal and closed months after it opened.
The theatre was re-opened in 1767 by David Ross, a London actor who also opened the world's first lending library, from a bookshop on Edinburgh's Royal Mile.
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QUOTE (Doug1 @ 2nd Nov 2017, 01:23pm) *
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1983 "Thriller" single released worldwide by Michael Jackson

... except that when I was engaged on aircraft re-configuration for The South Atlantic Theatre, otherwise known as The Falklands War, and applauded the release of this number and its exceptional video - it was 1982 tongue.gif


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On this day in 1989, the Berlin Wall fell…
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On this day in 1953 the Royal Yacht Britannia left John Brown's shipyard on Clydebank to begin her speed trials. She had been launched by Queen Elizabeth 16 April of that year and was commissioned on 11 January 1954.
The ship's maiden voyage took her from Portsmouth to Malta and the Queen and Prince Philip first sailed on HMY Britannia from Tobruk in 1954. In her years of service, she sailed a total of 1,087,623 nautical miles.

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QUOTE (TeeHeeHee @ 8th Nov 2017, 02:01pm) *
... except that when I was engaged on aircraft re-configuration for The South Atlantic Theatre, otherwise known as The Falklands War, and applauded the release of this number and its exceptional video - it was 1982 tongue.gif


Thanks Teehee. Clearly good work you were involved with in the Falklands War. Just recently watched an engrossing documentary on the Vulcan bomber missions to the Falkland Islands.


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Thanks Doug, I worked on the conversions of RAF C130 Hercules aircraft, otherwise known as Charlies, from Transport/Troop Carriers into mid-air refuelling configuration for those same Vulcans at Marshalls of Cambridge where I'd been a frequent contractor.
That was the last time I ever got a telegram asking me to accept a contract.
In retrospect I should have kept that one.
Nowadays it'd be Tweets tongue.gif


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1792 Captain George Vancouver is first Englishman to enter San Francisco Bay

1812 As Napoleon Bonaparte's army retreats form Moscow, temperatures drop to 20 degrees below zero.

1834 William Thomson. Mathematician, Physicist and Engineer entered Glasgow University at 10 yrs 4 months

1889 New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) begins her attempt to surpass fictitious journey of Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg by traveling around the world in under 80 days. She succeeds, finishing the trip in 72 days, 6 hours

1935 Nazis deprive German Jews of their citizenship

1940 During WW II, German planes destroy most of Coventry, England

1969 The United States launches Apollo 12, the second mission to the Moon, from Cape Kennedy.


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1272 Edward I proclaimed King of England

1805 Beethoven's "Fidelio" premieres in Vienna

1866 Pierre Lalemont patents rotary crank bicycle

1873 Rival cities of Buda & Pest unite to form the capital of Hungary

1917 First successful tank use in battle (Britain breaks through German lines) at Battle of Cambrai WWI

1928 Mrs. Glen Hyde becomes the first woman to dare the Grand Canyon rapids in a scow (a flat-bottomed boat that is pushed along with a pole).

1945 24 Nazi leaders put on trial at Nuremberg, Germany

1947 Princess Elizabeth (future Queen Elizabeth II) marries Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in Westminster Abbey.

1949 Jewish population of Israel reaches 1,000,000

1969 Brazilian soccer icon Pele scores his 1,000th goal



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