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1664 The Battle of Tippermuir was fought, with Royalist forces pitched against Scots Covenanters. The battle, which was part of the 'wars of the three kingdoms' was a Royalist victory under the command of James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose (pictured) who instructed his men, who were vastly outnumbered by Covenanters, to arm themselves with stones and rush at the enemy, in order to reclaim the town of Perth.
Although the Royalists suffered few losses, around 2,000 Covenanters were killed or injured and a group of townspeople who were caught up in the fighting also became casualties of the battle.

1887 - Emile Berliner filed for a patent for his invention of the lateral-cut, flat-disk gramophone. It is a device that is better known as a record player. Thomas Edison made the idea work.

1905 - Saskatchewan and Alberta became the ninth and tenth provinces of Canada.

1939 - World War II began when Germany invaded Poland.

1969 - Col. Moammar Gadhafi came into power in Libya after the government was overthrown.

1985 - The Titanic was found by Dr. Robert Ballard and Jean Louis Michel in a joint U.S. and French expedition. The wreck site is located 963 miles northeast of New York and 453 miles southeast of the Newfoundland coast.

1986 - Jerry Lewis raised a record $34 million for Muscular Dystrophy during his annual telethon for Jerry’s kids over the Labor Day weekend.

1998 - J.K. Rowling's book "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was released in the U.S. This was the first book in the Harry Potter series.



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1664 After days of negotiation, the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam surrenders to the British, who will rename it New York.

1666 The Fire of London is extinguished after two days.

1774 - The first session of the U.S. Continental Congress convened in Philadelphia. The delegates drafted a declaration of rights and grievances, organised the Continental Association, and elected Peyton Randolph as the first president of the Continental Congress.

1793 - In France, the "Reign of Terror" began. The National Convention enacted measures to repress the French Revolutionary activities.

1870 Author Victor Hugo returns to Paris from the Isle of Guernsey where he had lived in exile for almost 20 years.

1910 Marie Curie demonstrates the transformation of radium ore to metal at the Academy of Sciences in France.

1914 - Babe Ruth hit his first home run as a professional player in the International League.

1972 "Black September," a Palestinian terrorist group take 11 Israeli athletes hostage at the Olympic Games in Munich; by midnight all hostages and all but 3 terrorists are dead.

1980 - The St. Gothard Tunnel opened in Switzerland. It is the world's longest highway tunnel at 10.14 miles long.

1985 - Rioting in South Africa spilled into white neighborhoods for the first time.

1991 - Soviet lawmakers created an interim government to usher in the confederation after dissolving the U.S.S.R. The new name the Union of Sovereign States was taken.

2003 - In London, magician David Blaine entered a clear plastic box and then suspended by a crane over the banks of the Thames River. He remained there until October 19 surviving only on water.


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John Erskine, the 6th Earl of Mar, began the first major Jacobite rebellion by raising the standard of James Francis Edward Stewart, the 'Old Pretender' on this day in 1715. Mar, who was known as 'bobbing John' for his changing allegiances, was forced to flee the country after the rebellion failed following the Battle of Sheriffmuir. The Old Pretender also fled to Europe following the battle and was offered asylum in Rome.
The Stewart cause was resurrected in 1745 with support for James Stewart's son Charles, the 'young pretender', also known as Bonnie Prince Charlie.
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1504 Michelangelo's 13-foot marble statue of David is unveiled in Florence, Italy.

1760 The French surrender the city of Montreal to the British.

1886 Siegfried Sassoon, British author and poet famous for his anti-war writing about World War I.

1893 - In New Zealand, the Electoral Act 1893 was passed by the Legislative Council. It was consented by the governor on September 19 giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote.

1903 Between 30,000 and 50,000 Bulgarian men, women and children are massacred in Monastir by Turkish troops seeking to check a threatened Macedonian uprising.

1906 Robert Turner an 18 year old American invents the automatic typewriter return carriage. (debatable)

1925 Born on this day Peter Sellers, English comic actor, famous for his role as Inspector Clouseau.

1945 Korea is partitioned by the Soviet Union and the United States.

1960 Penguin Books in Britain is charged with obscenity for trying to publish the D.H. Lawrence novel Lady Chatterley's Lover.



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The Battle of Pinkie Cleugh was fought on this day in 1547 between Scottish and English forces. The battle, which was fought close to Musselburgh, was fought as part of the 'rough wooing' in which England's King Henry VIII tried to demand a marriage between his son Edward and the young Mary Queen of Scots.
The battle saw up to 36,000 Scottish troops face an army of around 16,000 English soldiers, but despite their superiority in numbers, the Scots were heavily defeated during a day which became known as 'black Saturday', with 15,000 Scots killed.
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1866 - "The Black Crook" opened in New York City. It was the first American burlesque show.

1918 - During World War I, At the Battle of St. Mihiel, U.S. Army personnel operate tanks for the first time. The tanks were French-built.

1940 - The Lascaux paintings were discovered in France. The cave paintings were 17,000 years old and were some of the best examples of art from the Paleolithic period.

1948 - Elvis Presley, age 13, moved with his parents to Memphis, TN.

1953 - U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier.

1974 - Emperor Haile Selassie was taken out of power by Ethiopia's military after ruling for 58 years.

1977 - South African anti-apartheid activist Stephen Biko died at the age of 30. The student leader died while in police custody which triggered an international outcry.

1983 - Arnold Schwarzenegger became a U.S. citizen. He had emigrated from Austria 14 years earlier.

1987 - Morrissey left The Smiths for a solo career.

1990 - Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie both announced that they would no longer perform with Fleetwood Mac





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King James VII of Scotland (II of England) died in exile on 16 September 1701 at St Germain en Laye in France. James was the second son of King Charles I (the two are pictured here) and was the last Roman Catholic monarch to rule Scotland.
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1519 - Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan left Spain to find a route to the Spice Islands of Indonesia. Magellan was killed during the trip, but one of his ships eventually made the journey.

1870 - The Papal States came under the control of Italian troops, leading to the unification of Italy.

1934 Bruno Hauptmann arrested for the kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby.

1946 - The first Cannes Film Festival premiered. The original premier was delayed in 1939 due to World War II.

1967 - The ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) was launched. It went out of service on November 27, 2008.

1991 - U.N. weapons inspectors left for Iraq in a renewed search for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.

1992 - French voters approved the Maastricht Treaty.

2000 British MI6 Secret intelligence Service building in London attacked by unidentified group using RPG-22 anti-tank missile.

2011 US military ends its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and allows gay men and women to serve openly.



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QUOTE (Doug1 @ 20th Sep 2017, 09:33am) *
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1946 - The first Cannes Film Festival premiered ...

The original premier was delayed in 1939 due to World War II.


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1580 Sir Francis Drake returns to Plymouth, England, aboard the Golden Hind, after a 33-month voyage to circumnavigate the globe.

1783 Born on this day in London Jane Taylor, children's writer best known as the author of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.

1786 France and Britain sign a trade agreement in London.

1820 The legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone dies quietly at Defiance, Mo., home of his son Nathan, at age 85.

1829 Scotland Yard, the official British criminal investigation organisation, is formed.

1887 Born on this day Barnes Wallis, British aeronautical engineer who invented the "Bouncing Bombs" used to destroy German dams during World War II.

1901 Leon Czolgosz, who murdered President William McKinley, is sentenced to death.

1913 The first boat is raised in the locks of the Panama Canal.

1918 German Ace Ernst Udet shoots down two Allied planes, bringing his total for the war up to 62.

1940 During the London Blitz, the underground Cabinet War Room suffers a hit when a bomb explodes on the Clive Steps.

1960 Vice President Richard Nixon and Senator John F. Kennedy participate in the first nationally televised debate between presidential candidates.

1961 Nineteen-year-old Bob Dylan makes his New York singing debut at Gerde's Folk City.

1969 The Beatles last album, Abbey Road, is released.

1984 The UK agrees to transfer sovereignty of Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China.


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1399 Richard II of England is deposed. His cousin, Henry of Lancaster, declares himself king under the name Henry IV.

1513 Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa discovers the Pacific Ocean. Seems that no one knew it was there before 1513!

1758 Born on this day Horatio Nelson, British naval commander who defeated the French and her allies on numerous occasions during the age of Napoleon.

1829 - The first public appearance by London's re-organized police force was met with jeers from political opponents. The force became known as Scotland Yard.

1850 Mormon leader Brigham Young is named the first governor of the Utah Territory.

1941 30,000 Jews are gunned down in Kiev when Heinrich Himmler sends four strike squads to exterminate Soviet Jewish civilians and other "undesirables."

1952 John Cobb was killed whilst attempting to break the world water speed record on Loch Ness in his boat 'Crusader'

1960 General Douglas MacArthur officially returns Seoul, South Korea, to President Syngman Rhee.

1979 John Paul II becomes the first pope ever to visit Ireland.

1984 - Elizabeth Taylor was voted to be the world's most beautiful woman in a Louis Harris poll. Taylor was at the time in the Betty Ford Clinic overcoming a weight problem.



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331BC Alexander the Great decisively shatters King Darius III's Persian army at Gaugamela (Arbela), in a tactical masterstroke that leaves him master of the Persian Empire.

1839 The British government decides to send a punitive naval expedition to China.

1856 The first installment of Gustav Flaubert's novel Madame Bovary appears in the Revue de Paris after the publisher refuses to print a passage in which the character Emma has a tryst in the back seat of a carriage.

1864 The Condor, a British blockade-runner, is grounded near Fort Fisher, North Carolina.

1890 Yosemite National Park is dedicated in California.

1908 The Ford Model T, the first car for millions of Americans, hits the market. Over 15 million Model Ts are eventually sold, all of them black.

1942 The German Army grinds to a complete halt within the city of Stalingrad.

1946 Eleven Nazi war criminals are sentenced to be hanged at Nuremberg trials---Hermann Goring, Alfred Jodl, Hans Frank, Wilhelm Frick, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Wilhelm Keitel, Joachin von Ribbentrop, Fritz Saukel, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Julius Streicher, and Alfred Rosenberg.

1949 Mao Zedong establishes the People's Republic of China.

1957 "In God We Trust" appears on US paper currency as an act to distinguish the US from the officially atheist USSR; the motto had appeared on coins at various times since 1864.

1960 Nigeria becomes independent from the UK.

1964 Japanese "bullet trains" (Shinkansen) begin high-speed rail transit between Tokyo and Osaka.

1971 First CT or CAT brain scan performed, at Atkinson Morley Hospital in Wimbledon, London.

1989 Denmark introduces the world's first "civil union" law granting same-sex couples certain legal rights and responsibilities but stopping short of recognising same-sex marriages.

1991 Siege of Dubrovnik begins in the Croatian War of Independence.

2009 The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom takes over judicial functions of the House of Lords.



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1957 "In God We Trust" appears on US paper currency ... the motto had appeared on coins at various times since 1864.

That was the obverse side ... the reverse side had the motto "Everybody Else Pays Cash" tongue.gif


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Sociologist and town planner Patrick Geddes was born on this day in 1854 in Ballater. He was educated at Perth Academy and later studied at the Royal School of Mines in London.

Geddes was a botanist by trade and turned to town planning after an accident affected his sight. He was responsible for transforming sections of Edinburgh's Old Town, which had become known as slum areas - he and his wife moved into the derelict James Court in Edinburgh and Geddes restored the houses around him, opening up spaces and improving the flow of air and light.

Although the idea of slum clearance by knocking down houses was a pouplar one, Geddes preferred to work with existing buildings where possible, believing that knocking down poor housing simply transferred the problem to another, often worse, area.
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There is a general feeling that Geddes' idea of restoration instead of removal should have been applied to a lot of the demolished red-stone tenements in Glasgow.


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