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Posted by: Rab2 26th Sep 2012, 05:48pm

1955 - The first Birds Eye Fish Fingers went on sale.

Posted by: bilbo.s 26th Sep 2012, 05:55pm

Nae use tae us yins wi´ nae fridge or freezer. sad.gif

Posted by: Rab2 26th Sep 2012, 06:09pm

QUOTE (bilbo.s @ 26th Sep 2012, 07:10pm) *
Nae use tae us yins wi´ nae fridge or freezer. sad.gif

So whit? Could yer Mammy no dae whit ma Mammy did and fried them straight away? rolleyes.gif

Posted by: bilbo.s 26th Sep 2012, 06:15pm

Naw, she didnae like rushin´ intae things. ohmy.gif Ah don´t think the grocer hid a freezer either !

Onyweys, she woulda waited fur Cochrane´s ain label tae cum oot.

Posted by: zascot 27th Sep 2012, 05:18am

1948- I was born, big improvement to the world. LOL.

Posted by: Dave Grieve 27th Sep 2012, 05:47am

QUOTE (zascot @ 27th Sep 2012, 07:33am) *
1948- I was born, big improvement to the world. LOL.

Happy birthday Boykie and congratulations to the world laugh.gif

Posted by: zascot 27th Sep 2012, 09:06am

Sorry Dave I stuffed it up, didn`t see the on this day bit my b/day isn`t till March

Posted by: Rab2 27th Sep 2012, 11:00am

27th September 1938 : RMS Queen Elizabeth is launched at the John Brown and Company yard in Clydebank, Scotland. She was the largest passenger liner ever built and named to honor Queen Elizabeth, a consort of King George VI.

Posted by: Rab2 27th Sep 2012, 11:02am

27th September 1938 : RMS Queen Elizabeth is launched at the John Brown and Company yard in Clydebank. She was the largest passenger liner ever built and named to honor Queen Elizabeth, a consort of King George VI.

Posted by: Rab2 27th Sep 2012, 11:02am

27th September 1938 : RMS Queen Elizabeth is launched at the John Brown and Company yard in Clydebank. She was the largest passenger liner ever built and named to honor Queen Elizabeth, a consort of King George VI.

Posted by: Rab2 27th Sep 2012, 11:04am

27th September 1938 : RMS Queen Elizabeth is launched at the John Brown and Company yard in Clydebank. She was the largest passenger liner ever built and named to honor Queen Elizabeth, a consort of King George VI.

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 27th Sep 2012, 11:42am

So Rab, they had to launch it 4 times. laugh.gif
Must have been really big. laugh.gif

Posted by: Rab2 27th Sep 2012, 11:45am

There seems to be something wrong with the editing process today GG. sad.gif

Don't blame me folks! I have now been refused the editing of items. Never mind though, four for the price of one is a bargain! laugh.gif

Posted by: serabash 27th Sep 2012, 11:45am

laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif

Posted by: Rab2 27th Sep 2012, 12:00pm

1937 - 1st Santa Claus Training School opens in New York. rolleyes.gif

Posted by: Rab2 27th Sep 2012, 12:04pm

QUOTE (TeeHeeHee @ 27th Sep 2012, 12:57pm) *
So Rab, they had to launch it 4 times. laugh.gif
Must have been really big. laugh.gif

No Tomi, it got stuck on the slipway 4 times!

Posted by: bilbo.s 27th Sep 2012, 01:11pm

Queen Elizabeth, a consort of King George VI

Did he have mair than wan then?

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 28th Sep 2012, 06:21am

On this day in history Sept. 28th 1066 ...

William the Conquerer invaded England ... bringin' an end to Anglo-Saxon rule.
Maybe Scotland should use this date in 2014 to celebrate independance. laugh.gif

Claiming his right to the English throne, William, duke of Normandy, invades England at Pevensey on Britain's southeast coast. His subsequent defeat of King Harold II at the Battle of Hastings marked the beginning of a new era in British history.

William was the illegitimate son of Robert I, duke of Normandy, by his concubine Arlette, a tanner's daughter from the town of Falaise. The duke, who had no other sons, designated William his heir, and with his death in 1035 William became duke of Normandy at age seven. Rebellions were epidemic during the early years of his reign, and on several occasions the young duke narrowly escaped death. Many of his advisers did not. By the time he was 20, William had become an able ruler and was backed by King Henry I of France. Henry later turned against him, but William survived the opposition and in 1063 expanded the borders of his duchy into the region of Maine.

In 1051, William is believed to have visited England and met with his cousin Edward the Confessor, the childless English king. According to Norman historians, Edward promised to make William his heir. On his deathbed, however, Edward granted the kingdom to Harold Godwine, head of the leading noble family in England and more powerful than the king himself.

In January 1066, King Edward died, and Harold Godwine was proclaimed King Harold II. William immediately disputed his claim. In addition, King Harald III Hardraade of Norway had designs on England, as did Tostig, brother of Harold. King Harold rallied his forces for an expected invasion by William, but Tostig launched a series of raids instead, forcing the king to leave the English Channel unprotected. In September, Tostig joined forces with King Harald III and invaded England from Scotland. On September 25, Harold met them at Stamford Bridge and defeated and killed them both. Three days later, William landed in England at Pevensey.

With approximately 7,000 troops and cavalry, William seized Pevensey and marched to Hastings, where he paused to organize his forces. On October 13, Harold arrived near Hastings with his army, and the next day William led his forces out to give battle. At the end of a bloody, all-day battle, King Harold II was killed--shot in the eye with an arrow, according to legend--and his forces were defeated.

William then marched on London and received the city's submission. On Christmas Day, 1066, William the Conqueror was crowned the first Norman king of England, in Westminster Abbey, and the Anglo-Saxon phase of English history came to an end. French became the language of the king's court and gradually blended with the Anglo-Saxon tongue to give birth to modern English. William I proved an effective king of England, and the "Domesday Book," a great census of the lands and people of England, was among his notable achievements. Upon the death of William I in 1087, his son, William Rufus, became William II, the second Norman king of England.

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 28th Sep 2012, 06:30am

Oh dear

On September 28, 1918,

... in an incident that would go down in the lore of World War I history—although the details of the event are still unclear—Private Henry Tandey, a British soldier serving near the French village of Marcoing, reportedly encounters a wounded German soldier and declines to shoot him, sparing the life of 29-year-old Lance Corporal Adolf Hitler.

Tandey, a native of Warwickshire, took part in the First Battle of Ypres in October 1914 and the Battle of the Somme in 1916, where he was wounded in the leg. After being discharged from the hospital, he was transferred to the 9th Battalion in France and was wounded again during the Third Battle of Ypres at Passchendaele in the summer of 1917. From July to October 1918, Tandey served with the 5th Duke of Wellington Regiment; it was during this time that he took part in the successful British capture of Marcoing, for which he earned a Victoria Cross for "conspicuous bravery."

As Tandey later told sources, during the final moments of that battle, as the German troops were in retreat, a wounded German soldier entered Tandey’s line of fire. "I took aim but couldn’t shoot a wounded man," Tandey remembered, "so I let him go." The German soldier nodded in thanks, and disappeared.

Though sources do not exist to prove the exact whereabouts of Adolf Hitler on that day in 1918, an intriguing link emerged to suggest that he was in fact the soldier Tandey spared. A photograph that appeared in London newspapers of Tandey carrying a wounded soldier at Ypres in 1914 was later portrayed on canvas in a painting by the Italian artist Fortunino Matania glorifying the Allied war effort. As the story goes, when British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain traveled to Germany in 1938 to engage Hitler in a last-ditch effort to avoid another war in Europe, he was taken by the führer to his new country retreat in Bavaria. There, Hitler showed Chamberlain his copy of the Matania painting, commenting, "That’s the man who nearly shot me."

The authenticity of the Tandey-Hitler encounter remains in dispute, though evidence does suggest that Hitler had a reproduction of the Matania painting as early as 1937—a strange acquisition for a man who had been furious and devastated by the German defeat at Allied hands in the Great War. Twice decorated as a soldier, Hitler was temporarily blinded by a mustard gas attack in Belgium in October 1918 and was in a military hospital in Pacewalk, Germany, when he received news of the German surrender. The experiences of battle—first glory and ultimately disillusion and despondence—would color the rest of Hitler’s life and career, as he admitted in 1941, after leading his country into another devastating conflict: "When I returned from the War, I brought back home with me my experiences at the front; out of them I built my National Socialist community."

Posted by: Doug1 28th Sep 2012, 10:33am

Ref post #18 "William the Conquerer invaded England ... bringin' an end to Anglo-Saxon rule.
Maybe Scotland should use this date in 2014 to celebrate independance

All true, but then the French Language became the official court language until Edward 111 re-introduced the English Language again in 1332, otherwise TeeHeeHee we would probably posting on GG in French

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 28th Sep 2012, 10:36am

Edward the Hundred and eleventh? laugh.gif
Anyway, it'll be Gaelic ... or German when we become part of the EU. laugh.gif

Posted by: Doug1 28th Sep 2012, 10:41am

QUOTE (TeeHeeHee @ 28th Sep 2012, 11:51am) *
Edward the Hundred and eleventh? laugh.gif
Anyway, it'll be Gaelic ... or German when we become part of the EU. laugh.gif

Ah jist love people with imagination

Posted by: RonD 28th Sep 2012, 10:42am

Today Paul Henderson had the winning goal in the Canada/Soviet hockey series in 1972, forty years ago. It's the Canadian "where were you when?" moment for Canadians of my generation.

Posted by: Rab2 28th Sep 2012, 12:02pm

1968 - Beatles' "Hey Jude," single goes #1 & stays #1 for 9 weeks

Posted by: Rab2 28th Sep 2012, 12:10pm

1884 - Michael Marks & Thomas Spencer open Penny Bazaar in Leeds
M&S now have 361 stores in over 40 countries and are still expanding.

Posted by: Rab2 29th Sep 2012, 10:31pm

1902: Emile Zola accidentally died of carbon monoxide poisoning in his home.

Posted by: Rab2 30th Sep 2012, 09:31am

1888 - "Jack the Ripper" butchers 2 more women, Lizzie Stride & Kate Eddowes

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 30th Sep 2012, 09:44am

On this day in 1944 I was 101 days old and had past my first milestone. tongue.gif laugh.gif

Posted by: Rab2 30th Sep 2012, 10:05am

QUOTE (TeeHeeHee @ 30th Sep 2012, 10:59am) *
On this day in 1944 I was 101 days old and had past my first milestone.

Rumour has it that just outside Auchtermuchtie, on the day you were 'born', a strange capsule was found in a field, having apparently plunged into our atmosphere from outer space. The child it contained was wearing his underpants over his trousers and was clutching a strange crystal. Could this have been .....................? Naw, surely not! Hm? confused2.gif

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 30th Sep 2012, 11:01pm

Couldn't be Rab. I wear rimless specs ... but only for readin'. laugh.gif
On second thoughts ... I am slowly becoming a man of steel - well, titanium at any rate. tongue.gif

Posted by: kenb 1st Oct 2012, 12:52am

COME BACK KINGS tongue.gif

Posted by: Rab2 1st Oct 2012, 04:48pm

1969 - Concorde 001 test flight breaks sound barrier

Posted by: bilbo.s 1st Oct 2012, 05:04pm

Ah wis at Gleneagles at the time but dinnae mind hearin´a thing. unsure.gif

Posted by: Rab2 1st Oct 2012, 05:12pm

1936 - Generalissimo Francisco Franco establishes state of Spain and bans all Scots ex-pats forever as he wants peace and quiet. tongue.gif

Posted by: bilbo.s 1st Oct 2012, 05:59pm

Ah, but he´s deid noo an ahm no (yet) ! biggrin.gif

Posted by: angel 1st Oct 2012, 06:47pm

QUOTE (RonD @ 28th Sep 2012, 10:57am) *
Today Paul Henderson had the winning goal in the Canada/Soviet hockey series in 1972, forty years ago. It's the Canadian "where were you when?" moment for Canadians of my generation.

Ron , I remember that game so well , I was at home listening to it on the radio
I was'nt worth a dime , biggrin.gif

The series is in the eighth game and we're down to the wire. Team Canada matches the Soviet Union goal for goal in the first period but they fall to a 5-3 deficit by the second. Then, Phil Esposito scores for Canada! Yvan Cournoyer follows up with another goal.

But will it count? The referees meet and the goal is good. It's a tie game, 5-5 at 12:56 in the third. In the final minutes, Canadian fans nervously puff cigarettes and swill beer. With 34 seconds remaining, Canada crowds the Soviet net and Paul Henderson skates in. Hewitt roars, "Henderson has scored for Canada!" Team Canada captures the series. On this day, according to one fan, "God is Canadian." .........
I think Canada stopped that day but fair to say , the Soviet team
taught Canada a lesson or two in Hockey .

Posted by: Dave Grieve 2nd Oct 2012, 10:11am

Willie Hendersons Daughter Michelle died of cancer if she was anything like her daddy the world has lost a good person.

RIP Michelle and condolenses to Willy Henderson and family

Posted by: Rab2 2nd Oct 2012, 07:57pm

1942 - "Queen Mary" slices cruiser HMS Curacao in half, killing 338 - RIP

Posted by: angel 2nd Oct 2012, 08:09pm

1879 Oct. 2

A dual alliance is formed between Austria and Germany, in which the two countries agree to come to the other's aid in the event of aggression.

Posted by: angel 2nd Oct 2012, 08:12pm

1263 Oct. 2 , At Largs, King Alexander III of Scotland repels an
amphibious invasion by King Haakon IV of Norway.

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 2nd Oct 2012, 10:41pm

The Day of German Unity (German: Tag der Deutschen Einheit) is the national day of Germany, celebrated on 3 October as a public holiday. It commemorates the anniversary of German reunification in 1990, when the goal of a unity of Germany that originated in the middle of the 19th century, was fulfilled. Therefore, the name addresses neither the re-union or union, but the unity of Germany. The Day of German Unity on October 3 has been a German national holiday since the reunification in 1990, when the German reunification was brought out in full force. The 3rd of October is a legal holiday of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The Day of German Unity is at the same time an anniversary for the re-founding of the five states Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringen.

An alternative choice to commemorate the reunification could have been the day the Berlin Wall came down—November 9, 1989, which coincided with the anniversary of the proclamation of the German Republic in 1918 and the defeat of Hitler's first coup in 1923. However, 9 November was also the anniversary of the first large-scale Nazi-led pogroms against Jews in 1938 (Kristallnacht), so the day was considered inappropriate as a national holiday. Therefore, 3 October 1990, the day of formal reunification, was chosen instead.

Posted by: Heather 3rd Oct 2012, 04:17pm

October 3rd 1958, on this day 54 years ago I got married.
I'm still married to the same man and today I got a card, a bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolates.

I got him a card. laugh.gif Well what else can you get a man, especially when his birthday is tomorrow. rolleyes.gif

Posted by: angel 3rd Oct 2012, 04:32pm

Congratulations Heather on your Anniversary
and a Happy birthday to Maurice .
I guess that makes him 37yrs, biggrin.gif biggrin.gif

Posted by: angel 3rd Oct 2012, 04:42pm

today 1927 .

Ottawa Ontario - Canadian PM William Lyon Mackenzie King inaugurates the first transatlantic telephone service to the UK by chatting with British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin. For the time being, all calls are operator-assisted until 1956, when direct dialing comes in.

1914 ,
Gaspé Quebec - First Canadian Division sails for England with 33,000 volunteers, 7,000 horses and 144 pieces of artillery, travelling in a 32 ship convoy escorted by 10 British warships; largest armed convoy ever to cross the Atlantic by that date; arrive in England Oct. 14

Posted by: JAGZ1876 3rd Oct 2012, 04:47pm

QUOTE (Heather @ 3rd Oct 2012, 05:32pm) *
October 3rd 1958, on this day 54 years ago I got married.
I'm still married to the same man and today I got a card, a bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolates.

Congratulations Heather thumbup.gif

Posted by: Rab2 3rd Oct 2012, 05:04pm

1906 - SOS (dot dot dot, dash dash dash, dot dot dot) adopted as warning signal by 1st conference on wireless telegraphy. Today, it is illegal to use this signal in radio form to signify distress although it may be signalled by other means.

Posted by: Doug1 3rd Oct 2012, 05:15pm

Today in 1226.....St Francis of Assisi who founded the Franciscan Order died

Today in 1974.....Frank Robinson became the first African-American to become a manager of a major league baseball team

Posted by: Doug1 3rd Oct 2012, 05:17pm

QUOTE (Heather @ 3rd Oct 2012, 05:32pm) *
October 3rd 1958, on this day 54 years ago I got married.
I'm still married to the same man and today I got a card, a bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolates.

I got him a card. laugh.gif Well what else can you get a man, especially when his birthday is tomorrow. rolleyes.gif

Congrat's Heather and all the best to you both

Posted by: Doug1 3rd Oct 2012, 06:14pm

On this day in 1952 Britain detonated its first atomic bomb in the Monte Bello islands of the west coast of Australia

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 3rd Oct 2012, 09:36pm

QUOTE (Heather @ 3rd Oct 2012, 05:32pm) *
October 3rd 1958, on this day 54 years ago I got married.
I'm still married to the same man and today ...

Congratulations Heather. Some things are built to last. wink.gif

Posted by: mlconnelly 3rd Oct 2012, 09:40pm

Happy Anniversary, Heather. Heres to many more. Mary biggrin.gif

Posted by: Rab2 4th Oct 2012, 05:56pm

1209 - Pope Innocent II drowns German King Otto of Wittelsbach.

Posted by: Rab2 4th Oct 2012, 05:57pm

Sorry: That should have read - 1209 - Pope Innocent II crowns German King Otto of Wittelsbach rolleyes.gif

Posted by: bilbo.s 4th Oct 2012, 05:59pm

Oh, what the hell ! laugh.gif

Posted by: Heather 4th Oct 2012, 07:22pm

Rab, what did he crown him with, the pot or the rolling pin?? wink.gif

Posted by: Anne1 4th Oct 2012, 07:31pm

QUOTE (JAGZ1876 @ 3rd Oct 2012, 07:02pm) *
Congratulations Heather thumbup.gif

cant believe its 4yrs since your anniversary party Heather it was a relly lovely evening
Happy Birthday Maurice

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 4th Oct 2012, 07:34pm

On this day in 1992 ...
RAF Biggin Hill closed.

Posted by: Rab2 4th Oct 2012, 08:11pm

1965 - USSR launches Luna 7; crash lands on Moon. 2012 -they are still trying to find it.

Posted by: angel 4th Oct 2012, 08:40pm

The French residents of Acadia are given one year to declare allegiance to Britain or leave Nova Scotia, Canada.

Great Upheaval: New England planters arrive to claim land in Nova Scotia Canada , taken from the Acadians.

The first English child born in Canada at Cuper's Cove, Newfoundland to Nicholas Guy. 1613 .

Posted by: Rab2 4th Oct 2012, 09:08pm

Nearly missed this important one ......

1883 The Boys' Brigade was founded, in Glasgow, by Sir William Alexander Smith. The interdenominational Christian youth organisation combines drill and fun activities with Christian values. In May 1903, Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scout Association, became their vice-president. By 2003, there were 500,000 Boys' Brigade members in 60 countries.

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 4th Oct 2012, 09:21pm

On this day Janis Joplin died.

Posted by: angel 4th Oct 2012, 09:31pm

Nearly missed this important one ......

1883 The Boys' Brigade was founded, in Glasgow, by Sir William Alexander Smith. The interdenominational Christian youth organisation combines drill and fun activities with Christian values. In May 1903, Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scout Association, became their vice-president. By 2003, there were 500,000 Boys' Brigade members in 60 countries.

My older son was a scout Rab , from being a cub and on to being a
venturer , he loved that life , and we had some very nice evening's with the boys and their scout master . Thanks for posting ,.......
smile.gif nice memories .!

Posted by: Rab2 5th Oct 2012, 07:33pm

1930 The British airship R101 crashed at the edge of a wood near Beauvais in France en route to India on its maiden voyage, killing 48 of the 54 passengers, including the British Air Minister Lord Thompson who may well have contributed to the disaster. He brought luggage on board equivalent to the weight of about 24 people, and the crash of the 777 foot craft was thought to be a result of overloading.

Posted by: Rab2 6th Oct 2012, 06:08pm

1769 English explorer Captain James Cook, aboard the Endeavour, discovered New Zealand.

1939 Adolf Hitler denied any intention to wage war against Britain and France in an address to Reichstag.

1968 The first three places in the US Grand Prix were taken by British drivers: Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill and John Surtees.
(Wish I had been there!) yes.gif

Posted by: Rab2 7th Oct 2012, 04:31pm

1946 The BBC presented its first edition of Woman's Hour, a daily programme of music, advice and entertainment for those in the home. The programme included an item on how to de-slime your flannels (!) and also broadcast the first episode of the thriller serial 'Dick Barton, Special Agent'.

1986 A new British newspaper, The Independent, was published.

2008 UK banking shares plunged on fears that more financial institutions would need government assistance to stay solvent. HBOS shares dropped 42% and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) fell 39%.

Posted by: Doug1 7th Oct 2012, 05:33pm

On this day in history – 7 October 1492: A month after leaving the Canary Islands on his first voyage, Christopher Columbus ordered his fleet to change course to follow a large flock of birds. Five days later they sighted land in what is now known as the Bahamas

Posted by: Rab2 8th Oct 2012, 02:38pm

1908 The Wind In The Willows, Kenneth Grahame's classic children's book, was published. It has never been out of print in its entire history.

1915 The Battle of Loos, one of the fiercest of World War I, ended with virtually no gains for either side. Almost 430,000 French, British and Germans were killed. The British used poison gas for the first time in the battle.

1987 The coroner's inquest into the capsizing of the Herald of Free Enterprise returned verdicts of unlawful killing. The ferry disaster, in March, killed 187 people.

Posted by: Doug1 8th Oct 2012, 02:43pm

On this day in history – 8 October 1952: 112 people were killed and 340 injured when two express trains collided at Harrow and Wealdstone station and a third train crashed into the wreckage

Posted by: A Mackinnon 8th Oct 2012, 03:06pm

QUOTE (Rab2 @ 4th Oct 2012, 10:23pm) *
Nearly missed this important one ......

1883 The Boys' Brigade was founded, in Glasgow, by Sir William Alexander Smith. The interdenominational Christian youth organisation combines drill and fun activities with Christian values. In May 1903, Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scout Association, became their vice-president. By 2003, there were 500,000 Boys' Brigade members in 60 countries.

Sorry for the late post, but I just wanted to say I credit the Boys Brigade in general & the Captain of the "193", John "Skipper" Briggs in particular for keeping me on the straight & narrow as a teenager. I loved the life & the camps (under canvas) to Ireland every year. Great memories. thumbup.gif

Posted by: Rab2 9th Oct 2012, 05:38pm

1897 Henry Stumey set off in his 4.5hp Daimler from Land's End, and became the first person to drive to John o' Groats. His 929 mile journey took him 10 days.

1913 The Glasgow built steamship SS Volturno caught fire in mid-Atlantic. Eleven ships came to her aid and rescued 520 passengers and crewmen but 130, most of them women and children, died in the incident, in unsuccessfully launched lifeboats.

2010 A ticket bought in the UK won a new record of £113m on the Euromillions lottery draw, making the anonymous winner the UK’s 589th richest person. Unfortunately it wisnae mine.

Posted by: bilbo.s 9th Oct 2012, 05:52pm

Aye, that´s whit ye´re tellin´us ! rolleyes.gif

Posted by: angel 9th Oct 2012, 09:26pm

1967 U.S.A. / Soviet Union The Outer Space Treaty comes into force
10th October, 1967 : Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies signed by the United States and the Soviet Union
( Why The US does not own the moon even though they planted the flag )
Below is a rough guide to what the treaty means
Re: Military Use
An undertaking not to place in orbit around the Earth, install on the moon or any other celestial body, or otherwise station in outer space, nuclear or any other weapons of mass destruction.
It limits the use of the moon and other celestial bodies exclusively to peaceful purposes and expressly prohibits their use for military use.
Inspired by the great prospects opening up before mankind as a result of mans entry into outer space,
Recognizing the common interest of all mankind in the progress of the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes,
Believing that the exploration and use of outer space should be carried on for the benefit of all peoples irrespective of the degree of their economic or scientific development,

1957 United Kingdom World's First Nuclear Accident Windscale
10th October, 1957 : Part of the radioactive core at pile 1 at Windscale Nuclear Plant in West Cumbria used to make to make weapons-grade plutonium was on fire and as there had never been a similar experience it was a best guess as to how to distinguish the fire, but a combination of water pumped in to the reactor and turning off the air supply to the reactor worked. The combination of a lack of oxygen and gallons of water did the trick and the fire was eventually put out. The fire caused the release of substantial amounts of radioactive contamination into the surrounding area and the event, known as the Windscale fire, was the world's worst reactor accident until the Three Mile Island accident in 1979.

1939 World War II French lines
10th October, 1939: After five weeks of war German attacks on French lines are increasing daily but the French are continuing to hold using hand grenades against the Germans, many believe the current attacks are a prelude to a full scale German invasion force.

Well , the many sure were right !

Posted by: Doug1 10th Oct 2012, 11:54am

On this day – 10 October 732: Traditional date of the battle of Tours when the Franks under Charles Martel defeated an army of the Umayyad Caliphate. Along with campaigns in 736 and 739, Martel’s victory stopped the advance of Muslim forces into western Europe

Posted by: toerag 10th Oct 2012, 03:29pm

On this day in history (!!) another couple got married 1969, Balornock North Parish church on Northgate rd, dont know if its still standing!!! the minister had to leave right after the ceremony his wife was in labour! funny the wee things we remember, anyway John says we are going out for dinner tonight whoppee!!!!

Posted by: Rab2 10th Oct 2012, 03:38pm

1881 The Savoy Theatre, the first public building in Britain to be lit by electricity, opened with a performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's 'Patience'

1961 Following a volcanic eruption, the entire population of the South Atlantic island of Tristan da Cunha was evacuated to Britain.

1971 After being sold, dismantled and moved to the United States, London Bridge reopened in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, one of the daftest moves in history.

Posted by: angel 10th Oct 2012, 11:49pm

The bloodiest four years in American history begin when Confederate shore batteries under General P.G.T. Beauregard open fire on Union-held Fort Sumter in South Carolina's Charleston Bay. During the next 34 hours, 50 Confederate guns and mortars launched more than 4,000 rounds at the poorly supplied fort. On April 13, U.S. Major Robert Anderson surrendered the fort. Two days later, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation calling for 75,000 volunteer soldiers to quell the Southern "insurrection."

.Four years after the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter, the Confederacy was defeated at the total cost of 620,000 Union and Confederate soldiers dead.

Posted by: Michael123 11th Oct 2012, 12:05am

The Battle of Kappel.

On October 11, 1531, a force of approximately 7,000 soldiers from the five Catholic cantons met an army of only 2,000 men from Zürich at the Battle of Kappel. Zürich's army was unsupported by the other Protestant cantons and was led by Zwingli, while the combined Catholic army was led by Hans Jauch of Uri. The main Zürich force arrived at the battlefield in scattered groups and exhausted from a forced march. The Catholic forces attacked and after a brief resistance, the Protestant army broke around 4 in the afternoon. About 500 Protestants were killed in the battle and while fleeing. Among the dead was Zwingli and twenty-four other pastors. Zwingli's body was taken by the victorious Catholic army and burned as a heretic.

After the defeat, the forces of Zürich regrouped and attempted to occupy the Zugerberg, and some of them camped on the Gubel hill near Menzingen.

Posted by: angel 11th Oct 2012, 12:09am

1879 - British troops occupy Kabul Afghanistan

1823 - Charles Macintosh of Scotland begins selling raincoats { Macs

Posted by: Michael123 11th Oct 2012, 12:10am

QUOTE (angel @ 11th Oct 2012, 01:24am) *
1879 - British troops occupy Kabul Afghanistan

1823 - Charles Macintosh of Scotland begins selling raincoats { Macs

good move by Charlie I say yes.gif

Posted by: Doug1 11th Oct 2012, 08:19am

On this day – 11 October 1872: Militant suffragette Emily Davison was born in Blackheath. In June 1913 she was killed after running out in front of the king’s horse at the Epsom Derby
Read more about the Suffragettes on our website

Posted by: Doug1 12th Oct 2012, 08:17am

On this day – 12 October 1812: Italian chemist Ascanio Sobrero was born in Piedmont. In 1846 he discovered nitroglycerin when he added glycerol to a mixture of nitric and sulphuric acid. Alarmed by the compound’s explosive nature, he warned vigorously against its use

Posted by: Rab 12th Oct 2012, 03:13pm

1866 James Ramsay McDonald, Scottish statesman, was born. He became the first Labour Prime Minister in 1924. His opposition to the First World War made him unpopular, and he was defeated in 1918. However post war disillusionment quickly made his anti-war position more popular, and he returned to Parliament in 1922, the point at which Labour replaced the Liberal Party as the second-largest party.

1940 World War II: Adolf Hitler postponed indefinitely 'Operation Sealion' - the planned invasion of Britain. He was told my birth was imminent.

1984 Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher escaped an assassination attempt when an IRA bomb exploded in the Grand Hotel, Brighton which was being used by delegates to the Conservative Party Conference. Five people were killed and 30 people injured, including the Employment Secretary Norman Tebbit and his wife Margaret, who was left permanently disabled.

Posted by: angel 12th Oct 2012, 11:38pm

Oct. 13

1899 - Canada organized a contingent to fight in the South African war.

1957 - Queen Elizabeth made her first television broadcast

1755 - A large number of Acadians were deported to South Carolina.

1812 - General Isaac Brock was killed in battle at Queenston in the war of 1812. His troops went on to victory, driving the Americans back across the border.

Posted by: Rab 13th Oct 2012, 09:36am

1884 Greenwich was chosen as the universal time meridian of longitude from which standard times throughout the world are calculated.

1954 Chris Chataway broke the 5,000-metres world record by five seconds in the London v Moscow match at White City, West London. I was just behnd him.

1992 The government announced plans to close one third of Britain's deep coal mines, putting 31,000 miners out of work.

Posted by: Doug1 14th Oct 2012, 08:52am

On this day in history – 14 October 1322: The Scots under Robert Bruce routed the English at the battle of Byland in North Yorkshire. Edward II was forced to make a hurried escape, leaving his personal baggage behind

Posted by: Jupiter 14th Oct 2012, 10:00am

A few hours late: Margaret Thatcher,prominent British politician born 13th Oct 1925.Still on the go!

Posted by: Rab 14th Oct 2012, 04:01pm

1066 The Battle of Hastings was fought, on Senlac Hill, near Pevensey. An English army, commanded by King Harold, was defeated by the invasion force of William of Normandy. Harold was killed and Edgar the Ætheling was proclaimed king, but never crowned. William I 'The Conqueror' and the first Norman King of England, was subsequently crowned at Westminster Abbey on 25th December 1066.

1633 King James II, youngest son of Charles I was born. His pro-Catholic stand led to his overthrow by William of Orange.

1878 The first football match played under floodlights took place at Bramhall Lane, Sheffield, in front of a crowd of just under 20,000. Two generators positioned behind each goal powered lights on 30 ft. high wooden towers situated at each corner of the field. The light was deemed so bright that some ladies present put up their parasols to protect themselves from being burned!

1881 189 men died when the Berwickshire fishing fleet was caught in a hurricane. The tragedy, which became known locally as Black Friday, remains Scotland's worst fishing disaster. 129 of the victims came from the village of Eyemouth.

1939 The Royal Navy battleship, HMS Royal Oak, was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine while at harbour in Scapa Flow, off the northern coast of Scotland, a little more than a month after the start of World War II. 810 British seamen were killed.

Posted by: angel 14th Oct 2012, 04:17pm

The First Contingent of the Canadian Expeditionary Force arrives at Plymouth, England.
At Ledeghem, Belgium, Private Thomas Ricketts of The Royal Newfoundland Regiment accurately fired his machinegun to force many enemy soldiers to abandon the heavy weapons in their positions and seek the protection of a nearby farm. For his actions Private Ricketts earned the Victoria Cross.
Within a period of sixteen hours No.6 (RCAF) Group, Bomber Command, flies a total of 501 Lancaster and Halifax bombers against targets in Duisburg, Germany.
HMCS MAGOG (frigate) is torpedoed and badly damaged by U-Boat 1223 in the St. Lawrence River off Pointe des Montes.

Posted by: Rab 15th Oct 2012, 10:52am

1887 Preston North End beat Manchester Hyde 26-0 in an FA Cup tie, the highest goal score ever by an English club in a major competition, with James Ross the first player to score seven goals in a 1st Division match.

1956 The last RAF Lancaster bomber was retired from service.

1987 The worst hurricane to hit Britain since records began devastated southern England and caused at least 17 deaths.

1994 Five people were killed (including Mr&Mrs Jackson, my neighbours) and 13 injured in a head-on rail collision at Cowden in Kent after the driver ran a red signal.

Posted by: Doug1 15th Oct 2012, 03:27pm

On this day in history – 15 October 1582: Spain, Portugal, Poland and most of Italy adopted the new calendar introduced by Pope Gregory XIII. Although other Catholic countries soon followed suit Protestant states were slower to accept the change, with Britain only switching in 1752

Posted by: Doug1 16th Oct 2012, 08:39am

From this day in 1965, front page of the Glasgow Herald breaking the news that Fairfield had gone into receivership.

Posted by: Doug1 16th Oct 2012, 08:41am

On this day – 16 October 1612: Frederick, Elector Palatine arrived in England to marry Princess Elizabeth, the daughter of James I and VI and Anne of Denmark. Despite her mother’s concerns that she was marrying beneath her station, the pair wed at Whitehall the following February

Posted by: angel 16th Oct 2012, 03:34pm

1953 - Fidel Castro sentenced to 15 years (Havana)

1962 - Cuban missile crisis began as JFK becomes aware of missiles in Cuba

Posted by: Rab 16th Oct 2012, 06:46pm

1555 English bishops Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley were burnt at the stake for heresy.

1902 Britain opened its first 'Borstal' detention centre, at the village of Borstal in Kent. The institution was designed to keep boys, especially first offenders, away from adult criminals in prisons; to teach them a trade and to reward good behaviour.

1920 Gordon Richards, 26 times a champion jockey, had his first ride, at Lingfield Park.

1958 Britain's most popular children's television programme 'Blue Peter' was first broadcast on BBC TV. The first presenters were Leila Williams and Christopher Trace.

1964 Harold Wilson became Prime Minister of a Labour Government. He was the first Labour PM in 13 years.

Posted by: wee mags 17th Oct 2012, 03:33am

on this dayOct 17th I was at the BuchananSt Bus station with my fmily to see me off to the wild USA ,it was one of the saddest days of my life. sad.gif
,i will never forget the look on my parents faces as the bus took off for the old Prestwick Airport quanset huts ,on to the KLM plane, it had propellers ?,I arrived 15 houes later in the States so today I will celebrate my 54th anniversary in the USA ,but Glasgow is still my home wub.gif

Posted by: Doug1 17th Oct 2012, 07:57am

On this day - 17 October 1912: At a public meeting in the Royal Albert Hall Suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst underlined the Women’s Social and Political Union’s opposition to all political parties and its intention to continue its attacks on public and private property

Posted by: Doug1 17th Oct 2012, 08:02am

QUOTE (wee mags @ 17th Oct 2012, 04:48am) *
on this dayOct 17th I was at the BuchananSt Bus station with my fmily to see me off to the wild USA ,it was one of the saddest days of my life. sad.gif
,i will never forget the look on my parents faces as the bus took off for the old Prestwick Airport quanset huts ,on to the KLM plane, it had propellers ?,I arrived 15 houes later in the States so today I will celebrate my 54th anniversary in the USA ,but Glasgow is still my home wub.gif

What a poignant memory Mags it must have been a very sad moment. You have been in the USA now for a long time but in the early days did you manage to see your family much? Congrats' on your 54 years by the way

Posted by: Rab 17th Oct 2012, 10:38am

1061 A tornado struck London. It was Britain's earliest reported tornado. The wooden London Bridge was demolished, and the church of St. Mary-le-Bow in the city of London was badly damaged. Other churches in the area were demolished, as were over 600, mostly wooden, houses.

1860 The world's first professional golf tournament was held, at Prestwick in Scotland.

1956 Queen Elizabeth II opened Calder Hall in Cumbria - Britain's first large scale atomic energy station

Posted by: Rab 18th Oct 2012, 04:09pm

1826 Britain's last state lottery was held, prior to the launch of the National Lottery in 1994.

1871 The death of Charles Babbage, English mathematician, inventor and mechanical engineer who originated the concept of a programmable computer. He is considered a 'father of the computer' as he is credited with inventing the first mechanical computer that eventually led to more complex designs.

1922 The British Broadcasting Corporation was officially formed, to operate from Marconi House in London, under the management of John Reith. It established a nationwide network of radio transmitters to provide a national broadcasting service.

1966 The Queen granted a royal pardon to Timothy Evans, wrongly convicted and hanged in 1950 for the murder of his wife and child. The real murderer was John Reginald Christie who had been hanged for mass murder in 1953. So that made everything all right then.

Posted by: Rab 19th Oct 2012, 11:14am

1781 The American War of Independence came to an end when British commander Lord Cornwallis surrendered his 8,000 troops to George Washington at Yorktown, in Virginia, after a three week siege.

1914 World War I - The start of the First Battle of Ypres. It saw the British and French defeat repeated German attempts to break their lines in an attempt to capture the channel ports.

1970 British Petroleum announced the first major discovery of oil under the British sector of the North Sea.

1987 Black Monday. Millions of pounds were wiped off the value of shares and other financial markets around the world. Wall Street ended the day down 22%, a greater fall than the Wall Street Crash of 1929.

Posted by: Doug1 19th Oct 2012, 04:34pm

On this day - 19 October 1762: HMS Britannia was launched at Portsmouth. A 100-gun first-rate ship of the line, she saw service at the battle of Cape St Vincent and also at Trafalgar, where she was the flagship of Nelson’s third-in-command, the Earl of Northesk

Posted by: angel 20th Oct 2012, 12:03am

1919-12-20 - Canadian Natl Railways established (N America's longest, 50,000 KM)
1944-07-20 - Brit/Canadian troops occupy Hill 67/Ifs/Bras/Frenouville, Normandy
1944-07-20 - Canadian Cameroon Highlanders conquer St-Andre
1973-04-20 - Canadian ANIK A2 becomes 1st commercial satellite in orbit
1973-10-20 - Canadian actor William Shatner (Star Trek) marries Marcy Lafferty

Posted by: Rab 20th Oct 2012, 07:18pm

1903 The Joint Commission, set up on January 24 by Great Britain and the United States to arbitrate the disputed Alaskan boundary, rules in favor of the United States. The deciding vote is Britain's, which embitters Canada. The United States gains ports on the panhandle coast of Alaska.

1945 Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon form the Arab League to present a unified front against the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine.

1957 English apologist C.S. Lewis shared his longing for heaven in a letter: 'It'll be nice when we all wake up from this life, which has indeed something like a nightmare about it.'

Posted by: Doug1 20th Oct 2012, 10:13pm

On this day - 20 October 1632: Architect, mathematician and astronomer Christopher Wren was born in East Knowle in Wiltshire. Evidence of his prodigious talent can be seen in the fact that before taking a degree at Wadham College, Oxford, he had already designed an air pump, an instrument for writing in the dark, numerous astronomical devices and a beehive. At the age of only 25 he was appointed professor of astronomy at Gresham College, London. Four years later, he became Savilian professor of astronomy at Oxford. The first building he designed was a chapel for Pembroke College, Cambridge.
(this week's 'on this day' posts compiled by Julian Humphrys, development officer for the Battlefields Trust)

Posted by: Doug1 21st Oct 2012, 08:30am

On this day - 21 October 1422: Following the death of his grandfather, Charles VI, the 10-month-old Henry VI of England became King of France according to the terms of the Treaty of Troyes. He had succeeded to the English throne two months earlier

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 21st Oct 2012, 09:57am

On this day October 21st 1966 I learned what it meant to be a member of the British Armed Forces ... the hard way.
I'd just finished 8 weeks of Square Bashing and had moved down to Wales to commence my basic trade training period in the RAF when two weeks later disaster struck on the early morning of that day in the village of Aberfan where an avalanche of coal waste and sludge slid down from a coal tip burying a school full of kids.
As part of a team of volunteers sent out to help in the recovery, in which the locals wouldn't let us take part as they wanted to dig out their own children without our help, I was given; along with some mates, the unenviable task of barring the grieving mothers from entering the makeshift mortuary set up to receive the terribly crushed remains of their children.
The rescue operation, if that's what you could call it it, lasted a whole week
Close to 150 people died under that sludge on a real dreich October morning in 1966, including 116 children.

Posted by: G-Man 21st Oct 2012, 10:38am

This tragedy occurred before I was even born but was spoken about so often by my grandparents that I was in my early teens before I realised it happened before my birth.
The horror for the families involved I can only begin to imagine but for the first time you've made me think of the 'outsiders' who were also involved.
I really hope there's a heaven although I know it must be hard for people who have been touched by terrible tragedies to believe in any higher being.

God bless you.

Posted by: Rab 21st Oct 2012, 04:00pm

1492 - Columbus lands on San Salvador Island

1805 Vice Admiral Viscount Horatio Nelson wins his greatest victory over a Franco-Spanish fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar, fought off Cape Trafalgar, Spain. Nelson is fatally wounded in the battle, but lives long enough to see victory.

1854 - Florence Nightingale and a staff of 38 nurses were sent to the Crimean War.

1879 - Thomas Edison perfects carbonized cotton filament light bulb

1966 - 144 die as a coal waste landslide engulfed a school in Aberfan S Wales

1980 - Mikhail Gorbachev elected member of Soviet Politburo

Posted by: Rab 22nd Oct 2012, 03:13pm

1797 - Andre-Jacques Garnerin makes 1st parachute jump from balloon over Paris.

1877 - The Blantyre mining disaster in Scotland kills 207 miners. Those widows and orphans who were unable to support themselves were evicted by the mine owners and sent to the Poor House.

1942 - 1st ships of invasion fleet for Oran (Algeria) leave Scotland

1964 - EMI rejects audition by "High Numbers," - they go on to become 'The Who' !

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 22nd Oct 2012, 09:57pm

QUOTE (Rab @ 22nd Oct 2012, 04:28pm) *
1877 - The Blantyre mining disaster ...

I didn't realize it was so long ago, Rab.
Thanks for posting that up.

Posted by: Rab 23rd Oct 2012, 11:34am

1091 - Tornado strikes the heart of London killing 2 and demolishing the then wooden London Bridge

1739 - War of Jenkins' Ear starts: British Prime Minister, Robert Walpole, reluctantly declares war on Spain.

1910 - Blanche Scott became 1st woman to fly solo.

1942 - During WW II, Britain launches major offensive at El Alamein, Egypt

1972 - Access credit cards introduced in Great Britain

1998 - Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat reach a "land for peace" agreement. Aye, right!

Posted by: Rab 24th Oct 2012, 10:05am

1818 - Felix Mendelssohn, 9, performs his 1st public concert (Berlin)

1857 - World's 1st soccer club, Sheffield F C, founded in England

1901 - 1st woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel (Anna Taylor) I was in there too - it was great!

1931 - Gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years for tax evasion. He dies in Alcatraz Prison.

1945 - UN charter comes into effect

2003 - Concorde makes its last commercial flight.

Posted by: angel 25th Oct 2012, 03:20am

on this day in

Canadian history

October 25

1666 - Radisson and Groseilliers had an audience with King Charles II who promised them ships for an expedition to Hudson Bay (see August 28).

1768 - Port La Joie, founded by the French, was renamed Charlottetown in honor of the wife of George III.

1780 - Sir Frederick Haldimand, Governor of Quebec, protested that laws favoured merchants and not the inhabitants.

1798 - A boundary commission made the St. Croix River the southern border between New Brunswick and Maine.

1920 - Plebiscites (for more on this visit: in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia resulted in large majorities for prohibition.

1951 - Montreal, Quebec became the fist Canadian city to reach a population of over one million.

Posted by: Doug1 25th Oct 2012, 09:09am

On this day - 25 October 1962: Nelson Mandela
was sentenced to five years imprisonment for inciting workers to strike and for leaving South Africa illegally. Two years later he was jailed for life for sabotage

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 25th Oct 2012, 11:36am

On this day 25th October 1854 during The Battle of Balaclava they rode
Into the Valley of Death

The Charge of the Light Brigade was a charge of British cavalry led by Lord Cardigan against Russian forces during the Battle of Balaclava on 25 October 1854 in the Crimean War. Lord Raglan, overall commander, had intended to send the Light Brigade to pursue and harry a retreating Russian artillery battery near the front line, a task well suited to light cavalry. Due to miscommunication at some level in the chain of command, the sabre-armed Light Brigade was instead sent on a frontal assault into a different artillery battery, one well-prepared with excellent fields of defensive fire. Although reaching the battery under withering direct fire and scattering some of the gunners, the badly mauled brigade was forced to retreat immediately, producing no decisive gains and very high British casualties. It is best remembered as the subject of the poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, whose lines emphasize the valour of the cavalry in carrying out their orders. Blame for the miscommunication has remained controversial, as the original order from Raglan itself was vague.

Posted by: Rab 25th Oct 2012, 06:05pm

1415 - Battle of Agincourt, Welsh longbow defeat armored knights.

1825 - Erie Canal opens, linking Great Lakes & Atlantic Ocean

1881 - Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday & Clantons engage in "Shootout at OK Corral"

1932 - Benito Mussolini promises to remain dictator for 30 years. Aye, right Benny.

1946 - 1st trial began against Nazi war criminals (Neuremberg)

1983 - US invades Grenada, a country 1/2,000 its population (and defeats them)

Posted by: Doug1 26th Oct 2012, 08:46am

On this day - 26 October 1512: King Henry VIII commissioned Florentine sculptor Pietro Torrigiani to produce a monument to the royal's parents, Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, in Westminster Abbey. Torrigiani (who famously broke Michelangelo’s nose in a student brawl) had “to make and worke, or doo to be made and wrought, well, surely, clenly, workemanly, curiously and substancyally, for the sum of £1,500 sterling, a tombe or sepulture of whit marbill and of black touchstone wt. ymags, figures, beasts and other things of cuppure gilt”

Posted by: Rab 26th Oct 2012, 10:22am

1529 - Thomas More appointed English Lord Chancellor.

1674 - Prince Willem III occupies Grave. (although I don't think he was deid!)

1858 - Hamilton Smith patents rotary washing machine.

1901 - 1st use of "getaway car" occurs after holding up a shop in Paris.

1950 - Mother Teresa founds Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India,

1967 - Shah of Iran crowns himself after 26 years on Peacock Throne. What kept him?

1977 - The last natural case of smallpox was discovered in Merca district, Somalia. The WHO and the CDC consider this date the anniversary of the eradication of smallpox, the most spectacular success of vaccination.

Posted by: angel 27th Oct 2012, 12:40am

1492 - Lead pencils 1st used
1524 - Spanish troops give Milan to France
1529 - Thomas More appointed English Lord Chancellor
1534 - Charles V names Joris of Egmont, bishop of Utrecht
1662 - Charles II of England sold Dunkirk to France

Posted by: Doug1 27th Oct 2012, 09:09am

On this day - 27 October 1942: With Montgomery’s offensive at El Alamein in its fifth day, the Germans and Italians mounted an armoured counter-attack
at Kidney Ridge, but were driven back and sustained heavy tank losses

Posted by: Rab 27th Oct 2012, 10:59am

1651 - English troops occupy Limerick Ireland - then fell about laughing.

1838 - Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs issues the Extermination Order, which orders all Mormons to leave the state or be exterminated.

1867 - Garibaldi marches on Rome. Builds biscuit factory.

1925 - Water skis patented by Fred Waller.

1938 - DuPont announces its new synthetic fiber will be called "nylon"

1964 - Singers Sonny & Cher wed, Cher wore FLARES.

1986 - The United Kingdom government suddenly deregulates financial markets, leading to an event now referred to as the Big Bang.

Posted by: Doug1 28th Oct 2012, 10:17am

On this day - 28 October 1562: Forces loyal to Mary, Queen of Scots under the Earl of Moray defeated a rebellion by George Gordon, Fourth Earl of Huntly at the battle of Corrichie, near Aberdeen. Huntly is said to have died of apoplexy after being captured

Posted by: Rab 28th Oct 2012, 11:01am

1636 - Harvard University (Cambridge Mass) founded.

1848 - The first railroad in Spain - between Barcelona and Mataró - is opened.

1939 - The first ENEMY plane shot down over the British soil was a Heinkel 111 which crash-landed at Humbie, near Dalkeith.

1954 - Nobel prize for literature awarded to Ernest Hemingway.

1962 - Cuban missile crisis ends after JFK and Khrushchev make both public and secret agreements.

1992 - Lee Jang Rim predicts that today would be the end of the world. Big Riddy there Lee!

Posted by: Doug1 29th Oct 2012, 08:24am

James Boswell, author of Samuel Johnson's biography. was born on this day in 1740. Boswell was born in Edinburgh, the son of judge Lord Auchinleck.

Posted by: Rab 29th Oct 2012, 11:29am

1618 - English adventurer, writer, and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh is beheaded for allegedly conspiring against James I of England. Shame.

1787 - Opera "Don Giovanni" is produced (Prague)

1945 - 1st ball point pen goes on sale, 57 years after it is patented by Laszio Biro.
1960 - Muhammad Ali's (Cassius Clay) 1st professional fight, beats Tunney Hunsaker in 6.
1975 - Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffer kills 1st victim

1998 - Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off on STS-95 with 77-year old John Glenn on board, making him the oldest person to go into space.

- Record-breaking snowstorm in the northeastern United States leaves nearly 2 million residents without power for more than 36 hours.

Posted by: Doug1 29th Oct 2012, 04:29pm

On this day - 29 October 1562: Churchman George Abbot was born in Guildford, Surrey. Abbot was appointed archbishop of Canterbury in 1611. In 1621 his authority was undermined when he accidentally killed a gamekeeper while hunting

Posted by: Doug1 30th Oct 2012, 09:37am

On this day - 30 October 1942: Tony Fasson, Colin Grazier and Tommy Brown from HMS Petard retrieved an Enigma coding machine from a sinking U-boat off Port Said. Fasson and Grazier continued searching the submarine but were drowned when it suddenly sank

Posted by: Rab 30th Oct 2012, 06:06pm

1938 - Orson Welles panics UNited States with broadcast of "War of the Worlds"

1944 - Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring," premieres in Wash DC

1952 - Clarence Birdseye sells 1st frozen peas.

1960 - Michael Woodruff performs the first successful kidney transplant in the United Kingdom at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

1990 - Channel Tunnel completed.

Posted by: Doug1 31st Oct 2012, 09:08am

On this day - 31 October 1922: After taking
the oath of allegiance to King Victor Emmanuel III in Rome’s Quirinal Palace, Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini took up office as the 27th prime minister of Italy

Posted by: Rab 31st Oct 2012, 11:50am

834 - 1st All Hallows Eve (Halloween) observed to honor the Saints Trick and Treat.

1815 - Sir Humphrey Davy of London patents miner's safety lamp.

1888 - John Boyd Dunlop of Dreghorn Ayrshire patents pneumatic bicycle tyre.

1892 - Arthur Conan Doyle publishes The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

1917 - World War I: Battle of Beersheba - "last successful cavalry charge in history"

1956 - Britain & France begin to bomb Egypt to reopen Suez Canal. Big mistake.

Posted by: Rab 1st Nov 2012, 10:31am

1512 - Michelangelo's paintings on ceiling of Sistine Chapel, 1st exhibited.

1683 - The British crown colony of New York is subdivided into 12 counties.

1928 - Don Bradman scores a century each innings (131 & 133*), NSW v Queensland.

1941 - Japanese marine staff officiers Suzuki/Maejima visit Pearl Harbor. Bad mistake!

1950 - 82°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland Ohio in November.

1976 - Britain gives Kiribati (Christmas Island) self rule.

1989 - Scandinavian Airlines System first to ban smoking on many flights.

Posted by: Rab 2nd Nov 2012, 03:57pm

1355 - English invasion army under King Edward lands at Calais - as if Scotland wisnae enough!

1879 - In a 6-day footrace a Mr Weston loses to a horse, 900 to 885 km. Bet he was knackered!

1899 - Boers begin siege of Ladysmith.

1904 - "Daily Mirror," begins publishing

1917 - Balfour Declaration proclaims support for a Jewish state in Palestine. Still arguing.

1924 - Sunday Express publishes 1st British crossword puzzle.

1936 - 1st high-definition TV broadcast service, by BBC.

1942 - British Army hammers German Army at El Alamein. Good old Monty!

1959 - The first section of the M1 motorway is opened.

1993 - Actor Roger Moore (James Bond) had his enlarged prostate removed.

Posted by: Rab 3rd Nov 2012, 01:30pm

1493 - Christopher Columbus discovers island of Dominica. Sets up beach-bar.

1783 - John Austin, a highwayman, is the last person to be publicly hanged at London's Tyburn gallows.

1871 - Sir Henry M Stanley met Dr David Livingstone in Tanganyika with the famous words "Any chance of a cup of tea Dave'

1946 - Emperor Hirohito proclaims new Japanese constitution. Renounces his diety!

1957 - USSR (to its shame) launches Sputnik 2 with a dog (Laika),poor wee thing. 1st animal in orbit.

1992 - Bill Clinton wins US presidential election over Pres G. Bush

Posted by: Rab 4th Nov 2012, 02:18pm

1879 - James Ritty patents 1st cash register, to combat stealing by bartenders in his Dayton, Ohio saloon.

1890 - Prince of Wales opens Londons 1st Underground station at Stockwell.

1922 - Howard Carter discovers tomb of Tutankhamen in Egypt. Pyramid selling begins.

1979 - 90 Americans taken hostage at US Embassy in Teheran, Iran.

Posted by: Rab 5th Nov 2012, 04:24pm

1605 - Gunpowder Plot; Catholics try to blow up English Parliament. Plot discovered and leader Guy Fawkes hanged after torture and confession.

1935 - Game of Monopoly launched.

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 5th Nov 2012, 10:22pm

Among the Guy Fawkes celebrations tonight was this interesting spectacle on the streets of Lewes, East Sussex ...

The procession, organised annually by six local societies, traces its roots to the 16th century and marks a tumultuous time in English history.

A key part of the parade is seventeen flaming crosses, one for each of the Protestant martyrs burnt at the stake in the town between 1555 and 1557 as part of the Marian Prosecutions.

The purge was initiated by the Roman Catholic monarch Queen Mary, who reigned between 1553 and 1558, and passed strict anti-Protestant legislation against anyone guilty of heresy against the Pope.

At least three hundred were martyred in just five years - many meeting a fiery end on the stake and others hung, drawn and quartered.

Read more:

Posted by: Doug1 6th Nov 2012, 12:20pm

On this day - 6 November 1632: The Swedes defeated Wallenstein's imperialist army at the battle of Lutzen but their leader, King Gustavus Adolphus, was killed in the fighting

Posted by: Rab 6th Nov 2012, 06:57pm

1860 - Abraham Lincoln elected 16th American President.

1879 - Canada celebrates 1st Thanksgiving Day

1917 - Bolshevik revolution begins with capture of Winter Palace

1922 - King George V proclaims Irish Free state.

1928 - Colonel Jacob Schick patents 1st electric razor.

1935 - 1st test flight of Hurricane aircraft. Tally-Ho chaps!

1941 - Japanese fleet readies for its 'Day of Infamy' assault on Pearl Harbor. Banzai chaps!

1979 - Ayatolla Khomeini takes over in Iran

Posted by: Elma 6th Nov 2012, 09:39pm

On this day, November 6, 1867 was the first day of the first Parliament of Canada.

Posted by: Doug1 7th Nov 2012, 09:13am

On this day – 7 November 1492: A 250-pound meteorite fell to Earth in a cornfield near the Alsatian town of Ensisheim. It was subsequently divided into pieces but a substantial chunk is still on display in the town's Regency museum

Posted by: Rab 7th Nov 2012, 12:48pm

1872 - Cargo ship Mary Celeste sails from New York to Genoa; mysteriously found abandoned 4 weeks later.

1931 - Chinese People's Republic proclaimed by Mao Tse Tung

1944 - F.D. Roosevelt wins 4th term in office.

1990 - Mary Robinson elected as 1st female president of Ireland

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 7th Nov 2012, 10:52pm

On this day 8th November 1847 Bram Stoker; Dracula's daddy, was born in Dublin. tongue.gif

Posted by: Doug1 8th Nov 2012, 08:26am

On this day – 8 November 1942: Start of Operation Torch, the British-American invasion of French North Africa. Allied forces landed at Casablanca, Oran and Algiers

Posted by: Rab 8th Nov 2012, 01:36pm

1793 - Louvre in Paris, opens

1895 - Wilhelm Roentgen (Germany) discovers X-rays

1923 - Hitler stages unsuccessful "Beer Hall Putsch" in Munchen (Munich)

1950 - 1st jet-fighter dogfight ever, in Korean War

1962 - Canada government orders changing nickel back to round shape

1967 - 1st local British radio station begins broadcasting (Radio Leicester)

Posted by: Rab 9th Nov 2012, 12:17pm

1799 - Napoleon becomes dictator (1st consul) of France

1861 - 1st documented Canadian football game (at Univ of Toronto)

1888 - Jack Ripper's 5th & last probably last victim, Mary Jane Kelly, found on her bed

1918 - Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicates

1935 - Japan invades Shanghai China

1967 - Surveyor 6 soft lands on Moon

1989 - East Berlin opens its borders

Posted by: Doug1 9th Nov 2012, 03:36pm

On this day – 9 November 1462: A charter of King Edward IV declared that all treasure found in the City of London or in Southwark belonged to the City rather than to the crown

Posted by: angel 9th Nov 2012, 04:32pm

NOVEMBER 9, 1938
German propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels delivers a passionate antisemitic speech to the Nazi party faithful in Munich. The party members are gathered in commemoration of the abortive Nazi Putsch of 1923 (Adolf Hitler’s first attempt to seize power). After the speech, Nazi officials order the Storm Troopers (SA) and other party formations to attack Jews and to destroy their homes, businesses, and houses of worship. The violence against Jews lasts into the morning hours of November 10th, and becomes known as Kristallnacht--the "Night of Broken Glass." Several dozen Jews lose their lives and tens of thousands are arrested and sent to concentration camps.

NOVEMBER 12, 1938
The Nazi state imposes a fine of one billion Reichsmarks ($400,000,000) on the Jewish community in Germany. Jews are ordered to clean up and make repairs after the pogrom. They are barred from collecting insurance for the damages. Instead, the state confiscates payments owed by insurers to Jewish property holders. In the aftermath of the pogrom, Jews are systematically excluded from all areas of public life in Germany.

Posted by: Doug1 10th Nov 2012, 03:53pm

On this day – 10 November 1332: Christine Carpenter, the feted anchoress of Shere in Surrey – who, for religious reasons, had withdrawn from secular society – was permitted to return to her cell at St James's Church, which she had left after being enclosed there for three years

Posted by: Doug1 10th Nov 2012, 03:56pm

On this day 10th November 1945 my wee brother Crawford was born. Happy Birthday Bruv.

Posted by: Rab 10th Nov 2012, 06:14pm

1619 - René Descartes has the dreams that inspire his Meditations on First Philosophy. I thought that too.

1793 - France ends forced worship of God. Thank God for that.

1847 - The passenger ship Stephen Whitney is wrecked in thick fog off the southern coast of Ireland, drowning 92 of the 110 on board. The disaster results in the construction the Fastnet Rock lighthouse.

1944 - Ammunition ship USS Mount Hood (AE-11) exploded at Seeadler Harbour, Manus, Admiralty Islands. The explosion destroyed the entire 600ft ship and damaged 17 vessels nearby. Of the 350 men on board, not a scrap was ever found. The biggest piece of the ship recovered was 16feet by 10feet. A party of seven men had just left the ship and were the only survivors of the crew.

1945 - Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald liberated by US Army.

1965 - Mannekin Pis statue stolen in Brussels. What you call 'taking the ....'!

1991 - South Africa's 1st cricket international since 1970 - one-day v India.

Posted by: Doug1 11th Nov 2012, 09:15am

On this day – 11 November 1572: Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe observed a bright star (in fact a supernova) that had suddenly appeared in the constellation of Casseopeia

Posted by: Doug1 11th Nov 2012, 05:49pm

It’s 94 years since Britain first came to a standstill in honour of the dead of the First World War. Fiona Reid analyses how the way we commemorate the war has changed since that first Remembrance Day.

Posted by: Rab 11th Nov 2012, 07:08pm

1745 - Bonnie Prince Charlies army enters England

1790 - Chrysanthemums are introduced into England from China

1880 - Australian Bushranger Ned Kelly is hanged at Melbourne Gaol (b. c. 1855)

1920 - The Cenotaph in London was unveiled by King George V

1940 - British air attack destroys half of Italian fleet

1965 - Rhodesia proclaimed independence from Britain by PM Ian D Smith

1994 - Bill Gates buys Leonardo da Vinci's "Codex" for $30,800,000. rolleyes.gif

Posted by: Doug1 12th Nov 2012, 09:05am

On this day - 12 November 1642: A detachment of the royalist army under King Charles's nephew Prince Rupert captured and sacked the small town of Brentford, to the west of London. The incident, which followed the king's agreement to peace negotiations with parliament, heightened distrust of the monarch and led many Londoners to fear for their property in the event of the city falling to the royalists

Posted by: Rab 12th Nov 2012, 02:47pm

1847 - Sir James Young Simpson, is the first to use chloroform as an anaesthetic.

1859 - Jules Leotard performs 1st Flying Trapeze circus act (Paris) He also designed garment that bears his name

1892 - Pudge Heffelfinger receives $500, becomes 1st pro football player in USA

1912 - Captain Scott and dead comrades found in Antarctica

1933 - 1st known photo of Loch Ness monster (or whatever) is taken

1944 - RAF sink German battleship "Tirpitz" at Tromso Fjord Norway

1954 - Ellis Island, immigration station in NY Harbor, closed after 62 years.

Posted by: Doug1 13th Nov 2012, 09:42am

On this day – 13 November 1312: The future King Edward III of England was born at Windsor Castle. He was the eldest son of Edward II and Queen Isabella of France

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 13th Nov 2012, 10:41am

QUOTE (Rab @ 12th Nov 2012, 03:04pm) *
1933 - 1st known photo of Loch Ness monster (or whatever) is taken

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Posted by: Rab 13th Nov 2012, 09:12pm

QUOTE (TeeHeeHee @ 13th Nov 2012, 10:58am) *

tongue.gif laugh.gif

Is that the one they call NELLIE? laugh.gif

Posted by: Rab 13th Nov 2012, 09:51pm

Todays fantasmagorical facts fae Auld Rabs Almanac! thumbup.gif

1002 - English king Ethelred II launches massacre of Danish settlers. Now theres someone who had the right idea about immigrants!
1511 - England signs on to the Saint League. Presumably before the Premier League.

1841 - James Braid first sees a demonstration of animal magnetism, which leads to his study of the subject he eventually calls hypnosis. I know all about animal magnetism. You should have seen me at the Locarno way back then!

1843 - Mt Rainier in Washington State erupts. So did I today in Tesco's - at the price of
an avocado!

1851 - Telegraph connection between London-Paris linked. 'Hullo rerr Pierre, can ye run me ower a pun o' ingins toot-sweet auld china?'

1913 - 1st modern elastic brassiere patented by Mary Phelps Jacob. Now that must have been uplifting news! yes.gif

1935 - Anti-British riots in Egypt. I think it was in connection with pyramid-selling .

1960 - Sammy Davis Jr marries Swedish actress May Britt. Sammy said she wisnae fussy, marrying a one-eyed, black Jew.

1965 - Director Kenneth Tynan says the word "F*ck" on BBC. Boy, was that the thin end of a huge wedge!

1990 - The World Wide Web first began. Giant spider found in Bill Gates bath.

1994 - Sweden agrees to join European Union. On condition that they can leave their
street-lights on forever.

Posted by: Elma 14th Nov 2012, 01:11am

On this day in 1850 Robert Louis Stevenson was born.

Also on this day in 1991 my grandson Cameron was born. 21 today!!! He is currently in his third year at the University of Lethbridge studying Performing Arts. The first main play of the season at Lethbridge is "The Lion in Winter", Cameron has the part of King Richard. Looking forward to going to see him next week.

Posted by: Doug1 14th Nov 2012, 09:42am

On this day in 1770, Scottish explorer James Bruce claimed to have discovered the source of the Nile in Ethiopia.

Posted by: Doug1 14th Nov 2012, 01:08pm

On this day – 14 November 1952: Britain's first pop chart was published by the New Musical Express. The first number one was 'Here in My Heart' by Al Martino

Posted by: Rab 14th Nov 2012, 03:58pm

More hysterical facts. thumbup.gif

1380 - King Charles VI of France crowned at age 12. Then back to school.

1666 - Samuel Pepys reports on 1st blood transfusion (between 2 dogs)

1834 - It is recorded that William Thomson entered Glasgow University at 10 yrs 4 months.

1889 - New York World reporter Nellie Bly began her attempt to surpass fictitious journey of Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg by traveling around world in less than 80 days She succeeded, finishing the trip in January in 72 days and 6 hours.

1908 - Albert Einstein presents quantum theory of light. Unfortunately, he never discovered the speed of dark.

1940 - German Luftwaffe bombers gutted most of Coventry.

1952 - First regular UK singles chart published by the New Musical Express.

1969 - Apollo 12 launched for 2nd manned Moon landing

Posted by: Doug1 15th Nov 2012, 08:11am

On this day – 15 November 1712: In a duel that scandalised Stuart society, Whig Charles, 4th Baron Mohun and Tory James Douglas, 4th Earl of Hamilton, were killed in London's Hyde Park

Posted by: Doug1 16th Nov 2012, 09:04am

On this day – 16 November 1272: Henry III of England died after a reign of 56 years. He was buried in Westminster Abbey which he himself had rebuilt in the new Gothic style. He was later reinterred in a lavish new tomb; his heart was taken for burial at Fontevrault

Posted by: Rab 16th Nov 2012, 03:43pm

1380 - French King Charles VI declares no taxes for ever. Aye - right!

1920 - Australia's Qantas airways founded in Winton, Queensland as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited.

1955 - Donald Campbell became the first man to exceed 200 mph on water. It is believed his skis melted.

1959 - "Sound of Music" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater New York and played 1443 performances.

1974 - 1st intentional interstellar radio message sent from Arecibo telescope towards M 41, a cluster of stars some 25,000 light years away. It is hoped a reply may be received by the year 41300, however it is doubtful if anyone will be here to receive it.

1989 - South Africa president FW de Klerk announces scrapping of Separate Amenities Act , the virtual end of apartheid. Good man!

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 16th Nov 2012, 03:47pm

QUOTE (Rab @ 16th Nov 2012, 04:00pm) *
1920 - Australia's Qantas airways founded in Winton, Queensland as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited.

And all these years that we aircraft techs thought it was "Queers and Nymphos Taken As Stewardesses". laugh.gif

Posted by: Rab 16th Nov 2012, 04:13pm

Not, - 'Queasy And Nauseous Tired And Sick', then? biggrin.gif

(glad someones reading these Tom!)

Posted by: Doug1 17th Nov 2012, 09:19am

On this day – 17 November 1292: King Edward I of England confirmed the decision of the court he had set up to determine who should succeed to the Scottish thrown. He awarded the Scottish crown to John Balliol

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 17th Nov 2012, 11:04am

QUOTE (Doug1 @ 17th Nov 2012, 09:36am) *
... to determine who should succeed to the Scottish thrown. He awarded the Scottish crown to John Balliol

I'll bet that threw him tongue.gif

Posted by: Rab 17th Nov 2012, 07:47pm

1558 - Elizabeth I ascends English thrown!

1798 - Snow storms in New England, 100s die. Damart wasn't invented yet.

1855 - David Livingstone becomes the first European to see Victoria Falls in what is now present-day Zambia-Zimbabwe. Said he 'Thats some shower!'

1869 - Suez Canal (Egypt) opens, links Mediterranean & Red Seas.

1970 - The Sun puts 1st pinup girl on page 3 (Stephanie Rahn)

1970 - Douglas Engelbart patents his 'mouse'.

1997 - In Luxor, Egypt, 62 people are killed by 6 Islamic militants outside the Temple of Hatshepsut, known as Luxor massacre (The police then kill the assailants).

Posted by: Rab 18th Nov 2012, 05:31pm

1307 - Swiss patriot William Tell shoots apple off his son's head then invents TV Show.

1421 - North sea floods 72 towns and villages, killing estimated 10,000 in Netherlands.

1686 - Charles Francois Felix operates on King Louis XIV of France's anal fistula after practicing the surgery on several peasants.

1793 - Louvre Museum officially opens in Paris.

1820 - Antarctica discovered by US Navy Capt Nathaniel B Palmer.

1852 - State funeral of Duke of Wellington. (London)

1902 - Toymaker Morris Michton names bear after President Teddy Roosevelt.

1928 - Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse first appears in cartoon "Steamboat Willie"

1963 - Bell Telephone introduces first push button telephone

1970 - Russia lands self propelled vehicle on Moon

1987 - 31 die in a fire at King's Cross, London's busiest subway station.

1991 - Moslem Shites release hostages Terry Waite & Thomas Sutherland.

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 19th Nov 2012, 12:22am

1991 - Moslem Shites release hostages Terry Waite & Thomas Sutherland.

laugh.gif laugh.gif

Posted by: irrie 19th Nov 2012, 05:29am

Rab you better run for cover. tongue.gif

Posted by: Doug1 19th Nov 2012, 01:17pm

On this day – 19 November 1942: The Soviet army launched Operation Uranus, the counter-attack that led to the encirclement of the German 6th Army at Stalingrad

Posted by: Rab 19th Nov 2012, 02:54pm

QUOTE (TeeHeeHee @ 19th Nov 2012, 12:39am) *
laugh.gif laugh.gif

Genuine typing error - honest. Funny how it turned out like that though! rolleyes.gif Thanks Hawkeye!

Posted by: Rab 19th Nov 2012, 03:13pm

1493 - Christopher Columbus discovers Puerto Rico, on his 2nd voyage

1620 - Mayflower reaches Cape Cod & explores the coast

1850 - Alfred Lord Tennyson becomes British poet laureate

1894 - 1st mushroom shown on a stamp (China)

1895 - Frederick E Blaisdell of Philidelphia patents the pencil.

1928 - 1st issue of Time magazine, Japanese Emperor Hirohito on cover

1959 - Ford cancels Edsel

1997 - In Des Moines, Iowa, Bobbi McCaughey gives birth to septuplets in the second known case where all seven babies were born alive. They would go on to become the first set of septuplets to survive infancy, with all seven alive in 2007.

Posted by: Doug1 20th Nov 2012, 11:17am

On this day – 20 November 1992: Windsor Castle was severely damaged by a fire that broke out in a private chapel on the first floor of the north-east wing. A hundred rooms were damaged in the fire, which was probably started by the heat of a spotlight shining on a curtain. There was some debate about who should foot the bill for repairs as the castle was, and still is, owned by the government. The Queen agreed to pay 70 per cent of the costs, opening Buckingham Palace to the public to help raise funds.

Posted by: Doug1 20th Nov 2012, 11:18am

Marking the 90th anniversary of the discovery of the tomb of 14th-century BC Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun, a selection of images from a new book charting the influence of Egypt on England
(Image © English Heritage)

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 20th Nov 2012, 12:23pm

20.11.1602 the birth of Otto von Guericke (not the one from Gourock rolleyes.gif) who in 1654 demonstrated the power of the earth's atmospheric pressure by way of a vacuum experiment using his Magdeburger semi-spheres and a herd o' horses.

Posted by: Rab 20th Nov 2012, 03:52pm

QUOTE (TeeHeeHee @ 20th Nov 2012, 12:40pm) *
20.11.1602 the birth of Otto von Guericke (not the one from Gourock rolleyes.gif) who in 1654 demonstrated the power of the earth's atmospheric pressure by way of a vacuum experiment using his Magdeburger semi-spheres and a herd o' horses.

Tom, I clearly remember that 'the globes' and atmospheric pressure was the first experiment I did when I went to High School. Around about the same time I began to experiment with other things! laugh.gif

Posted by: Rab 20th Nov 2012, 04:19pm

LOOK - theres more!

1168 - Giovanni di Struma elected anti-Pope. I would have liked that job.

1347 - Coke di Rienzo, later Roman Tribunal, addressess a meeting of on the Capitol during people's revolt in Rome - then went on to open his own soft drinks Company.

1815 - 2nd Peace of Paris: France & allies after 2nd defeat and abdication of Napoleon Bonaparte. ABBA write song about it.

1866 - Pierre Lalemont patents rotary crank bicycle.

1873 - Rival cities of Buda & Pest unite to form the capital of Hungary. The populations were starving. rolleyes.gif

1917 - 1st ever tank battle (Britain breaks through German lines)

1945 - 24 Nazi leaders put on trial at Nuremberg, Germany.

1947 - Princess Elizabeth marries Prince Philip in Westminster Abbey

1969 - Pele scores his 1,000th soccer goal

1984 - McDonald's made its 50 billionth 'hamburger'

1992 - Windsor Castle catches fire - but you know about that already! rolleyes.gif

Don't forget to watch tomorrows exciting memory-jerkers!

Posted by: Doug1 21st Nov 2012, 09:11am

On this day – 21 November 1922: Eighty- seven-year-old Rebecca Latimer Felton was sworn in as the United States’ first female senator. A campaigner for women’s rights, prison reform, but also a white supremacist, she served for
a day before stepping down.

Posted by: Rab 21st Nov 2012, 11:36am

1783 - Pilstre de Rozier & Marquis d'Arlandes make 1st free balloon flight

1806 - Decree of Berlin: Emperor Napoleon I bans all trade with England. The first Eurosceptic - in reverse?

1837 - Thomas Morris of Australia skips a rope 22,806 times

1871 - The 1st human cannonball, Emilio Onra, is shot

1877 - Thomas Edison announces his "talking machine" invention (phonograph)

1946 - Harry Truman becomes 1st US president to travel in a submerged submarine.

1977 - 1st flight of Concorde (London to New York)

1989 - TV cameras permitted in British House of Commons

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 21st Nov 2012, 12:44pm

QUOTE (Rab @ 21st Nov 2012, 11:53am) *
1871 - The 1st human cannonball, Emilio Onra, is shot

After being shot again he decided on a different occupation. laugh.gif

Posted by: Rab 21st Nov 2012, 03:58pm

You noticed my double-entendre ! thumbup.gif You would! yes.gif

Posted by: Rab 21st Nov 2012, 08:07pm

1837 - Thomas Morris of Australia skips a rope 22,806 times
He was going to attempt to beat this the next day but decided to skip it.

Posted by: Doug1 22nd Nov 2012, 03:25pm

On this day – 22 November 1972: The United States lost its first B52 bomber to hostile fire in Vietnam when one was hit by a North Vietnamese surface-to-air missile during a raid over Vinh. The crew were forced to abandon the aircraft over Thailand.

Posted by: Rab 22nd Nov 2012, 04:31pm

845 The first King of all Brittany, Nominoe defeats the Frankish king Charles the Bald at the Battle of Ballon near Redon.
'Charles the Bald' eh? Sound familiar? laugh.gif

1718 - Off the coast of North Carolina, British pirate Edward Teach ("Blackbeard") is killed in battle with a boarding party led by Lieutenant Robert Maynard.

1830 - Charles Grey, (2nd Earl Grey), became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom then had a nice cup of tea named after himself.

1842 - Mount St Helens in Washington, erupts - not for the last time!

1910 - Arthur Knight patents steel shaft golf clubs.

1932 - First petrol pump patented that computes quantity & price delivered.

1934 - "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" 1st heard on Eddie Cantor's show. Its been driving us mad ever since!

1955 - RCA Victor paid $25,000 to Sun Records & Sam Philips for rights to Elvis Presley, a singing truck driver from Tupelo Mississipi. Not a bad investment!

1961 - Producers Albert Broccoli & Harry Saltzman sign up Sean Connery to play James Bond. Another shrewd investment!

1968 - 1st interracial TV kiss (Star Trek-Kirk & Uhura)

1977 - First three nodes of the ARPAnet are connected, in what would eventually become the Internet.

1990 - Margaret Thatcher announces her resignation as British Prime Minister

Posted by: Elma 22nd Nov 2012, 05:47pm

22 November 1963 President John F. Kennedy assassinated in Dallas Texas, a shot heard round the world.

Posted by: Doug1 23rd Nov 2012, 09:16am

On this day – 23 November 1852: Pillar boxes were first erected on Jersey at the suggestion of Anthony Trollope who was working as a surveyor’s clerk with the Post Office.

Posted by: Heather 23rd Nov 2012, 12:48pm

I had and email from GG to tell me that on this day 9 years ago I joined the GG Board. yes.gif

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 23rd Nov 2012, 03:51pm

You've stuck it out well Heather. tongue.gif

Here's to the next nine. biggrin.gif

Posted by: Rab 23rd Nov 2012, 05:34pm

1869 - In Dumbarton, the clipper Cutty Sark was launched - one of the last clippers ever to be built, and is the only one surviving.

1892 - P de Coubertin launches plan for Modern Olympic Games.

1899 - First jukebox was playd. (Palais Royale Saloon, San Francisco) The term "jukebox" came into use in the United States around 1940, apparently derived from the familiar usage "juke joint", derived from the Gullah word "juke" or "joog" meaning disorderly, rowdy, or wicked. So now you know!

1909 - Orville and Wilbur Wright form a Corporation to manufacture airplanes.

1942 - Poon Lim, a steward and sole survivor of the torpedoed SS Ben Lomond climbed on a liferaft. he survived for 133 days, a record which still stands. He was awarded the BEM by The King and his methods of survival were written into naval textbooks.

1943 - British Forces Broadcasting Service begins operation

1963 - "Doctor Who," first broadcast. William Hartnell played 'The Doctor' who has never been called 'Doctor Who'!

1964 - Beatles release "I Feel Fine"

1979 - Pink Floyd's "The Wall" released, sells 6 million copies in 2 weeks

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 23rd Nov 2012, 10:46pm

QUOTE (Rab @ 23rd Nov 2012, 05:51pm) *
1979 - Pink Floyd's "The Wall" released, sells 6 million copies in 2 weeks

... and I was probably one of the first million buyers biggrin.gif
Still got the video with Bob Geldorf as Pink somewhere. biggrin.gif

Posted by: Doug1 24th Nov 2012, 08:51am

On this day – 24 November 1642: Dutch seafarer Abel Tasman made the first recorded spotting by a European of the land mass that is now named after him. He named his discovery Van Diemen’s Land after the then governor of the Dutch East Indies.

Posted by: Rab 24th Nov 2012, 01:21pm

1859 - Charles Darwin publishes "On the Origin of Species"

1874 - Joseph F Glidden patents barbed wire

1903 - Clyde Coleman of New York patents automobile electric starter.

1963 - 1st live murder on TV-Jack Ruby shoots Lee Harvey Oswald

1969 - Lt William L Calley, charged with massacre of over 100 civilians in My Lai Vietnam in March 1968, ordered to stand trial by court martial.

1993 - In Liverpool, 11-year-olds Robert Thompson and Jon Venables are convicted of the murder of 2-year-old James Bulger.

Posted by: Rab 25th Nov 2012, 01:49pm

1703 - The Great Storm of 1703, the greatest windstorm ever recorded in the southern part of Great Britain, reaches its peak intensity which it maintains through November 27. Winds gust up to 120 mph, and 9,000 people perish in the mighty gale.

1783 - Britain evacuates NYC, their last military position in US.

1839 - A cyclone slams India with high winds and a 40 foot storm surge, destroying the port city of Coringa (never to be entirely rebuilt again). The storm wave sweeps inland, taking with it 20,000 ships and thousands of people. An estimated 300,000 deaths result from the disaster. Nothing new on earth is there?

1867 - Alfred Nobel patents dynamite. He gave a large party which went with a bang!

1922 - Archaeologist Howard Carter enters King Tut's tomb.

1940 - First flight of the deHavilland Mosquito.

1944 - World War II: A German V-2 rocket hits a Woolworth's store in Deptford, United Kingdom, killing 160 shoppers.

1947 - New Zealand becomes a dominion.

1953 - Hungary beats England 6-3 at Wembley.

1963 - John F. Kennedy laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

1977 - David Steed balanced stationary on a bike for 9 hrs 15 mins.

1983 - World's greatest robbery £25,000,000 in gold, Heathrow. Rab got to arrest one of the gang in 1991, Gatwick, thumbup.gif then retired.

1986 - Iran-Contra affair erupts, Pres Reagan reveals secret arm deal.

1990 - Lech Walesa wins in Poland's 1st popular election

Posted by: bilbo.s 25th Nov 2012, 02:20pm

Naebody mentioned yesterday 24/11/1942. The Big Yin born. Happy 70th, Billy - noo ye´re as auld as me !

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 25th Nov 2012, 03:22pm

... an' two days aulder than grass tongue.gif

Posted by: Doug1 25th Nov 2012, 04:21pm

On this day – 25 November 1952: Agatha Christie’s 'The Mousetrap' opened at the New Ambassadors Theatre in London’s West End, where it ran until transferring to St Martin’s Theatre in 1974. It is still running there today.

Posted by: Rab 25th Nov 2012, 07:24pm

My reference above to the Great Storm of 1703 is worthy of further mention, particularly in view of the bad weather currently affecting the West Country. For those who may be interested, here is a summary of the terrible events that affected the population over those tragic few days ....................

At sea, many ships (many returning from helping the King of Spain fight the French in the War of the Spanish Succession) were wrecked, including HMS Resolution at Pevensey and on the Goodwin Sands, HMS Stirling Castle, HMS Northumberland, HMS Mary, and HMS Restoration, with about 1,500 seamen killed particularly on the Goodwins. Between 8,000 and 15,000 lives were lost overall. The first Eddystone Lighthouse was destroyed on 27 November 1703 (Old Style), killing six occupants, including its builder Henry Winstanley (John Rudyard was later contracted to build the second lighthouse on the site). The number of oak trees lost in the New Forest alone was 4,000.

On the Thames, around 700 ships were heaped together in the Pool of London, the section downstream from London Bridge. HMS Vanguard was wrecked at Chatham. HMS Association was blown from Harwich to Gothenburg in Sweden before way could be made back to England.

In London, the lead roofing was blown off Westminster Abbey and Queen Anne had to shelter in a cellar at St. James's Palace to avoid collapsing chimneys and part of the roof.

There was extensive and prolonged flooding in the West Country, particularly around Bristol. Hundreds of people drowned in flooding on the Somerset Levels, along with thousands of sheep and cattle, and one ship was found 15 miles inland. At Wells, Bishop Richard Kidder was killed when two chimneystacks in the palace fell on the bishop and his wife, asleep in bed. This same storm blew in part of the great west window in Wells Cathedral. Major damage occurred to the south-west tower of Llandaff Cathedral at Cardiff.

The Royal Navy was badly affected, losing thirteen ships, and upwards of fifteen hundred seamen drowned.
The third rate Restoration was wrecked on the Goodwin Sands; of the ship's company of 387 not one was saved.
The third rate Northumberland was lost on the Goodwin Sands; all 220 men, including 24 marines were killed.
The third rate Stirling Castle was wrecked on the Goodwin Sands. Seventy men, including four marine officers, were saved, but 206 men were drowned.
The fourth rate Mary was wrecked on the Goodwin Sands. The captain and the purser were ashore, but Rear Admiral Beaumont and 268 other men were drowned. Only one man, whose name was Thomas Atkins, was saved. His escape was very remarkable - having first seen the rear admiral get onto a piece of her quarter-deck when the ship was breaking up, and then get washed off again, Atkins was tossed by a wave into the Stirling Castle, which sank soon after. From the Stirling Castle he was swept into a boat by a wave, and was rescued.
The fifth rate Mortar-bomb was wrecked on the Goodwin Sands and her entire company of 65 were lost.
The sixth rate advice boat Eagle was lost on the coast of Sussex, but her ship's company of 45 were all saved.
The third rate Resolution was lost on the coast of Sussex; all her ship's company of 221 were saved.
The fifth rate Litchfield Prize was wrecked on the coast of Sussex; all 108 on board were saved.
The fourth rate Newcastle was lost at Spithead. The carpenter and 39 men were saved, and the other 193 were drowned.
The fifth rate fire-ship Vesuvius was lost at Spithead; all 48 of her ship's company were saved.
The fourth rate Reserve was lost by foundering off Yarmouth. The captain, the surgeon, the clerk, and 44 men were saved; the other 175 members of the crew were drowned.
The second rate Vanguard was sunk in Chatham harbour. She was not manned and had no armament fitted; the following year she was raised for rebuilding.
The fourth rate York was lost at Harwich; all but four of her men were saved.
It was claimed 10,000 seamen were lost in one night, a far higher figure, about 1/3 of all the seamen in the British Navy.
Over 40 merchant ships were lost.

Posted by: Rab 26th Nov 2012, 03:28pm

1778 - Captain Cook discovers Maui in the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii)

1932 - Don Bradman completes 10000 runs in first-class cricket.

1950 - China enters Korean conflict, sends troops across Yalu River

1952 - 1st modern 3-D movie "Bwana Devil," premieres in Hollywood

1962 - Fab Four have their 1st recording session under name 'Beatles'

1970 - In Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe, 1.5 inches (38.1mm) of rain fell in a minute, the heaviest rainfall ever on record.

1977 - 'Vrillon', claiming to be the representative of the 'Ashtar Galactic Command', takes over Southern Television for six minutes at 5:12 PM.

Posted by: Doug1 26th Nov 2012, 03:34pm

On this day – 26 November 1842: French Catholic priest Edward Sorin and seven companions took possession of a 500-acre site in Indiana and began the construction of the college which later became the University of Notre Dame.

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 26th Nov 2012, 04:05pm

QUOTE (Rab @ 26th Nov 2012, 03:45pm) *
1977 - 'Vrillon', claiming to be the representative of the 'Ashtar Galactic Command', takes over Southern Television for six minutes at 5:12 PM.

... his transmission was interupted twice by Persil adverts tongue.gif

Posted by: Doug1 27th Nov 2012, 10:37am

On this day – 27 November 1382: A French army led by Olivier de Clisson defeated the rebellious citizens of Ghent at the battle of Roosebeke, killing their commander, Philip van Arteveldt.

Posted by: Rab 27th Nov 2012, 02:03pm

1295 - The first elected representatives from Lancashire were called to Westminster by King Edward I to attend what later became known as "The Model Parliament".

1582 - William Shakespeare marries Anne Hathaway

1826 - John Walker invents friction match in England

1895 - Alfred Nobel establishes Nobel Prize

1934 - Bank robber Baby Face Nelson dies in a shoot-out with the FBI.

1972 - Pierre Trudeau forms Canadian government

1975 - The Provisional IRA assassinates Ross McWhirter, after a press conference in which McWhirter announced a reward for the capture of those responsible for multiple bombings and shootings across England.

1990 - Conservatives chose John Major to succeed Margaret Thatcher. rolleyes.gif

Posted by: Doug1 28th Nov 2012, 09:13am

On this day – 28 November 1872: Scottish scientist and writer Mary Somerville died in Naples, where she is buried in the English cemetery. Somerville College, Oxford, is named after her.

Posted by: Rab-oldname 28th Nov 2012, 07:18pm

1660 - Royal Society formed.

1775 - US Navy naugurated.

1814 - The Times in London is for the first time printed by automatic, steam powered presses built by the German inventors Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Friedrich Bauer, signaling the beginning of the availability of newspapers to a mass audience.

1895 - America's 1st motor race took place. 6 cars, 55 miles, winner averages 7 MPH!

1899 - Battle of Mud river. Boer General Cronjé beats British General Methuen.

1905 - Arthur Griffith forms Sinn Fein in Dublin.

1916 - 1st air attack on London.

1918 - Emperor (Kaiser)Wilhelm II of Prussia & Germany, abdicates.

1929 - Adm Richard E Byrd makes 1st South Pole flight.

1944 - 400 desperate Rotterdammers attack coal warehouse : In reprisal 40 Dutch men are executed by Nazis. RIP.

1948 - "Hopalong Cassidy" premieres on TV.

- 1st million copy record prior to release "I Want to Hold Your Hand"

2004 - Male Poʻo-uli dies of Avian malaria in the Maui Bird Conservation Center in Olinda, Hawaii before it could breed, making the species in all probability extinct. Deservedly RIP wee birdie.

Posted by: Doug1 29th Nov 2012, 09:09am

On this day – 29 November 1812: The final remains of Napoleon’s retreating Grande Armée crossed the river Berezina following the French emperor’s disastrous invasion of Russia.

Posted by: Rab-oldname 29th Nov 2012, 11:38am

1870 - Compulsory education proclaimed in England

1897 - 1st recorded motorbike race took place in Surrey.

1942 - US rations coffee!

1949 - Nationalist regime of China leaves for Taiwan/Formosa

1967 - British troops withdraw from Aden and South Yemen

Posted by: bilbo.s 29th Nov 2012, 08:01pm

1870 - Compulsory education proclaimed in England

What went wrong there ? unsure.gif

Posted by: Doug1 30th Nov 2012, 09:57am

On this day – 30 November 1872: Scotland drew 0-0 with England in front of 4,000 spectators in the world’s first international football match, played at the West of Scotland cricket ground in Glasgow.

Posted by: Rab 30th Nov 2012, 11:41am

1648 - English army captures King Charles I

1782 - Britain signs agreement recognizing US independence.

1824 - First ground is broken at Allenburg for the building of the original Welland Canal.
1829 - First Welland Canal opens for a trial run, 5 years to the day from the ground breaking.

1931 - Crystal Palace destroyed by fire.

1954 - Meteorite strikes a woman, Liz Hodges, in Atlanta.

1974 - Most complete early man skeleton found (Johanson & Gray in Ethiopia)

1983 - Police free kidnapped beer magnate Alfred Heineken in Amsterdam.

1991 - 1st world championship of women's soccer, US defeats Norway 2-1

1995 - Official end of Operation Desert Storm.

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 30th Nov 2012, 01:04pm

QUOTE (Rab @ 30th Nov 2012, 11:58am) *
1991 - 1st world championship of women's soccer, US defeats Norway 2-1

Misread that, Rab, and thought wait a minute then realised it was the first World Championship. My sister had taken part in the first Scotland v England championship but that was back in the late '60s. I just did a check on google to see when it took place and the only mention of it was what I'd posted both on here and on Hidden Glasgow. sad.gif rolleyes.gif

Posted by: kenb 1st Dec 2012, 04:49am

on this day yesterday above newcastle

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 1st Dec 2012, 02:43pm

Dae A see the left profile of the face of Jesus in the cloud above the Saltire?
Must be a sign laugh.gif

Posted by: A Mackinnon 1st Dec 2012, 03:50pm

QUOTE (TeeHeeHee @ 1st Dec 2012, 03:00pm) *
Dae A see the left profile of the face of Jesus in the cloud above the Saltire?
Must be a sign laugh.gif

I know this is crazy!! wacko.gif But yes, I can actually see it!!! yes.gif

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 1st Dec 2012, 04:01pm

Seek and ye shall find tongue.gif

Posted by: Elma 1st Dec 2012, 05:46pm

Didn't until you posted Tee, but now I see it. It's definitely Him.....

Posted by: Rab 1st Dec 2012, 06:56pm

Its definately a Cloud! I've been seeking for five minutes and its still a cloud! laugh.gif And we're definately away aff topic!

But: I found this in Morrisons this morning! I'm positive its Emperor Hirohito!

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 1st Dec 2012, 11:54pm

Bless you me ol' fruit, I'm goin' bananas over that Rab ... I had to scroll up tae see what the topic was again. laugh.gif

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 1st Dec 2012, 11:59pm

Back on topic Rab ...
On this day 2nd December 1943 The first Bevin Boys, aged between 18 and 25 were directed into the mining industry. Many miners had been called up to the armed forces, resulting in a grave shortage of coal.

Between 18 & 25? They were lucky not to be called up ... leading to a graver shortage of young men.

Posted by: tombro 2nd Dec 2012, 09:16am


I took that photo to my doctor and he says you need to go and see yours !

Tombro laugh.gif laugh.gif

Posted by: Rab 2nd Dec 2012, 10:27am

1620 - English language newspaper "Namloos" begins publishing in Amsterdam.

1697 - St Paul's Cathedral in London opens for its first service.

1804 - Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned emperor of France in Paris.

1901 - King Camp Gillette begins selling safety razor blades

1908 - Pu Yi (Hsuan-T'ung) became China's Last Emperor at age 3.

1939 - British Imperial Airways & British Airways merge to form BOAC

1942 - 1st controlled nuclear chain reaction (Enrico Fermi-U of Chicago)

1964 - Ringo Starr's tonsils are removed.

1976 - Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba.

1990 - 1st parlimentary election in newly reunified Germany.

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 2nd Dec 2012, 11:33am

QUOTE (Rab @ 2nd Dec 2012, 10:44am) *
1964 - Ringo Starr's tonsils are removed.

With a Little Help from His Friends? tongue.gif

Posted by: bilbo.s 2nd Dec 2012, 12:00pm

He still cannae sing ! ohmy.gif

Posted by: Rab 2nd Dec 2012, 05:22pm

Was he really called King Camp Gillette? Must have been tough at school! Always reminds me of 'Camp Freddie' in The Italian Job! laugh.gif

Posted by: Doug1 3rd Dec 2012, 09:20am

Mary Slessor, missionary and campaigner for women's rights, was born on this day in 1848 in Aberdeen.. At the age of eleven, Mary took a job in a Dundee jute mill after her family moved to the city. As an adult,

Posted by: Doug1 3rd Dec 2012, 09:22am

SMS SOS! Text messages mark 20-year anniversary but have ALREADY been overtaken by Twitter and instant messaging

Used by four billion people around the world, the text message took the world by storm after it was first used in December 1992. But new figures show the revolution is now in decline.

Posted by: Rab 3rd Dec 2012, 10:45am

1557 - 1st Covenant of Scottish protestants formed.

1678 - Edmund Halley receives MA from Queen's College, Oxford (Comet discoverer)

1854 - Eureka Stockade: In what is claimed by many to be the birth of Australian democracy, more than 20 goldminers at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia are killed by state troopers in an uprising over mining licences.

1922 - 1st successful technicolor movie (Tall of the Sea), shown in New York.

1931 - Alka Seltzer goes on sale

1943 - Battle of Monte Cassino, Italy begins

1965 - Beatles begin final UK concert tour in Glasgow

1967 - 1st human heart transplant performed (Dr Christian Barnard, South Africa)

1984 - 2,000 die from Union Carbide poison gas emission in Bhopal, India

1992 - The Greek oil tanker Aegean Sea, carrying 80,000 tonnes of crude oil, runs aground in a storm while approaching La Coruña, Spain, and spills much of its cargo.

Posted by: Doug1 3rd Dec 2012, 01:00pm

On this day – 3 December 1642: Parliament gave detailed instructions for the conversion of Winchester House, the large Southwark residence of the bishop of Winchester, into a prison to house captured and arrested royalists.

Posted by: bilbo.s 3rd Dec 2012, 01:37pm

2002 U.S.A. Priests Indiscretion Uncovered
December 3rd, 2002 : Thousands of personnel files released under a court order showed that the Archdiocese of Boston went to great lengths to hide priests accused of abuse, including clergy who allegedly snorted cocaine and had sex with girls aspiring to be nuns.

1967 South Africa First Heart Transplant
December 3rd, 1967 : Surgeons at the Groote Shur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, led by Dr. Christiaan Barnard, perform the first human heart transplant.

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 3rd Dec 2012, 10:11pm

On this day Dec. 3rd 2012 NASA researchers announced ...

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has discovered a new layer of the solar system that scientists hadn't known was there.

Posted by: Doug1 4th Dec 2012, 10:58am

On this day – 4 December 1872: American brigantine the Mary Celeste was discovered drifting in the Atlantic with no trace of her master Benjamin Briggs, his wife and daughter, or her seven crew

Posted by: Doug1 4th Dec 2012, 04:31pm

On this day in 1649, poet William Drummond died shortly after receiving news of the execution of King Charles I. Drummond was educated at Edinburgh’s Royal High School and is known for being one of the first Scottish poets to write in English

Posted by: Rab 4th Dec 2012, 04:57pm

1619 - 38 colonists from Berkeley Parish in England disembark in Virginia and give thanks to God. Considered by many as the first Thanksgiving in the Americas.

1745 - Bonnie Prince Charles reaches Derby which turns out to be his Waterloo!

1791 - Britain's Observer, oldest Sunday newspaper in the world, 1st published

1829 - Britain abolished "suttee" in India (widow burning herself to death on her husband's funeral pyre.

1927 - Duke Ellington opens at Cotton Club in Harlem

1952 - Killer fogs begin in London England, "Smog" becomes a word

1976 - Liz Taylor's 7th marriage (John Warner)

1985 - "Les Miserables" opens at Palace Theatre, London.Still running!

1991 - Muslim Shites release last US hostage Terry Anderson (held 6.5 years)

1991 - Pan American World Airways ceased operations.

Posted by: Rab 5th Dec 2012, 11:28am

771 - Charlemagne becomes the sole King of the Franks after the death of his brother Carloman. Names son Sinatra as his heir.

1360 - The French Franc is created. It is known to all as a 'Sinatra'.

1766 - London auctioneers Christie's hold their 1st sale

1893 - 1st electric car (built in Toronto) could go 15 miles between charges.

1928 - England defeats Australia by record 675 runs at Brisbane

1945 - "Lost Squadron" crashes east of Florida (Bermuda Triangle)

1964 - Vietnam War: For his heroism in battle earlier in the year, Captain Roger Donlon is awarded the first US Medal of Honour of the war, the first of 248 awarded.

1974 - Final episode of "Monty Python's Flying Circus" shown on BBC.

1990 - Salman Rushdie, author, ordered to death by Iran for blasphemy, appears in public for 1st time in 2 years

Posted by: Doug1 5th Dec 2012, 12:09pm

On this day – 5 December 1952: First day of the great London smog, which brought the city to a standstill for four days. A Ministry of Health report later estimated that 4,000 people died as a result of it.

Posted by: Rab 5th Dec 2012, 01:25pm

QUOTE (Doug1 @ 5th Dec 2012, 12:26pm) *
On this day – 5 December 1952: First day of the great London smog, which brought the city to a standstill for four days. A Ministry of Health report later estimated that 4,000 people died as a result of it.

Some estimates made it 8000, others as much as 12,000!
It is considered the worst air pollution event in the history of the United Kingdom.

See here -

Posted by: Doug1 6th Dec 2012, 05:46pm

On this day – 6 December 1922: The Irish Free State came into being as a result of the treaty signed by the British government exactly 12 months beforehand. Northern Ireland almost immediately exercised its right under the treaty to remove itself from the new state

Posted by: Rab 7th Dec 2012, 05:18pm

1967 - Otis Redding records "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay"
1732 - The Royal Opera House opens at Covent Garden, London.

1868 - Jesse James gang robs bank in Gallatin Missouri, kills 1.

1907 - Eugene Corri becomes 1st official referee in a boxing ring.

1909 - Leo Baekeland, New York, patents 1st thermosetting plastic (Bakelite)

1926 - Gas refrigerator patented.

1934 - Wiley Post, first solo circumnavigating aviator, discovers the jet stream.

1940 - The first prototype Fairey Barracuda flew. Was THH the pilot?

1941 - Japanese attack Pearl Harbor at 0700 (a date that will live in infamy)

1941 - 1st Japanese submarine sunk by a US ship (USS Ward). Didn't waste any time!

1945 - Microwave oven patented.

1967 - Otis Redding records "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay"

1972 - Philippine's 1st lady Imelda Marcos stabbed & wounded by an assailant.

1988 - Mikhail Gorbachev cheered by Wall St crowds upon arrival in NY.

Posted by: Doug1 7th Dec 2012, 06:19pm

On this day – 7 December 1732: The Royal Opera House opened at London’s Covent Garden with a performance of Congreve’s The Way of the World. Its history began in 1728 when John Rich, the actor/manager at Lincoln's Inn Fields, commissioned The Beggar's Opera from John Gay. The huge success of the venture provided the capital for the construction of the new theatre. The current Royal Opera House dates from 1858

Posted by: Doug1 8th Dec 2012, 03:26pm

On this day – 8 December 1542: Mary, Queen of Scots was born at Linlithgow Palace, West Lothian. She was the daughter of James V of Scotland and Mary of Guise

Posted by: Rab 8th Dec 2012, 04:56pm

1869 - Timothy Eaton founds T. Eaton Co. Limited in Toronto, Canada.

1914 - British & German fleets battle at Falkland Islands. Brits win - again!

1926 - Disappearance of Agatha Christie.

1931 - Coaxial cable patented

1941 - US & Britain declare war on Japan, US enters WW II

1956 - Guy Mitchell's "Singing the Blues," single goes #1 for 10 weeks

1987 - President Reagan & Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev sign a treaty eliminating medium range nuclear missiles

Posted by: Doug1 9th Dec 2012, 08:50am

On this day – 9 December 1872: Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback became the first person of African-American descent to become governor of a US state, when he briefly held office as the 24th governor of Louisiana.

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 9th Dec 2012, 10:55pm

On this day 10th December 1815 Ada Lovelace; daughter of Lord Byron, the Mother of all Computer Programmers was born. biggrin.gif

Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852), born Augusta Ada Byron and now commonly known as Ada Lovelace, was an English mathematician and writer chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's early mechanical general-purpose computer, the analytical engine. Her notes on the engine include what is recognised as the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine. Because of this, she is sometimes considered the world's first computer programmer.

Ada was the only legitimate child of the poet Lord Byron (with Anne Isabella Byron). She had no relationship with her father, who died when she was eight. As a young adult, she took an interest in mathematics, and in particular Babbage's work on the analytical engine. Between 1842 and 1843, she translated an article by Italian mathematician Luigi Menabrea on the engine, which she supplemented with a set of notes of her own. These notes contain what is considered the first computer program — that is, an algorithm encoded for processing by a machine. Ada's notes are important in the early history of computers. She also foresaw the capability of computers to go beyond mere calculating or number-crunching while others, including Babbage himself, focused only on these capabilities.

Posted by: Doug1 10th Dec 2012, 10:31am

On this day – 10 December 1812: French architect Paul Abadie was born in Paris. In 1873 he won the competition to design the Basilica of Sacre Coeur at Montmartre. He began work on the project but died in 1884, 30 years before its completion

Posted by: Rab 10th Dec 2012, 01:26pm

1799 - Metric system established in France

1868 - The first traffic lights are installed outside the Palace of Westminster in London. Resembling railway signals, they use semaphore arms and are illuminated at night by red and green gas lamps.

1903 - Nobel for physics awarded to Pierre/Marie Curie

1907 - Ruyard Kipling receives Nobel prize for literature

1907 - The worst night of the Brown Dog riots in London, when 1,000 medical students clash with 400 police officers over the existence of a memorial for animals who have been vivisected.

1911 - Calbraith Rogers completes 1st crossing of US by airplane (84 days)

1936 - King Edward VIII abdicates throne to marry Mrs Wallis Simpson.

1941 - British battleships Prince of Wales and Renown bombed and sunk off Singapore.

1943 - British 8th Army (1st Canadian Infantry Division) occupies Orsogna/Ortona Italy

1948 - UN General Assembly adopts Universal Declaration of Human Rights

1963 - 6 year old Donny Osmond makes his singing debut on Andy Williams Show

1964 - Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Dr Martin Luther King Jr

1974 - European Economic Community calls for a European Parliament.

1984 - 1st "planet" outside our solar system discovered

1995 - Snowstorm in Buffalo,USA 37.9inches in 24 hours.

Posted by: Doug1 11th Dec 2012, 08:11am

On this day - 11 December 1282: Llywelyn ap Gruffyd, the last prince of an independent Wales, was killed by the English in a minor skirmish while campaigning in the Builth region. His head was later sent for public display in London

Posted by: bilbo.s 11th Dec 2012, 08:24am

Bloody Londoners ! Ay the same! sad.gif

Posted by: Rab 11th Dec 2012, 11:01am

1620 - 103 Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock

1844 - 1st dental use of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) as an anaesthetic.

1901 - Signor G. Marconi sends 1st transatlantic radio signal, Cornwall to Newfoundland.

1907 - New Zealand Parliament Buildings almost completely destroyed by fire.

1916 - David Lloyd George forms British war government.

1931 - Statute of Westminster gives complete legislative independence to Canada, Australia, NZ, South Africa, Ireland, Newfndlnd.

1936 - King Edward VIII marries Mrs Wallis Simpson. Having abdicated the throne, his brother Duke of York becomes King George VI.

1940 - Russian general Zhukov warns of German assault. Stalin unsure and waits. Big mistake!

1961 - Adolf Eichmann is found guilty of war crimes, in Israel.

1964 - Che Guevara speaks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. An unknown terrorist fires a mortar shell at the building during the speech.

1979 - Great Britain grants independence to Zimbabwe (Rhodesia). Mugabe laughs.

1981 - Muhammad Ali's 61st & last fight, losing to Trevor Berbick.

Posted by: Doug1 11th Dec 2012, 12:22pm

Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh died on this day in 1928 at the age of sixty.

Mackintoshs's first major commission was the Glasgow Herald Building, which he designed in 1899, the year before he married artist Margaret Macdonald.

In 1927, after a spell in France, Mackintosh was diagnosed with cancer of the throat and tongue, and returned to the UK. He died in London and is buried at Golders Green Crematorium.

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 11th Dec 2012, 12:50pm

On this day December 11 1710 William Cullen; first Professor of Chemistry at Glasgow University, was born.

Posted by: Doug1 12th Dec 2012, 08:53am

On this day – 12 December 1942: The Germans launched their Winter Storm counter-offensive, which aimed, unsuccessfully, to free von Paulus's 6th Army from encirclement at Stalingrad

Posted by: Rab 12th Dec 2012, 03:26pm

1677 - Brandenburgs army occupies Stettin. Builds Gate in Berlin to celebrate.

1792 - In Vienna, Ludwig Von Beethoven (22) receives 1st lesson in music composition from Franz Joseph Haydn.

1800 - Washington DC established as capital of US.

1858 - 1st Canadian coins circulated (1 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent & 20 cent)

1884 - 1st Test match played at the Adelaide Oval

1899 - George F Bryant of Boston patents the wooden golf tee

1915 - 1st all-metal aircraft (Junkers J-1) test flown at Dessau Germany

1916 - Worst train disaster ever when French troop train derails in the Alps -543 killed.

1946 - UN accepts 6 Manhattan blocks as a gift from John D Rockefeller Jr on which will be built the UNHQ.

1955 - 1st prototype of hovercraft patented by Christoper Cockerell.

1957 - Jerry Lee Lewis weds his cousin Myra Gale Brown, 13, while still married to his 1st wife Jane Mitcham rolleyes.gif

1964 - Shooting starts for "Star Trek"

1988 - 3 trains collide Clapham Junction London, 43 die.

1997 - Japanese train builders (Maglev) claim world train speed record at 332 MPH.

Posted by: Rab 13th Dec 2012, 09:40pm

1642 - New Zealand discovered by Dutch navigator Abel Tasman

1843 - "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens published, 6,000 copies sold

1903 - Italo Marcioni patents ice cream cone or 'pokey hat'.

1903 - Wright Bros make 1st heavier than air flight at Kittyhawk

1939 - Battle of the River Plate - 3 British cruisers vs German Graf Spee

1974 - Malta becomes a republic

2003 - Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is captured

Posted by: Doug1 14th Dec 2012, 09:28am

On this day - 14 December 1542: James V of Scotland died, age 30, leaving his infant daughter Mary as queen. He himself had succeeded to the Scottish throne as a one-year-old following the death of his father at the battle of Flodden in 1513

Posted by: ashfield 14th Dec 2012, 10:05am

....and.........Doug got the right thread for his post biggrin.gif

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 14th Dec 2012, 11:55am

laugh.gif laugh.gif

Posted by: Rab 14th Dec 2012, 06:33pm

1287 - Zuider Zee seawall collapses with loss of 50,000 lives

1542 - You know this one already wink.gif

1798 - David Wilkinson of Rhode Island patents a nut & bolt machine. Wonder if that was a kind of Weegie pub machine for argumentative boozers!

1896 - The Glasgow District Subway Company opens - Hooray!

1911 - South Pole 1st reached, by Norwegian Roald Amundsen. Boo!

1915 - Jack Johnson is 1st black world heavyweight boxing champion

1967 - DNA created in a test tube

1986 - Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan & Jeana Yeager, took off from Edwards AFB, California on 1st non-stop, non-refueled flight around world

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 14th Dec 2012, 11:44pm

QUOTE (Rab @ 14th Dec 2012, 06:50pm) *
1911 - South Pole 1st reached, by Norwegian Roald Amundsen. Boo!

Amazing how he managed that without takin' ponies with him. rolleyes.gif

Posted by: Doug1 15th Dec 2012, 07:44am

On this day – 15 December 1862: End of the five-day battle of Fredericksburg, in which General Robert E Lee's Confederate Army of Northern Virginia inflicted a heavy defeat on General Ambrose Burnside's Union Army of the Potomac

Posted by: Rab 15th Dec 2012, 01:49pm

1944 - Bandleader Glenn Miller, lost over English Channel

1952 - Christine Jorgenson undergoes the first sex-change operation.

1961 - Adolf Eichmann convicted of crimes against humanity in Israel

1964 - Canada adopts maple leaf flag

1995 - Playboy goes back on sale after 36 year ban in Ireland

Posted by: Doug1 15th Dec 2012, 11:39pm

Glasgow’s Zoological Society was formed on this day in 1936 with the aim of establishing a zoo in the city, originally as part of the 1938 Empire Exhibition. After difficulty in finding a suitable location, followed by the outbreak of World War Two, the zoo was eventually opened at Calderpark in 1947.
Glasgow Zoo closed its doors for the final time in 2003.

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 16th Dec 2012, 01:48am

QUOTE (Rab @ 15th Dec 2012, 02:06pm) *
1961 - Adolf Eichmann convicted of crimes against humanity in Israel

I'll correct that before Bilbo gets in tongue.gif ...
1961 - Adolf Eichmann convicted in Israel of crimes against humanity.

Posted by: bilbo.s 16th Dec 2012, 08:07am

QUOTE (TeeHeeHee @ 16th Dec 2012, 03:05am) *
I'll correct that before Bilbo gets in tongue.gif ...
1961 - Adolf Eichmann convicted in Israel of crimes against humanity.

Nivir said a word, honest ! biggrin.gif

Posted by: Doug1 16th Dec 2012, 08:54am

On this day – 16 December 1882: Birth in Cambridge of cricketer Jack Hobbs. He became the leading run-scorer and century-maker in first class cricket, and in 1953 became the first cricketer to be knighted

Posted by: Rab 16th Dec 2012, 05:28pm

1392 - Nanboku-chō - Emperor Go-Kameyama abdicates in favor of rival claimant Go-Komatsu.

1431 - King Henry VI of England was crowned king of France. Honest!

1653 - Oliver Cromwell sworn in as English Lord Protector

1659 - General Monck demands free parliamentary election in Scotland

1707 - Last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan.

1809 - Napoleon Bonaparte divorces Empress Josephine. (Not tonight mon cherie!)

1893 - Anton Dvorak's "New World Symphony" premieres

1907 - Great White Fleet sails from Hampton Downs on it's World Cruise

1918 - Jack Dempsey KOs Carl Morris in 14 seconds

1944 - Battle of Bulge begins in Belgium.

1969 - House of Commons votes 343-185 abolishing the death penalty.

Posted by: Doug1 16th Dec 2012, 06:13pm

On this day in 1653, Oliver Cromwell became Lord Protector of Scotland, England and Ireland in ceremony during which he undertook 'the chief magistracy and the administration of government'. As Lord Protector, he was paid a salary of £100,000 per year.

Posted by: Doug1 17th Dec 2012, 09:04am

On this day - 17 December 1362: Henry le Despenser was ordained a priest. Eight years later he was appointed bishop of Norwich. Known as the Fighting Bishop, Despenser helped suppress the Peasants' Revolt and was victorious at the battle of North Walsham in 1381

Posted by: bilbo.s 17th Dec 2012, 09:44am

The church was always on the side of the ruling classes - still to this day!

Posted by: Rab 17th Dec 2012, 07:44pm

1538 - Henry VIII excommunicated.

1791 - 1st Regulation made to enforce a One-Way Street - New York City.

1852 - 1st Hawaiian cavalry organized.

1903 - At 10:35 AM, 1st sustained motorized aircraft flight (Orville Wright) The flight covered 120 feet and lasted for 12 seconds. Tomi was there with his toolkit, just in case.

1922 - Last British troops leave Irish Free State.

1935 - First flight of the Douglas DC-3 (Dakota) airplane. Aye, he was there too! thumbup.gif

1939 - River Plate Battle. German pocket battleship Graf Spee scuttled by its crew off Uruguay.

1965 - Largest ever Sunday newspaper published - NY Times at 946 pages.

1975 - Lynette Fromme sentenced to life for attempt on Pres Ford's life

1983 - IRA Bomb attack on Harrod's in London, 5 killed, 94 injured.

Posted by: Doug1 18th Dec 2012, 08:31am

On this day – 18 December 1912: Newspapers announced the discovery in Sussex of the skull and jaw of the 'Piltdown Man'. It was presented as the missing link between apes and humans but 40 years later the 'discovery' was revealed to have been an elaborate hoax

Posted by: tombro 18th Dec 2012, 09:14am


Read recently that a DC3 (Dakota) crashed in South Africa. Do you think that was that bad luck or sheer stupidity to be flying a plane that was so old ?

Tombro rolleyes.gif

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 18th Dec 2012, 09:25am

Tombro, if aircraft, especially DC3s, are well serviced they can fly forever ... in normal weather conditions.
An aircraft crash is usually the end result of a series of events.
Ryan Air have been taking their chances recently by calculating their fuel needs to the last drop to save weight, time and money.
Very dodgy.
Remember; in aircraft parlance, every landing is a controlled crash. tongue.gif

Posted by: Rab 18th Dec 2012, 12:26pm

1621 - English parliament accept unanimously, Protestation. thumbup.gif

1793 - Surrender of the frigate La Lutine by French royalists to Lord Hood; renamed HMS Lutine, she later becomes a famous treasure wreck. (Lutine Bell)

1849 - William Bond obtains 1st photograph of Moon through a telescope.

1892 - "Nutcracker Suite," Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet, premieres.

1898 - Automobile speed record set-63 kph (39 mph).

1941 - Japanse troops invade Hong Kong.

1958 - 1st test project of Signal Communications by Orbiting Relay Equipment - 1st voice from space: recorded Christmas message by President Eisenhower.

1965 - Kenneth LeBel jumps 17 barrels on ice skates.

1972 - US begins its heaviest ever bombing of North Vietnam.

- UN Security Council unanimously condemns "acts of hostage-taking"

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 18th Dec 2012, 12:38pm

QUOTE (Rab @ 18th Dec 2012, 12:43pm) *
1849 - William Bond obtains 1st photograph of Moon through a telescope.

Gave it his grandson, James, who kept it a secret. laugh.gif

Posted by: Doug1 19th Dec 2012, 08:30am

On this day - 19 December 1972: Apollo 17, the United States' last manned lunar mission, returned to Earth. The crew on the 12-day mission comprised Eugene Ceman, Ronald Evans and Harrison Schmitt

Posted by: tombro 19th Dec 2012, 08:37am


Given some of the dodgy operations that fly any airlines in the world today are highly suspect, I have no reason not to believe your opinion. After all, the DC3 has been an airline and military institution !

Tombro rolleyes.gif rolleyes.gif

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 19th Dec 2012, 10:22am

Tom, in all fairness, the comment I made about the DC3 going on for ever was based on it being a prop aircraft.
I have worked on jet aircraft on which I might not have bought a boarding ticket for my mother-in-law ... on the other hand ... tongue.gif
One in particular, China North Airlines, was leaving Basel airport to go to Manchester for a re-spray paint job before coming back to continue particular repair jobs. Free flights to Manchester and back were offered all round to the Brits doing the repairs ... with no takers at all. rolleyes.gif smile.gif

Posted by: bilbo.s 19th Dec 2012, 10:40am

Oh come on , Tomi ! Who would want to go to Manchester? laugh.gif

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 19th Dec 2012, 11:45am

laugh.gif definitely not me laugh.gif

Posted by: Rab 19th Dec 2012, 03:41pm

Wish I'd never mentioned it now! laugh.gif
Heres a wee treat for you Tomi -


Posted by: Rab 19th Dec 2012, 04:38pm

1686 - Robinson Crusoe leaves his island after 28 years (as per Defoe)

1776 - Thomas Paine published his 1st "American Crisis" essay, in which he wrote, "These are the times that try men's souls" - He must have been Christmas shopping!

1887 - Jake Kilrain & Jem Smith fight 106 round bare knuckle draw.

1918 - Robert Ripley began his "Believe It or Not" column.

1922 - Mrs Theres Vaughn,of Sheffield, 24, confessed in court to being married 62 times.

1924 - The last Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is sold in London.

1949 - Liner Aquitania arrives in Gareloch to be broken up.

1981 - Sixteen lives are lost when the Penlee lifeboat goes to the aid of the stricken coaster Union Star in heavy seas.

1998 - Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives impeaches President Bill Clinton.

Posted by: Rab 20th Dec 2012, 02:10pm

Heres your latest Daily Dollop of historical anniversaries:

1192 - Richard I (Lionheart) captured in Vienna.
1606 - Virginia Company settlers leave London to establish Jamestown, Virginia
1699 - Peter the Great ordered Russian New Year changed-Sept 1 to Jan1 insisting on Hogmanay at same time as the rest.
1803 - Louisiana Purchase formally transferred from France to US for $27M.
1879 - Thomas Edison privately demonstrated incandescent light at Menlo Park.
1919 - Canadian National Railways established (N America's longest).
1920 - Bob Hope sworn in as an American citizen.
1922 - 14 republics form Union of Soviet Socialistic Republics (USSR).
1944 - Battle of Bastogne, Nazis surround 101st Airborne (NUTS!)
1957 - Elvis Presley given draft notice to join US Army for National Service.
1963 - Berlin Wall opens for 1st time to West Berliners - one way only!
1977 - 1st Space walk made by G Grechko from Salyut
1989 - US troops invade Panama & oust Manuel Noriega, but don't catch him.
1995 - NATO begins peacekeeping in Bosnia.

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 20th Dec 2012, 03:44pm

... and the Grimm Brothers produced the first of their Fairy Tales on this day in 1812 ; the one with What big ears you've got gran'mamma tongue.gif laugh.gif

Posted by: Rab 20th Dec 2012, 04:49pm

Thats my favourite Tomi, I love to sing , 'Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, its off to jail we go', and Snow-white recovers from the poison. thumbup.gif

Posted by: Doug1 20th Dec 2012, 04:58pm

On this day - 20 December 1942: Japanese aircraft launched their first bombing raid on Calcutta, hitting docks, shipping and airfields in the area

Posted by: Doug1 20th Dec 2012, 10:00pm

Scottish surgeon and anatomist Robert Knox died on this day in 1862. Knox ran an anatomy school in Edinburgh for fourteen years, where he became known for his practical lectures, during which he would often become covered in blood.

Posted by: Doug1 20th Dec 2012, 10:02pm

Edinburgh scientist Balfour Stewart died on this day in 1887, during a journey to his country estates in Ireland, where he'd hoped to spend Christmas. Stewart was director of the Kew Observatory and achieved fame through his research

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 20th Dec 2012, 10:59pm

Well, here in Germany we are now into this day



... laugh.gif it's goodbye from me and it's goodbye from him. laugh.gif

Posted by: Rab 21st Dec 2012, 11:59am

1844 - The Rochdale Pioneers commence business at their cooperative in Rochdale, England, starting the Cooperative movement.
1891 - 18 students play 1st recorded basketball game (Springfield College)
1898 - Scientists Pierre & Marie Curie discover radium.
1910 - Explosion in coal mine in Hulton, England, 344 mine workers killed.
1914 - 1st feature-length silent film comedy, "Tillie's Punctured Romance" released. (Marie Dressler, Mabel Normand & Charles Chaplin)
1933 - Shirley Temple, aged 5, 'signs' first film contract.
1968 - Apollo 8 (Borman, Lovell & Anders) 1st manned Moon voyage.
1988 - LOCKERBIE - Pan AM Flight 103 was destroyed by a bomb killing 243 passengers and 16 crew.
1991 - Soviet Union formally dissolves 11 of 12 republics sign treaty forming Commonwealth of Independent States.

Posted by: Rab 21st Dec 2012, 12:08pm

Edited double-post. Silly Rab.

Posted by: Doug1 21st Dec 2012, 07:20pm

Glasgow scientist Thomas Graham was born on this day in 1805. Graham was a chemistry expert who is known was the ‘father of colloid chemistry’.

He coined the term ‘dialysis’ and created a precursor to the modern day dialysis machine. For the last fifteen years of his life, he held the position of Master of the Mint at the Scottish Royal Mint, the last person to ever hold the post.

Posted by: Doug1 22nd Dec 2012, 09:04am

On this day – 22 December 1522: After a six-month siege the Knights Hospitaller surrendered the island of Rhodes to the Ottoman forces of Suleiman the Magnificent. The capture of Rhodes was an important step in establishing Ottoman control of the eastern Mediterranean.

Posted by: Rab 22nd Dec 2012, 11:18am

1849 - The execution of Fyodor Dostoevsky is called off at the last second.
1882 - 1st string of Christmas tree lights created by Thomas Edison.
1894 - Debussy's "Prélude à l'apres-midi d'un faune," premieres.
1941 - Japan invades the Philippines.
1944 - Germans demand surrender of encircled American troops at Bastogne, Belgium. Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe famously gave them a one word reply - 'NUTS!'
1963 - Cruise ship Lakonia burns 180 miles north of Madeira with the loss of 128 lives.
1965 - Britain sets maximum national speed limit at 70 MPH.
1981 - Argentine General Leopoldo Galtieri sworn in as President. Big mistake.
1989 - After 23 years of dictatorial rule, Romania ousts Nicolae Ceausescu and kill him.
1990 - Lech Walesa sworn in as Poland's 1st popularly elected president.

Posted by: big tommy 22nd Dec 2012, 12:26pm

On this day in 1929 at 5 minutes past midnight ,my mothedr gave birth to me. so, i will be 83 on Boxing day.
Sometrimes i thinki have lived too long,
merry christmaseveryone

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 22nd Dec 2012, 12:46pm

QUOTE (big tommy @ 22nd Dec 2012, 12:43pm) *
Sometrimes i thinki have lived too long,
merry christmaseveryone

Naw, Tommy. keep it up pal biggrin.gif
Merry Christmas to you too and a Happy Birthday when it comes ... in case I forget later tongue.gif

Posted by: Doug1 22nd Dec 2012, 08:59pm

On this day in 1715, James Francis Stewart (The Old Pretender) landed on Scottish soil after a journey from France, to join a Jacobite uprising led by the Earl of Mar.