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post 3rd Oct 2017, 11:41am
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1990 Germany officially celebrated re-unity bringing the states Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. which had been abolished by the East German government (DDR) in 1952 back into the fold.
After the fall of the Berlin wall, East Germans coming across into West Germany, were handed DM 100 as pocket money to be spent during their day-trips from their homes. This 100 Deutschmark note was the equivelant of 1000 East Marks.
Many people cashed in later when the rate of exchange made the expected value of 1;1 east for west by converting west marks at 1:10 east marks then back again at 1:1.
West German workers felt the pinch when a Solidarity tax was introduced and an additional percentage of every West German's wages went to help re-build East Germany ... this Solidarity tax is still de-ductable today.

In the City of Halle (Saxony-Anhalt) more than 32% of the voters cast their votes in Sept 2017 for the recent additional politcal party Alternativ für Deutschland (AfD) ... The New New New Socialist party ... or Neo Nazis as they are known over here.


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Piano manufacturer John Broadwood, founder of Broadwood and Sons, was born on this day in 1732 in Cockburnspath, Berwickshire. He initially worked for Burkat Shudi, a firm who manufactured harpsichords in London. The business was bequeathed to Broadwood after the death of its owner and Broadwood found that his pianos proved more popular than the harpsichords that he made. By 1784, he was manufacturing over 100 pianos each year, compared to around 40 harpsichords.
Broadwood had ten children and became the head of a dynasty of piano makers, with some of his descendants going into the family business Broadwood and Sons. By the 1840s, the firm was one of the top twenty employers in London, with Queen Victoria and Chopin among its high profile clients.
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1571 In the last great clash of galleys, the Ottoman navy is defeated at Lepanto, Greece, by a Christian naval coalition under the overall command of Spain's Don Juan de Austria.

1849 Edgar Allan Poe, aged 40, dies a tragic death in Baltimore. Never able to overcome his drinking habits, he was found in a delirious condition outside a saloon that was used as a voting place.

1870 French Minister of the Interior Leon Gambetta escapes besieged Paris by balloon, reaching the French provisional government in Tours.

1885 Born on this day Nils Bohr, physicist whose model of atomic structure helped establish quantum theory.

1913 In attempting to find ways to lower the cost of the automobile and make it more affordable to ordinary Americans, Henry Ford took note of the work of efficiency experts like Frederick Taylor, the "father of scientific management." The result was the assembly line that reduced the time it took to manufacture a car, from 12 hours to 93 minutes.

1944 Prisoner uprising at Birkenau concentration camp.

1949 Iva Toguri D'Aquino, better known as Tokyo Rose, is sentenced to 10 years in prison for treason.

1952 Born on this day Vladimir Putin, former prime minister and current (2013) president of Russia.

1957 A fire in the Windscale plutonium production reactor (later called Sellafield) north of Liverpool, England, spreads radioactive iodine and polonium through the countryside and into the Irish Sea. Livestock in the immediate area were destroyed, along with 500,000 gallons of milk. At least 30, and possibly as many as 1,000, cancer deaths were subsequently linked to the accident.

1985 Four Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) hijackers seize the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and demand the release of 50 Palestinians held by Israel.

2001 US invasion of Afghanistan in reaction to the terrorist attacks of 9/11 begins; it will become the longest war in US history.

2003 California voters remove Democratic governor Gray Davis from office in the state's first successful recall of a sitting governor (only the second successful recall of a governor in US history); a Republican candidate, bodybuilder/actor Arnold Schwarzenegger wins the election to replace Davis 17 days later.







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QUOTE (Doug1 @ 7th Oct 2017, 04:51pm) *
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1571 In the last great clash of galleys, the Ottoman Fish Friers were defeated by a Christian Bacon & Egg coalition ...

Couldn't resist that, Doug. tongue.gif


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QUOTE (TeeHeeHee @ 8th Oct 2017, 12:24am) *
Couldn't resist that, Doug. tongue.gif


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Margaret Tudor, Queen Consort of Scots died on this day in 1541 at the age of 51. Margaret was the wife of King James IV of Scotland. She arrived in Scotland from England at the age of fourteen, to undertake a marriage arranged by her father King Henry VII and King James IV as part of the Treaty of Perpetual Peace.

The treaty lasted just seven years and when England went to war with France, Scotland invaded England in 1513 in support of the Auld Alliance with France, placing Margaret effectively at war with her English relatives. Margaret is credited with having helped to arrange peace between the warring parties.

Margaret died of a stroke at Methven Castle in Perthshire and was buried at the Carthusian Priory of St John in Perth.
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Scotland's first public hire sedan chairs became available in Edinburgh on this day in 1687. The chairs had become a popular form of transport for Edinburgh's wealthiest citizens - who had their own sedans, along with men to carry them through the steep city streets.
The new fleet of six hire sedans were plain black with a covered roof and were an alternative form of transport to the horse and carriage.
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1818 The United States and Britain establish the 49th Parallel as the boundary between Canada and the United States.

1870 The Summer Palace in Beijing, China, is burnt to the ground by a Franco-British expeditionary force.

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

1924 Baseball's first 'coloured World Series' is held in Kansas City, Mo.

1941 German troops reach the approaches to Moscow.

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

2011 In the Libyan civil war, rebels capture deposed dictator Muammar Gaddafi in his hometown of Sirte, killing him soon afterwards.


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