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Doug1 Posted 12th Jul 2018, 08:00am
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1698 A fleet of five ships set sail from the Port of Leith for the Isthmus of Darien in Panama, beginning a sea voyage which would last more than three months
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Doug1 Posted 10th Jul 2018, 04:03pm
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1985 French foreign intelligence agents blow up the Greenpeace boat Rainbow Warrior in Auckland harbor, New Zealand to prevent it interfering with French nuclear tests in the South Pacific. Dutch photographer Fernando Pereira is killed.
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Doug1 Posted 7th Jul 2018, 01:05pm
  Scottish sailor John Paul Jones was born on 6 July 1747 in Kirkbean, south-west Scotland. Jones is regarded as one of the founding figures of the US navy and became a hero to the Americans for his actions during the War of Independence, helping the nation to victory against the British.

Jones first went to sea at the age of thirteen and as a teenager, made frequent voyages to America, where his brother lived. He was given command of his own ship and crew at the age of 21 after successfully bringing a ship back to port when its captain died suddenly. However, his reputation was tarnished after the death of a sailor he had punished and his involvement in a sword duel in which his opponent was killed.
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Doug1 Posted 4th Jul 2018, 11:37am
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Scottish author Oswald Wynd was born on 4 July 1913 in Japan. Wynd's parents were both Scottish missionaries working in Japan and he acquired dual citizenship as a result. Wynd returned to Scotland at the age of nineteen and fought with the Scots Guards in World War Two, later joining the Intelligence Corps, resulting in him being captured in Japan and held there as a prisoner of war for three years.

Some of Wynd's work shows Japanese influences, notably the novel The Ginger Tree which tells the story of a Scotswoman in Japan.

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Doug1 Posted 30th Jun 2018, 01:57pm
  The murder trial of Glasgow socialite Madeleine Smith began on 30 June 1857. She was accused of murdering her former lover Emile L'Angelier by poisoning him after embarking upon a relationship with William Minnoch, which L'Angelier had allegedly threatened to expose.

The trial intrigued the public, who avidly read newspaper reports of the proceedings, including details of the love letters exchanged between Smith and Angelier. After a lengthy trial, a verdict of 'not proven' was returned, after which Smith moved to London and married publisher George Wardle.
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Doug1 Posted 29th Jun 2018, 07:42pm
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1552 Italian physician and mathematician Girolamo Cardano arrives in Edinburgh, Scotland to treat John Hamilton, Archbishop of St Andrews for over two thousand gold crowns

1613 Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, England, burns down during a performance of "Henry VIII"

1786 Alexander Macdonell and over five hundred Roman Catholic highlanders leave Scotland to settle in Glengarry County, Ontario.

1940 Batman Comics, mobsters rubbed out a circus highwire team known as the Flying Graysons, leaving their son Dick (Robin) an orphan

1949 South Africa begins implementing apartheid; no mixed marriages

1958 FIFA World Cup: Brazil beats Sweden 5-2 in football's 6th World Cup in Stockholm

1967 Jayne Mansfield, American actress, and Samuel S. Brody, attorney and Mansfield's current partner, die in a car crash

1976 The Seychelles become independent from the United Kingdom.

1989 South Africa's National Party adopts five year programme of its objectives, including a political "reform" plan to give Black majority role in national and local government; ANC responds it would consider only a one-man, one-vote system

2007 Enya receives an honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland, Galway






Doug1 Posted 22nd Jun 2018, 04:25pm
  My Previous post should have included the following. The ship shown is the 'Empire Windrush' a former German cruise liner. Sorry for missing this info from the post
Doug1 Posted 22nd Jun 2018, 10:18am
  70 years ago today, 500 hopeful settlers from Kingston, Jamaica disembarked in Britain, the first arrivals of a post-war drive to recruit labour from the Commonwealth.
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Doug1 Posted 21st Jun 2018, 11:55am
  On this day 21 June 1919, the German officer Rear Admiral Von Reuter gave the order for the scuttling of the German High Seas Fleet in Scapa Flow Orkney.
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Doug1 Posted 14th Jun 2018, 11:58am
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On this day in 1960 the final train ran on the Fortrose Branch of the Highland Railway, aka the Black Isle Railway. It was a Scottish Railtours special (pulled by an ex-Caledonian Railway 812 class 0-6-0) and is pictured here at Munlochy.

This branch line was opened in 1894 and also included stops at Redcastle, Allangrange, Avoch and Fortrose. It’s junction with the main line was at Muir of Ord. The last passenger services ran in October 1951 while goods services ceased on 13 June 1960.
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