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Doug1 Posted Y'day, 07:32am
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Harbourne Mackay Stephen, the Battle of Britain fighter pilot, was born in Elgin on this day in 1916. He was the first airman to be awarded a Distinguished Service Order (pictured) in the field and became famed for shooting down five enemy aircraft in one day during the Battle of Britain.

After the war, he continued his pre-war career of journalism and went on to become managing director of the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph. He died in 2001 at the age of 85.
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Doug1 Posted 17th Apr 2018, 05:59pm
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1194 Richard I (the Lionheart) was crowned king of England for the second time, after earlier surrendering his kingdom to the Holy Roman emperor Henry VI.

1524 Present-day New York Harbour is discovered by Giovanni da Verrazzano.

1875 The game "snooker" is invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain, a bored British officer in Jabalpur, India

1929 Baseball player Babe Ruth and Claire Hodgson, a former member of the Ziegfeld Follies, get married.

1969 Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

1956 Premium Savings Bonds introduced in Great Britain

1979 Four Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army van bomb in Bessbrook, County Armagh; the bomb is believed to be the largest PIRA bomb used up to that point

2012 The 8th century St. Cuthbert Gospel, Europe's oldest intact book, is purchased by the British Library for 9 million pounds



Doug1 Posted 11th Apr 2018, 07:25am
  John Galt, publisher of the first full biography of Lord Byron and founder of the city of Guelph, died on this day in 1839 at the age of 59.

Galt was originally an administration clerk who for many years, dabbled in both publishing and trading. In 1824, he was appointed Secretary to the Canada company and it was whilst in Canada that he founded Guelph.

All three of his sons became involved in Canadian political life, with his son Alexander becoming Canada's first Minister of Finance.
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Doug1 Posted 7th Apr 2018, 11:29am
  On this day in 1968, Scottish Formula One racing driver Jim Clark OBE was killed in Hockenheim, Germany, whilst competing in a race. Clark was born in Fife and began his racing career in local events in the hills around his home in the Scottish Borders.

He won two Formula One World Championships (in 1963 and 1965). Clark died at the age of 32 and is buried in Chirnside, Berwickshire.
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Doug1 Posted 5th Apr 2018, 01:02pm
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1614 Pocahontas marries English colonist John Rolfe.

1827 Born on this day Joseph Lister, English physician, founded the idea of using antiseptics during surgery.

1843 Queen Victoria proclaims Hong Kong a British crown colony.

1900 Born on this day Spencer Tracy, actor (Adam's Rib, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner).

1916 Born on this day Gregory Peck, film actor (To Kill a Mockingbird).

1919 Eamon de Valera becomes president of Ireland.

1930 Mahatma Gandhi defies British law by making salt in India instead of buying it from the British.

1941 German commandos secure docks along the Danube River in preparation for Germany's invasion of the Balkans.

1943 The British 8th Army attacks the next blocking position of the retreating Axis forces at Wadi Akarit.

1951 Americans Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are sentenced to death for espionage.

1955 Winston Churchill resigns as British prime minister.

1986 A bomb explodes in a West Berlin disco packed with American soldiers.
Doug1 Posted 31st Mar 2018, 02:28pm
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1693 Born on this day John Harrison, Englishman who invented the chronometer.

1732 Born on this day Franz Joseph Haydn, Austrian composer.

1779 Russia and Turkey sign a treaty by which they promise to take no military action in the Crimea.

1836 The first monthly instalment of The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens is published in London.

1854 Born on this day Sir Dugald Clerk, inventor of the two-stroke motorbike engine.

1889 The Eiffel Tower in Paris officially opens on the Left Bank as part of the Exhibition of 1889.

1921 Great Britain declares a state of emergency because of the thousands of coal miners on strike.

1949 Winston Churchill declares that the A-bomb was the only thing that kept the Soviet Union from taking over Europe.


Doug1 Posted 29th Mar 2018, 10:00am
  Gaelic scholar Ewan MacLachlan, who devoted his life to translating classical works intto Gaelic died on this day in 1822.

Maclachlan was educated at Aberdeen University and employed as headmaster of Aberdeen grammar school for twelve years.

He is famed for his translations of classical works such as The Iliad into Gaelic and was a major contributor to the Gaelic-English Dictionary, published after his death, in 1828.
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Doug1 Posted 20th Mar 2018, 03:20pm
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1760 The Great Fire of Boston destroys 349 buildings.

1841 Edgar Allan Poe's The Murders in the Rue Morgue, considered the first detective story, is published.

1852 Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin is published.

1918 The Bolsheviks of the Soviet Union ask for American aid to rebuild their army.

1932 The German dirigible, Graf Zepplin, makes the first flight to South America on regular schedule.

1940 The British Royal Air Force conducts an all-night air raid on the Nazi airbase at Sylt, Germany.

1943 The Allies attack Field Marshall Erwin Rommel's forces on the Mareth Line in North Africa.

1976 Patty Hearst is convicted of armed robbery.
Doug1 Posted 15th Mar 2018, 07:51pm
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44 BC The Ides of March Julius Caesar is assassinated by high-ranking Roman Senators.

1493 Christopher Columbus returns to Spain after his first voyage to the New World.

1778 In command of two frigates, the Frenchman la Perouse sails east from Botany Bay for the last lap of his voyage around the world.

1903 The British complete the conquest of Nigeria.

1904 Three hundred Russians are killed as the Japanese shell Port Arthur in Korea.

1916 General John Pershing and his 15,000 troops chase Pancho Villa into Mexico.

1935 Joseph Goebbels, German Minister of Propaganda bans four Berlin newspapers.

1944 Cassino, Italy is destroyed by Allied bombing.

1949 Almost four years after the end of World War II, clothes rationing in Great Britain ends.

1955 The U.S. Air Force unveils the first self-guided missile.

1956 The first performance of My Fair Lady, starring Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison, takes place on Broadway.

1991 Four Los Angeles police are charged in the beating of Rodney King.
Doug1 Posted 11th Mar 2018, 01:38pm
  On this day in 1911, Sir Fitzroy MacLean, the man said to have inspired Ian Fleming's James Bond character, was born. Maclean was the son of Scottish nobleman Major Charles Wilberforce MacLean, whose ancestral home was Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull. Fitzroy MacLean was one of the founders of the SAS and during World War Two, was selected by Churchill to parachute into German-occupied Yugoslavia and gain Allied support.

On retirement, MacLean wrote extensively on Scottish history and became patron of a Strachur and District Shinty Club. He amassed a large library of books, including early editions of James Bond novels.
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