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Re: Today's the day

Post by tonyp » 21 Aug 2017, 09:43

On August 21st 2017 (today!) the Big Ben bell is due to sound the hour for the last time before it is silenced for repair work scheduled to last until 2021.
After 12 deep bongs at noon Monday, the bell will begin its longest period of silence since it first sounded in 1859.
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Post by daib0 » 21 Aug 2017, 17:38

Other recent events for 21st August

• 1959 Hawaii becomes the 50th US state
• 1968 Warsaw Pact forces continue their invasion of Czechoslovakia to end the reform movement known as the Prague Spring - Radio Prague (Czechoslovakia) at 12:50 AM announces a Soviet led invasion
• 1972 British dock strike ends after dockers accept an amended Jones-Adlington Agreement
• 1991 Latvia declares its independence from USSR
• 2001 NATO decides to send a peace-keeping force to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
• 2015 Terrorist attack on train between Amsterdam and Paris thwarted by 4 passengers overpowering gunman
• 2015 Oldest "message in a bottle" - more than 108 years after put in sea by UK Marine Biological Association announced found on beach in Amrum, Germany
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Re: Today's the day

Post by tonyp » 22 Aug 2017, 13:35

On August 22nd 1911 - It was announced that Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" had been stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris. The painting reappeared two years later in Italy.
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Re: Today's the day

Post by daib0 » 25 Aug 2017, 13:55

25th AUGUST

What happened in history on this day?

1580 Battle of Alcantara, Spain defeats Portugal
1689 Battle at Charleroi: Spanish & English armies chase French
1825 Uruguay declares independence from Brazil (National Day)
1875 Matthew Webb becomes 1st to swim English Channel (21h 45m)
1890 Would be start of England/Australia Test Cricket at Old Trafford washed out
1919 1st scheduled passenger service by airplane (Paris-London)
1940 Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia incorporated into Soviet Union
1955 Last Soviet forces leave Austria
1988 Iran & Iraq begin talks to end their 8 year war
1991 Norway & Denmark recognize independence of former USSR Baltic republics
2012 Voyager 1 spacecraft, becomes the 1st spacecraft to enter interstellar space (launched in 1977)
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Re: Today's the day

Post by bristleposh » 25 Aug 2017, 15:29

daib0 wrote:
25 Aug 2017, 13:55
25th AUGUST

What happened in history on this day?

1580 Battle of Alcantara, Spain defeats Portugal
did Ronaldo not come on, he could have saved them
I started a joke that had the whole world crying
But I didn't see that the joke was on me

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Re: Today's the day

Post by daib0 » 25 Aug 2017, 18:15

bristleposh wrote:
25 Aug 2017, 15:29
daib0 wrote:
25 Aug 2017, 13:55
25th AUGUST

What happened in history on this day?

1580 Battle of Alcantara, Spain defeats Portugal
did Ronaldo not come on, he could have saved them
how old is he now, I think he'll soon be past it! :lol:
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Re: Today's the day

Post by daib0 » 29 Aug 2017, 14:05

29TH AUGUST

• 1825 Portugal recognizes the Independence of Brazil
• 1930 The last 36 remaining inhabitants of St Kilda are voluntarily evacuated to other parts of Scotland
• 1941 German Einsatzkommando in Russia kills 1,469 Jewish children
• 1945 British liberate Hong Kong from Japan
• 1953 USSR explodes its first hydrogen bomb
• 1966 The Beatles' last public concert (Candlestick Park, San Francisco)
• 1992 Largest wrestling crowd outside US (75,000) at Wembley Stadium, London
• 1995 NATO launches Operation Deliberate Force against Bosnian Serb forces.
• 2005 Hurricane Katrina makes its 2nd landfall as a category 3 hurricane devastating much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida Panhandle. Kills more than 1,836, causes over $115 billion in damage.
• 2009 Cristiano Ronaldo makes his debut for Real Madrid, scoring a penalty in their 3-2 win over Deportivo La Coruña


Famous birthdays
• 1923 Richard Attenborough, Cambridge, English actor/director (Gandhi, Young Winston)
• 1958 Lenny Henry, British comedian (3 of a Kind)
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Re: Today's the day

Post by daib0 » 31 Aug 2017, 12:46

31st AUGUST


• 1422 Henry VI becomes King of England at the age of 9 months
• 1745 Jacobite Rising 1745: Bonnie Prince Charlie reaches Blair Castle, Scotland
• 1888 The body of Jack the Ripper's first victim, Mary Ann 'Polly' Nichols, is found in Whitechapel , in London's East End.
• 1900 British troops over run Johannesburg
• 1907 Britain, Russia & France form Triple Entente
• 1920 Belgium starts paying old age pensions
• 1944 French troops liberate Bordeaux
• 1944 Soviet & Romanian troops march into Bucharest
• 1968 12,000 die in 7.8 quake destroys 60,000 buildings in NE Iran
• 1990 East & West Germany sign a treaty to join legal & political systems
• 1994 Last Russian soldiers leave Estonia & Latvia
• 1994 Sinn Fein proclaims ceasefire in Northern Ireland
• 1998 North Korea reportedly launches Kwangmyongsong, its first satellite.


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Ian Harte - birthday today
Dates: born 31st August 1977, in Drogheda, Republic of Ireland

Dennis Penford - anniversary today
Dates: born 31st August of about 1930, in Reading; died November 2011
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Re: Today's the day

Post by tonyp » 31 Aug 2017, 22:09

31st August 2017

Last day of winter in Brisbane
Brisbane had an unprecedented average winter day temperature of 23.51C between June and August; the warmest it has been since records began in the 1880s.
Brisbane reached a top of 32.3C on August 17, just shy of its warmest August day set in 2009 of 35.4C.
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Re: Today's the day

Post by bristleposh » 31 Aug 2017, 23:07

global warning tony
I started a joke that had the whole world crying
But I didn't see that the joke was on me

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Re: Today's the day

Post by tonyp » 31 Aug 2017, 23:24

bristleposh wrote:
31 Aug 2017, 23:07
global warning tony
It's a warning all right.
More than the globe will get warmed or even burned if young ladies continue to lie in the sun on the Gold Coast in mid winter.
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Re: Today's the day

Post by daib0 » 03 Sep 2017, 12:04

On this day - 3rd September


• 1650 Battle of Dunbar: England vs Scotland
• 1683 Turkish troops break through defense of Vienna
• 1752 Britain and the British Empire (including the American colonies) adopt the Gregorian Calendar, losing 11 days. People riot thinking the government stole 11 days of their lives
• 1783 Treaty of Paris signed in Paris ends the American Revolutionary War between Great Britain and United States of America
• 1855 Indian Wars: In Nebraska, 700 soldiers under American General William S. Harney avenge the Grattan Massacre by attacking a Sioux village, killing 100 men, women, and children.
• 1878 British passenger paddle steamer Princess Alice sunk in a collision on the River Thames with the collier Bywell Castle; 645 die
• 1917 1st night bombing of London by German aircraft
• 1918 Allies forced Germans back across Hindenburg Line
• 1924 Civil war breaks out in China (Gen Tsi moves to Shanghai)
• 1939 World War II: Britain declares war on Germany after invasion of Poland. France follows 6 hours later quickly joined by Australia, New Zealand, South Africa & Canada
• 1945 World War II: Japanese forces in the Philippines surrender to the Allies
• 1953 European Convention on Human Rights goes into effect
• 1971 John Lennon leaves UK for NYC, never to return
• 2013 Microsoft purchases Nokia for $7.2 Billion
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Re: Today's the day

Post by bristleposh » 03 Sep 2017, 14:08

daib0 wrote:
03 Sep 2017, 12:04
On this day - 3rd September


• 1650 Battle of Dunbar: England vs Scotland
Another English victory, I don't think that one went to penalties though
I started a joke that had the whole world crying
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Re: Today's the day

Post by tonyp » 03 Sep 2017, 21:25

Sunday September 3rd 2017 was Father's Day in Australia.
My son and his wife came to lunch bringing more things to use with or on the Barbecue.
I must have the best equipped barbecue in Australia.
Happy Father's Day to all fathers.
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Re: Today's the day

Post by tonyp » 20 Sep 2017, 09:48

Sophia Loren was born on September 20th 1934.
She was one of the first women to win the Wet T-shirt competition.
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