Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Today in History

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Today in History

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Today is Thursday, February 12, the 43rd day of 2009. There are 322 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

* 1554 -Lady Jane Grey is executed for treason in England.

* 1793 -John Macarthur receives land grant of 100 acres near Parramatta, NSW.

* 1851 -Edward Hargraves discovers gold at Summerhill Creek in NSW, triggering the Australian gold rush.

* 1908 -First round-the-world car race begins in New York.

* 1924 -Tutankhamen's sarcophagus is opened to reveal his coffin, 15 months after the tomb was first discovered.

* 1940 -The radio play The Adventures of Superman debuts in the US with Bud Collyer as the Man of Steel.

* 1961 -An interplanetary space station aimed at Venus is launched from the Soviet Union.

* 1990 -Carmen Lawrence becomes premier of Western Australia, the first female premier of an Australian state.

* 1993 -Two 10-year-old boys lure two-year-old James Bulger from his mother at a shopping mall in Liverpool, England and beat him to death. …

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