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, April 23, the 113th day of 2009. There are 252 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

* 303- Death of St George, the patron saint of England.

* 1014- High King of Ireland Brian Boru is killed repelling Viking invaders at the battle of Clontarf.

* 1661- Charles II is crowned King of England.

* 1728- A huge fire destroys a large part of Copenhagen.

* 1788- NSW Governor Arthur Phillip selects site of Parramatta.

* 1850 - Death of William Wordsworth, British poet, aged 80.

* 1873- William Gosse sights Ayers Rock, naming it after the South Australian premier. (The monolith is now called Uluru.)

* 1896- The Vitascope system for projecting movies onto a screen is demonstrated in New York City by Thomas Edison.

* 1964- Unknown attackers saw off the head of Copenhagen's trademark, the Little Mermaid statue. The head is never found and a new one is made and attached.

* 1969- Sirhan Sirhan is sentenced to death for the assassination of US Senator Robert F Kennedy, a sentence later reduced to life imprisonment. …

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