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 Monday, July 27, the 208th day of 2009. There are 157 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

* 1563 -French army regains Le Havre, France, where English garrison is stricken with plague; soldiers returning to England introduce the plague.

* 1694 -Bank of England receives a royal charter as a commercial institution.

* 1836 -Founding of Adelaide by Colonel William Light.

* 1839 -Opium War between China and Britain begins after Chinese authorities seize and burn British cargoes of opium.

* 1909 -Orville Wright tests the U.S. Army's first airplane for one hour, twelve minutes.

* 1921 -Canadians Sir Frederick Banting and Charles Best isolate insulin for the first time; it proves an effective treatment for diabetes.

* 1940 -Billboard magazine begins publishing its best seller charts of albums and singles; Bugs Bunny makes his film debut in the Warner Brothers release called A Wild Hare.

* 1942 -Formation of the Australian Women's Land Army for women between the ages of 18 and 15 not already engaged in rural work. …

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