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 Saturday, February 6, the 37th day of 2010. There are 328 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

* 1515- Death of Aldus Manutius, Italian editor and printer who produced the first paperbacks and invented italics.

* 1643- Dutch mariner Abel Tasman discovers Fiji Islands in the Pacific.

* 1685- Death of Charles II, king of England, who is succeeded by James II.

* 1715- Peace of Utrecht ends war between Spain and Portugal.

* 1778- The US wins official recognition from France with the signing of treaties in Paris.

* 1804- Joseph Priestley, English cleric and chemist, one of the discoverers of oxygen, dies.

* 1819- East India Company, represented by Stamford Raffles, establishes settlement at Singapore.

* 1840- Treaty of Waitangi is signed in New Zealand.

* 1851- Ten die in devastating Black Thursday bushfires around Melbourne.

* 1906- Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club, believed to be the world's first life saving club, is founded in Sydney. …

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