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, August 11, the 223th day of 2011. There are 142 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

1786 - Penang is ceded to Britain by Rajah of Kedah in Malaya.

1824 - NSW is constituted a Crown colony.

1877 - US astronomer Asaph Hall discovers a Martian moon which he names Deimos.

1929 - Arabs launch attacks on Jews in Palestine over disputes on Jewish use of Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.

1934 - The first federal prisoners arrive at the island prison Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay.

1935 - Nazi storm troopers stage mass demonstrations against Jews in Germany.

1936 - Nationalist Chinese forces of Chiang Kai-Shek enter Canton in China.

1945 - Allies inform Japan that its surrender offer is acceptable as World War II in Pacific nears end.

1949 - Australian Immigration Minister Arthur Calwell announces that migrants will be known as New Australians.

1956 - US painter Jackson Pollock, leader of the Abstract Expressionist movement, dies in a car accident. …

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