Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Today in History

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Today in History

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1324 - Death of Italian explorer Marco Polo.

1719 - France declares war on Spain.

1792 - Russia ends war with Turkey by Treaty of Jassy.

1793 - French aeronaut Jean-Pierre Blanchard makes the first balloon flight over the North American continent.

1799 - British Prime Minister William Pitt (the Younger) introduces income tax at two shillings in the pound to raise funds for the Napoleonic Wars.

1806 - Lord Nelson, mortally wounded in the hour of the British fleet's victory at Trafalgar in October 1805, is buried at St Paul's Cathedral in London.

1868 - Last transportation of convicts to Australia: to Fremantle, Western Australia, where ship Hougoumont arrives with 279 prisoners.

1878 - Turks capitulate at Shipka Pass and appeal to Russia for armistice.

1902 - Legislation is introduced in New York to outlaw flirting in public.

1945 - US forces invade Luzon in Philippines in Second World War.

1951 - United Nations headquarters opens in New York.

1953 - A South Korean passenger ferry sinks off Pusan with the loss of 349 lives.

1960 - Construction work starts on the Aswan High Dam in Egypt.

1964 - Anti-US rioting breaks out in the Panama Canal Zone, resulting in the deaths of 21 Panamanians and three US soldiers.

1965 - An estimated 500 people suspected of being rebels are executed by Congo government forces in Stanleyville in six weeks since city was retaken.

1970 - France agrees to sell Mirage military jets to revolutionary regime in Libya.

1972 - Fire destroys the liner Queen Elizabeth in waters off Hong Kong.

1973 - White-ruled country of Rhodesia closes its borders with Zambia to try to cut off black liberation forces.

1977 - Palestinian nationalist suspected of having planned attacks on Israeli athletes at 1972 Olympic games in Munich is arrested in Paris by French intelligence agents who identify him as Abou Daoud.

1978 - Islamic revolution erupts in Iran.

1980 - Sixty-three Muslim fanatics are beheaded in Saudi Arabia for their part in the siege of the great Mosque in Mecca in November 1979. …

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