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Re: This day in history

Post by Kitkat on Wed 26 Oct 2016 - 19:42

@Whiskers wrote:Sorry for missing days. Not been around, busy busy.  I can relax now!
Here is todays This day in History---

ps Did anyone miss me?   rabbit

Yes, Whiskers  Smile , you were sorely missed.  Glad you are all sorted out now.  I love you

And I missed my daily history lesson!  (or memory boost in some cases)

1994: Israel and Jordan make peace
At a ceremony in the desert witnessed by US President Clinton, Jordan and Israel sign a peace agreement ending 46 years of war.
I remember it well.  I was in Libya at the time, working alongside a Jordanian girl who had not seen her family back home in the Gaza Strip, for 17 years.  There were celebrations all over, fireworks and happy Palestinians, like my Jordanian friend.  I remember feeling fearful for them, that their celebrations may well be short-lived, as there had been ceasefires before, which had never lasted for very long.  Nevertheless, for the first time in 17 years, Sabrine was able to go home for a holiday to see her family.  Took her 4 full days travelling there though, because Libya was in a controlled No-Fly-Zone at the time (because of the sanctions imposed over Lockerbie), so she had to go overland into Egypt, and from there to Damascus, as not allowed to travel through Israel.  
Same detour coming back, but it was so worth it.  Oh, the vagaries and miseries of War!  Had that situation occurred now, she wouldn't have been able to go through Syria either, for obvious reasons. I often wonder where and how she is now (it's hardly likely that she's still in Libya now).
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Post by Whiskers on Fri 28 Oct 2016 - 19:05

@Kitkat wrote:Yes, Whiskers   Smile  , you were sorely missed.  Glad you are all sorted out now.   I love you
Not alltogether  timeglass  but getting there!

1962: World relief as Cuban missile crisis ends
US President John F Kennedy welcomes Russia's announcement that it will dismantle its missiles based in Cuba.

2001: Christians killed in Pakistan massacre
Masked gunmen burst into a church in eastern Pakistan killing 18 people including children who were at prayer.

1974: Minister's wife survives bomb attack
Sports Minister Denis Howell's wife and young son survive a bomb attack on their car.

1986: 'Evil' Bamber jailed for family murders
A 24-year-old Essex man is sentenced to life for killing five members of his family, including his two young nephews.

1979: Chairman Hua arrives in London
Chairman Hua Kuo-Feng, the first Chinese leader to visit Britain, is welcomed at Heathrow by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
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Post by Whiskers on Mon 31 Oct 2016 - 10:08

1984: Indian prime minister shot dead
Indira Gandhi, the Prime Minister of India, is killed by two assassins believed to be her own bodyguards.

1955: Princess Margaret cancels wedding
Princess Margaret calls off her plans to marry divorced Group Captain Peter Townsend.

1971: Bomb explodes in Post Office tower
A bomb explodes in the Post Office tower causing extensive damage but no injuries.

1997: British au pair guilty of murder
A Boston jury finds Louise Woodward, 19, guilty of second degree murder for killing the baby in her care.

2003: End of Mahathir era in Malaysia
Asia's longest-serving leader, the Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammed, steps down after 22 years in power.
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1966: Viet Cong bombs Saigon
At least eight people are killed including an American officer when Viet Cong artillery shells the South Vietnamese capital.

1970: Nightclub inferno 'wipes out generation'
A fire at a nightclub in France has killed 142 people, most of them teenagers.

1986: Chemical spill turns Rhine red
A catastrophic fire at a chemicals factory near Basle, Switzerland, sends tons of toxic chemicals into the river Rhine, turning it red.

1984: Violence follows Gandhi killing
Rioting breaks out in parts of India following yesterday's assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

1990: Howe resigns over Europe policy
The UK's deputy Prime Minister, Sir Geoffrey Howe, has resigned after disagreements over the government's Europe policy.
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1952: Landslide victory for Eisenhower
General Dwight D Eisenhower sweeps to victory in the American presidential elections with the largest number of popular votes ever recorded for a presidential candidate.

1991: Publisher Robert Maxwell dies at sea
The body of the millionaire newspaper publisher, Robert Maxwell, is found in the sea off the coast of Tenerife.

1967: Forty die in Hither Green rail crash
At least 40 people are killed and 80 hurt after a train derails in south-east London.

1984: Sandinistas claim election victory
Nicaragua's ruling Sandinista Front claims a decisive victory in the country's first elections since the revolution five years ago.

1978: Iran's PM steps down amid riots
Iran's Prime Minister Jaffer Sharif-Emami resigns after two days of virtual mob rule.
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1985: Volcano kills thousands in Colombia
About 20,000 people are feared dead after a volcanic eruption in northern Colombia.

1995: Ecstasy pill puts party girl in coma
An 18-year-old student is on a life-support machine after taking an ecstasy tablet at her 18th birthday party.

1971: American probe orbits Mars
Pioneering space probe Mariner 9 reaches Mars and goes into orbit, but scientists have to wait for clear pictures because of a Martian dust storm.

1969: Quintuplets born at London hospital
Britain's first live quintuplets born this century make satisfactory progress at Queen Charlotte's maternity hospital in London.

1979: Times returns after year-long dispute
The Times newspaper is published for the first time in nearly a year.
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1991: US accuses Libyans of Lockerbie bombing

America demands Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi hand over Libyan intelligence officers indicted over the Lockerbie bombing.

1973: IRA gang convicted of London bombings
Two women and six men are found guilty of exploding car bombs outside the Old Bailey and Scotland Yard.

1977: Firefighters strike over pay claim
Firefighters claim widespread support for their first national strike, over a 30% pay demand.

1973: Crowds cheer marriage of Princess Anne
The wedding of the Queen's only daughter, Princess Anne, takes place at Westminster Abbey.

2000: Fuel protesters rally for tax cut
Convoys of lorries and tractors have converged on London and Edinburgh to mark the 60-day deadline for government action to cut fuel tax.
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1995: Life sentence for Rosemary West
Britain's most prolific female serial killer, Rosemary West, is sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of 10 young women and girls.

1990: Thatcher quits as prime minister
Margaret Thatcher is to stand down as prime minister after her cabinet refuses to back her in a second round of leadership elections.

2003: England win Rugby World Cup
England's rugby team win the World Cup, beating Australia 20-17 in a nailbiting final in Sydney.

1997: Michael Hutchence found dead in hotel
The lead singer of Australian rock band INXS and partner of British television star Paula Yates, is found dead in Sydney.

1971: Six dead in Scottish mountain tragedy
Five teenagers and their female instructor die in one of Scotland's worst mountaineering accidents.

2005: Merkel becomes German chancellor
Angela Merkel, leader of the Christian Democrats, is sworn in as Germany's first woman chancellor.
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Abel Tasman discovered Van Diemen's land, later renamed Tasmania.


Darwin's Origin of Species was published.


The National Rifle Association was incorporated.


Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK's accused assassin, in the garage of Dallas police headquarters.


D. B. Cooper parachuted from a Northwest Airlines flight with $200,000.
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Post by Whiskers on Tue 29 Nov 2016 - 23:18

1963: Canadian air disaster kills 118
More than 100 people are killed when a Canadian jet crashes into a field minutes after take-off.

1975: Graham Hill killed in air crash
One of Britain's greatest motor racing drivers is killed in a plane crash in south-east England.

1993: Secret meetings with IRA revealed
The government comes under attack in the Commons over revelations that it has had secret contacts with the IRA.

1985: 'Gas blast' kills five in Glasgow
A young family of four and their neighbour are killed in an explosion in a block of flats in Glasgow.

1956: Motorists panic as petrol rations loom
Panic-buying breaks out at garages across the country as the government gives details of its petrol rationing plans.

1999: NI power-sharing executive appointed
The Northern Ireland Assembly meets to appointed 10 members, bringing devolution a step closer.
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1941: Japanese planes bomb Pearl Harbor
Japan launches a surprise attack on American bases in the Pacific and declares it is at war with Britain and the United States.

1955: Attlee steps down as Labour leader
Mr Attlee resigns as leader of the Labour Party and is made an Earl hours later by the Queen.

2001: Taleban surrender Kandahar
The Taleban regime gives up its last Afghan stronghold of Kandahar after weeks of bombardment by US warplanes.

1979: Lord Soames to govern Rhodesia
Lord Soames is named transitional governor of Rhodesia to oversee its progress into legal independence.

1983: Tomcat halts steeplejack
A cat has climbed to a height of 160ft up an industrial chimney holding up the work of chief chimney-toppler Fred Dibnah.

1993: Activists lose battle over chestnut tree
Protesters lose a 20-year fight to save a 250-year-old chestnut tree in east London, making way for a motorway extension.
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1988: Death toll rises in Armenian earthquake
Up to 45,000 people die and a further 500,000 are homeless after the devastating earthquake which ripped through Armenia, official figures reveal today.

1990: Iraq frees British hostages
The first of the hostages held in the Gulf for four and a half months have arrived in Britain after their release by Saddam Hussein.

2003: Mother cleared of murdering babies
The Court of Appeal has quashed the conviction of Angela Cannings, jailed for life for the murder of her two baby sons.

1981: Mystery disease kills homosexuals
Mystery disease is causing increasing concern among medical practitioners in the United States.

1961: Apartheid attacked at Nobel ceremony
Alfred Luthuli, leader of the banned African National Congress, attacks South Africa's regime as he receives the Nobel peace prize.

1979: Daredevil Kidd's 80ft river jump
Stuntman Eddie Kidd has accomplished a "death-defying" motorcycle leap.
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Post by Whiskers on Fri 16 Dec 2016 - 18:07

I missed out nearly a whole week surprised  

On this day in history

1984: Gorbachev visit to Britain a 'success'
Mikhail Gorbachev, the man widely tipped as the next leader of the Soviet Union, holds five hours of talks with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

1969: MPs vote to abolish hanging
MPs vote by a big majority for the permanent abolition of the death penalty for murder.

1955: Queen opens London Airport terminal
Her Majesty inaugurates "The Queen's Building", part of the new central terminal area built to accommodate increasing numbers of air passengers.

2001: Thousands rally for Scots countryside
Thousands of countryside campaigners are on the streets of Edinburgh in the largest demonstration of its kind ever witnessed in Scotland.

1977: Queen opens 'tube' link to Heathrow
The Queen unveils the new underground link from central London to Heathrow - the first from a capital city to its major airport.

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1974: Compensation for Bloody Sunday victims
The Government says it will pay £42,000 compensation to relatives of the 13 men killed in the Bloody Sunday riots in Londonderry nearly three years ago.

1997: Dawn of Scottish parliament
Scottish Secretary Donald Dewer unveils a blueprint for Scotland's new parliament.

1985: Drug traffickers' appeal rejected
Two Australians are facing the death penalty after their appeal against a conviction for smuggling heroin was rejected by a Malaysian court.

1989: Labour's union U-turn
The Labour Party abandons its policy on trade union closed shops in line with European legislation.

1950: Radio Times hits Christmas deadline
The Christmas edition of the Radio Times returns after an industrial dispute in time for the festive season.
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1988: Jumbo jet crashes onto Lockerbie
A Pan Am jumbo jet with 258 passengers on board crashes on to the town of Lockerbie in Scotland - hundreds are feared dead.

1962: America to sell Polaris to Britain
President Kennedy and Prime Minister Harold Macmillan agree the UK will buy nuclear missiles from the US to form a multilateral Nato nuclear force.

2001: Terror alert as police seize cargo ship
Police storm a cargo ship in the English Channel after an intelligence tip-off.

1958: Easy victory for de Gaulle
General Charles de Gaulle is elected President of France with an overwhelming majority.

1977: Firemen jeer TUC's pay snub
The TUC General Council narrowly votes to reject firemen's demands for a public campaign against a 10% limit on wage increases.
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Post by Whiskers on Wed 28 Dec 2016 - 15:33

1980: Green light for breakfast television
A shake-up of broadcasting franchises paves the way for breakfast television.

2003: Britain gives go-ahead for 'sky marshals'
The British Government announces plans to tighten airline security by allowing armed guards on some British flights to the USA.

1993: Mafia link in cocaine haul
British customs officials seize £70m of Colombian cocaine thought to be linked to the Mafia.

1957: Foot-and-mouth shuts down abattoir
One of Britain's largest abattoirs closes down after foot-and-mouth disease is found in cattle waiting to be slaughtered.

1979: Tay Bridge rail disaster remembered
Passengers retrace a fatal journey on the 100th anniversary of a train plunging from the Tay Bridge into icy waters.
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1995: Serial killer West found hanged
Fred West, the Gloucestershire builder charged with 12 murders, is found dead in his prison cell.

2000: World celebrates New Millennium
Billions of people around the world welcome in the New Millennium with some of the most spectacular celebrations ever seen.

1973: Britain joins the EEC
The United Kingdom becomes a fully-fledged member of the European Economic Community.

1978: Newspaper editor flees South Africa
Newspaper editor Donald Woods arrives in London after fleeing South Africa's apartheid regime.

1959: Rebel army drives out Cuban dictator
The President of Cuba, Fulgencio Batista, flees the country in the face of a relentless advance by the rebel army of Fidel Castro.

2002: Celebrations as euro hits the streets
Twelve of the European Union's 15 countries wake up to life with a new currency as the euro reaches the streets.
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Post by Whiskers on Mon 9 Jan 2017 - 15:31

1986: Heseltine quits over Westland
Defence Secretary Michael Heseltine resigns his Cabinet job after a row with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher over the Westland helicopter affair.

2005: Abbas triumphs in Palestinian elections
Early indications in the Palestinian presidential elections show former Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas set to win.

1957: Sir Anthony Eden resigns
Sir Anthony Eden resigns as prime minister of Britain due to ill health after one year and 279 days in the post.

1972: Miners strike against government
Coal miners walk out at midnight in their first national strike for almost 50 years.

1997: Bullimore rescued after five days
The lone yachtsman, Tony Bullimore, feared drowned after his boat capsized in the Southern Ocean five days ago, has been found safe and well.

1992: Top policewoman suspended from duty
Britain's most senior policewoman Alison Halford is suspended over allegations of misconduct.
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Post by Whiskers on Thu 12 Jan 2017 - 22:00

1991: US Congress votes for war in Iraq
The United States Congress votes to authorise the use of military force against Iraq to end its occupation of Kuwait.

1966: UK politicians assaulted in Rhodesia
Three visiting MPs are attacked by 400 supporters of Prime Minister Ian Smith at a rowdy meeting in Salisbury.

2001: Swedish 'Iceman' starts England job
The first foreigner to coach the England football team, Sven Goran Eriksson, flies in to start his new job.

1971: British minister's home bombed
Two bombs explode at the Hertfordshire home of Employment Secretary Robert Carr causing serious damage.

2001: Climbie carers guilty of murder
The carers of an eight-year-old girl who died after being tortured and fed scraps of food like a dog are found guilty of her murder.

2003: Maurice Gibb dies after stomach op
Bee Gee Maurice Gibb dies aged 53 following a stomach operation at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami.

1976: Crime writer Agatha Christie dies
The most popular novelist in the world, Dame Agatha Christie, dies leaving a rumoured multi-million pound fortune and a final book waiting to be published.
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2001: DR Congo President Kabila shot
The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Laurent Kabila, is shot and seriously wounded by a bodyguard.

1979: Shah of Iran flees into exile
The Shah of Iran flees the country following months of increasingly violent protests against his regime.

1981: Gunmen shoot civil rights campaigner
The Northern Ireland civil rights campaigner and former Westminster MP, Bernadette McAliskey, is shot by gunmen at her home in County Tyrone.

2001: Oil tanker endangers eco-paradise
A fuel supply tanker to the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific runs aground off the island of San Cristobal.

1970: Gaddafi takes over as Libya's premier
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi assumes the role of prime minister four months after leading a successful coup against the monarchy.
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Post by Whiskers on Sun 22 Jan 2017 - 15:15

1990: Gorbachev explains crackdown in Azerbaijan
President Mikhail Gorbachev announces Red Army troops have been sent into the Soviet republic of Azerbaijan.

1962: 'A6 murder' trial begins
James Hanratty, accused of murdering a physicist in a lay-by on the A6, enters a plea of "not guilty".

1980: Soviet dissident Sakharov banished
One of the Soviet Union's most outspoken critics, nuclear physicist Dr Andrei Sakharov, is sent into internal exile for his outspoken views.

1979: Public sector strike paralyses country
Tens of thousands of public sector workers take part in a day of action - the biggest mass stoppage since 1926 - in support of a claim for more pay.

2001: MMR triple vaccine declared safe
The government launches a £3m campaign to convince parents the controversial MMR triple vaccine is safe.

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Re: This day in history

Post by Whiskers on Fri 27 Jan 2017 - 17:21

1945: Auschwitz death camp liberated
The Red Army liberates the Nazi's biggest concentration camp at Auschwitz in southern Poland.

1967: Three astronauts die in Apollo 1 tragedy
Three American astronauts die when fire engulfs the Apollo capsule on its launch pad at Cape Kennedy.

1944: Leningrad siege ends after 900 days
A successful Soviet offensive drives German troops away from the Leningrad which has been besieged since September 1941.

1980: Exiled Mugabe returns to Rhodesia
Rhodesia opposition leader Robert Mugabe makes a triumphant return to his home country after five years in exile.

1984: Michael Jackson burned in Pepsi ad
Michael Jackson has been rushed to hospital with burn injuries to his head after a stunt for a Pepsi commercial went wrong.

1969: Rebel students take over LSE
Students protesting against the closure of the London School of Economics seize control of another university building.

1995: Cantona banned over attack on fan
Manchester United's Eric Cantona is fined £20,000 and banned from playing football over his kung fu-style attack on a fan.
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Re: This day in history

Post by Whiskers on Fri 3 Feb 2017 - 15:42

1959: Buddy Holly killed in air crash
Three young rock 'n' roll stars, including 22-year-old singer Buddy Holly, die when their plane crashes in the United States.

1960: Macmillan speaks of 'wind of change' in Africa
Harold Macmillan outrages South African politicians with a speech warning of the "wind of change" in Africa.

1986: Pope and Mother Teresa feed the sick
The Pope meets Mother Teresa in Calcutta and visits her home for the sick and dying.

1998: Military jet causes cable car tragedy
A Nato aircraft kills 20 people at an Italian ski resort by severing their cable car line.

1966: Soviets land probe on Moon
The Soviet Union makes the first controlled landing of a space probe on the Moon, but refuses to release the pictures it sends back.

1988: Nurses protest for better pay
Nurses across the UK take part in a day of industrial action to secure more money for themselves and the NHS.

1978: Sadat in US for Mid East talks
Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat arrives in Washington DC to discuss the Middle East peace process with US President Jimmy Carter.
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Re: This day in history

Post by Whiskers on Sat 4 Feb 2017 - 15:51

1974: Soldiers and children killed in coach bombing
Eleven people are killed in a bomb blast on a bus travelling to an army base in North Yorkshire.

1998: 4,000 feared dead in Afghan earthquake
An earthquake in northern Afghanistan leaves thousands dead, injured or homeless.

1968: More Kenyan Asians flee to Britain
Another 96 Indians and Pakistanis from Kenya arrive in Britain, the latest in a growing exodus of Kenyan Asians fleeing discrimination.

1988: Defiant seamen strike on
Thousands of seamen at major British ports are continuing to strike even though their union has called an end to the action.

1973: Vietnam observers' struggle for peace
International inspection teams in Vietnam have been sent into the countryside to monitor the truce agreed last Saturday in Paris.
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Re: This day in history

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1961: Belgian jet crashes seconds before landing
At least 73 people are killed when a Boeing 707 jet airliner crashes at Berg, near Brussels airport.

1971: D-Day delivers new UK currency
The British Government launches a new decimal currency across the country.

1989: Soviet troops pull out of Afghanistan
Soviet troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan, nine years after they invaded the country.

1942: Singapore forced to surrender
British forces in Singapore surrender to the Japanese - seven days after enemy troops first stormed the island.

1952: King George VI is laid to rest
King George is buried at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle after a solemn procession through London.

1986: Printers and police clash in Wapping
Eight police officers are injured in the worst outbreak of violence yet outside the News International printing plant in Wapping, east London.

1996: Arms-to-Iraq report published
The long-awaited report into the sale of arms-to-Iraq in the 1980s is published and contains strong criticisms of the ministers involved.
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Re: This day in history

Post by Whiskers on Wed 1 Mar 2017 - 14:54

1950: Communist spy jailed for 14 years
Nuclear scientist Klaus Fuchs is sentenced to 14 years imprisonment for espionage.

1954: US tests hydrogen bomb in Bikini
The biggest explosion ever made by man is witnessed in the Pacific when US scientists explode their second H-bomb at Bikini Atoll.

1994: West charged as death toll mounts
Fred West is charged with two further murders following the discovery of more human remains in the garden of his Gloucester home.

1973: Palestinian gunmen hold diplomats in Sudan
The armed Palestinian group Black September has seized the Saudi Arabian embassy in Khartoum.

1971: Workers down tools over union rights
Hundreds of thousands of workers across Britain take part in an unofficial day of protest against the government's new industrial relations Bill.

1966: Britain to go decimal in 1971
Chancellor of the Exchequer James Callaghan confirms the "historic and momentous" decision to change over to decimal coinage.

1990: Secrets act gags whistleblowers
Whistleblowers and journalists will, from today, risk criminal prosecution if they reveal information viewed as damaging to the defence of the UK.

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