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Today in History 2

on Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:38 pm
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31 st July 1917 The start of the Battle of Passchendaele (the third Battle of Ypres - World War I) as the British attacked the German lines. The battle lasted until 10th November 2017. Recent reports estimate that there were 260,00 casualties on each side. Lloyd George called it one of the greatest disasters of the war.

http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/remembrance/ww1-centenary/passchendaele-100/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4LGL0_ez1QIVBb7tCh01qQ-cEAAYASAAEgLO4fD_BwE

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on Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:06 am
31 st July 2007

Operation Banner :
The Presence of the British Army
in Northern Ireland , and the longest running , continual ,
British Army operation ever , comes to an end



https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/jul/31/northernireland.military1
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Re: Today in History 2

on Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:56 am
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on Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:59 pm
31st July 1880

The first tramway in Wigan opened in 1880, but some of the hills were too steep for the horses so steam trams were used.

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on Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:03 am
1 st August 1971


Two concerts for Bangladesh , organised by
former Beatle George Harrison are held , one
in the afternoon and one at night in Madison
Square Garden , New York City


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on Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:02 am
2 nd August 1973

Summerland disaster :
A flash fire at the Summerland
amusement and leisure complex , in Douglas Isle Of Man
Kills at least fifty people


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summerland_disaster
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on Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:23 am
3 rd August 1958


The worlds first nuclear submarine
the USS Nautilius , becomes the first
vessel to complete a submerged transit
of the geographical North pole


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Nautilus_(SSN-571)
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on Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:38 am
4 th August 1914

Outbreak of world war 1 :
In response to the
German invasion of Belgium , Belgium and the
British Empire declare war on Germany


https://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-one/11006820/World-War-One-how-the-events-of-August-4-1914-unfolded.html
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on Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:07 am
5 th August 1926

Famous escapologist , Harry Houdini performs
his greatest and last feat , spending 91 minutes
underwater in a sealed coffin before escaping
he emerges " deathly white "


http://www.findingdulcinea.com/news/on-this-day/July-August-08/On-this-Day--Houdini-Escapes-From-Submerged-Coffin-After-91-Minutes.html
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Re: Today in History 2

on Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:41 am
6 th August 1930

Judge Joseph Force Crater steps into a taxi
in New York City and disappears , never to be
seen again


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Force_Crater
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Re: Today in History 2

on Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:49 pm
Admin I forgot all about this Embarassed Embarassed

6th August 1878

Wigan Mesnes park is opened by
Nathaniel Eckersley , high Sheriff
of Lancashire

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1001335


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on Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:22 am
7 th August 1987


Lynne Cox becomes the first person to swim from
the United States to the Soviet Union , crossing the
Bering Strait from little Diomede Island , Alaska to
big Diomede in the Soviet Union


https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/lynne-cox-swims-into-communist-territory
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on Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:44 am
8 th August 1963

The great train robbery :
In London a gang of fifteen
train robbers stop the mail train by rigging the signal
light system and make off with 2.6 million pounds
in bank notes



http://www.btp.police.uk/about_us/our_history/crime_history/the_great_train_robbery,_1963.aspx
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on Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:14 pm
10 th August 2003

Britain sweltered through its hottest day on record , and
Alpne glaciers melted as the heat wave that had  baked
most of Europe for days , sizzled relentlessly as Britain topped
100 degrees f for the first time in history


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on Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:37 am
11 August 1962

Vostok 3 launches from Baikonur Cosmodrome
and cosmonaut Andrian Nikolayev becomes the
first person to float in microgravity


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on Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:00 am
12 th August 1990


Sue , the largest and most complete tyrannosaurus rex
skeleton found to date is discovered by Sue Hendrickson
in South Dakota


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on Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:37 pm
13 th August 1964

Peter Allen and Gwynne Evans are hanged for
the murder of John Alan West . They didn't know
at the time but they were to be the last people to
be executed in the United Kîngdom


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on Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:54 am
14 th August 1040

King Duncan is killed in battle against his
first cousin and rival Macbeth . The latter
succeeds him as King of Scotland , setting
the scene for one of Shakespeare's greatest
works " the Scottish play "


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on Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:50 am
15 th August 1998

Northern Ireland :
The Northern Ireland Omagh bombing
takes place . Twenty nine people ( including a woman
pregnant with twins ) , are killed and some two hundred
and twenty others are seriously injured


http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/events/omagh_bomb
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Yesterday at 9:05 am
16 th August 1960

Joseph Kittinger parachutes from a balloon over
New Mexico at 102,800 ft ( 31,300 m ) setting
three records that held until 2012 : high altitude
jump , free fall ,  and highest speed by a human
without an aircraft


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Today at 8:53 am
17 th August 2008

American swimmer Michael Phelps becomes
the first person to win eight gold medals at
one Olympic Games

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