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Today in History 2

on Mon Jul 31 2017, 14:38
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.

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Re: Today in History 2

on Tue Aug 01 2017, 08:57
http://www.victorianweb.org/history/ireland1.html


1 August 1800

The acts of union 1800 are past wich merge the
Kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of
Ireland, into the Kingdom of Great Britain and
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on Wed Aug 02 2017, 08:43
http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/life/581083/Isle-of-Man-Summerland-fire-tragedy

2 nd August 1973

A flash fire kills 51 people at the Summerland
amusement centre in Douglas Isle of Man

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https://www.historyandheadlines.com/santa-claus-land-the-first-theme-park-opens/

3 rd August 1946

Santa Clause land, the worlds first themed
amusement park, opens in Santa Claus, Indiana
United States
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http://www.annefrank.org/en/Anne-Frank/Discovery-and-arrest/The-arrest/

1944

The Holocaust:
A tip from a Dutch informer leads the
Gestapo to a sealed off area in an Amsterdam
warehouse, where they find and arrest Jewish diarist
Anne Frank her family and four others
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http://www.findingdulcinea.com/news/on-this-day/July-August-08/On-this-Day--Houdini-Escapes-From-Submerged-Coffin-After-91-Minutes.html

Harry Houdini performs his greatest feat, spending
91 minutes underwater in a sealed tank, before
escaping
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http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/atomic-bomb-dropped-on-hiroshima

6 th August 1945 world war 11 Hiroshima:
Japan is
devastated when the atomic bomb (little boy) is
dropped by the United States B-29 Enola Gay . Around
70,000 people are killed instantly, and some tens of
thousands died in subsequent years from burns and
radiation poisoning
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on Sun Aug 06 2017, 11:09
6th August 1878.  Mesnes Park opening ceremony

The area within which Mesnes Park lies was traditionally known as the Mesnes after the manorial demesnes land. The land, which was mostly meadow and pasture, formed part of the Wigan Rectory Glebe Estate, the Rector also being Lord of the Manor. By 1847 there were two collieries within the area of the present park, and the land was crossed by two tramways and a ropewalk.

The Mesnes was sold to Wigan Corporation under the Wigan Rectory Glebe Act of 1871, which included provisions for a Grammar School and public park. The 6.5ha (16 acres) of land were purchased for the Council at a cost of £2000 by the then Mayor, Nathaniel Eckersley of Standish Hall, a local mill owner. A further 5.5ha (14 acres) of land was leased and included the site of Turner's Colliery which continued in operation until 1880. In 1877 a competition was held for the design, the winner of which was John McClean of Castle Donington. His scheme was estimated to cost £2500 to execute, without the construction of the buildings. McClean was subsequently awarded the contract to oversee the implementation of the work. Eckersley, by then High Sheriff of Lancashire, performed the opening ceremony for the Park in August 1878.


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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marin_County_courthouse_incident

7 th August 1970

California judge Harold Haley is taken
hostage in his courtroom and killed
during an effort to free George Jackson
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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Train_Robbery_(1963)

8 th August 1963

The infamous great train robbery takes place
At Bridego railway bridge, Ledburn Buckinghamshire
England, a gang of 15 train Robbers
including Ronnie Biggs , steal 2.6 million pounds
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Re: Today in History 2

on Wed Aug 09 2017, 08:16
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/august/9/newsid_3580000/3580143.stm

9th August 1945

World war 11, Nagasaki is devastated when an Atomic bomb (Fat Man) is dropped by the United
States B-29 Bockstar. 35,000 people are killed
outright including 23,200 - 28,200 Japanese war
workers, 2,000 Korean forced workers and 150
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Re: Today in History 2

on Wed Aug 09 2017, 09:12
Today in 1173, the foundations were laid for the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It would take 199 years to complete

I wonder when the spirit level was invented?
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Re: Today in History 2

on Wed Aug 09 2017, 14:25
Wouldnt have mattered anyway mache, Laughing  It was straight when first built, It sank on one side later. lol!
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Re: Today in History 2

on Wed Aug 09 2017, 14:38
I always wanted to see it, when I did I kept well away Shocked Very Happy
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on Wed Aug 09 2017, 17:22
On this day in 1945: The US detonated an atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Nagasaki


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Re: Today in History 2

on Thu Aug 10 2017, 08:12
10 th August 2003

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/interesting/aug03maxtemps.html

The highest temperature ever recorded in the United
Kingdom 38.5 degrees C (101.3 degrees F) in Kent
England, it is the first time the United Kingdom has
recorded a temperature of over 100 degrees F
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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eiger


11 August 1858

The Eiger in Bernese Alps is ascended for the
first time by Charles Barrington accompanied
by Christian Almer and Peter Bohren
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http://jewishcurrents.org/august-12-the-night-of-the-murdered-poets/


12 th August 1952

The night of the murdered poets:
Thirteen prominent Jewish intellectuals are murdered
in Moscow Russia, Soviet Union


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on Sun Aug 13 2017, 10:22
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-28687221


13 th August 1964

Peter Allen and Gwynne Evans are hanged
for the murder of John Alan West , becoming
the last people executed in the United Kingdom




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http://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofScotland/Duncan-MacBeth/

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
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Re: Today in History 2

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15 th August 1969


https://www.thoughtco.com/the-woodstock-festival-of-1969-1779367


The legendary Woodstock music and art fair
opens in upstate New York , featuring some of
the top rock musicians of the era, it became an
iconic symbol of the twilight of the 60s


A tale of good fortune came out of this

It became a free concert after the booths installed
became inadequate after the estimated 25,000
people expected turns into 400,000 on the weekend
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16 th August 1960

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




http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/0816.html

16 th August 1977

The death of the king of rock n roll
Elvis Presley

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on Thu Aug 17 2017, 08:21
17 th August 1980

Azaria Chamberlain disappears likely taken by a bingo
leading to what was the most publicised trial in
Australian history


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Re: Today in History 2

on Fri Aug 18 2017, 07:53
18th August 1612


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pendle_witches


The trial of the Pendle witches, one of
Englands most famous witch trials
begins at Lancaster assizes
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Re: Today in History 2

on Fri Aug 18 2017, 19:16
18th Aug 1908 Maypole Pit Disaster




http://www.old-merseytimes.co.uk/Mining.html

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