Australian women swimming relay team Olympic gold medals 2012 London Olympics Alicia-Coutts Cate-Campbell Brittany-Elmslie Melanie-Schlanger Herald Sun newspaper

JULY 29 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1836 – The Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France was inaugurated on the 29th day of July in 1836.

1948 – The Games of the XIV Olympiad aka 1948 London Olympics began on the 29th day of July in 1948, after a 12 year hiatus caused by World War II.  The previous Summer Olympics were held in Berlin, Germany, 12 years earlier in 1936.

1981 – The wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales & Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul’s Cathedral in London was televised to a worldwide television audience of over 700 million people on the 29th day of July in 1981.

1987 – Margaret Thatcher the British Prime Minister and François Mitterrand the President of France signed the agreement to build Eurotunnel under the English Channel on the 29th day of July in 1987.

2005 – Astronomers announced their discovery of the dwarf planet Eris on the 29th day of July in 2005.

2012 ~ Australia‘s 4x100m relay swimming team broke a new Olympic record and won the first gold medal at the London Olympics on the 29th day of July 2012 (Day 1). The winning swim team members were Alicia Coutts, Cate Campbell, Brittany Elmslie and Melanie Schlanger, who swam the new Olympic record of 3:33.15 to beat the Netherlands in 2nd place, and the United States 3rd.

Australian women swimming relay team Olympic gold medals 2012 London Olympics Alicia-Coutts Cate-Campbell Brittany-Elmslie Melanie-Schlanger Herald Sun newspaper
The Australian women’s swimming 4x100m relay team that broke an Olympic record, with their gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics for Australia, at the London Aquatic Centre. Team members: Alicia Coutts, Cate Campbell, Brittany Elmslie & Melanie Schlanger (Herald Sun newspaper front cover Monday 30th July 2012)

Read the Herald Sun story: Women’s 4x100m freestyle relay claim Australia’s first gold medal and stamp 

Women's 4x100m Freestyle Swimming team medals Australian Gold Medallist stamps 2012 London Olympics 60cent postage stamp collectable souvenir
The Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Swimming team Australian Gold Medallist stamp by Australia Post (2012 London Olympics)

The stamp featured above is available from Australia Post 

Visit the official London 2012 Olympics website: www.London2012.com/country/australia/ for up to date information about Australia at the Olympics in the United Kingdom.

Today in History for July 29th ~ video presented by the Associated Press… 

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