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~  11th November 2013 ~

Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I on the 11th day of November 1918, to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty, on the 11th hour. YouTube video: Veterans/Remembrance Day Very Inspiring tribute to all Veterans everywhere…

AUGUST 27 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1859 ~ Petroleum was discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania on the 27th August 1959, leading to the world’s 1st commercially successful oil well.

1890 ~ Man Ray the American modernist artist and photographer was born Emmanuel Radnitzky on the 27th August 1890 (died 1976  aged 86). Man Ray was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist art movements. Man Ray worked in a variety of artistic media but considered himself mainly a painter, although he was well known in the art world for his avant-garde, fashion and portrait photography. and he was a renowned fashion and portrait photographer. He was also known for his work with photograms aka rayographs.

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Salvador Dalí & Man Ray in Paris on 16 June 1934 making “wild eyes” for a portrait by photographer Carl Van Vechten (black & white photo source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Van Vechten Collection)

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AUGUST 23 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

0079 ~ MOUNT VESUViUS began stirring, on the feast day of Vulcan on the 23rd August in the year 79. Mount Vesuvius (Italian: Monte Vesuvio) is a stratovolcano in the Gulf of Naples, Italy, about 9 kilometres (5.6 miles) east of Naples. Mount Vesuvius buried and destructed the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, killing approximately 6,000 people due to hydrothermalpyroclastic flows. The only surviving eyewitness account of the event consists of 2 letters by Pliny the Younger sent to the historian TacitusVesuvius is the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last hundred years. It’s regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world because It’s the most densely populated volcanic region in the world, with a population of 3,000,000 people living close-by, and its tendency towards explosive Plinian eruptions.

Vesuvius volcanic eruption Portici Naples Italy erupting volcano night painting Joseph Wright Derby 18th century 1700s red fire Art
Vesuvius volcanic eruption seen from Portici & painted by Joseph Wright of Derby in the 18th century (1774 – 1776) ~ painting from the Art collection of the Huntington Library in Pasadena, CA

1541 ~ JACQUES CARTiER the French explorer landed near Quebec City on the 23rd August 1541, in his 3rd voyage to CanadaJacques Cartier claimed what is now Canada for Continue reading AUGUST 23 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

AUGUST 17 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1578 ~ Francesco Albani the Italian painter was born on the 17th August 1578 (died 1660). 

1786 ~ Davy Crockett the American soldier and politician was born on the 17th August 1786 (died 1836).

1807 ~ Robert Fulton‘s North River Steamboat left New York for Albany on the Hudson River on the 17th August 1807, inaugurating the 1st commercial steamboat service in the world.

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Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat

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ANZAC DAY 25th April 2014 ~ Lest we forget

Anzac Day 25th April 2013 Lest we forget skyscape sunrise dawn sunset clouds photo meme cover banner by Anton K
ANZAC DAY 25th April 2013 Lest we forget ~ skyscape sunset scene shot by Anton K. Kressnig on Anzac Day on Thursday the 25th April 2013

ANZAC DAY ~ 25th April 2014

99th Anniversary ~ Lest we forget

Anzac Day is the national day of remembrance annually held in Australia and New Zealand, commemorating all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in Continue reading ANZAC DAY 25th April 2014 ~ Lest we forget

MARCH 31 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1492 – Queen Isabella of Castille issued the Alhambra decree on the 31st March 1492, ordering her 150,000 Jewish and muslim subjects to convert to Christianity or face expulsion.

1732 – Joseph Haydn the Austrian composer was born on the 31st March 1732 (died 1809).

1889 – The Eiffel Tower was officially opened on the 31st March 1889.

1921 – The Royal Australian Air Force was formed on the 31st March 1921.

1930 – The Motion Pictures Production Code was instituted on the 31st March 1930, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion and violence in film, in the U.S., for the next 38 years.

1934 – Richard Chamberlain the American actor and singer was born on the 31st March 1934.

1934 – Shirley Jones the American actress and singer was born on the 31st March 1934.

1935 – Herb Alpert the American singer-songwriter and trumpet player was born on the 31st March 1935.

1938 – Sheila Dikshit the Indian politician and 6th Chief Minister of Delhi was born on the 31st March 1938.

1948 – Al Gore the American politician, 45th Vice President of the United States and Nobel Prize laureate was born on the 31st March 1948.

1955 – Angus Young the Scottish-Australian guitarist from AC/DC was born on the 31st March 1955.

1959 – The 14th Dalai LamaTenzin Gyatso, crossed the border into India on the 31st March 1959, and was granted political asylum.

1963 – Paul Mercurio the Australian actor and dancer was born on the 31st March 1963.

1966 – The Soviet Union launched Luna 10 on the 31st of March 1966, which later became the 1st space probe to enter orbit around the Moon.

1970 – Explorer 1 re-entered the Earth‘s atmosphere on the 31st March 1970, after 12 years in orbit.

1971 – Ewan McGregor the Scottish-American actor was born on the 31st March 1971.

1972 – Evan Williams the American businessman and co-founder of Twitter and Pyra Labs was born on the 31st March 1972.

1986 – A Mexicana Boeing 727 en route to Puerto Vallarta erupted in flames and crashed in the mountains northwest of Mexico City on the 31st March 1986, killing 167 people.

1994 – The journal Nature reported the finding in Ethiopia of the 1st complete Australopithecus afarensis skull on the 31st March 1994.

1995 – TAROM Flight 371 crashed on the 31st March 1995, killing all of the 10 crew and 50 passengers on board.

MARCH 30 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1842 – Ether anesthesia was used for the 1st time on the 30th March 1842, in an operation by the American surgeon Dr. Crawford Long.

1853 – Vincent van Gogh the Dutch painter was born on the 30th March 1853 (died 1890).

1856 – The Treaty of Paris was signed on the 30th March 1856, ending the Crimean War.

1957Paul Reiser the American comedian, actor, writer, author, musician, best known for his role in the sitcom Mad About You was born on the 30th March 1957.

1867 – Alaska was purchased from Russia for $7.2 million on the 30th March 1867, about 2 cent/acre ($4.19/km²), by United States Secretary of State William H. Seward.

1913 – Frankie Laine the American singer-songwriter, and actor was born on the 30th March 1913 (died 2007).

1930 – Rolf Harris the Australian singer-songwriter was born on the 30th March 1930.

1937 – Warren Beatty the American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter was born on the 30th March 1937.

1941 – Graeme Edge the English singer-songwriter and drummer from the Moody Blues was born on the 30th March 1941.

1945 – Eric Clapton the English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer was born on the 30th March 1945.

1962 – MC Hammer the American rapper and actor was born on the 30th March 1962.

1964 – Tracy Chapman the American singer-songwriter and guitarist was born on the 30th March 1964.

1964 – Ian Ziering the American actor was born on the 30th March 1964.

1968 – Celine Dion the Canadian singer-songwriter was born on the 30th March 1968.

1982 – STS-3 Mission was completed on the 30th March 1982, with the landing of Columbia at White Sands Missile RangeNew Mexico.

MARCH 29 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1549 – The city of Salvador da Bahia, the 1st capital of Brazil, was founded on the 29th March 1549.

1638 – Swedish colonists establish the first European settlement in Delaware on the 29th March 1638, naming it New Sweden.

1871 – The Royal Albert Hall was opened by Queen Victoria on the 29th March 1871.

1900 – John McEwen the 18th Prime Minister of Australia was born on the 29th March 1900 (died 1980).

1917 – Man o’ War the American race horse was born on the 29th March 1917 (died 1947).

1944 ~ Ilsa Konrads the Australian world champion freestyle swimmer was born Ilze Konrade in Riga, Latvia on the 29th May 19442. Ilsa Konrads won silver in the 4×100m freestyle relay at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.  In her career, she set 12 individual world records. When llsa retired from her swimming career she became the Australasian editor of Belle. Ilsa Konrads was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1987. Ilsa’s brother John Konrads also set multiple world records, and won gold in the 1500 m freestyle, when they were well known as the Konrad Kids.

YouTube video: The Konrads Swim Champions: John and Ilsa Konrads were teenage sensations in a golden time for Australian swimming. Here we see them rise through the ranks with the aid of coach Don Talbot and examine their training techniques that led them to achieve multiple world records. It also shows earlier champions Andrew “Boy” Charlton, Bonnie Mealing and Fanny Durack (Made by the National Film Board 1959)…

1946 – Billy Thorpe the English-Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist from Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs was born on the 29th March 1946 (died 2007).

1947 – Bobby Kimball the American singer-songwriter from Toto was born on the 29th March 1947.

1974Osher Günsberg the Australian television and radio presenter was born Andrew Günsberg on the 29th March 1974. He is best known by his former stage name Andrew G as host of Australian Idol. He is also known for his hosting Channel VLive to DanceTake 40 AustraliaThe Hot Hits and The Bachelor. website: www.AndrewGunsberg.com

MARCH 28 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

0845 – Paris was sacked by Viking raiders on the 28th March in the year 845, under Ragnar Lodbrok, who collected a huge ransom in exchange for leaving.

1802 – Heinrich Wilhelm Matthäus Olbers discovered 2 Pallas on the 28th March, known as the 2nd asteroid known to man.

1836 – Frederick Pabst the German-American brewer and founder of the Pabst Brewing Company was born on the 28th March 1836 (died 1904).

1910 – Henri Fabre became the 1st person to fly a seaplane on the 28th March 1910, after taking off from a water runway in the Fabre Hydravion, near Martigues, France.

1922 – Neville Bonner the Australian politician was born on the 28th March 1922 (died 1999).

1940 – Tony Barber the English-Australian game show host was born on the 28th March 1940.

1966 – Cheryl James the American rapper also known as Salt from Salt-n-Pepa was born on the 28th March 1966.

1970 – Vince Vaughn the American actor, screenwriter, and producer was born on the 28th March 1970.

1986Lady Gaga the American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress was born Stefani Germanotta in New York City on the 28th March 1986. Lady Gaga’s official website: www.LadyGaga.com | Lady Gaga’s verified Facebook page: www.facebook.com/LadyGaga | Lady Gaga’s verified Twitter: www.twitter.com/LadyGaga | instagram: www.instagram.com/LadyGaga

2006 ~ Pro Hart the Australian painter died on the 28th March 2006 aged 77 (born 30th May 1928).

MARCH 27 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1851 – The 1st reported sighting of the Yosemite Valley by Europeans was on the 27th March 1851.

1863 – Henry Royce the English engineer and founder of Rolls-Royce Limited was born on the 27th March 1863 (died 1933).

1950 – Tony Banks the English guitarist and songwriter from Genesis was born on the 27th March 1950.

1952Felix Haug the Swiss drummer and keyboardist from the band Double was born on the 27th March 1952 (died 2004). Felix Haug was with Double from the its creation in 1981 to its disbandment in 1987. Felix Haug died from a heart attack on the 1st May 2004 at the age of 52. YouTube video: Double ~ The Captain Of Her Heart (Official Video 1986)…

1970 – Mariah Carey the American singer-songwriter and producer was born on the 27th March 1970.

1975 – Fergie the American singer-songwriter from The Black Eyed Peas was born on the 27th March 1975.

1986 – A car bomb exploded at Russell Street Police HQ in Melbourne on the 27th March 1986, killing 1 police officer and injuring 21 people.

1988 – Jessie J the English singer-songwriter was born on the 27th March 1988.

1990 – Kimbra the New Zealand-Australian singer-songwriter was born on the 27th March 1990.

1998 – The Food and Drug Administration approved Viagra for use as a treatment for male impotence on the 27th March 1998, becoming the first pill to be approved for this condition in the United States.