November 6 in history

06/11/2009

On November 6:

1528  Shipwrecked Spanish conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca became the first known European to set foot in Texas.

1851  Charles Dow, American journalist and economist, was born.

Charles Henry Dow.jpg 

1856  The first work of fiction by George Eliot was submitted for publication.

1861  James Naismith, Canadian inventor of basketball, was born.

1893  Edsel Ford, president of Ford Motor Company, was born.

 

1908 Prime Minister Sir Joseph Ward ceremonially opened the North Island main trunk railway line by driving home a final polished silver spike at Manganuioteao, between National Park and Ohakune.

1913  Mohandas Gandhi was arrested while leading a march of Indian miners in South Africa.

1917 Third Battle of Ypres ended: After three months of fierce fighting, Canadian forces took Passchendaele in Belgium.

Australian gunners in Château Wood near Hooge, 29 October 1917.

1918 The Second Polish Republic was proclaimed.

Flag Coat of arms

 1935 First flight of the Hawker Hurricane.

1944  Plutonium was first produced at the Hanford Atomic Facility.

Light-gray standing cylinder. Its top slice has been cut off and slightly shifted aside exposing a darker inside

 1946  Sally Field, American actress, was born.

1947  George Young, Australian musician fromAC/DC, was born.

1949 Nigel Havers, English actor, was born.

1962 The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution condemning South Africa’s racist apartheid policies and called for all UN member states to cease military and economic relations with the nation.

1970  Ethan Hawke, American actor, was born.

A caucasian male with dark slick hair, wearing a two-piece grey suit, with a white shirt and black tie.

1975  Green March began: 300,000 unarmed Moroccans converged on the southern city of Tarfaya and waited for a signal from King Hassan II of Morocco to cross into Western Sahara.

 

A 100 dirham note from 1991 commemorating the Green March.
 
 Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

October 22 in history

22/10/2009

On October 22:

1734 Daniel Boone, American pioneer and hunter, was born.

1797 André-Jacques Garnerin made the first recorded parachute jump 1,000 meters (3,200 feet) above Paris.

Garnerin releases the balloon and descends with the help of a parachute, 1797. Illustration from the late 19th century.

1811 – Franz Liszt, Hungarian pianist and composer was born.

1836 Sam Houston wss inaugurated as the first President of the Republic of Texas.

1877 The Blantyre mining disaster in Scotland killed 207 miners.

1883 The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City opened with a performance of Gounod’s Faust.

1919 – Doris Lessing, British writer, Nobel Prize laureate, was born.


Doris Lessing at lit.cologne 2006

1924 Toastmasters International was founded.

1946 Deepak Chopra, Indian-American physician and writer was born.

1953 Laos gained its independence from France.

 

1960 Mali  gained its indepndence from France.

1964 Jean-Paul Sartre  was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, but turned down the honor.

1966 The Supremes became the first all-female music group to have a No. 1 selling album (The Supremes A’ Go-Go).


The Supremes: Diana Ross (left), Mary Wilson (center), Florence Ballard (right) circa 1965

1972 James K. Baxter died.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.


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