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Never one to let a good idea go to waste1, I would like to reintroduce to
h2g2 'On This Day In
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shiny format. The lovely Italix had the presence of
mind to drop a number of pages where people could
leave their fun-filled facts. Why not pop over and
drop a suggestion. It may well find its way onto the

12th June

  • 1812

    Napoleon's invasion of Russia begins, as the Emperor
    crosses the Niemen.

  • 1923

    Harry Houdini frees himself from a straitjacket while
    suspended 12m (40ft) above the ground and upside down,
    in New York City.

  • 1929

    Birthday of Anne Frank. The young German Jewish
    girl’s diary was published in 1947. She lived in
    hiding from the Nazis with her family in Amsterdam for
    two years. She died at age 16 in a concentration camp.

    Jimi X

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13th June

  • 1934

    C Jackson2 discovers asteroid
    #1349 Bechuana.

  • 1981

    During the Trooping of the Colour, a teenager fired 6
    blanks at Queen Elizabeth II.

  • 1986

    Birthday of the twins Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen. Hit
    the TV screens at 9 months, and since then have
    diversified onto the screen and even made records.

  • 1990

    The official removal of the Berlin Wall begins.

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14th June

  • 1777

    The Continental Congress adopts the Stars and Stripes
    as the national flag of America. It is remembered as
    Flag Day, a patriotic day in which flags should be
    displayed across the nation.

    Jimi X

  • 1847

    Robert Bunsen invents a gas burner. It goes on to be
    used in many schools throughout the land, and causes
    chaos to teachers everywhere.

  • 1940

    German forces occupy Paris during WWII.


  • 1942
    Bambi is released by Walt Disney.

  • 1951

    Premiere of the TV programme Mr. Ed.


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15th June

  • 1215

    King John3
    signed the Magna Carta in Runnymede, Surrey.
    Jimi X

  • 1752

    Benjamin Franklin flies a kite during a thunderstorm,
    proving that lightning is electricity. He later
    invents the lightning rod.

    Jimi X

  • 1952

    Publication of Anne Frank’s diary.

    Lisa the Freak

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16th June

  • 1567

    Mary Queen of Scots locked up in Lochleven Castle
    prison, after surrendering to her Protestant Lords at
    Carberry Hill, near Edinburgh.

  • 1963

    Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space.
    She orbited the Earth 48 times in the Soviet
    spacecraft Vostok 6 during a 70-hour, 50-minute trip.

    Jimi X

  • 1985

    Birthday of Stan Laurel. One half of the comedy duo
    Laurel and Hardy.

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17th June

  • 1882

    Birthday of Igor Stravinsky. Russian composer, born in
    Oranienbaum, near St. Petersburg. Renowned
    particularly for the ballet scores The Firebird
    (performed 1910), Petrushka (1911), The Rite
    of Spring
    (1913) and Orpheus (1947).

  • 1885

    The Statue of Liberty reaches New York City on the
    French ship Isere.

  • 1988

    MS DOS 4.0 is released by Microsoft.

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18th June

  • 1178

    5 Canterbury monks report explosion on the moon. It is
    believed to be the time of origin of the lunar crater
    Giordano Bruno.

  • 1942

    Birthday of James Paul McCartney in Liverpool, UK.
    Among other things, he was one quarter of The Beatles
    and formed the band Wings.


  • 1980

    The premiere of the Blues Brothers, starring
    Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi.

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at least not to mind too much after being told that I
am merely resurrecting a fabulous idea that Abi and Peta had over three
years ago!
2And I did spend 20 minutes trying
to find his first name!
3Of Robin Hood Fame.

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