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#ThisDayInHistory the London Observer, a British newspaper, launches “Appeal for Amnesty, 1961,” a campaign that calls for the release of all people imprisoned because of the peaceful expression of their beliefs.

Appeal for Amnesty was the brainchild of Peter Benenson, a Catholic lawyer who had advocated publicizing the plight of prisoners of conscience after learning of a group of students...
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ThisDayInHistory the London Observer a British newspaper launches Appeal for Amnesty 1961

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In late May 1941 one of the most significant naval actions of the Second World War took place involving a major battle between capital ships of the German Kriegsmarine and the British Royal Navy.

The powerful German battleship Bismarck, accompanied by the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen, were in the process of breaking out into the shipping lanes of the North Atlantic Ocean with the intention of...
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Today marks the 50th anniversary of launch of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CVA 67) by Jacqueline Kennedy and her daughter Caroline Kennedy.

On May 27, 1967, a crowd of more than 30,000 poured into Newport News Shipbuilding to witness the launch, the crowd watched as the president's daughter, Caroline Kennedy, performed her ceremonial duty as Ship's Sponsor - smashing a...
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05/26/2017 at 06:30. Facebook
“I’m not coming down. There’s only one way to go, and that’s up.”

On this day in 1977, 27-year-old toymaker George Willig from Queens scaled the 415-metre-high, 110-story South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. It was the third largest building in the world at the time.

The incredible feat took Willig a year of careful planning. He made four late night trips to the tower to...
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“I’m not coming down There’s only one way to go and that’s up”

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05/25/2017 at 07:42. Facebook
“It was a dark and stormy night.”

English politician, poet, playwright, and prolific coiner of popular phrases Edward George Bulwer-Lytton was born on this day in 1803.

He went on to coin some of the most well known phrases in history, including “the pen is mightier than the sword,” “pursuit of the almighty dollar,” “the great unwashed,” and the famous opening line, “It was a dark and...
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05/24/2017 at 07:30. Facebook
A hero to some, a coward to others. This is one of the most amazing stories in Australia’s sporting history.

Les Darcy: The Maitland Wonder premieres tonight at 8:30pm AEST on HISTORY.
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05/24/2017 at 02:00. Facebook
Australia has only a comparatively short retailing history, so it perhaps comes as a surprise to discover that one of our commercial entities is more than 175 years old – and still trades today.

This is the famous David Jones, a department store that opened in Sydney, at the corner of George and Barrack Streets, on 24 May 1838, only 50 years after the founding of the colony.

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05/22/2017 at 07:00. Facebook
From the blacksmiths workshop in Maitland to the thunderous applause before a full house at Sydney’s Rushcutters Bay Stadium we reveal the man behind the legend.

Les Darcy: The Maitland Wonder premieres Wednesday at 8:30pm AEST on HISTORY.
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05/22/2017 at 02:57. Facebook
In late May 1941 one of the most significant naval actions of the Second World War took place involving a major battle between capital ships of the German Kriegsmarine and the British Royal Navy.

The powerful German battleship Bismarck, accompanied by the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen, were in the process of breaking out into the shipping lanes of the North Atlantic Ocean with the intention of...
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In late May 1941 one of the most significant naval actions of

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05/21/2017. Facebook
On this day in 1972, a mentally disturbed geologist vandalised Michelangelo’s Pietà at the Vatican in Rome, Italy.

Michelangelo’s Pietà is one of the world’s most famous works of art. Translated as “Pity,” the sculpture depicts the Virgin Mary mourning over her son Jesus. Sculpted in the late 1490s, Michelangelo was only in his early 20s when he completed it.

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On this day in 1972 a mentally disturbed geologist vandalised Michelangelos Pietà

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05/20/2017. Facebook
One of the great mariners of history, the Italian sailor, navigator and explorer extraordinaire Christopher Columbus was born in 1451 in Genoa, Italy.

He began his maritime career as a teenager, sailing on trading vessels around the Mediterranean Sea, and later the Atlantic Ocean. As trade with Asia was becoming increasingly important Columbus gradually came to believe that sailing west from...
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One of the great mariners of history the Italian sailor navigator and

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05/19/2017. Facebook
Do you want to spend your weekend surrounded by Kings and Queens, Lords and Ladies and Knights in full armour? Or maybe you dream of stepping back in time to the dark world of your medieval ancestors?

If so, we have the event for you this weekend.

History will come alive this May at the Nurragingy Reserve, Blacktown City’s premier recreational area, which has been transformed into a world of...
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Do you want to spend your weekend surrounded by Kings and Queens

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05/19/2017. Facebook
#ThisDayInHistory marks the anniversary of the execution of the Queen of England, Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII in 1536.

Although Anne Boleyn only ruled as the Queen of England for three years, from 1533 to 1536, she became one of the most famous members of the British Royal family – for a host of strange reasons.

Born around 1501, she became a member of the court of King Henry...
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ThisDayInHistory marks the anniversary of the execution of the Queen of England

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05/17/2017. Facebook
In an era when boxing champions held a celebrity status even greater than that of today, one man’s success made him a legend in his lifetime

Les Darcy: The Maitland Wonder premieres next Wednesday at 8:30pm AEST on HISTORY.
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05/17/2017. Facebook
On this day in 1902, new light was shed on the ingenuity and advancements of ancient Greek civilisation with the discovery of the Antikythera Mechanism, an ancient calculating machine. It had lain at the bottom of the Aegean Sea for the best part of 2000 years, having been on board an ill-fated cargo vessel that sank off the coast of the Greek island of Antikythera some time in the first...
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05/16/2017. Facebook
One of the most famous air raids of the Second World War took place on the night of 16-17 May 1943, involving a squadron of Royal Air Force (RAF) Lancaster bombers sent to attack large dams servicing the industrial production of Germany’s Ruhr area. Officially the mission was known as “Operation Chastise” but was later to become popularly known as the Dam Busters raid.

The British were well...
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One of the most famous air raids of the Second World War

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05/16/2017. Facebook
One of the creators of the hidden world of mass surveillance, a man who helped win one secret war and fought another, was destroyed by his own breach of security.

After a lifetime spent within the inner circles of the Defence establishment, Gordon Welchman published his memoirs in 1982, revealing the secrets of his wartime work. The reaction from the authorities was swift – he lost his job,...
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05/15/2017. Facebook
The Codebreaker Who Hacked Hitler premieres tomorrow night at 8:30pm AEST on HISTORY.
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05/15/2017. Facebook
How many combinations were possible on a German Enigma?

Find out the answer today at 4pm.
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David Dixon
Symon Ward
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05/14/2017. Facebook
Mother’s Day has roots in several societies around the world, with versions practised in both ancient Greece and Rome under different names.

However modern Mother’s Day is recognised as having begun in 1908 when a West Virginian woman, Anna Jarvis, held a memorial service for her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, who had died three years before.

Ann Reeves Jarvis was instrumental in creating...
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Mothers Day has roots in several societies around the world with versions

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