On This Day 18 August

By TheBoldAge. Published 2020-08-18
In 1786 decision made to send convicts to New South Wales; in 1904 the first national Labour government in the world was in Australia; in 1958 UK issued regional stamps for NI, Scotland and Wales; in 2018 the oldest cheese was found in Egypt and in 2019 Iceland held a funeral for Okjökull

Okjökull was declared dead and its funeral was held in 2019

Okjökull literally means OK glacier and was one of Iceland's glaciers.

ok map

It was declared dead in 2014 and was the first glacier in Iceland to lost its status of glacier. The funeral included the placing of the memorial to the glacier with the following words (in both Icelandic and English):

A letter to the future Ok is the first Icelandic glacier to lose its status as a glacier. In the next 200 years all our glaciers are expected to follow the same path. This monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it.

You can see below the change from 1986 to 2019 combine_images

Unfortunately it won't be the last glacier for which a funeral will need to be held.

Other events on this day

  • 1786: decision made in England to send convicts to colonise "New South Wales"
  • 1904: first national Labour government in the world - Australia
  • 1958: UK issued regional stamps for Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland
  • 2018: archaeologists found the oldest ever cheese - 3200 years old in Egypt
  • 2019: Iceland held a funeral for the glacier Okjökull which was lost to climate change
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