On This Day

On This Day
ON THIS DAY 6 AUGUSTTheBoldAge - 2020-08-06
In Matthew Parker (allegedly of nosy parker fame) was born; in 1806 the Holy Roman Empire formally came to an end; in 1943 the "god of the internet" was born; in 1962 Jamaica became independent from the UK and in 1991 the paper was released describing the WWW. In 1945 the first atomic bomb was used on Hiroshima.
ON THIS DAY 5 AUGUSTTheBoldAge - 2020-08-05
In 1305 William Wallace was captured near Glasgow; in 1583 the 1st English colony in North America was established; in 1962 Marilyn Monroe died and in 2013 the 1st lab-grown stem-cell burger was eaten. In 1925 Plaid Cymru was formed to promote the Welsh language
ON THIS DAY 4 AUGUSTTheBoldAge - 2020-08-04
In 1834 John Venn (of Venn diagram fame) was born; in 1870 British Red Cross was founded; in 1902 Greenwich foot tunnel opened; in 1914 Britain declared war on Germany; in 1944 Anne Frank was captured and arrested. In 1693 Dom Perignon is credited with inventing champagne
ON THIS DAY 3 AUGUSTTheBoldAge - 2020-08-03
In 1778 Teatro alla Scala was inaugurated; in 1858 English explorer arrived at Lake Victoria; 1926 first electric traffic lights in Picadilly Circus; 1936 Jesse Owens won 100m gold in Berlin Olympics; in 1970 62 year old Miriam Hargrave got her driving licence on the 40th attempt. In 1979 Jose Arieta made the fastest Jai-Alai shot at 188mph
ON THIS DAY 2 AUGUSTTheBoldAge - 2020-08-02
In 1776 the US Declaration of Independence was signed; in 1865 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was published; in 1880 GMT was adopted; in 1970 rubber bullets were used by the British Army for the first time and in 1990 Iraq invaded Kuwait. In 1898 the first screening in Azerbaijan of a motion picture took place.
ON THIS DAY 1 AUGUSTTheBoldAge - 2020-08-01
In 1774 oxygen was identified; in 1800 Act of Union merged Kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of Ireland; in 1944 Anne Frank made her last diary entry; in 1966 the British Empire came to an end creating the Commonwealth; in 1996 A Game of Thrones was first published. In 1896 the first rowboat arrived in Isles of Scilly from New York after 55 days.
ON THIS DAY 31 JULYTheBoldAge - 2020-07-31
In 1703 Daniel Defoe was put in the pillory; in 1786 Robert Burns was published; in 1914 the NYSE closed for the first time since 1873; in 1965 the UK banned cigarette adverts on TV and in 1969 the halfpenny was no longer legal tender. In 1893 the Gaelic League was founded to promote the Irish language
ON THIS DAY 30 JULYTheBoldAge - 2020-07-30
In 1818 Emile Brontë was born, in 1921 insulin isolated as a pancreatic extract; in 1935 the first paperback was published by Penguin; in 1951 the first computer program to play checkers was run and in 2006 Top of the Pops was aired for the last time. In 1978 Okinawa prefecture switched back to left-hand side driving.
ON THIS DAY 29 JULYTheBoldAge - 2020-07-29
In 1588 the Spanish Armada was sighted off Cornwall; in 1954 The Lord of the Rings was published; in 1981 Charles married Diana; in 2005 astronomers announced a new planet called Eris. In 2010 the first International Tiger Day was held.
ON THIS DAY 28 JULYTheBoldAge - 2020-07-28
In 1858 fingerprints were first used as a means of identification; 1914 WWI began; 1923 Sydney Harbour Bridge construction began; 1943 end of coffee rationing; 1959 post codes started to be used in the UK. In 1902 celebrated Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira was born
ON THIS DAY 27 JULYTheBoldAge - 2020-07-27
In 1377 the first quarantine legislation was passed in what would become Dubrovnik; in 1694 the Bank of England was founded; in 1836 first first establishment in South Australia on Kangaroo Island; in 1869 chewing gum was patented. In 1890 Vincent van Gogh committed suicide.
ON THIS DAY 24 JULYTheBoldAge - 2020-07-24
In 1534 Jacques Cartier landed in what would become Canada; in 1851 the Window Tax was repealed; in 1908 the standard distance of marathons was first run and in 1936 the first voice of the speaking clock was Ethel Cain. Read more about the first modern hospice, founded in 1967 by Cicely Saunders
ON THIS DAY 23 JULYTheBoldAge - 2020-07-23
In 1745 Charles Stuart (the Young Pretender) landed in the Hebrides; in 1904 the ice cream cone was invented; in 1921 the Chinese communist party was formed and in 1929 the Italian government banned the use of foreign words. Read about the 1st 4 women to be named to peerage in the House of Lords in 1958
ON THIS DAY 22 JULYTheBoldAge - 2020-07-22
In 1706 the Acts of Union were agreed which led to the Kingdom of Great Britain; Happy Birthday to Terence Stamp who was born in 1938; Happy π (Pi) Approximation day (22/7 is a common approximation of pi); In 2012 Bradley Wiggins was the first British cyclist to with the Tour de France
ON THIS DAY 21 JULYTheBoldAge - 2020-07-21
In 1796 Robert Burns died; in 1831 Belgium gained independence from the Netherlands; in 1897 the Tate Gallery opened in London and in 1969 Neil Armstrong was the first to step foot on the Moon with the images being transmitted from Australia; in 2012 at the age of 51 Erden Eruç was the first to complete a solo human-powered circumnavigation of the world
ON THIS DAY 20 JULYTheBoldAge - 2020-07-20
In 1837 Euston Station was opened; in 1903 shipped their first car; in 1919 Sir Edmund Hillary was born who would be the first to reach Mt Everest Summit and in 1969 the Apollo crew landed on the moon. In 1924 the International Chess Federation was founded and each 20 July International Chess Day is celebrated.
ON THIS DAY 17 JULYTheBoldAge - 2020-07-17
In 1917 the British Royal Family changed their name from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor; in 1918 the Romanov family were executed and in 1980 they were finally buried; in 2018 a dig in Jordan discovered 9000 year old bread. In 1717 Handel's Water Music premiered on a barge on the Thames
ON THIS DAY 16 JULYTheBoldAge - 2020-07-16
In 1825 the border of NSW in Australia was extended to counter French and Dutch interests; in 1945 the first test of the atomic bomb took place and in 1969 Apollo 11 launched; in 2018 12 new moons around Jupiter were discovered. In 1439 Henry VI banned kissing to halt the spread of the Black Death
ON THIS DAY 14 JULYTheBoldAge - 2020-07-14
In 1789 the Bastille was stormed; in 1933 the policy of forced sterilisation began in Germany; in 1965 the first image of Mars from Mariner 4; in 1983 Mario Bros was released in Japan and in 2014 The CoE voted in favour of women becoming bishops. Read about Rawya Ateya who was the first female parliamentarian in the Arab world in 1957
ON THIS DAY 13 JULYTheBoldAge - 2020-07-13
In 1814 the Carabinieri were founded in Italy; in 1937 Krispy Kreme was founded and in 1940 Patrick Stewart was born (incidentally in 2305 Jean-Luc Picard will be born); the first AI conference took place in 1956. Read about Tom Simpson who died in 1967 and was one of the UK's most successful cyclists
ON THIS DAY 12 JULYTheBoldAge - 2020-07-12
In 1493 the Nuremberg Chronicle was published (earliest printed book); in 1562 the Bishop of Yucatan burnt the Mayan sacred books; in 1960 Sputnik was launched in the USSR and in 1962 the Rolling Stones performed for the first time. Read more about the Australian Aboriginal Flag which was first flown in 1971
ON THIS DAY 11 JULYTheBoldAge - 2020-07-11
In 1859 a Tale of Two Cities was published; in 1960 To Kill a Mockingbird was published. In 1979 Skylab crashed in Western Australia and NASA were given an AUD$400 fine for littering; in 1989 Laurence Olivier died. Read more about Kate Edger who in 1877 was the first woman in NZ and the first in the British Empire to earn a BA
ON THIS DAY 10 JULYTheBoldAge - 2020-07-10
In 988 Dublin was founded; In 1746 Bonnie Prince Charlie fled to the Isle of Skye; in 1967 NZ moved to the dollar from the pound and in 1991 Yeltsin was sworn in as the 1st President. Learn more about the Battle of Britain which began in 1940
ON THIS DAY 9 JULYTheBoldAge - 2020-07-09
In 1762 Catherine the Great started her reign and in 1815 France's first Prime Minister was in place; the Commonwealth of Australia was assented in 1900; in 1981 Donkey Kong was released and in 1999 the Scottish Parliament formally opened. Read about the discovery of the world's oldest colour in 2018
ON THIS DAY 8 JULYTheBoldAge - 2020-07-08
In 1497 Vasco da Gama left for India; the first edition of the Wall Street Journal was published in 1889 and in 1918 Savings Stamps were introduced. In 1947 a UFO (allegedly) landed in Roswell and in 1996 the Spice Girls landed with their single Wannabe. Learn more about the Ojibwe people who in 1822 turned over land in Ontario to the UK
ON THIS DAY 7 JULYTheBoldAge - 2020-07-07
We pay our respects to those 52 victims of the 7/7 attacks in 2005. In 1835 Buckley gave himself up (heard of Buckley's Chance?); in 1892 Katipunan established leading to the fall of the Spanish Empire in Asia and in 1996 Mandela stood down. Read more about the introduction of chocolate to Europe in 1550.
ON THIS DAY 6 JULYTheBoldAge - 2020-07-06
In 1553 Mary I acceded and became the first queen to rule in her own right; Louis Pasteur successfully treated rabies in 1885 and in 1924 the first photo was sent from US to UK. In 1942 Anne Frank went into hiding and in 1945 Nicaragua were the first to sign the UN Charter. Learn about Dadabhai Naoroji who in 1892 was the first BAME MP.
ON THIS DAY 5 JULYTheBoldAge - 2020-07-05
Auld Alliance formed between Scotland and France in 1295; Newton published Principa on motion and gravity in 1687 and in 1989 Seinfeld premiered. In 1994 Amazon was founded and in 1996 Dolly the cloned sheep was born. Today we celebrate the 72nd birthday of the NHS which was founded in 1948. Happy Birthday!
ON THIS DAY 4 JULYTheBoldAge - 2020-07-04
In 1862 Alice was told a story about her adventures by her uncle Lewis Carroll; Monday the 4th of July occurred twice in 1892 when Western Samoa changed the date line and the Philippines gained independence in 1946. We celebrate Higgs Boson Discovery day as in 2012 scientists detected a signal from a Higgs boson
ON THIS DAY 3 JULYTheBoldAge - 2020-07-03
The 3rd of July is known as the start of the Dog Days; in 1844 the Great Auks became extinct; in 1884 Dow Jones published their first stock average and 2 years later Karl Benz drove the first automobile. In 1971 Jim Morrison died of an overdose and in 1996 the House of Commons agreed to return the Stone of Scone to Scotland after 'borrowing' it in 1296. Read more about the Nansen Passport which was created in 1922.
ON THIS DAY 2 JULYTheBoldAge - 2020-07-02
In 1901 Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid rob a train; 1932 FDR coined the New Deal and in 1937 Amelia Earhart disappeared. The first Walmart opened in 1962 and in 1997 Bank of Thailand caused the Asian Financial Crisis. Learn more about the nuclear tests in Moruroa Atoll, the first which took place in 1966
ON THIS DAY 1 JULYTheBoldAge - 2020-07-01
In 1200 sunglasses were invented in China; in 1867 the Dominion of Canada was established and in 1908 SOS was established. In 1997 HK reverted to Chinese rule and in 1999 Scotland opened its parliament. Read more about the wondrous day when we were able to buy the first Walkman in 1979
ON THIS DAY 30 JUNETheBoldAge - 2020-06-30
In 1837 pillory punishment was abolished in the UK and in 1894 London's Tower Bridge was opened. In 1934 Hitler's Night of the Long Knives took place and in 1990 East and West Germany merged their economies. Read more about the Tunguska River event which happened in 1908 - a global impact event.
ON THIS DAY 29 JUNETheBoldAge - 2020-06-29
The UK had its first census in 1801; in 2007 we saw the first iPhone and in 2009 Madoff received 150 years for his Ponzi scheme. In 2014 we first heard of ISIS and in 2017 their main base was retaken. Read more about the Globe Theatre which was destroyed in 1613 by fire.
ON THIS DAY 26 JUNETheBoldAge - 2020-06-26
In 1498 the toothbrush was invented; in 1843 Hong Kong Island was ceded to the UK; in 1977 Elvis performed for the last time and in 1997 we first discovered Harry Potter. A bit more recently though, in 2019, a Florida town paid US$600k to hackers to unfreeze their systems
ON THIS DAY 24 JUNETheBoldAge - 2020-06-24
In 1374 there was an outbreak of Dancing Mania in Aachen; Picasso exhibited at 19 for the first time in Paris in 1901 and Siam became Thailand in 1939. More recently in 2012 Lonesome George - the last of a subspecies of Galapagos tortoise died.
ON THIS DAY 23 JUNETheBoldAge - 2020-06-23
In 1846 the Saxophone was patented and in 1873 the TypeWriter (only capital letters though). The Luftwaffe accidently landed their latest fighter in Wales in 1942 and in 2016 we had the EU Referendum. Today though we celebrate Alan Turing's birthday in 1912
ON THIS DAY 22 JUNETheBoldAge - 2020-06-22
In 1633 Galileo was prosecuted for teaching that the Earth revolved around the Sun; in 1802 children were limited to working 12 hour days and in 1990 Checkpoint Charlie was dismantled. Read a bit more about the Royal Greenwich Observatory which was founded today in 1675
ON THIS DAY 19 JUNETheBoldAge - 2020-06-19
In 1865 slaves were freed in Texas (Juneteenth); in 325 the Nicene Creed was adopted; the establishing of the London Police, known as Bobbies after Robert Peel who introduced the Act in 1829. We'll look today at the failed attempt of English colonists in Roanoke in 1586
ON THIS DAY 18 JUNETheBoldAge - 2020-06-18
In 1178 a group of monks in Canterbury witnessed an explosion on the moon; in 1812 the US declared war on Great Britain and in 1900 the Chinese Empress Dowager ordered all foreigners killed. We'll look today at the introduction of the LP by Columbia Records in 1948
ON THIS DAY 17 JUNETheBoldAge - 2020-06-17
In 1579 Sir Francis Drake claimed modern California for England; 1885 the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York and in 1974 an IRA bomb exploded in Westminster Hall. In 1631 Mumtaz Mahal died prompting her husband to start the building of the Taj Mahal.
ON THIS DAY 15 JUNETheBoldAge - 2020-06-15
In 1215 the Magna Carta was sealed by King John at Runnymede; the Canadian border was established in 1846 and the first free elections in Spain since 1936 took place in 1977. Today we'll look at Bessie Coleman who earned her pilot's license in 1921
ON THIS DAY 12 JUNETheBoldAge - 2020-06-12
The Peasant's Revolt arrived in Blackheath in 1381 (one cause being the socio-economic tensions following the Black Death Pandemic). Anne Frank would be celebrating her 91st birthday and Boris Yeltsin became the first elected President of Russia. Today we'll look briefly at Nelson Mandela who was sentenced to life in 1964.
ON THIS DAY 11 JUNETheBoldAge - 2020-06-11
3200 years ago Troy was sacked and burned in the Trojan War and 23 years ago (1997) Jurassic Park was released in the US. Today we look at the Great Barrier Reef on which Captain Cook ran aground in 1770.
ON THIS DAY 10 JUNETheBoldAge - 2020-06-10
From a water clock in 671 to the first Apple II computer being shipped in 1977 and then Intel releasing a 200mhz pentium chip in 1996 the 10th of June is a strong day for tech. Let's look at Kevin Warwick, known as "Captain Cyborg"
ON THIS DAY 9 JUNETheBoldAge - 2020-06-09
In 1928 Charles Kingsford Smith arrived in Australia and 30 years later in 1958 the Queen opened London Gatwick Airport. We heard the House of Commons live for the first time on radio in 1975 and in 2013 we heard the name Edward Snowden for the first time. Today, though, we focus on the London Symphony Orchestra.
ON THIS DAY 29 MAYTheBoldAge - 2020-05-29
From the start of the Renaissance 567 years ago to the first Coca-Cola advert in 1886.
ON THIS DAY 28 MAYTheBoldAge - 2020-05-28
In 1923 American women were legally allowed to wear trousers anywhere they wanted
ON THIS DAY 27 MAYTheBoldAge - 2020-05-27
79 years ago today our war heros were protecting us off the coast of France
ON THIS DAY 26 MAYTheBoldAge - 2020-05-26
From 10 hours and 56 minutes to climb Mt Everest in 2003 to the first 24h du Mans in 1923
ON THIS DAY 25 MAYTheBoldAge - 2020-05-25
On this day we discover the Doppler Effect, presented in 1842
ON THIS DAY 22 MAYTheBoldAge - 2020-05-22
Abraham Ortelius publishes the first collection of maps; summarising 16th century cartography in what is the world's first known atlas
ON THIS DAY 20 MAYTheBoldAge - 2020-05-20
From shoes being made for left and right feet through to satellite images from the Hubble Space Telescope it's an eventful day OTD
ON THIS DAY 19 MAYTheBoldAge - 2020-05-19
Manila established as the capital of East Indies in 1571
ON THIS DAY 18 MAYTheBoldAge - 2020-05-18
Jacqueline Cochran - a formidable woman setting numerous records throughout her life.
ON THIS DAY 15 MAYTheBoldAge - 2020-05-15
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ON THIS DAY 14 MAYTheBoldAge - 2020-05-14
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