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This Day in History 1 February 1858 
The first balloon flight in Australia occurs.
The first balloon flight in Australia occurred on 1 February 1858. Constructed in the UK, the balloon was imported into Australia by the manager of Melbourne's Theatre Royal, George Coppin. The launch took place at Cremorne Gardens near Richmond. William Dean lifted off at 5:52pm and landed near Heidelberg at around 6:30pm. Two weeks later, Dean again lifted off, this time reaching an estimated altitude of 10,000 feet before decending onto the road between Collingwood and Brunswick Stockade.

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This Day in History  
London and the Thames River, 1st February
1524 - Fortune tellers predicted that the Thames would flood London...

The Middle Ages are known to have been a time of great superstition. One such disaster which was predicted to hit London was a massive flooding by the Thames on 1 February 1524. As early as June 1523, astrologers and soothsayers had already agreed on the fact of, and the date for, such an inundation. Many people left the doomed area or moved to higher ground and by mid-January 1524, the local population had dropped by twenty thousand....... When the predictions were not fulfilled, the fortune tellers concurred to produce the story that their calculations were out by one century exactly...... Of course, the Thames did not inundate London in 1624 either.
1814: The final 'Frost Fair' is held on the frozen Thames.
(sounds like these were fun!!!)
Hundreds of years ago, when the British climate was much colder than it is now, it was common for the Thames River in London to freeze over completely. For this to happen, a long spell of cold, dry weather was required, during which ice patches would begin to build up at the river's edges, gradually spreading and forming larger ice surfaces as they joined up with other ice patches. The old London Bridge was supported by many more piers than the current bridge, slowing down the flow of water, and the river itself was broader and shallower. All of these factors contributed to the buildup and thickening of ice....
When the Thames froze over completely, enterprising London merchants began to set up stalls and markets along the middle of the river. The earliest recorded Frost Fair was in the winter of 1564-1565 when crowds turned out to watch a football match, archery contests and dancing. Conditions were right for another Frost Fair in 1607, during which a whole tent city was set up, with a variety of entertainment being offered, including ice bowling. In 1683-84, the Frost Fair grew to include even printing presses which offered Frost Fair memorabilia....
Britain's final Frost Fair began on 1 February 1814. It was a huge event, with herds of donkeys being led out on the waterway, and a lamb being roasted on the ice, with its meat sold as "Lapland Mutton". After this event, winters did not become so cold again. Once the new London Bridge was built with fewer supporting piers, which allowed the water to flow more freely, the Thames did not freeze over enough to allow crowds of thousands to wander about on its surface.

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On this day, 2nd February, in world history
1536 The Argentine city of Buenos Aires was founded by Pedro de Mendoza of Spain.
1848 The Mexican War was ended with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. The treaty turned over portions of land to the U.S., including Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, California and parts of Colorado and Wyoming. The U.S. gave Mexico $15,000,000.
1863 Samuel Langhorne Clemens used a pseudonym for the first time. He is better remembered by the pseudonym which is Mark Twain.
1870 The "Cardiff Giant" was revealed to be nothing more than carved gypsum. The discovery in Cardiff, NY, was alleged to be the petrified remains of a human.
1878 Greece declared war on Turkey.
1880 The S.S. Strathleven arrived in London with the first successful shipment of frozen mutton from Australia.
1892 William Painter patented the crown-cork bottle cap.
1893 The Edison Studio in West Orange, NJ, made history when they filmed the first motion picture close-up. The studio was owned and operated by Thomas Edison.
1935 Leonard Keeler conducted the first test of the polygraph machine, in Portage, WI.
1946 The first Buck Rogers automatic pistol was made.
1962 The 8th and 9th planets aligned for the first time in 400 years.
1971 Idi Amin assumed power in Uganda after a coup that ousted President Milton Obote.
1980 The situation known as "Abscam" began when reports surfaced that the FBI had conducted a sting operation that targeted members of the U.S. Congress. phony Arab businessmen were used in the operation.
1989 The final Russian armoured column left Kabul, Afghanistan, after nine years of military occupation.
1990 South African President F.W. de Klerk lifted a ban on the African National Congress and promised to free Nelson Mandela.
1998 U.S. President Clinton introduced the first balanced budget in 30 years.
1999  19 people were killed at Luanda international airport, Angola, when a cargo plane crashed just after takeoff.
1999 Hugo Chávez Frías took office. He had been elected president of Venezuela in December 1998.
2004 It was reported that a white powder had been found in an office of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. It was later confirmed that the powder was the poison ricin.

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On this day, 2nd February 2011, cyclone Yasi, category 5, reached the north Queensland coast.
Good to see a little humour evident in the face of potential disaster. This photo is from a cafe in north queensland. The owner, having taken precautions against Cyclone Yasi, left a parting note... KISS MY YASI

vote for my C2NN story here 

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On this day, 3 February, 1959: Buddy Holly killed in air crash
Three young rock 'n' roll stars were killed in a plane crash in the United States on this day in 1959.

  • BUDDY HOLLY, born Charles Hardin Holley, 22yo; That'll Be The Day
  • THE BIG BOPPER, born Jiles P Richardson, 28yo; Chantilly Lace
  • RITCHIE VALENS, born Richard Valenzuela, 17yo; the first Mexican American to break into mainstream music; Donna and La Bamba

Holly was commemorated in the musical BUDDY which opened in London in 1986. 

Mexican American group Los Lobos achieved a hit with LA BAMBA when they collaborated on the 1987 film of the same name, a biography of Ritchie Valens.
Don McLean immortalised the tragedy with his 1972 hit American Pie.
--- BBC on this day

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This Day in Australian History, 2nd February
1829 - explorer Captain Sturt discovers and names the Darling River. Captain Charles Sturt was born in India in 1795. He came to Australia in 1827, and soon after undertook to solve the mystery of where the inland rivers of New South Wales flowed. Because they appeared to flow towards the centre of the continent, the belief was held that they emptied into an inland sea. Drawing on the skills of experienced bushman and explorer Hamilton Hume, Sturt departed in late 1828 to trace the Macquarie River.... Following the Macquarie inland, they came to a smaller river which, due to the drought, was merely a series of waterholes. This was the Bogan, named after an Aboriginal word meaning "birthplace of a king". Sturt followed the Bogan downstream past the site of today's Bourke, until he arrived suddenly at what he described as "a noble river", on 2 February 1829. This was the Darling, which Sturt named after Governor Darling. The discovery of the Darling brought a new element to the mystery of the rivers: its banks clearly showed that during flood-times, it would carry huge amounts of water. It remained to be determined whether the river drained into an inland sea to the southwest, or whether it flowed elsewhere.
1895 - Queen Victoria gives Royal assent to the Bill allowing South Australian women the right to vote.... Women in South Australia gained the right to vote in 1894, and voted for the first time in the election of 1896. It is generally recognised that this right occurred with the passing of a Bill on 18 December 1894. However, a letter from the Attorney-General advising Governor Kintore that Royal Assent would be required to enact the Bill, is dated 21 December 1894. The Bill was enacted when Queen Victoria gave Royal Assent on 2 February 1895..... South Australia was the first colony in Australia and only the fourth place in the world where women gained the vote. The issue of women voting had been discussed since the 1860s, but gained momentum following the formation of the Women's Suffrage League at Gawler Place in 1888. Between 1885 and 1894, six Bills were introduced into Parliament but not passed. The final, successful Bill was passed in 1894, but initially included a clause preventing women from becoming members of Parliament. Ironically, the clause was removed thanks to the efforts of Ebenezer Ward, an outspoken opponent of women's suffrage. It seems that Ward hoped the inclusion of women in Parliament would be seen as so ridiculous that the whole Bill would be voted out. The change was accepted, however, allowing the women of South Australia to gain complete parliamentary equality with men.

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This Day in History, 2 February 1852:
The world's first public toilet for men opens in London.

.... After the decline of the Roman empire, public facilities also declined, and with it, general sanitation. After many centuries, it became apparent that sanitation was an issue that needed to be addressed. .... The Public Health Act of 1848 called for Public Necessaries to be provided to improve sanitation. As a result, the world's first modern sewer was established in London in 1850. Within two years, the first on-street public toilet to utilise modern sewers was opened. Located at 95 Fleet Street, London, next to the Society of Art, the convenience was officially opened on 2 February 1852, for the sole use of men. A similar convenience was opened nine days later, on 11 February, at 51 Bedford Street, Strand, London. The toilets consisted of water closets in wooden surrounds, and patrons were charged 2d entrance fee and extra for washing or clothes brushes.

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Charles Dickens Birthday — 7 February 1812


Charles Dickens (1812-1870), English Victorian era author


“Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born (as I have been informed and believe) on a Friday, at twelve o'clock at night. It was remarked that the clock began to strike, and I began to cry, simultaneously.”


Some of his works :


The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (1837) aka The Pickwick Papers The Adventures of Oliver Twist (1838) The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1839) Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of 'Eighty (1841) Master Humphrey's Clock (1841) The Old Curiosity Shop (1841) A Christmas Carol (1843)

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Thats really nice Jenny & Judith .... keep up the good work sweet ladies

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Yes well done to you both !!

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Thanks Unpredictable & Kay & thanks Jenny !

here's some more ,,,


 Valentine's Day week list...

7th Rose day

8th Propose day

9th Chocolate day

10  Teddy day

11  Promise day

12  Kiss day

13  Hug day

14  Valentine's day


The modern cliché Valentine's Day poem can be found in the collection of English nursery rhymes Gammer Gurton's Garland (1784):


The rose is red, the violet's blue

The honey's sweet, and so are you

Thou are my love and I am thine

I drew thee to my Valentine

The lot was cast and then I drew

And Fortune said it shou'd be you



Feb. 8
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Feb. 8, 1981--U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton



This post was modified from its original form on 08 Feb, 17:48
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Scott Hamilton ,, super great sportsman & entertainer !! ,,, thanks Erin

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Thank You Pictures

Jenny & Judith! 

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Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy guitarist, died 6 Feb '11

Robert William Gary Moore (4 April 1952 – 6 February 2011), better known as Gary Moore, from Belfast, Northern Ireland, best recognized as a blues rock guitarist and singer. [Wikipedia]
Parisienne Walkways, Gary Moore-listen on youtube...
The following stories are from the Belfast Telegraph...
Tribute: The Boys Are Back In Town
Reformed rock band Thin Lizzy are to pay an emotional tribute to their former colleague Gary Moore in Belfast next week when they play in the late guitarist's home town.
Gary Moore Death: Friends Shocked By Loss of Thin Lizzy Axe Hero

The passing of legendary Celtic rock musician Gary Moore -who was regarded as one of the greatest guitarists of his generation -has been met with disbelief by his friends and fellow musicians. Tributes continue to pour in.
Gary Moore Thin Lizzy Guitarist

The body of music legend Gary Moore will be flown to Britain later today (friday 11th feb). Relatives, including his brother Cliff and a girlfriend, are set to accompany the coffin of the Thin Lizzy guitarist on a lunchtime flight from Malaga to London.

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i'm lovin' the information growing in this thread!
Judith, Unpredictable, Erin... and Kay for your encouragement!

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Dickens also wrote Bleak House  and  David Copperfield.  Also he wrote Oliver Twist.

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Darwin Day is a global celebration of science and reason held on or around Feb. 12, the birthday anniversary of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin.

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On February  12  Abraham Lincoln was born.  George Washington the first president of USA  was born on Feb. 22 might be 1732.    Groundhog day is Feb. 2.  It is observed in the US; I don't know if other countries observe this day.  The weather anchors like to talk about it on or before the actual day's arrival.  Named after a groundhog in Pennsylvania his name is Phil from Paxatauny PA.  May have spelled the city name incorrectly.

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There is also Essex Ed a groundhog from the Turtleback zoo in WestOrange <,  NJ  in my state.  There is another groundhog Milltown Mel. 

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Kathy, have never heard of Groundhog Day, so looked it up ......


Groundhog Day is a holiday celebrated on February 2 in the United States and Canada. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, it will leave the burrow, signifying that winter-like weather will soon end. If it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks.


My son just told me Groundhog Day is a movie with Bill Murray.

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Yes that is the meaning of groundhog day.  Some people like to joke about the groundhog. 

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Library Lover’s Day 14th February.


Celebrate Library Lover's Day by visiting your local Library, enjoy a Blind Date with a book, guess the most read fiction book in the region or just enjoy an affair with your favorite read.

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