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Sep 8, 2009

On These Days in History: 3-7 September

3rd September
Australian History
1901 - The Australian flag is flown for the first time. 
1939 - Australia at war: announced by Prime Minister, Robert Gordon Menzies. 
World History
1976 - US spacecraft Viking 2 lands on Mars to take the first close-up photographs of the planet's surface. 
2004 - Siege of a Russian school ends: leaving 335 dead, mostly children.

4th September
Australian History
1873 - Colonel Warburton captures an Aboriginal woman with the intent of forcing her to reveal the whereabouts of native wells.
2006 - Australian icon, Steve Irwin, is killed by a stingray.
World History
1923 - The first American airship, the USS Shenandoah, makes its maiden flight.
1957 - Apartheid in Arkansas, USA: National Guardsmen were ordered to prevent black students from attending an all-white school.
1957 - The Ford Motor Company introduces the ill-fated Edsel

5th September
Australian Explorers

1699 - Sea explorer William Dampier departs 'New Holland' after sailing along the western coastline for five days.
World History
1885 - The first petrol pump is sold, US: manufactured by Sylvanus F Bowser.
1997 - Mother Teresa dies: famous for ministering to lepers, the homeless and the poor in the slums of Calcutta.

6th September

World History

1620 - 'Mayflower' departs Plymouth: English emigrants on the pilgrim ship left England on their way to the New World in America.
1941 - Nazi Germany dictated a new rule: that all Jews over the age of 6 wear the Star of David in public. 
1972 - Munich Olympic Games: Nine Israeli athletes being held hostage are killed in a bungled rescue attempt during the Games.

7th September
Born on this day

1815 - Australian explorer John McDouall Stuart.
1876 - C J Dennis, Australian journalist, poet and author of 'The Sentimental Bloke'.
1936 - Buddy Holly, rock 'n' roll singer of the 1950s. 
Australian History
1825 - Major Edmund Lockyer, Australian explorer, arrives in Brisbane to explore the upper reaches of the Brisbane River.
tas tiger1936 - The last known Thylacine, or Tasmanian Tiger, dies.
World History
1940 - The WWII Blitz begins: German airforce begins its intensive bombing campaign on London.

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