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Apr 4, 2009

AUSTRALIAN HISTORY

1932 - PHAR LAP:

Australia's best-known racehorse dies under suspicious circumstances. Phar Lap, a giant chestnut thoroughbred gelding, standing 17.1 hands high. Phar Lap was the “wonder horse” of Australia and New Zealand, winning 37 of 51 starts. At the time of his death, he was the third-highest winning stakes winner in the world. He had been shipped to North America to compete in its richest race, the Agua Caliente Handicap, in Tijuana, Mexico, which he won by two lengths. A much loved Australian national icon, he was actually born and bred in Timaru, in the South Island of New Zealand, but never raced in NZ. [more]
EQUINEink: Phar Lap Arsenic Poisoning Confirmed
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Phar Lap wins the Agua Caliente Handicap-1932

WORLD HISTORY

1614 - POCAHONTAS marries John Rolfe. Pocahontas was the nickname of Mataoaka, the daughter of the chief of Algonquian Indians in the Chesapeake Bay region. Born around 1595, Pocahontas gained fame when she saved Capt John Smith from being killed, though there remains some doubt whether Smith was indeed in danger. The story has been much romanticised in novels and film. When Pocahontas married English colonist John Rolfe her name was changed to Rebecca Rolfe. In 1616 she went to England where she died on 16 March 1617. [more]

1971 - VOLCANO: Italy's Mount Etna erupts. [more] 

1999 - LOCKERBIE: Two Libyans accused of bringing down Pan Am Flight 103 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie are handed over for trial in the Netherlands. [more]

2001 - DRIVER GAOLED:
On 5 April 2001, 32-year-old Dutch driver, Perry Wacker, was sentenced to 14 years in prison- guilty of manslaughter and conspiracy to smuggle immigrants into the UK. On 18 June 2000, 58 Chinese immigrants were found suffocated in a lorry in Dover. The air vent of the 18m container had been closed five hours earlier so the driver could evade detection during the ferry journey. The truck had just crossed on the ferry from Zeebrugge when the driver was pulled over - Officials opened the truck's doors to find that two men alone survived, whilst the bodies of 54 men and 4 women lay behind them.
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