Dame Annabelle Rankin, born 28 July 1908, in July 1947, Rankin was the first Queensland woman to be elected a member of Federal Parliament; she held office for 34 years.
Jean Blackburn, born 14 July 1919, feminist, socialist and education advocate; 1969-1973 consultant to the Karmel Report; 1983-1985 the Blackburn Report.
Mary Chomley OBE, died 18 July 1960, feminist, worked for the Red Cross Society and for the equality of women in Victoria and in England. Violet Teague, Australian artist, painted Mary Chomley's portrait in 1909.
First International Women in Agriculture Conference, from 1-3 July 1994, Melbourne, Victoria, participants from 33 countries; largest agricultural conference held in Australia; a pivotal moment in the women in agriculture movement and in the process of securing a voice in decision making for rural women, nationally and internationally.
Vivian Bullwinkel, died 3 July 2000, was the sole survivor of the 1942 Banka Island massacre. Post-war, she was Matron of Melbourne's Fairfield Hospital.
Kate Cable, born 10 July 1899, died 6 July 1999, 1 July 1927 was appointed postmistress at Macrossan, west of Townsville, earning 15/- per week. Cable was the longest serving postmistress in Australia, serving 59 years service at the Macrossan post office. http://www.womenaustralia.info/biogs/PR00234b.htm
Vera Scantlebury Brown, OBE, died 14 July 1946, commonly known as Dr Vera; was appointed the OBE for her work in infant and maternal welfare.
Anna Maria Bligh, born 14 July 1960, in July 2005, Bligh was appointed Deputy Premier of Queensland - the same month she celebrated 10 years as Member for South Brisbane was the first woman in Australia to be elected in her own right as Premier. http://www.womenaustralia.info/biogs/PR00264b.htm
Women's Peace Army, established 15 July 1915; social action organisation established to mobilise the women in Australia who opposed all war, regardless of political party membership. It was to be a fighting body to destroy militarism 'with the same spirit of self-sacrifice that soldiers showed on the battlefield'. 'We war against war' was the motto of the Women's Peace Army. Their flag took the feminist colours of purple, green and white. The most well-known members were Vida Goldstein, president, Cecilia John and Adela Pankhurst. With autonomous branches in Sydney and Brisbane, the Women's Peace Army projected a radical, militant image with its socialist anti-war ideology and attracted large numbers to its sometimes controversial public meetings. Other tactics included participation in peace demonstrations, support for peace candidates at elections, petitions to members of parliament and practical help to those disadvantaged by war. It participated in the anti-conscription campaigns of 1916 and 1917. With the end of the Great War, the Women's Peace Army went into recess on 18 December 1919. http://www.womenaustralia.info/biogs/AWE0542b.htm
Monica Clare, died suddenly on National Aborigines Day, 13 July 1973. Aboriginal Administrator, Aboriginal activist and Aboriginal leader, worked tirelessly for the political and social equality of Aboriginal people, and their independence.
Margaret Jean Court, MBE, born 16 July 1942, Albury, NSW Margaret Court was one of Australia's greatest sportswomen. She won 62 grand slam titles and, in 1970, was the second woman in history to win the Australian, French, U.S. and Wimbledon titles in a calendar year. Winner of the ABC Sportsman of the Year Award in 1963 and 1970, Margaret Court was appointed to the Order of the British Empire - Member (Civil), was the recipient of the 2003 Australia Post Australian Legends Award,and featured on a special 50c stamp; 2006 awarded the International Tennis Federation's (ITF) Philippe Chatrier Award
This Day in History : 9th July . Born on this day:1894 - Percy LeBaron Spencer, the inventor of the microwave oven, is born. Australian Explorers:1827 - Australian explorer Allan Cunningham discovers the Gwydir River in northern NSW, opening up the area for grazing and pastureland. World History:1982 - A man breaks into Buckingham Palace and spends about ten minutes in informal conversation with the Queen.
THE NEWS, 11 APRIL 2010 POLAND: Aftermath of 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash: The body of President Lech Kaczyński, who was killed in yesterday's plane crash just north of Smolensk, Russia, is flown back to Poland. A two minute silence is observed across Poland in memory of the victims. SOLOMON ISLANDS: A 6.8 magnitude earthquake strikes the southern Solomon Islands, 97 km southwest of Kirakira on Makira Island. KRYGYZSTAN: Kyrgyzstan's interim government considers arresting and charging President Kurmanbek Bakiyev for the deaths of 81 people in riots earlier this week. SOUTH AFRICA: South African police investigate a possible link between homosexual sex and the murder of Eugène Terre'Blanche. (IOL) IRAQ: Iraq's election seeks a recount in five provinces after up to 750,000 votes are "tainted by fraud". SUDAN: Sudan hosts its first general elections in 24 years. HUNGARY: Voters go to the polls in the first round of the Hungarian general elections. PAKISTAN: Airstrikes kill 10 militants in northwestern Pakistan as part of a military operation that has eliminated more than 300 fighters in the last three weeks. THAILAND: The death toll in clashes between anti-government protesters and Thai troops in the capital Bangkok rises to at least 20 people. CHINA: Two Chinese singers become the country's first to be punished for lip-synching nearly two years after the Beijing Olympiad. NORTHERN IRELAND: The Belfast Wheel ceases to function. AMERICA: Texas Stadium, the former home of the National Football League's Dallas Cowboys, is demolished by implosion. 1992 AUSTRALIAN MARSUPIALS ORIGINS: The scientific world has long upheld the belief that marsupials are an inferior species, only surviving in Australia due to the absence of placental mammals. For years, it was believed that, when the Australian continental land mass broke away from the Antarctic, marsupials were the only mammals present. They were then able to thrive, in the isolation of an island continent. On 11 April 1992, Science News reported that an ancient tiny fossil tooth from a placental mammal had been discovered in New South Wales. This discovery overturned traditional belief that marsupials dominated the continent by default. The presence of the tiny tooth has proven to the scientific world that marsupials were forced to compete with placental mammals, resulting in the eventual extinction of the latter. EVENTS, 11 APRIL... 1471 King Edward IV of England conquers London from Henry VI 1689 William III & Mary II crowned as joint rulers of Britain 1775 The last execution for witchcraft in Germany takes place 1814 1st abdication of France by Napoleon; he is exiled to Elba 1828 Foundation of Bahia Blanca 1830 Robert Schumann attends piano concerto by Paganini 1856 Battle of Rivas: Juan Santamaria burns down the hostel where William Walker's filibusters are holed up 1865 President Abraham Lincoln makes his last public speech 1868 The Shogunate is abolished in Japan 1876 Sir Charles Gordon ends religious tolerance in Sudan 1881 Ferry "Princess Victoria" sinks in Thames River Ontario, 180 die 1898 American President McKinley asks for Spanish-American War declaration 1899 Treaty of Paris is ratified, ending war; Spain cedes Puerto Rico to US 1900 US Navy's 1st submarine made its debut 1906 Einstein introduces his Theory of Relativity 1914 George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion", premieres 1927 Chilean General Carlos Ibáñez names himself president 1939 Hungary leaves League of Nations 1941 Germany blitzes Conventry, England; Jewish Weekly newspaper taken control by Nazis; Nazi occupiers in Netherlands confiscate Jewish assets 1942 Distinguished Service Medal for Merchant Marines authorized 1943 Frank Piasecki, flies his 1st (single-rotor) craft 1944 RAF bombs census bureau in The Hague 1945 Allies liberate 1st Nazi concentration camp, Buchenwald Germany; US captures Tsugen Shima; US troops conquer Mülheim, Oberhausen, Bochum, Unna, Essen 1950 Prince Rainier III becomes ruler of Monaco; US B-29 bomber shot down above Latvia 1951 President Harry Truman fires General Douglas McArthur 1956 Singer Nat Cole attacked on stage, Birmingham theatre by whites 1960 1st weather satellite launched (Tiros 1) 1961 Bob Dylan's 1st appearance at Folk City, Greenwich Village; Trial begins of Adolf Eichmann, 'Chief Executioner of the Third Reich' 1965 40 tornadoes strike US midwest killing 272 & injuring 5,000 1966 Emmett Ashford becomes 1st black major league umpire 1970 Apollo 13 launched to Moon; unable to land, returns in 6 days; Beatles' "Let It Be", single goes #1 for 2 weeks; 1979 Ugandan dictator Idi Amin overthrown; Tanzania takes Kampala 1981 Race riot in London area of Brixton 1983 55th Academy Awards- "Gandhi", Ben Kingsley & Meryl Streep win 1984 Challenger astronauts complete 1st in space satellite repair; Chinese troops invade Vietnam 1986 Halley's Comet makes closest approach to Earth this trip, 63 million km 2008 It is reported that a perfectly preserved baby woolly mammoth has given scientists the most detailed information regarding mammoth physiology. BORN ON THIS DAY, JOEL GREY (born April 11, 1932) born as Joel David Katz in Cleveland, Ohio; is an American stage and screen actor, singer, and dancer; best known for his role as the Master of Ceremonies in both the stage and film adaptation of the musical Cabaret; has won the Academy Award, Tony Award, Golden Globe Award, and BAFTA. ALSO BORN ON THIS DAY, 11 APRIL... 1801 Claude Tillier, French journalist/writer (My Uncle Benjamin) 1854 Hugh Massie, cricketer (Australian batsman-1880's) 1899 Percy L Julian, chemist (drugs for treatment of arthritis) 1928 Ethel [Skakel] Kennedy, Chicago IL, wife of Bobby 1934 Richard A Garland, artist/photographer 1958 Sally Clark, New Zealand, equestrian (Olympics-silver-96) 1963 Elizabeth Smylie, Perth Australia, tennis star 1967 Lachlan Dreher, Australian hockey goal keeper (Olympics-silver-92, 96) 1984 ? 1st IVF baby, in Australia DIED ON THIS DAY, 11 APRIL... 1890 Joseph Merrick, the 'Elephant Man', dies 1987 Erskine Caldwell, novelist (Tobacco Road), dies at 83 1992 Eve Merriam, poet (Inner City Mother Goose), dies at 75
SIGN PETION: "Petition for Equal Access in USA to WW2 HOLOCAUST Education" submitted by Ge thepetitionsite.com It was pointed out to me today that in the USA many of the SCHOOLS choose to not instruct USA children...that the WW2 HOLOCAUST took place. ____________________ Be it resolved that we, the undersigned, agree that all Americans should work to enhance and support WW2 HOLOCAUST education in our nation's schools. To that end, we call on the U.S. Department of Education and all American leaders to: -Mandate that the WW2 HOLOCAUST be part of every child's core curriculum; -Ensure that the WW2 HOLOCAUST is included as a part of a balanced education addressing the whole child, to prepare them for the concrete thinking of GOOD WILL and EQUALITY along with NON TOLERANCE of RACISM as well as SEXISM and other NOTRORIOUS CRIMES by the NAZI PARTY including the INSISTED UPON PRACTISE OF ONLY the Hitler APPROVED RELIGION by the NAZI PARTY as necessary for success in the global community of the future; -Ensure qualified HISTORICAL EDUCATED teachers and sequential curricula be recognized as the basis for providing all students with substantive education in WW2 HOLOCAUST and other HOLOCAUSTS; -Ensure programs in HISTORY of HOLOCAUST of WW2 provide rigorous instruction, monitor progress and performance through meaningful assessment, and take place within a structure of accountability to school officials, parents, and the community. _____________________________________ Read more and sign here.
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. 1936 - The last known Thylacine, or Tasmanian Tiger, dies. World History 1940 - The WWII Blitz begins: German airforce begins its intensive bombing campaign on London. _____________________________________ http://today.wmit.net/
ON THIS DAY 2nd September ________________________________ Australian Explorers 1840 - Edward John Eyre names 'Mt Hopeless'- Eyre aimed to find a way through the Australian continent from south to north, but after leaving Adelaide he encountered salt lake after salt lake. Each time he attempted to go around a salt lake, he found his way barred by yet another. Eyre climbed a peak which gave him a vista of shimmering salt lakes in every direction. He named that peak "Mt Hopeless". ________________________________ Australian History 1922 - Henry Lawson died - one of Australia's best-known fiction writers of the colonial period. Most of his works dwelt on the Australian bush, depicting the difficult conditions of life on dry, dusty outback stations and in bush towns. He did not romanticise life in the bush and his humour was dry and sardonic. (Project Gutenberg: read Lawson's poetry here) 1984 -"Milperra Massacre" -Fathers' Day, Sydney. A battle between rival biker gangs. Seven people were killed, including an innocent 14yo girl. ________________________________ World History 459 - St Simeon Stylites dies - first and most famous of the "pillar-sitting hermits". 1666 - The Great Fire of London begins. 1945 - Japan signs an unconditional surrender, officially ending WWII. 2009 - Onam Festival in Kerala, India -Onam is the biggest and the most important festival of the state of Kerala. It is a harvest festival and is celebrated with joy and enthusiasm all over the state by people of all communities. According to a popular legend, the festival is celebrated to welcome King Mahabali, whose spirit is said to visit Kerala at the time of Onam (read more here) ________________________________
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