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This Day in History

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Australian Explorers
1813  - Matthew Flinders writes to Sir Joseph Banks, outlining his reasons for suggesting New Holland be called Australia, after Banks disapproves of the name. [more]
Australian History
1980  - Two month old Azaria Chamberlain disappears while on a family camping holiday at Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia. [more]
World History
1807  - Work commences on the Bell Rock Lighthouse, considered one of the "Seven Wonders of the Industrial World". [more]
1896  - The UK's first ever fatality resulting from a car accident occurs. [more]
1999  - 1000 are feared dead as an earthquake hits Turkey: the eventual death toll is over 17,000. [more]
2002  - The Charles M Schulz Museum opens to the public, dedicated to the man who created the 'Peanuts' comic strip. [more]

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