Thursday, October 23, 2008

Trivial History October 24

Tis United Nations Day, so run Aunty Mary's drawers up the flagpole and work your way through several countries speciality dishes for dinner.

It is also the Feast Day of St Antonio Maria Claret, the patron saint of weavers and who started parish savings banks and awarded loans with a tiny interest rate.
I suspect his name will be heard often around Wall St.

1855 Pulling fingers was a thing of the past when a brand spanking new gas works was opened and run by the Melbourne Gas and Coke Company on the 2 hectare site of the old race course just west of Batman's Hill.
And it only cost 66,000 pounds, cheaper than all the nags on the same ground.

1870 The most destructive fire , at the time, in NZ's history razed the centre of Lyttelton.

1913 Nasty violent clashes erupted between union and scab labour on the Wellington wharves which sparked the 2 and a half month long strike, with 16,000 unionists out of work for the duration.

1934 During the night the entire town of Albury switched their house lights on and off in a Morse code pattern to help a Dutch plane that was lost during a fierce storm during the MacRobertson Australia - England Air Race.
Read more of the rescue HERE.

1980 Multicultural TV, known as Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), began entertaining the masses in both Sydney and Melbourne.

6 comments:

R.H. said...

I ran my y-fronts up the flagpole for Julia Gillard's birthday but they wouldn't flutter.

Brian Hughes said...

"During the night the entire town of Albury switched their house lights on and off in a Morse code pattern to help a Dutch plane that was lost..."

When Mark Thatcher (son of the grotesque Mrs T) got lost on the Dakkar Rally (or however that's spelt) a similar thing happened. Thousands of locals switched torches on and off on the edge of a cliff in the hopes of luring him over.

Jayne said...

Red heads seem to put a sag on the bag like that, Robert :P

Fortunately the residents of Albury were more successful, Brian :P

pure evyl said...

I didn't know it was UN Day but I had both Mexican and Chinese food today. I am paying for it tonight.

Kelley said...

Feast Day of St Antonio Maria Claret? As in the wine?

Awesome.

Jayne said...

Sounds like they're trying to start a skirmish over territory, Evyl, good luck!

Um...not quite, Kelley, but I'm sure he won't mind if you think of him when you un-cork a bottle :P

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