ON THIS DAY
Today is August 13. Highlights on this day: 1792 - French revolutionaries imprison France’s royal family. 1817 - Explorer John Oxley discovers the Bogan River in central western NSW. 1844 - Explorer Ludwig Leichhardt leaves Sydney by ship to explore unknown territory beyond the Darling Downs. 1870 - Explorer John Wesley Powell becomes the first white man to see the Grand Canyon. 1885 - BHP is incorporated in Australia as a business. 1914 - Australian Red Cross is established to raise funds to buy comfort supplies for Australian service personnel overseas. 1919 - Australia’s first demonstration of wireless telephony is given by Ernest Fisk to illustrate a lecture in Sydney. 1934 - The satirical comic strip Li’l Abner, created by Al Capp, makes its debut. 1940 - Three United Australia Party ministers and the Chief of General Staff die in an air crash in Canberra. 1941 - The Australian Women’s Army Service is formed to release men from certain military duties. 1942 - Walt Disney’s animated feature
Bambi premieres in New York. 1987 - Treasure hunters report finding one of Titanic’s legendary safes. 1989 - Thirteen people die when a balloon crashes at Alice Springs. 2004 - The XXVIII Olympiad opens in Athens, Greece with a triumphal pageant to welcome home the Olympic Games.