The Courier-Mail



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.

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