ON THIS DAY
Today is September 7, the 250th day of 2015. Highlights in history on this date: 1599 - Britain’s Earl of Essex signs a truce with Irish rebel Tyrone. 1701 - Treaty of The Hague, known as the Grand Alliance, is signed, as Britain, Holland and the Holy Roman Empire ally against France. 1776 - The first submarine used in warfare makes an unsuccessful attempt to attach a mine to a British flagship in New York harbour. 1825 - Major Edmund Lockyer arrives in Brisbane to explore the upper reaches of the Brisbane River. 1940 - The Blitz, during WWII, begins in earnest: German planes bomb London for the first of 57 consecutive nights. 1986 - The last section of the sealed National Highway around Australia is completed, between Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek. 1999 - Greece’s deadliest quake in more than 40 years strikes outside Athens, killing at least 101 people. 2013 - Tokyo is awarded the 2020 Olympics, capitalising on its reputation as a “safe pair of hands”.