The Courier-Mail

ON THIS DAY

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Today is Wednesday, September 9, the 252nd day of 2015. Highlights in history on this date: 1087 - Death of Norman King William I (William the Conqueror). 1754 - Captain William Bligh, known for his role in the mutiny on the Bounty and, later, as Governor of New South Wales, is born. 1803 - The Lady Nelson arrives in Van Diemen’s Land, now Tasmania, to prepare for first British settlement. 1976 - Death of communist Chinese leader Mao Tse-tung at age 82. 1997 - Sinn Fein, political ally of the IRA, renounces violence and enters talks on Northern Ireland’s future. 2001 - Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt beats Pete Sampras 7-6 6-1 6-1 to win the US Open. 2004 - Suspected Muslim militants detonate a car bomb outside the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, killing eight and wounding more than 160. 2006 - Queensland Premier Peter Beattie is re-elected in state election.

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