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This Day in History

Saturday, January 21, 2017
Born on this day
1801  - Unofficial founder of Melbourne, John Batman, is born. [more]
Australian Explorers
1863  - Stuart receives a huge public welcome in Adelaide after his successful crossing of the Australian continent. [more]
1863  - Victoria's first ever state funeral is held, in honour of explorers Burke and Wills. [more]
Australian History
1815  - The first road is completed over the Blue Mountains in NSW, under the direction of William Cox. [more]
1827  - The entire Australian continent is claimed as British territory when Major Edmund Lockyer formally annexes the western third at King George Sound. [more]
World History
1793  - Louis XVI, last King of France before the French Revolution, is executed. [more]
1878  - Cleopatra's Needle, an ancient Egyptian obelisk, arrives in England [more]

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