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This Day in History

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Born on this day
1686  - Gabriel Fahrenheit, after whom the Fahrenheit scale of temperature is named, is born. [more]
1819  - Queen Victoria is born. [more]
Australian Explorers
1770  - Lieutenant James Cook enters and names Bustard Bay, the first point of landing on Queensland soil. [more]
Australian History
1838  - The first in what was to become a chain of David Jones Department stores opens. [more]
1890  - Author Robert Louis Stevenson publishes his famous treatise in defence of Father Damien, missionary in Molokai, Hawaii. [more]
1969  - The last Australian is awarded the original Victoria Cross, prior to the introduction of the Victoria Cross for Australia. [more]
World History
1738  - John Wesley, founder of Methodism, is intensely moved when he hears a reading of the preface to Luther's commentary on Romans. [more]
1930  - Aviatrix Amy Johnson lands in Darwin, becoming the first woman to fly from England to Australia. [more]

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