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This Day in History

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Australian History
1788  - French ships are noted outside Botany Bay just two days before Captain Arthur Phillip takes formal possession of New South Wales. [more]
1903  - The Golden Pipeline, a massive engineering undertaking bringing vital water to the Western Australian goldfields, is opened. [more]
World History
41  - Gaius Caesar (Caligula), third Roman Emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, is assassinated. [more]
1965  - Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister who refused to be demoralised by Germany's Blitz campaign in WWII, dies. [more]
1972  - A Japanese soldier, unaware that World War II ended almost thirty years earlier, is discovered hiding on Guam. [more]
1984  - The Apple Macintosh computer is released. [more]

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