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This Day in History

Friday, August 26, 2016
Australian Explorers
1768  - James Cook departs Plymouth on the journey during which he sights the east coast of Australia. [more]
1818  - Explorers John Oxley and George Evans discover the fertile Liverpool Plains in New South Wales. [more]
1867  - Work resumes on the Burke and Wills memorial project in Ballarat, with the laying of a second foundation stone. [more]
Australian History
1835  - Governor Bourke declares John Batman's treaty with Aborigines, which enabled the founding of Melbourne, to be invalid. [more]
2001  - A Norwegian cargo vessel responds to a request for help from Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) Australia regarding a boatload of illegal immigrants, sparking the infamous Tampa affair. [more]
World History
1883  - The first of four major volcanic explosions occurs on the Indonesian island of Krakatoa. [more]

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