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On This Day in History

Wednesday 11th August



1824 - New South Wales is constituted a Crown Colony.

1877 - American astronomer Asaph Hall discovers Phobos and Deimos, the two moons of Mars.

1897 - British children's author, Enid Blyton, is born.

1919 - Germany adopts the ‘Weimar Constitution’, establishing a federal republic.

1934 - Second British Empire Games - now known as the Commonwealth Games - close in London, England.

1969 - The Apollo 11 astronauts, including the first two men to walk on the moon, are released from a three-week quarantine following their return to earth.

1983 - Actor Chris Hemsworth is born.

1984 - A joke by US President Ronald Reagan about ‘outlawing’ the Soviet Union turns into an international embarrassment. The president’s flippant remarks during a soundcheck before a radio address caused consternation among America’s allies and was picked up by the Soviet propaganda mill.

1989 - Australian opening batsmen Geoff Marsh and Mark Taylor complete an opening partnership of 329 in a cricket Test against England.

1998 - The Ian Potter Museum of Art was opened at the University of Melbourne by Jeff Kennett, Premier of Victoria.

1999 - Up to 350 million people watch the last total solar eclipse of the twentieth century in northern Europe.

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