Today in History

Content by F T.Bear

Good morning! Rise and shine!

Today in history is a place for you early risers to exercise your brains as you wait for the day to begin. Please, by all means, bring your own bits of history to the comments section and add your memories of what YOU did on this day however many years ago.

The beauty of an early morning historical post is that the date can mean the event happened today “our time” or today “other side of the world” time.

From the life and death of Plato through to the latest most recent history as it happens, we intend on bringing you stimulating and educational historical knowledge.

July 13

1916:  Following the establishment of the New Zealand Flying School at Orakei, Vivian Walsh became the first pilot to obtain an aviator’s certificate in NZ. The school was set up in part as a way to train pilots for the war in Europe by brothers Vivian and Leo Walsh. By the end of the war more than 100 pilots had been trained at Orakei.

1985:  “Live Aid” is opened by Prince Charles and Princess Diana officially at Wembley in London. It continued at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. The concert raised $127 million for famine relief in Africa.

1943:  The largest tank battle in history ends. The Battle of Kursk involved 6000 tanks, two million men, and 5000 aircraft. It ended when the German offensive was repulsed by the Soviets at a heavy cost.

1866:  The “Great Eastern” begins a two-week voyage to complete a 12-year effort to lay a telegraph cable across the Atlantic Ocean. The idea of a telegraph cable had been advocated in the 1840s and 1850s. The first cable was laid in 1858 but only lasted 3 weeks. The 1966 cable was much more durable.