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.

24 July

2000:   Private Leonard Manning becomes the first NZ soldier killed in combat since the Vietnam War, when he is killed in an ambush in Timor-Leste (East Timor). New Zealand was there in a UN peacekeeping role. Four other  NZ peacekeepers would die while serving in Timor-Leste.

1914: The trial of Margaretha Geertruida “Margreet” MacLeod (nee Zelle) or “Mata Hari” begins in Paris.  She was a Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan who would be convicted of spying for the Germans and then executed by firing squad.

1911: Machu Picchu is discovered by Hiram Bingham. Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca settlement in Peru and is thought to have been a summer retreat for Inca Leaders. It is now a World Heritage site and is visited by over 1.5 million visitors each year.

1967: The first modern hospice, St. Christopher’s, is founded by Dr Cicely Saunders in London. This begins the hospice movement and modern palliative care.