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 26

1863:   Approximately 25 gold miners die on the Arrow diggings, north
east of Queenstown, after a series of flash floods and slips caused by
24 hours of heavy rain.
This was part of a brutal winter that claimed the lives of over 100
miners who were drowned died of exposure or were buried in mud
slides.

1865:  The New Zealand Parliament moves to Wellington. The move had
been debated for many years, and many towns had come under
consideration, including Wanganui, Picton, Nelson and Havelock.
Eventually, an independent commission chose the new capital.

1956:   Egypt nationalizes the Suez Canal. The canal, completed in
1869, had largely been controlled by the French and British. It was
nationalized by President Nassar who wanted to charge for its use to
raise funds to build his dam on the Nile. In response, Israel, Britain,
and France invaded the area and remained until 1957 when Egypt again
took control.

1945:  Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister, just weeks before
the end of World War II. In the first elections in a decade, his party
is defeated by Clement Atlee’s Labour Party.

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