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1831 – The French Foreign Legion is established to support the war in Algeria

10 March

The French Foreign Legion was created by Louis Philippe, the King of the French, on this day in 1831 from the foreign regiments of the Kingdom of France. Recruits included soldiers from the recently disbanded Swiss and German foreign regiments of the Bourbon monarchy. The Royal Ordinance for the establishment of the new regiment specified that the foreigners recruited could only serve outside France. The French expeditionary force that had occupied Algiers in 1830 was in need of reinforcements and the Legion was accordingly transferred by sea in detachments from Toulon to Algeria. Continue reading “1831 – The French Foreign Legion is established to support the war in Algeria”

1923 – TIME magazine is published for the first time

3 March

Time (styled within the magazine as TIME) is an American weekly news magazine published in New York City. It was founded in 1923 and for decades was dominated by Henry Luce, who built a highly profitable stable of magazines. Continue reading “1923 – TIME magazine is published for the first time”

2006 – The last Mobile army surgical hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army

16 February

The Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) refers to a United States Army medical unit serving as a fully functional hospital in a combat area of operations. Continue reading “2006 – The last Mobile army surgical hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army”

1984 – The first Apple Macintosh goes on sale

24 January

The Macintosh (branded as Mac since 1997) is a series of personal computers (PCs) designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. Steve Jobs introduced the original Macintosh computer on this day in 1984. Continue reading “1984 – The first Apple Macintosh goes on sale”

1911 – The first Monte Carlo Rally takes place

21 January

The Monte Carlo Rally, officially Rallye Automobile Monte Carlo, is a rallying event organised each year by the Automobile Club de Monaco which also organises the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix and the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique. Continue reading “1911 – The first Monte Carlo Rally takes place”

1899 – Opel manufactures its first automobile

21 January

Adam Opel AG is a German automobile manufacturer headquartered in Rüsselsheim, Hesse, Germany, and a subsidiary of General Motors Company. Continue reading “1899 – Opel manufactures its first automobile”

2005 – The Huygens probe lands on Saturn’s moon Titan

14 January

Huygens was an atmospheric entry probe that landed successfully on Saturn’s moon Titan in 2005. Built and operated by the European Space Agency(ESA), it was part of the Cassini–Huygens mission and became the first spacecraft ever to land on Titan. The probe was named after the Dutch 17th-century astronomer Christiaan Huygens, who discovered Titan in 1655. Continue reading “2005 – The Huygens probe lands on Saturn’s moon Titan”

1835 – The United States national debt is zero for the only time

8 January

Except for about a year during 1835–1836, the United States has continuously had a fluctuating public debt since the US Constitution legally went into effect on 4 March, 1789. Continue reading “1835 – The United States national debt is zero for the only time”

2010 – Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, is officially opened

4 January

Burj Khalifa, known as Burj Dubai before its inauguration, is a mega-tall skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the tallest artificial structure in the world, standing at 829.8 m (2,722 ft). Continue reading “2010 – Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, is officially opened”

2006 – First flight of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II

15 December

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighters undergoing final development and testing by the United States. Continue reading “2006 – First flight of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II”

2001 – the first atmosphere detected on an extrasolar planet

27 November

HD 209458 b (unofficially named Osiris) is an extrasolar planet that orbits the solar analogue HD 209458 in the constellation Pegasus, some 150 light-years from the Solar System. Continue reading “2001 – the first atmosphere detected on an extrasolar planet”

2002 – SciFi series ‘Firefly’ premiered in US

September

Firefly is an science fiction television series created by writer and director Joss Whedon, under his Mutant Enemy Productions label. Whedon served as an executive producer, along with Tim Minear. Continue reading “2002 – SciFi series ‘Firefly’ premiered in US”

2015 – Australia (Politics in Australia 1996-2015)

14 September – On this day

A slight (and I stress slight) glimmer of hope for the people of Australia, as on this day the ruling Liberal (Conservative) government deposed Prime minister Tony Abbott and replaced him with Malcolm Turnbull. Continue reading “2015 – Australia (Politics in Australia 1996-2015)”

2001 – World Trade Center, New York

11 September – On this day

Suicide hijackers crashed two jets into the world trade center Continue reading “2001 – World Trade Center, New York”

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