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1974 – Cyclone Tracy devastates Darwin, Australia

24 December

Cyclone Tracy was a tropical cyclone that devastated the city of Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, from Christmas Eve to Christmas Day, 1974. Continue reading “1974 – Cyclone Tracy devastates Darwin, Australia”

1120 – The ‘White Ship’ sinks in the English Channel

25 November

The White Ship was a vessel that sank in the English Channel near the Normandy coast off Barfleur, on this day in 1120. Continue reading “1120 – The ‘White Ship’ sinks in the English Channel”

Archaeologists examine the campsite of 1813 shipwreck survivors

Working closely with the U.S. Forest Service and the Sitka Tribe of Alaska, an international team of researchers funded by the National Science Foundation has begun to piece together an archaeological and historical narrative of how the crew of the wrecked 19th century Russian-American Company sailing ship Neva survived the harsh subarctic winter. Continue reading “Archaeologists examine the campsite of 1813 shipwreck survivors”

1522 – First Circumnavigation of the World

6 September – On this day

The Victoria, the only surviving ship of Ferdinand Magellan’s expedition, returns to Sanlúcar de Barrameda in Spain, becoming the first ship to circumnavigate the world. Continue reading “1522 – First Circumnavigation of the World”

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