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date: 10 Aug
The foundations of Flamsteed House, The Royal Observatory, were laid     -  August 10th 1675  -     In the Seventeenth Century countries and their navies were increasingly sailing the seas in search of new lands, trade, exploration and mapping.  No country wanted to be left behind.  The problem lay in the safety of the sailors and ships as...
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date: 05 Aug
The Mayflower Sets Sail for the New World  -  August 5th 1620  -     The religious turmoil of sixteenth century Britain, the split from Rome under Henry VIII’s Act of Supremacy in 1535, the establishment of the Church of England under Henry, then completed under Elizabeth I and the leanings of the first Stuart King, James I, led to a group of...
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  • 17th Century
  • American History
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date: 24 Nov
Abel Tasman Sights a New Island South of Australia - 24th November 1642 -    in Lutjegast, Netherlands, around 1603, Tasman worked for the Dutch East India Company on anti-smuggling raids and other marine exercises before receiving his first command in 1634. In 1642 he was commissioned to investigate the mysterious Southern land, then called Terra...
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  • 17th Century
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date: 10 Nov
10th November 1871 – Modern day Tanzania.   I did not know how he would receive me; so I did what cowardice and false pride suggested was the best thing, - walked deliberately to him, took off my hat, and said, 'Dr. Livingstone, I presume?' 'Yes,' said he, with a kind smile, lifting his cap slightly. I replace my hat on my head and he puts on his...
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  • 19th Century
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date: 05 Jan
1st May 1999 – “If you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won't see why we go. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do...
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  • 20th Century
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