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Around the World

In 1958 Ben Carlin becomes the first (and only) person to circumnavigate the world by amphibious vehicle, having travelled over 17,000 kilometres by sea and 62,000 kilometres by land during a ten-year journey.

In 1995 Alison Hargreaves, a 33-year-old British mother, becomes the first woman to conquer Everest without oxygen or the help of Sherpas.


On this day in 1981 – Xerox PARC introduces the computer mouse.

The first public demonstration of a mouse controlling a computer system was in 1968. Mice originally used a ball rolling on a surface to detect motion, but modern mice mostly have optical sensors that have no moving parts.

Douglas Engelbart of the Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International) has been credited as the inventor of the mouse.


Ngaio Marsh

Ngaio Marsh, New Zealand author and director was born 23 April 1895 (died 18 February 1982).  I remember her for her novels, she wrote 33, some I owned and more I read.

The Ngaio Marsh Theatre, part of the University of Canterbury Student Union building hosted many plays and films.


Red Baron

In 1918 – Manfred von Richthofen, a.k.a. ‘The Red Baron’, shoots down his 79th and 80th victims, his final victories before his death the following day.


On this day in 1746, The Battle of Culloden is fought between the French-supported Jacobites and the British Hanoverian forces commanded by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, in Scotland.

After the battle many highland traditions were banned and the Highlands of Scotland were cleared of inhabitants.