On this day…14th April

In 1999 – A severe hailstorm strikes Sydney, Australia causing $1.7 billion in insured damages.

The Sydney storm in 1999

In 1989 – 1,100,000,000th Chinese born

In 1981 – the first space-shuttle, Columbia, returns to earth.

In 1912 – the Titanic (largest ship at the time) hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage.

In 1894 – the 1st public showing of Thomas Edison’s Kinetoscope (moving pictures).

In 1865 – US President, Abraham Lincoln, is shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre in Washington.

Basically, don’t go to the theatre or go sailing today – but you’ll land safely if you’re travelling in a space-shuttle.


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