The world’s first motorsport contest took place on the 22nd of July, 1894 from Paris to Rouen, France.
First, a selection event was held in which sixty-nine cars participated. The main 127 kilometre race had twenty-five contestants.
Count Jules-Albert de Dion circa 1903
Count Jules-Albert de Dion was the first to complete the race, but as cars were also judged on other elements – such as safety – he was not declared the winner. He completed the race in 6 hours and 48 minutes, which averaged 19 kilometres an hour.
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Mount Mayon in the Philippines has erupted many times over the centuries.
In 1814 it killed several thousand people.
Here it is photographed erupting on the 21st of July, 1928.
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On the 20th of July, 1982 the Provisional Irish Republican Army detonated two bombs during military parades in the centre of London. Eleven people were killed and around fifty others injured.
In addition to the deaths of soldiers and bandsmen, seven horses were killed.
Gilbert “Danny” McNamee was convicted of the Hyde Park bombing (a conviction that was later quashed), nobody was ever charged with the bomb at Regent’s Park.
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Jane Austen died aged forty-one in Winchester, Hampshire on the 18th of July, 1817.
Signature from Austen’s will. 1817.
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Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California on Sunday the 17th of July, 1955.
The original press preview event was attended by about 28 000 people, even though only around half of the attendees had legitimate tickets.
The park opened to the public the following day, offering twenty attractions.
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Napoleon Bonaparte surrendered on the
HMS on the 15 Bellerophon th of July, 1815.
This image of the event was created in 1816.
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Leadenhall Street in the
City of London, photographed on the 14th of July, 1955.
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The campanile (bell tower) of St Mark’s in Venice collapsed on the 14th of July, 1902.
For twelve days before the building’s fall, a large crack had begun to appear on the structure. The collapse occurred at 9:45am, during which time the logetta was also destroyed. The only casualty of the disaster was the caretaker’s cat.
A fake photo of the collapse was widely circulated in the world’s media at the time:
The decision was made to rebuild the campanile to look exactly as it had been, though reinforcements were used inside, and an elevator was added. This is the structure that today stands in St Mark’s Square.
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This photograph of Walthamstow, London was taken on the 13th of July, 1955.
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Kate Sheppard, New Zealand’s most famous suffragette, died on the 13th of July, 1934.
Born to Scottish parents in England in 1847, Sheppard moved to New Zealand in 1869.
She became a significant figure both in gaining women the vote, and then in getting women to the polls for the first time in 1893.
New Zealand was a leading nation in women’s suffrage, and Sheppard’s efforts gained her a place on the country’s $10 note.
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