On this day: an assassination attempt in Belgium

Assassination_attempt_on_king_Leopold_II_of_Belgium_in_Bruxelles_1902Italian anarchist Gennaro Rubino tried - and failed to assassinate Belgian King Leopold II in Brussels on the 15th of

Italian anarchist Gennaro Rubino tried – and failed to assassinate Belgian King Leopold II in Brussels on the 15th of November, 1902.

1902Italian anarchist Gennaro Rubino tried - and failed to assassinate Belgian King Leopold II in Brussels on the 15th of November, 1902. Gennaro Rubino in 1894.

The would-be assassin in 1894.

The King, who was returning from a service to honour his wife Marie Henriette, who had died two months earlier, was not hit by any of the three bullets Rubino fired. However, Grand Marshall, Count Charles John d’Oultremont was nearly killed.

Rubino, who had fled Italy to avoid a lengthy prison sentence there, died in prison in 1918. Prior to the failed assassination, he had been working in Britain as a spy on Italian anarchists – a position he lost when it was discovered he sympathised with them.

At the time of the attempt on his life, the King – in his late sixties – had been estranged from his wife for some time, and had taken a teenage girl as his mistress. He died in December, 1909.

On this day: the Coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra

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The Procession in State through London’s streets.

The coronation of Britain’s King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra took place on the 9th of August, 1902, more than a year and a half after the death of Queen Victoria, Edward’s mother and predecessor.

The coronation, initially set for the 26th of June, was postponed because of the King’s ill health. This caused significant problems for many people. Numerous functions had been planned for the day, and foreign dignitaries were in London to celebrate. Additionally, rooms on the parade route across London had been rented for high prices, which resulted in landmark court cases when the customers missed out.

From his sickbed Edward insisted that the “Coronation Dinner for the Poor of London” go ahead as planned, and 500 000 meals were served.

The Procession in State – pictured above on revised August date – was supposed to include military units from a number of European countries, but they all had to return home before the coronation finally took place.

A second procession following the one on the day of the coronation was also postponed until the end of October, again because the King was in poor health.

Edward, overweight and a heavy smoker, died less than eight years after his coronation.

Alexandra lived another fifteen and a half years after her husband’s death.



On this day: A King’s Coronation

City_of_London_(14929011094)Sir Marcus Samuel, Lord Mayor of London makes his way to Westminster Abbey from Guildhall for the Coronation of Edward VII on Saturday 9th August 1902.

The Coronation of Edward VII took place in London on Saturday the 9th of August, 1902, more than a year and a half after the death of the King’s mother and predecessor, Queen Victoria. The event had been postponed due to the King’s ill health.

In this photograph Sir Marcus Samuel, Lord Mayor of London, travels to Westminster Abbey from Guildhall for the event.

He travels in the Lord Mayor’s State Coach, which was built in Holborn in 1757.

The new King reigned until his death in May, 1910.

On this day: a President on Tour

Theodore Roosevelt, during his New England tour, at Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire. 29th August 1902

29th August 1902: US President Theodore Roosevelt visits Lake Sunapee in the state of New Hampshire.

The details of the photograph note:

In the photograph are George B. Cortelyou, Roosevelt’s future secretary of Commerce and Labor, on Roosevelt’s right, and William Craig, the first Secret Service agent ever killed in the line of duty, on the far right in the photograph.

Craig died five days later. Roosevelt was President from September 1901 to March 1909.

On this day: a land sale in Brisbane

Given Terrace in Paddington West, Brisbane, Australia was sold by auction on the 22nd of November, 1884.


The first land sale in the area took place in 1859, while a horse bus was introduced into this hilly part of the city in 1879. Today the suburb it is considered a desirable place to live in the capital city of the state of Queensland.

Below is the area less than twenty years after the land sale advertised above, circa 1902:


On this day: the opening of Sydney’s Central Station

centRail06 Sydney Central Railway Station —First Locomotive at new station 4th August 1906. Anchor series..

The first locomotive. 4th August, 1906. X

The official opening for Central Railway Station in Sydney, Australia was held on the 4th of August, 1906.

centRail03 Central Station Sydney opened in 1906. —Original wooden booking hall 1906.

The old booking hall in 1906, the year the station opened. X

The station opened to passengers the following day.

719px-Laying_the_foundation_stone,_Central_Station_1903_(5207836628)Laying the foundation stone for Central Railway Station, Sydney Dated 26-9-1903.

Laying the foundation stone in 1903. X

Replacing previous stations in the city, Central was built on land that belonged to a number of businesses and charities including a female refuge and a police station.

The Devonshire Street Cemetery was located between Eddy Avenue and Elizabeth Street, and between Chalmers and Devonshire Streets, at Brickfield Hill, in Sydney, Australia. Photographed in 1902.

Devonshire Street Cemetery in 1902 X

The site had also been home to the Devonshire Street Cemetery. Families of people buried there were given two months to move their relatives’ bodies.

On this day: the collapse of St Mark’s Campanile

The campanile (bell tower) of St Mark’s in Venice collapsed on the 14th of July, 1902.

800px-Ruins_of_St_Mark's_CampanileRuins of St Mark's Campanile. 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:

CROLLO1Fake photo purporting to show the collapse of the original Campanile in 1902. This picture became famous around the world.

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.

As seen in 1949:

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Floods in Australia

The 1971 Canberra Flood was at its worst on the 26th of January, when seven people aged between six and twenty were killed when their cars were carried away by floodwaters.

Floodwaters at Yamba Drive Melrose Drive Intersection - 1971 by Australian Capital Territory, Canberra.


However, Australia’s capital city remained underwater, as seen here in images taken at the beginning of February.

Canberra Flood 1971 Woden


In the background of the pictures is the Woden Town Centre (a commercial centre in the suburbs) under construction.