On this day in history

Allan M

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1919 Alcock and Brown take off for the first non-stop transatlantic flight
The British aviators began their journey in St. John's, Newfoundland and reached Galway in Ireland less than 16 hours later. One month earlier, Albert Cushing Read flew across the Atlantic, but his flight included a stop in the Azores Islands.
 

hopeless wanderer

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On this day in 1959..
The prominent produce company Turners and Growers announced that it would from now on export Chinese gooseberries as ‘kiwifruit’. Introduced to New Zealand in 1904.
 
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hopeless wanderer

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That prominent company is now German owned and is squeezing smaller
Orcharding farms out of business.Not my favourites.
Everything's for sale Pat :-( .
Back in the old country the Chinese are making our next generation of nuclear power stations, the power companies are Energie du France and the national grid is joint owned by the Qataris and the Chinese.
There's no "family silver" left to sell.
 

Bob

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Yesterday was the 243rd anniversary of the USA leaving the British Empire without a deal!
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Just sayin'
The irony is delightful..

Anyhoo.. on this day in 1687, Newton's ideas on Gravity and Motion were published. Every scientist since has being trying to come up with ways to bend those laws, and can't
 

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On this day in 1965 Ronnie Biggs - a member of the gang who carried out the 1963 Great Train Robbery - escapes from Wandsworth prison, south London, by scaling a 30ft (9m) wall with three other prisoners.
 

Chas

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On this day in 1982 A man breaks into Buckingham Palace and spends 10 minutes talking to the Queen in her bedroom.
 

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On this day in 2000 A New York-bound Air France Concorde crashes minutes after take-off from Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport, killing all 109 people on board and four people on the ground.
 

BobMurphy

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Did you watch that programme on the cause of the crash . . It was a French Farce - Main undercarriage wheels weren't attached properly (it was slewing all over the runway and almost hit a waiting passenger jet with the French President on board). It was over fuelled, It was overweight and the Pilot hauled it into the air before it had achieved full take-off speed. A piece of steel on the runway punctured a tyre which blew and punctured a fuel tank. Whilst trying to gain altitude and airspeed the Flight Engineer shut down an engine - without reference to the Pilot.

It crashed.

France pulled out of the Concorde programme and Britain decided it couldn't afford the maintenance costs on its own so it was scrapped.

It was popular and the "Concorde Experience" flights were making money - but the whole programme was far too costly and slower, wide-bodied jets with far lower air fares (and lower noise levels) were gaining popularity.

A fabulous plane for all that.

Bob.
 
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