Monthly Archives: July 2016

The Mickflieg Daily July 31st 2016


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The last days of BHS on Market Street – A sorry tale of misery and neglect as a much-loved brand goes under – The garish CLOSING DOWN banners have been plastered across Manchester’s BHS store for months. And with many neighbouring branches already wound down, the Market Street branch is one of the last BHS…

Inside derelict Salisbury House before multi-million pound makeover – Salisbury House was once used by the council and later the Department of Transport, but since 2011 it has remained empty, with no concrete plans for its future. The 25,000 sq ft office block had be…

These were the least expensive homes sold in Greater Manchester in June and one property went for just £20k – While house prices across the country and in Greater Manchester continue to remain high, it’s still a struggle for some to get on the property ladder. There are, however, still some bargains out th…

How a national battle on waste began on a small Prestwich street – TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is waging war on waste across the country… in a battle that began on one small street in Prestwich . Last year, Gardner Road was at the centre of a BBC project…

Plans for huge £33m tower block housing nearly 200 plush flats in Salford approved – Plans for a huge £33m 21-storey tower containing nearly 200 plush flats have been approved by town hall chiefs. The luxury X1 The Gateway close to Salford Quays will see 191 one, two and three-bedr…

Fifty places to park near Manchester city centre for £5 or less – We all know parking in Manchester city centre can be a nightmare – and can cost a small fortune. If you absolutely have to drive into town and can’t use public transport, finding somewhere to leave…

Everything you need to know about the Dover and Eurotunnel traffic delays – Drivers are being warned to expect delays if heading to Dover or Eurotunnel this weekend. The Kent port is expected to be busy again over the coming days as travellers arrive to cross the Channel. …

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Trains delayed and services cancelled after points failure – Train services between Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport have been cancelled and there are delays on other routes in and out of the station. A points defect around 10am caused the proble…

Where are all the speed cameras in Greater Manchester? – There are hundreds of speed cameras dotted around Greater Manchester. Love them or hate them the cameras, seen along roads and at traffic lights across the region, aim to keep motorists driving bel…

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This Day in History July 31st July

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Rotherham Worker ‘Told To Give Girls To Abusers’ – In an exclusive interview, the former residential care worker said that when she alerted senior staff about men frequently waiting outside children’s homes to take the girls away she was told: “Let…

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Zika virus travel warning for pregnant women heading to Florida – Pregnant women who are heading to Florida are being advised to postpone their trip due to the Zika virus. It comes after four patients in the US state tested positive for the virus – and appeared t…

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Gun boss at GMP reinstated after inquiry into how police issue gun licences – A senior official at GMP suspended amid concerns about the granting of gun licences has been re-instated after an investigation found no evidence of misconduct. The civilian worker was removed from…

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This Day in History July 31st July

This Day in History

  • 2013 Died: Gore Vidal (born Eugene Louis Vidal), American novelist, shorts story writer, essayist, dramatist, screenwriter and public intellectual.
  • 2012 American swimmer Michael Phelps broke the record for the most medals won at the Olympics. As of 2015, he has won 22 Olympic medals.
  • 2006 Fidel Castro handed over power to his younger brother Raúl Castro due to his illness. Raúl Castro was officially elected President in 2008.
  • 2001 Died: Poul Anderson, American author of science fiction, fantasy and historical fiction who received seven Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards.
  • 1992 Thai Airways International Flight 311 crashed on approach to Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal, killing all 113 people on board.
  • 1992 Died: Leonard Cheshire, British Royal Air Force pilot during World War II and philanthropist. In 1944, he was awarded the Victoria Cross.
  • 1988 The Sultan Abdul Halim ferry terminal bridge collapsed in Butterworth, Penang, Malaysia, killing 33 people and injuring over 1,600 people.
  • 1988 Born: Charlie Carver, American actor known for his role as Ethan on Teen Wolf. His twin brother Max Carver played Ethan’s twin Aiden.
  • 1971 Apollo 15 mission astronauts became the first to use the Lunar Rover Vehicle. This vehicle helped expand the range of lunar explorers.
  • 1971 Died: Walter P. Carter, American civil rights activist who organized numerous demonstrations against discrimination in Maryland.
  • 1971 Born: John 5 (stage name of John William Lowery), American guitarist known for his work with Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Meat Loaf etc.
  • 1970 The Black Tot Day: this was the last day when the Royal Navy issued sailors with a daily rum ration. A special stamp was issued on the occasion.
  • 1967 Born: Tim Wright, also known as CoLD SToRAGE, Welsh video game music composer, one of the founders of Jester Interactive.
  • 1965 Born: J. K. Rowling, British novelist known for her Harry Potter series and crime fiction novels (published under the pen name Robert Galbraith).
  • 1962 Born: Wesley Snipes, American actor, martial artist and film producer best known for playing the title character in the Blade film series.
  • 1954 An Italian expedition completed the first successful ascent to the summit of K2, the world’s second highest mountain at 8,611 meters.
  • 1944 Died: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French writer, poet and pioneering aviator best known for his novella The Little Prince, first published in 1943.
  • 1944 Born: Robert C. Merton, American economist and professor who was awarded the 1997 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.
  • 1932 Born: Ted Cassidy, American film, television and voice actor best known for his role of Lurch on the 1964 series The Addams Family.
  • 1930 Born: Oleg Popov, famous Soviet and Russian clown and circus artist (mime, juggler, tightrope walker) known as the “Sunshine clown”.
  • 1919 The Weimar National Assembly passed the Constitution of the German Reich, commonly referred to as the Weimar Constitution.
  • 1918 Born: Paul D. Boyer, American biochemist, analytical chemist and professor who was awarded the 1997 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
  • 1914 Died: Jean Jaurès, French antimilitarist and Socialist leader. He was assassinated by Raoul Villain at the outbreak of the First World War.
  • 1914 Born: Louis de Funès, French actor regarded as one of the giants of French comedy. He is best known for his role as Ludovic Cruchot.
  • 1886 Died: Franz Liszt, Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor and teacher. He was a prominent representative of the New German School.
  • 1790 American inventor Samuel Hopkins was granted the first U.S. patent after the new patent statute. He patented the potash process.
  • 1784 Died: Denis Diderot, French philosopher, art critic and writer who was a prominent figure during the Age of Enlightenment in France.
  • 1726 Died: Nicolaus II Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician. He was one of the many prominent mathematicians in the famous Bernoulli family.
  • 1556 Died: Ignatius of Loyola, Spanish knight, hermit, Catholic priest and theologian best known for founding the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).
  • 1498 During his third voyage of exploration, Christopher Columbus discovered Trinidad. The island remained a Spanish colony until 1797.

Holidays Calendar for July 31, 2016

Martyrdom of Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq in Iran

Martyrdom of imam Ja’far al-Sadiqis an important religious and public holiday in Iran. It is celebrated on the twenty-fifth day of the month of Shawwal. Al-Sadiq is the last person to be recognized as an imam by all Shiite sects.

Feast Day of Ignatius of Loyola

July 31 is Feast Day of Ignatius of Loyola. This saint is primarily known as the founder of the Society of Jesus.

Reek Sunday in Ireland

Reek Sunday, also known as Garland Sunday, is an annual day of pilgrimage in Ireland that occurs on the last Sunday in July. On this day, pilgrims climb Croagh Patrick, a mountain in County Mayo associated with Saint Patrick.

World Ranger Day

World Ranger Day is an annual holiday established by he International Ranger Federation to celebrate the contribution of park rangers to nature protection and commemorate rangers who died or were injured in the line of duty. It is celebrated on July 31.

Navy Day in Russia

Navy Day in Russia is celebrated on the last Sunday in July. This holiday originated in the Soviet Union.

Retail Employees' Day in Ukraine and Belarus

Retail Employees’ Day is an official professional holiday in Ukraine and Belarus celebrated on the last Sunday in July.

National Tree Day in Australia

Australians are concerned about the environmental situation of Australia. Many ecological observances were created to raise public awareness of environmental issues. One of these observances is National Tree Day in Australia, that is annually observed on the last Sunday in July.

Warriors' Day in Malaysia

Warriors’ Day (Hari Pahlavan) is an annual memorial day in Malaysia observed on July 31. It was established to commemorate the servicemen killed during WWI, WWII and the Malayan Emergency.

Flag Day in Hawaii

July 31 is Flag Day in Hawaii. This holiday honors the flag of Hawaii, that officially symbolizes the islands as one of the U.S. State.

National Raspberry Cake Day

July 31 is National Raspberry Cake Day. This food holiday is a good excuse to indulge yourself with a slice of delicious cake, either homemade or store-bought.

Harry Potter's Birthday

The fans of J. K. Rowling’s saga about the world of wizards annually celebrateHarry Potter’s Birthday on July 31. According to the story, invented by Rowling, the boy who lived was born on this day in 1980.

Father's Day in the Dominican Republic

In the Dominican Republic, Father’s Day is celebrated on the last Sunday in July. Although it is not an official holiday, it is observed by many people across the country.

The Mickflieg Daily July 30th 2016

Is Manchester home to ‘real’ World Cup 1966 Jules Rimet trophy? – Boffins at Manchester University believe they have solved the riddle of the stolen 1966 World Cup trophy – and whether the real cup could actually be in a Manchester museum. Fifty years to the day …

Norovirus outbreak affects services at Royal Bolton Hospital – The Royal Bolton Hospital has been forced to close wards and cancel operations due to an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting. Four wards were shut and more than 180 outpatient operations were cancel…

Ramsbottom man jailed after gang hid cocaine and ecstasy in tyres and fridges – A Ramsbottom man linked to a gang which hid huge amounts of drugs inside vehicle tyres has been jailed. The criminals also stored cocaine in fridge freezers to avoid detection. John Myles, 22, of S…

Hospital trust fined £30k after patient’s death at Hollingworth lake – A mental health trust has been ordered to pay more than £80,000 after admitting failures which resulted in a patient killing himself while in its care. Mohammed Mansoor Elahi drowned during a canoe…

Where your cars are being parked by airport ‘meet and greet’ firms – Meet and Greet parking firms are using fields, country lanes and residential streets around Wythenshawe , Styal and Altrincham . As part of an M.E.N investigation into parking firms , we found hund…

Here’s where to go to catch all the rare Pokemon in Manchester – Still trying to catch ‘em all? Well maybe we can help. We’ve pulled together a list of some of the rare Pokemon caught by Pokemon Go users in Greater Manchester – and where they found them. An inte…

Beauty spots in Macclesfield win Green Flag awards – Three of the town’s most treasured beauty spots have been celebrated with a coveted Green Flag award. Bollington Recreation Ground, Tegg’s Nose Countryside Park and Macclesfield Canal all scooped r…

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Ex-pat County fan goes to Edgeley Park to buy season tickets for the homeless – An ex-pat County fan living in Los Angeles has travelled all the way back to Stockport to renew his season tickets – then donate them to the homeless. John Fidler, who grew up in the town centre, b…

Manchester taxi company launches Pokemon Go service to help players catch ’em all – Manchester appears to have reached peak Pokemon as local taxi company StreetCars launch a Pokemon Go service to help players catch those elusive monsters. At a fixed price of £20 per hour within th…

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Driver jailed after mum left brain damaged in police chase crash – The driver of a car who left a mother brain damaged and suffering from paralysis after smashing into her in a high speed police chase has been jailed. Lewis Rigby, 23, pleaded guilty to causing ser…

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Mystery foam found in River Irwell after ‘chemicals’ dumped in water – This is the state of the River Irwell in Salford after chemicals were dumped in it. The pictures were taken by naturalist and wildlife photographer, Dr Luke Blazejewski on Thursday night. He said: …

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Triple test: Audi A1 vs Mini Hatch vs Volkswagen Polo – Small, turbocharged engines are in. Figuratively, and literally. Here are three cars they are definitely in. The Mini Cooper has had its 1.5-litre three-pot for a while, and here we have it loaded …

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National Cheesecake Day July 30


National Cheesecake Day is observed annually on July 30th.  Cheesecake is a delicious dessert that is loved by millions around the country.  It is a sweet dessert that is a mixture of soft fresh cheese, cream cheese or cottage cheese, eggs and sugar on a crust made from crushed graham crackers, crushed cookies, pastry or sponge cake.

Cheesecakes can be prepared baked or unbaked, can be flavored and are often served topped with fruit, fruit sauce, chocolate or whipped cream.  There are many flavors in which cheesecakes can be prepared, some of which are blueberry, strawberry, pumpkin, chocolate, key lime, lemon, orange, raspberry or toffee.

It is possible that an ancient form of cheesecake may have been a popular dish in ancient Greece.  It has been found that the earliest attested mention of a cheesecake is by Greek physician Aegimus, who wrote a book on the art of making cheesecakes.

James Kraft developed a form of pasteurized cream cheese in 1912.  In 1928, Kraft acquired the Philadelphia trademark and marketed pasteurized Philadelphia Cream Cheese which is now the most commonly used cheese for cheesecake.

North America has several different styles of cheesecakes:

  • New York-style cheesecake
  • Pennsylvania Dutch-style cheesecake
  • Philadelphia-style
  • Farmer cheese cheesecake
  • Country-style cheesecake
  • Lactose-free cheesecake
  • Cheesecake Kludys
  • Chicago Style cheesecake
  • Savory cheesecake


Enjoy this recipe for Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake.  Post on social media using #NationalCheesecakeDay and encourage others to join in.

This Day in History July 30th

This Day in History

  • 2007 Died: Ingmar Bergman, Swedish director, producer, and screenwriter, one of the most accomplished and influential auteurs of all time. He is most famous for films The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Persona, Cries and Whispers, Fanny and Alexander.
  • 2007 Died: Michelangelo Antonioni, Italian director and screenwriter, best remembered for trilogy on modernity and its discontents L’Avventura, La Notte and L’Eclisse. He received numerous awards and nominations, including the Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize, Palme d’Or, Golden Lion, FIPRESCI Prize, Pietro Bianchi Award, the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Silver Ribbon, and an Academy Award.
  • 1992 Died: Joe Shuster, Canadian-American illustrator, best known as co-creator of the DC Comics character Superman. Together with Jerry Siegel, they published Superman for the first time in 1938.
  • 1978 Okinawa Prefecture in Japan changed its traffic on the right-hand side of the road to the left-hand side.
  • 1971 An All Nippon Airways Boeing 727 and a Japanese Air Force F-86 collided over Morioka, Iwate, Japan. 162 people were killed.
  • 1970 Born: Christopher Nolan: English-American director, producer, and screenwriter, creator of several commercially successful films of the early 21st century (Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight).
  • 1965 Died: Jun’ichirō Tanizaki, Japanese author, one of the major Japanese writers of modern Japanese literature. His stories are frequently narrated in the context of search for cultural identity in which constructions of the West and Japanese tradition are confronted.
  • 1963 Born: Lisa Kudrow, American actress, screenwriter, and producer, best known for role as Phoebe Buffay on the televisions series Friends. This role brought her an Emmy Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
  • 1961 Born: Laurence Fishburne, American actor and producer, best remembered for role as Morpheus in Matrix. He became the first African-American to portray Othello in a motion picture. This role brought him wide recognition.
  • 1956 Born: Delta Burke, American actress, singer, and producer, best known for role as Suzanne Sugarbaker in the CBS comedy series Designing Women. After fallout of Designing Women Burke never gained to rise to prominence.
  • 1948 Born: Jean Reno, French actor, best known for roes in Crimson Rivers, Godzilla, The Da Vinci Code, Mission: Impossible, The Pink Panther, Ronin, Les visiteurs, The Big Blue, and Léon.
  • 1947 Born: Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, French virologist and biologist, Nobel Prize laureate for discovery of HIV.
  • 1947 Born: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor, and politician, the 38th Governor of California. He rose to fame as a Hollywood action film icon, starring in Conan the Barbarian, The Terminator, Predator and other films.
  • 1945 Born: Patrick Modiano, French author and screenwriter. His works were translated into more than 30 languages. Although his works are very popular in France, only a few were in circulation in Britain, where he was awarded with the Nobel Prize.
  • 1945 USS Indianapolis was sunk by Japanese submarine I-58 during World War II. 883 seamen were killed.
  • 1932 Flowers and Trees, first Walt Disney’s cartoon short to use Technicolor. This work became the first cartoon short to win Academy Award.
  • 1930 Died: Joan Gamper, Swiss-Spanish footballer and businessman, known as the founder of several Football Clubs, most notably FC Basel, FC Zürich and FC Barcelona.
  • 1930 The first FIFA World Cup was hosted in Uruguay. The Cup was won by Uruguayan football team.
  • 1912 Died: Emperor Meiji, the 122nd Emperor of Japan, reigning the country from 1867 till his death. During his reign Japan quickly rose from a feudal state to a capitalist and imperial world power, that was caused by Japan’s industrial revolution.
  • 1898 Died: Otto von Bismarck, prominent German politician. In 1871 he founded the German Empire and declared himself the Chancellor.
  • 1865 The steamboat Brother Jonathan sank off the coast of Crescent City, California. 225 passengers were killed. During the last voyage the vessel was loaded with crates of gold, that was valued at $50 million in today’s dollars.
  • 1863 Born: Henry Ford, American industrialist, founder of the Ford Motor Company. He didn’t invent the automobile of the assembly line, but he made automobiles, that many middle class Americans could afford.
  • 1863 Representatives of the United States and tribal leaders including Chief Pocatello (of the Shoshone) signed the Treaty of Box Elder. The treaty called for peaceable relations between the two groups and contained a promise by the U.S to pay the Shoshone $5,000 yearly as compensation for the utter destitution inflicted by war.
  • 1818 Born: Emily Brontë, English author and poet, the third eldest of four surviving Brontë siblings. She is best known for her only novel Wuthering Heights, now considered a classic of English literature.
  • 1811 Died: Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, Mexican priest and soldier, leader of the Mexican War of Independence. He was executed by a firing squad at Chihuahua.
  • 1718 Died: William Penn, English businessman and philosopher, one of the key figures in the history of British colonies in the present-day USA. He founded the Province of Pennsylvania and the future Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • 1683 Died: Maria Theresa of Spain, the first wife of King Louis XIV. She is famous for her virtue and piety. She is often viewed as an object of pity in historical accounts, since she had to tolerate many illicit love affairs of her husband.
  • 1656 Swedish forces under the command of King Charles X Gustav defeated the forces of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth at the Battle of Warsaw.
  • 1629 A powerful earthquake in Naples, Italy caused death of about 10,000 people.
  • 1419 First Defenestration of Prague: a crowd of radical Hussites killed seven members of the Prague city council.

Holidays Calendar for July 30, 2016

Throne Day in Morocco

Throne Day, also known as Feast of the Throne, is a public holiday in Morocco that commemorates the enthronement of the incumbent monarch. Since 1999, it has been celebrated on July 30.

Martyrs' Day in South Sudan

Martyrs’ Day in South Sudan is observed on July 30. It is a public holiday and a remembrance day that commemorates the death anniversary of John Garang de Mabior who is widely considered the most influential person in the history of South Sudan.

Independence Day in Vanuatu

Independence Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Vanuatu celebrated on July 30. It commemorates the country’s independence from the United Kingdom and France in 1980.

National Dance Day in the USA

National Dance Day in the United States is held on the last Saturday in July. This annual observance was created by Nigel Lythgoe, producer of the television dance competition show So You Think You Can Dance.

Day of the Martyrs of the Revolution in Cuba

July 30 is Day of the Martyrs of the Revolution in Cuba. It honors those who fell victims to the dictatorial regime of Fulgencio Batista. This particular date was chosen to commemorate the Cuban revolutionary Frank País.

National Cheesecake Day

National Cheesecake Day is celebrated across the United States on July 30. It is the perfect occasion to have a slice of one of America’s favorite desserts which comes in different varieties.

International Day of Friendship

In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared July 30 asInternational Day of Friendship. This observance focuses on celebrating friendship between individuals, cultures, countries, and peoples as a means of building bridges between communities and inspiring peace efforts.

World Day against Trafficking in Persons

World Day against Trafficking in Persons is an official United Nations observance held on July 30. It was established in 2013 by the UN General Assembly. The observance focuses on raising awareness of human trafficking and the importance of stopping it.

The Mickflieg Daily July 29th 2016

Is this person the first to catch all the Pokemon Go characters in UK? – Sam Clark said he has lost two stone after walking the equivalent of five marathons as he became the first person in the UK to catch all of the Pokemon Go characters available in the country. The f…

The latest news from Britain and around the world – GOVERNMENT DELAYS HINKLEY POINT NUCLEAR POWER STATION DECISION UNTIL AUTUMN The first new UK nuclear power station in a generation faces a fresh delay after the Government said it will not make a d…

Stolen Mercedes being chased by police is clocked at 120mph on the wrong side of the M60 – Traffic police were forced to abandon a pursuit of a stolen car after it clocked 120mph – on the wrong side of a motorway. The nearly new Mercedes A200 sped for two miles along the M60 between junc…

Three more arrests after horrific attack on gran

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Murder investigation launched after death of man – A murder investigation has been launched after a man has died in Ashton-under-Lyne. Shortly before 10.50pm on Wednesday 27 July 2016 police were called to Warrington Street to a report of an assaul…

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Thai restaurant chain Chilli Banana confirm Didsbury venture – A historic newsagents and tobacconist in West Didsbury will take on a new lease of life as a Thai restaurant this autumn. The former Inman’s shop, on Lapwing Lane, closed it doors last summer after…

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Boy, 13, from Sale who was suspected to have taken ecstasy is now out of intensive care – A boy who fell seriously ill after taking a substance believed to ecstasy is out of intensive care. The 13-year-old, from Sale, has been moved from Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, where he had been …

Watch moment Deliveroo driver is arrested and handcuffed – This footage captures the moment a teenage Deliveroo rider was arrested after allegedly swearing and behaving aggressively towards mounted police and their horses. Raven Morrello, 19, claims he was…

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Celebrity Big Brother 2016 housemates revealed – Oldham panto legend Christopher Biggins, Playboy model Chloe Mafia, the brother of singing superstar Ariana Grande and 80s page three icon Samantha Fox are among the star-studded line-up living in …

School’s flashmob tribute to headteacher leaving after 30 years – This is the heart-warming moment an entire school performs a flash mob dance to pay touching tribute to a headteacher who is leaving after thirty years. ‘Remarkable’ Tim Kendrick has worked at Dids…

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First Drive: 2016 Mini John Cooper Works Challenge – If you like superbly finished tuning parts, the super-low production Mini John Cooper Works Challenge is a veritable sweet shop of spangliness. It has Nitron height-adjustable suspension with cambe…

Driver who fled police in Audi seven mile chase was suspected car-jacker wanted for two violent robberies – The driver of an Audi involved in a high-speed seven mile chase was wanted in connection with two violent robberies. Four men were arrested after the police pursuit of an Audi S3 from south Manches…

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Murder probe as man dies after attack outside McDonalds in Ashton

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Six ways Brexit could affect Greater Manchester – and what leaders are doing about it – Greater Manchester’s council leaders were very clear ahead of June 23: Brexit would be bad news for the region. Like so many others, however, they had not really expected it to actually happen. Now…

‘Violent and dishonest’ loan shark jailed

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This Day in History July 29th

This Day in History

  • 2005 Astronomers announced discovery of the dwarf planet Eris. Eris is the most massive dwarf planet known in the Solar System and the ninth most massive body known to orbit the Sun. Its estimated to be about 1/3 of the Earth’s mass.
  • 1998 Died: Jerome Robbins, American director, producer, and choreographer, primarily known for his Broadway Theater and Ballet/Dance. His most notable works were One the Town, Peter Pan, Bells Are Ringing and West Side Story.
  • 1994 Died: Dorothy Hodgkin, Egyptian-English biochemist and biophysicist, Nobel Prize laureate for discovery of structure of vitamin B12. Among her other most influential discoveries was the conformation of structure of penicillin.
  • 1987 Prime Minister of Great Britain Margaret Thatcher and President of France François Mitterrand signed an agreement on building a tunnel under the English Channel.
  • 1981 Born: Fernando Alonso, Spanish Formula One racing driver and a double World Champion and Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.
  • 1981 The wedding ceremony of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul’s Cathedral in London was worldwide broadcast. Audience of over 700 million people around the world watched the ceremony.
  • 1980 After the end of the Islamic Revolution Iran adopted its new “holy” flag, that is still used today.
  • 1979 Died: Herbert Marcuse, German sociologist and philosopher, often associated with Frankfurt School of critical theory. His most notable works were Reason and Revolution: Hegel and the Rise of Social Theory, Eros and Civilization, One-Dimensional Man.
  • 1973 Born: Wanya Morris, American singer, best known as a member of the R&B group Boyz II Men
  • 1973 A constitutional referendum on abolishment of monarchy was held in Greece. The proposal was approved by 78.6% of voters, initiating the first period of Metapolitefsi, the transitional period from dictatorship to legislative election and democratic republic.
  • 1967 The city of Caracas, Venezuela, was stricken by an earthquake during celebration of its 400th anniversary of foundation. Approximately 500 died.
  • 1958 U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law the National Aeronautics and Space Act, thus creating the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
  • 1948 After 12 years of hiatus caused by World War II, the first Summer Olympic Games (the Games of the XIV Olympiad) were held in London.
  • 1937 Born: Daniel McFadden, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize Laureate for development of theory and methods for analyzing discrete choice.
  • 1925 Born: Mikis Theodorakis, Greek composer, author of more than 1,000 songs. He wrote music to films Zobra the Greek, Z and Serpico. His is also wrote music for Syrtaki dance, the most popular non-traditional dance in Greece.
  • 1921 Adolf Hitler became the leader of the National Socialist German Working Party. This party became the ruling party in Germany and was disbanded after the end of World War II.
  • 1913 Died: Tobias Asser, Dutch lawyer and jurist, Nobel Peace Prize laureate for his role in the formation of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the first Hague peace conference in 1899.
  • 1905 Born: Clara Bow, American actress, star of silent films era, sex symbol of the 1920s. the role in film It (1927) brought her global fame and the nickname The It Girl.
  • 1900 Died: Umberto I, King of Italy from January, 1878 till his death. During the reign of Umberto I Italy saw a great expansion, gaining territories of Eritrea and Somalia. He was deeply hated by anarchists and killed by one of them.
  • 1900 Born: Eyvind Johnson, Swedish author, member of Swedish Academy and Nobel Prize laureate for a narrative art, far-seeing in lands and ages, in the service of freedom.
  • 1898 Born: Isidor Isaac Rabi, Polish-born American physicist and academic. In 1944 he received Nobel Prize award for discovery of nuclear magnetic resonance. His another achievement, is development of magnetron, that is used in microwave radar and microwave ovens.
  • 1895 Died: Floriano Peixoto, Brazilian general and politician, the 2nd President of Brazil. He came to presidency during a difficult period in the history of the country. Despite his unpopularity, he was responsible for the consolidation of the new Republican Government.
  • 1890 Died: Vincent van Gogh, Dutch painter of Post-Impressionist period. He completed many best-known paintings, among them Vase with Twelve Sunflowers, The Starry Night and Self-portrait with bandaged ear.
  • 1888 Born: Vladimir Zworykin, Russian-American engineer, known for invention of iconoscope, the first fully electronic system, that replaced earlier cameras. He also played a significant role in development of charge storage-type tubes, infrared image tubes and the electron microscope.
  • 1885 Born: Theda Bara, American actress of silent film era. She was one of the most popular actresses and sex symbol. Her roles of femme fatale earned her a nickname The Vamp. Most of films, that she made, were lost in 1937 in fire, that outbroke in the Fox vault.
  • 1883 Born: Benito Mussolini, Italian journalist and politician, leader of the National Fascist Party and Prime Minister of Italy from 1922 to 1943. Mussolini was one of the key figures in the creation of fascism.
  • 1856 Died: Robert Schumann, German composer and critic, widely regarded to be one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era.
  • 1773 Guatemala was stricken by an earthquake magnitude 7.5, numerous aftershocks lasted till December. About 600 people died during the earthquake, many more died during the next months due to starvation and diseases.
  • 1507 Died: Martin Behaim, German-Bohemian geographer and astronomer, nowadays best remembered for Erdapfel, the word’s oldest surviving globe, that he produced for the Imperial City on Nuremberg.
  • 1099 Died: Pope Urban II, best known for initiating the First Crusade and setting up the modern-day Roman Curia in the manner of a royal ecclesiastical court to help run the Church.

Holidays Calendar for July 29, 2016

Territory Day in Wallis and Futuna

On July 29, the Territory of Wallis and Futuna Islands celebrates Territory Day. This public holiday commemorates the day that Wallis and Futuna officially became a French overseas territory in 1961.

Somers Day in Bermuda

Somers Day is annually celebrated in Bermuda on Friday before the first Monday of August. This celebration is one of the days, that are known as Cup Match, and it’s dedicated to George Somers.

Saint Olaf's Day

Saint Olaf’s Day is celebrated in some Northern European countries on July 29. It commemorates the anniversary of the death of King Olaf Haraldsson of Norway. This holiday is an official flag flying day in Norway.

International Tiger Day

International Tiger Day, also referred to as Global Tiger Day, is an annual observance aimed at raising awareness of the importance of tiger conservation. It was established in 2010 at the International Tiger Forum that took place in the city of Saint Petersburg, Russia.

System Administrator Appreciation Day

The last Friday in July is a professional holiday of all system administrators,System Administrator Appreciation Day. Although it’s an unofficial holiday, it’s getting more and more popular every year and it has many names, such as Sysadmin Day.

Schools Tree Day in Australia

Schools Tree Day is a special day, when all preschools, kindergartens, primary and high schools across Australia participate in the nationwide activity of planting trees. This event is annually organized on the last Friday in July.

National Thai Language Day

National Thai Language Day is a national observance in Thailand held on July 29 each year. It is regulated by the government, but is not observed as a holiday. The observance was proclaimed in 1999.

National Anthem Day in Romania

National Anthem Day is a Romanian observance held on July 29 each year. It is not a non-working holiday, but official ceremonies are organized on the occasion.

Constitution Day in Moldova

Constitution Day in Moldova is celebrated on July 29. Unlike some other countries, the Republic of Moldova does not celebrate its Constitution Day as a public holiday, it is simply an observance.

National Lasagna Day

On July 29, cook lasagna for dinner as it is National Lasagna Day. The word “lasagna” (plural “lasagne”) refers both to a type of pasta and a dish made by interleaving lasagne sheets with layers of filling and/or sauce.

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