January 02

This Day in History

1955

Deadly Black Sunday bushfires in South Australia

A series of fires broke out in South Australia on this day in 1955, a tragedy that eventually became known as the Black Sunday bushfires of 1955. As with many of the notable bushfires in Australia, … (more...)

1869

World’s first traffic light explodes in London

The first traffic light in the world was installed in London on 9 December 1868 and hailed with immediate enthusiasm. The man who devised it was railway manager and engineer John Peake Knight, who … (more...)

1492

Reconquest of Spain

The kingdom of Granada falls to the Christian forces of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain--as a result, the Moors lose their last foothold in Spain. In the 13th century, the Christian … (more...)