January 09

This Day in History

1868

The last ship to transport convicts to Australia arrives in WA

Over a period of 80 years, Australia received over 165,000 convicts on 806 ships from Great Britain starting with the First Fleet in 1788, as the British attempted to ease overcrowding in their … (more...)

1768

First modern circus

On this day, English cavalryman Philip Astley stages the first modern circus in London. Trick riders, acrobats, clowns, trained animals, and other familiar components of the circus have existed … (more...)