Tuesday, 28 April 2015

28th April

The 28th April is remembered for 2 seafaring anniversaries.

Cook portrait
On this day in 1770 Captain James Cook, aboard HMS Endeavour, landed at Australia’s Botany Bay.

The area was initially named Stingray Bay by Cook because of the many stingrays caught there. But soon after he changed his mind and re-named it Botany Bay, because of the abundance of plant life.

19 years later, on this day in 1789, Fletcher Christian led the mutiny on HMS Bounty against its captain William Bligh.

Disaffected Christian and his ship-mates seized control of the vessel when in the South Pacific and turned Captain Bligh, and 18 of his fellow loyalists, adrift in an open launch.

Famous birthdays today include:

Nelle Harper Lee
Author of “To Kill a Mockingbird”, Harper Lee (89)

Radio dee-jay and TV personality Vernon Kay (41)

Former Zimbabwean cricket captain and ex-England coach Andy Flower (47)

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