14 May 2020: This day in history

  • 1787 Arthur Phillip sets sails with 11 ships of criminals to Botany Bay, Australia
  • 1830 Republic of Ecuador is founded, with Juan Jose Flores as president
  • 1934 Great dustbowl storm sweeps across US prairies
  • 1940 Winston Churchill says “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat” in his first speech as Prime Minister to British House of Commons
  • 1981 Pope John Paul II is shot and critically wounded by Turkish gunman Mehemet Ali Agca in St Peter’s Square, Vatican City
  • 1989 Approx 2,000 students begin hunger strike in Tiananmen Square, China


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