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On This Day

30th September

2005 - A Danish newspaper published a series of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, which Muslims found so insulting that 140 people died in the ensuing violence.

(140 people died in the resulting protests - now that's a crime.)

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27th September

1998 - Google officially came into the world.

They formally incorporated the company, Google Inc., on September 7, 1998 at a friend's garage in Menlo Park, California. But according to Google, they are 10 years old today, so who am I to argue.

Official Google Blog

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22nd September

1977 - Steve Biko, the leader of the black consciousness movement in South Africa, died in police custody.


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18th September

1970 - Music Legend Jimi Hendrix died after collapsing at a party in London.

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16th September 
1968 - Royal Mail, in the UK, began the two-tier postal system of first and second class stamps.

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11th September

1944 - An allied bombing raid on the German city of Darmstadt killed an estimated 12,300 inhabitants and made 70,000 people homeless.


"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron."Dwight Eisenhower
2001 - Four commercial passenger jet airliners were hijacked. The hijackers intentionally crashed two of the airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. The hijackers crashed a third airliner into the Pentagon. The fourth plane crashed into a field near Shanksville in rural Somerset County, Pennsylvania, after some of its passengers a…

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3rd September

2004 - The Beslan school hostage crisis ended with the overall loss of 344 civilians, at least 172 of whom were children.

"For nothing is fixed, forever and forever and forever, it is not fixed; the earth is always shifting, the light is always changing, the sea does not cease to grind down rock. Generations do not cease to be born, and we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have. The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us. The moment we cease to hold each other, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out." James Baldwin

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2nd September

1666 - The Great Fire of London began. It destroyed 13,000 houses in four days.

Interesting Fact - Grumbling

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According to a study commissioned by the Society For The Protection Of Animals Abroad, the average British worker spends the equivalent of two weeks a year grumbling about work.

(The most common gripes generally take up a total of 20 minutes of the working day, and include the amount of junk mail received, being copied into emails that are not related to their work, and someone stealing a favourite mug.

The top 20 office grumbles were:-

1. Getting a phone call when you're literally about to leave the office
2. Computers being slow
3. IT issues
4. The temperature being too low/high  (See 5 and 10)
5. No air conditioning - I guess that's about the temperature being too high.
6. Computers crashing
7. Printers jamming or breaking down
8. Colleagues who are difficult to work with
9. When someone uses your desk when you're away and leaves it messy
10. Freezing cold air conditioning - That's about the temperature being too low.
11. Being in the office when the weather is lov…

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