Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Today in History: May 13

  • 1787 Captain Arthur Phillip leaves England with 11 convict ships to create a penal colony in Australia in order to begin "settling" that country to support England's territorial claims.
  • 1857 British bacteriologist Ronald Ross born; 1902 Nobel, for discovering the malaria parasite in the Anopheles mosquito -- proving that the disease is transmitted by mosquitos.
  • 1937 American writer Roger Zelazny born; wrote This Immortal (AKA And Call Me Conrad) (1966, Hugo), Four for Tomorrow (1967), Lord of Light (1967, Hugo/68), Isle of the Dead (1969), Nine Princes in Amber (1970), Jack of Shadows (1971), My Name is Legion (1976), Changeling (1980), A Night in the Lonesome October (1993).
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