Tag Archives: May 13
Uzbekistan: The Andijan Massacre
On this day in 2005, the Andijan Massacre occured in Uzbekistan when Uzbek Interior Ministry and National Security Service personnel fired into protesters in Andijan. The death toll could have been anything between 187 and 1500 people killed.
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First Fleet Leaves England for Australia
On this day in 1787, 11 ships known as the First Fleet left England for Australia. On board were 1487 people, including 778 convicts. Their destination was Botany Bay in what was then known as New Holland. The expedition was under the leadership of Captain Arthur Phillip, soon to be Governor Phillip and later Admiral Phillip. The First Fleet arrived at Botany Bay from the 18th January 1788.
An account of the journey can be found at the Internet Archive. I am currently working on a copy of this work for the Tracing our History website.
A Narrative of the Expedition to Botany Bay, by Watkin Tench