Good morning Bendigo 16.12.13

Good morning Bendigo! Are you getting your ATAR results today? Keen to have a chat with us about the experience? Email merran.reed@fairfaxmedia.com.au 

TODAY'S WEATHER

Max 30. Sunny.

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TRAINS

No reported delays. 

NEWS OVERNIGHT

Nelson Mandela laid to rest in state funeral in boyhood village of Qunu

Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president and one of the 20th century's iconic political figures, has been laid to rest during a state funeral in Qunu.

Mandela, described during the service as South Africa's "greatest son", was remembered as a freedom fighter, a ground-breaking politician and activist, and a loving patriarch.

- ABC

Peter O'Toole, star of Lawrence of Arabia, dies aged 81

Irish actor Peter O'Toole, the star of the 1962 Oscar-winning epic Lawrence of Arabia, has died aged 81, his agent Steve Kenis said.

"He was one of a kind in the very best sense and a giant in his field," he said.

The hell-raising icon of stage and screen was nominated for eight Oscars before finally being given an honorary award in 2003.

- ABC

WHAT WE'RE CHASING TODAY

ATAR results are released today. We'll head along to Bendigo high schools to speak to some students. 

THE HIT LIST

Gallery: Heathcote Community Carols

SOCIAL PICS: The Axedale Tavern

Gallery: Canterbury Carols Eaglehawk

Cruel and callous Christmas theft

GALLERY: Bendigo Golf Club Christmas Challenge

BIRTHDAYS

If today is your big day, happy birthday!

You share a birthday with Australian actress Miranda Otto, American anthropologist Margaret Mead and English novelist Jane Austen. 

THIS DAY IS FAMOUS FOR

1773 - American colonists, dressed as Indians, dump 342 chests of tea overboard from a British ship in the Boston Harbour, staging a protest against British taxation. The event becomes known as the Boston Tea Party.

1990 - Haitians elect populist priest Jean-Bertrand Aristide in the country's first fully democratic election.

1991 - The UN General Assembly rescinds its 1975 resolution equating Zionism with racism by an 111-25 vote.

1993 - The Israeli army closes off four Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank after the troops receive their first clear mandate to restrain settlers.

2010 - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is released on bail - confined to a supporter's English estate but free to get back to work spilling US government secrets on his website as he fights Sweden's attempt to extradite him on allegations of rape and molestation.

2011 - Three Islamic extremists - Wissam Mahmoud Fattal, 35, Saney Edow Aweys, 28, and Nayef El Sayed, 27 - are jailed for 18 years for plotting to kill Australian soldiers in a terrorist attack on Sydney's Holsworthy Army Base; Indonesia announces it will slash live cattle imports by almost half from next year, with most parties blaming the government's live export ban earlier in the year for the decision.

2012 - A 23-year-old woman is brutally gang-raped on the private bus she boarded in Delhi after watching a film. She died from her injuries 13 days later. The incident sparked national and international outrage.

THE DAILY QUIZ

1. A king rules a kingdom but what does a queen rule?

2. What powered James Watt’s engine built in 1777?

3. An alloy is a combination of two different what?

4. What precious metal is associated with the Lone Ranger?

5. An entrechat and a glissade appear in what type of dancing?

DID YOU KNOW?

Sharks can sense a drop of blood from 4km away. 

JOKE OF THE DAY

If you throw a pencil up in the air, is it still stationery?

Got another joke? Any tips on what we should be heading out to today? Send it in to merran.reed@fairfaxmedia.com.au 

Have a great day,

Merran 

Daily quiz answers. 1. Kingdom. 2. Steam. 3. Metals. 4. Silver. 5. Ballet

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