Good morning Bendigo! 02.01.14

Good morning Bendigo! How was everyone's New Year's Day? Let me know, email merran.reed@fairfaxmedia.com.au or follow me on Twitter: @MerranReed

TODAY'S WEATHER

Max 26. A little rain.

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TRAINS

No reported delays. 

NEWS OVERNIGHT

Bendigo rallies to help Kristy

BENDIGO businesses have rallied in support of Bendigo mother Kristy Thomson, after her daughter was tragically killed in Rosalind Park this week.

Kristy was also seriously injured when a tree fell and claimed the life of her four-year-old daughter, Patiya May, on Monday.

The 31-year-old is being treated in the Alfred Hospital.

Kristy's family yesterday expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the Bendigo community, but remain focused on her recovery.

SA, Qld begin new year with scorching heatwave

Parts of Australia have started the new year in sweltering conditions, with temperatures near 50 degrees Celsius in regional South Australia and a heatwave predicted for Queensland.

According to the weather bureau, the mercury at Tarcoola in central SA hit 48.9 degrees on Wednesday afternoon, while Oodnadatta reached 47.7 degrees and Coober Pedy posted 47.4 degrees.

The fire danger rating in South Australia reached catastrophic level on Wednesday, with gale force winds from former Tropical Cyclone Christine creating challenging conditions.

- ABC

THE HIT LIST

GALLERY: Bendigo celebrates New Year's Eve

Little Patiya taken too soon

Rosalind Park fatality: Tributes left at site

GALLERY: Maryborough Highland Gathering

This is no time to be angry

THE DAILY QUIZ

1. Before the Calendar Act of 1752 what date was New Years Day?

2. When was the Panama Canal opened?

3. Which designer made clothes for young people under the Emporio label?

4. Which monarch was responsible for founding the first English zoo?

5. Who was the first president to live  in the White House?

DID YOU KNOW?

The dot on top of the letter 'i' is called a tittle. 

BIRTHDAYS

If today is your big day, happy birthday!

You share a birthday with James Wolfe, English soldier (1727-1759); Nuri as-Said, long-serving Iraqi prime minister (1888-1958); Michael Tippett, English musician (1905-1998); Isaac Asimov, Russian-born writer (1920-1992); Graeme "Shirley" Strachan, Australian singer-TV personality (1952-2001); Gabrielle Carteris, US actress (1961-); Todd Haynes, US director (1961-); Cuba Gooding Jnr, US actor (1968-); Christy Turlington, US model (1969-); Chris Cheney, Australian rock musician (1975-).

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1492 - Spaniards capture Granada, the last stronghold of the Moors in Spain.

1799 - Britain joins Russian-Turkish alliance; Napoleon Bonaparte advances into Syria.

1839 - French pioneering photographer Louis Daguerre takes the first photograph of the moon.

1878 - First telephone service in Australia when a store on Spencer Street, Melbourne, McLean Brothers and Rigg, talks with an office in Elizabeth Street.

1900 - Open door policy in China is announced by US Secretary of State John Hay.

1905 - Russians surrender Manchurian city of Port Arthur to Japanese.

1909 - Dismissal of Yuan Shih-kai places Chinese administration in Manchu hands.

1913 - Turkish garrison on Chios Island surrenders to Greeks.

1913 - First Commonwealth postage stamp, for one penny, issued in Australia 

1995 - Ousted Somali dictator Mohamed Siad Barre dies in exile; French yachtswoman Isabelle Autissier returns to Australia after being rescued by navy when her yacht is crippled in Southern Ocean during round-the-world race.

1995 - The most distant galaxy yet discovered is found by scientists using the Keck telescope in Hawaii. It is estimated to be 15 billion light years away and is named 8C 1435+63.

1996 - US government dietary guidelines acknowledge for the first time that consuming some alcohol can be healthy.

2011 - The United Nations says that it will do everything it can to locate areas where human rights abuses have allegedly occurred in Ivory Coast following disputed presidential elections.

2012- Tens of thousands of protesters jeer Hungarian leaders outside a glitzy gala to mark the country's brand new constitution, accusing the government of exerting control over everything from the media to the economy and religion.

2013 - The United Nations gives a grim new count of the human cost of Syria's civil war, saying the death toll has exceeded 60,000 in 21 months - far higher than recent estimates by anti-regime activists.

JOKE OF THE DAY

I've finally managed to finish my book on clocks and watches. It's about time.

Got a better joke? Any tips on what we should be heading out to today? Email merran.reed@fairfaxmedia.com.au 

Have a great day,

Merran 

Daily quiz answers:

1. 25 March

2. 1914

3. Armani

4. Henry I

5. John Adams

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