Good morning Bendigo! 04.01.14

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TODAY'S WEATHER

Max 23. Partly cloudy.

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TRAINS

No reported delays. 

NEWS OVERNIGHT

A life filled with love

PATIYA May will be remembered as a little girl who moved at 100 miles an hour, but always stopped to say ‘I love you’.’’

She loved butterflies, sandpits, jumping on the trampoline, drawing, running and swimming.

The four-year-old was about to start ‘big girl’ kinder, and was so excited she practised walking from her nan’s car to the front door on her own.

Medecins Sans Frontieres says five staff members taken by unknown group in northern Syria

Five staff members from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) have been taken from a house in northern Syria by an unknown group, the medical humanitarian group said in a statement.

MSF, also known as Doctors Without Borders, has six hospitals and four health centres in northern Syria and provides health support from neighbouring countries to within Syria as well as to Syrian refugees

THE HIT LIST

Man feared drowned at Waranga Basin

Murder charge: Wellsford man to face court

Illegal rave party: Ranger fury as 800 turn out

A life filled with love

GALLERY/VIDEO: Maryborough Highland Gathering

THE DAILY QUIZ

1. The soundtrack of the movie “Philadelphia”featured songs by Bruce Springsteen and who else?

2. Which country is home to the airline Pluna?

3. Who lived at Cemetery Ridge?

4. Which sitcom introduced viewers to the 1-2-1 Club?

5. What are denticles found on a shark?

DID YOU KNOW?

The Greek national anthem has 158 verses. 

BIRTHDAYS

If today is your big day, happy birthday!

You share a birthday with James Usher, Irish churchman-scholar (1581-1656); Jacob Grimm, German author (1785-1863); Louis Braille, French inventor of reading system for the blind (1809-1852); Sir Isaac Pitman, shorthand inventor (1813-1897); "General Tom Thumb" (Charles Sherwood Stratton), US circus midget (1838-1883); Sir William Deane, former Australian governor-general (1931-); Floyd Patterson, US world boxing champion (1934-2006); Dyan Cannon, US actress (1937-); Michael Stipe, US rock musician (1960-); Julia Ormond, British actor (1965-). 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1688 - English mariner William Dampier anchors near Cape l'Eveque on Western Australia's northwest coast.

1717 - The Triple Alliance is formed between England, France and Holland to oppose Spanish ambitions in southern Europe.

1762 - Britain declares war against Spain and Naples.

1797 - Napoleon Bonaparte defeats Austrians at Rivoli, Italy.

1885 - Dr William Grant of Davenport, Iowa, performs what is believed to be the first appendectomy. 

1997 - In Paris, a 99-year-old woman who refused to leave her unheated home is among the victims of a cold snap blamed for more than 225 deaths in Europe.

1998 - Swedish police arrest 314 after violence erupts at a neo-Nazi concert in a suburb of Stockholm.

1999 - Europe's new currency, the euro, makes a strong debut on the financial markets.

2000 - Alan Greenspan is nominated for a fourth term as chairman of the US Federal Reserve.

2011 - Salman Taseer, the governor of Pakistan's dominant province is gunned down by a bodyguard who authorities said was angry about the politician's opposition to death sentences for insulting Islam.

2012 - Michael Clarke hits an unbeaten 329 in Sydney - the highest individual Test score at the SCG and the fourth-best tally by an Australian batsman in Test history.

2013 - Australia's southern states swelter through a record-setting heatwave with temperatures above 40 C; The world's largest and most powerful atom smasher goes into a two-year hibernation in March, as engineers carry out a revamp to help it reach maximum energy levels that could lead to more stunning discoveries following the detection of the so-called "God particle".

JOKE OF THE DAY

I'm going to have to return this invisibility cloak that I got for Christmas, I just can't see myself wearing it.

Got another 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. Neil Young

2. Uruguay

3. The Addams Family

4. Dear John

5. Skin

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