Good morning Bendigo! 26.01.14

Good morning Bendigo! 

TODAY'S WEATHER

Max 30. Sunny.

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TRAINS

No reported delays. 

NEWS OVERNIGHT

Fatal crash in Tragowel

POLICE are investigating a crash which claimed a man’s life in Tragowel overnight.

Investigators believe the man was ejected from a utility travelling east along Gilmour Lane just before midnight.

Passenger takes control of plane after pilot blacks out near Forbes Airport

A pilot who blacked out while flying a light plane in the New South Wales central west has had a lucky escape, along with his passenger, police say.

Police and paramedics were called to the Forbes Airport on Saturday afternoon after the plane's passenger radioed for help when the pilot became ill.

- ABC

THE HIT LIST

Blake's legacy

The heartbreak of a bushfire

Dropping a bombshell at the Fryerstown Antique Fair

House of the week: The right what and where

GALLERY: Bendigo Junior Classic

BIRTHDAYS

If today is your big day, happy birthday! 

You share a birthday with Ugo Fiscolo, Italian author (1778-1827); Douglas Macarthur, US general (1880-1964); Stephane Grappelli, French jazz violinist (1908-1997); Nicolae Ceausescu, Romanian head of state (1918-1989); Akio Morita, Japanese co-founder of Sony (1921-1999); Paul Newman, US actor (1925-2008); Scott Glenn, US actor (1941-); Lucinda Williams, US singer (1953-); Kim Hughes, Australian cricketer (1954-); Eddie Van Halen, Dutch-born guitarist (1955-); Ellen DeGeneres, US actress (1958-); Li Cunxin, Chinese-Australian dancer (1961-); Andrew Ridgeley, British musician (1963-); Jazzie B, British singer of Soul II Soul fame (1963-); Catherine Martin, Australian costume and production designer (1965-). 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1500 - The Brazilian coast is discovered by Spanish navigator Vicente Yanes Pinzon.

1788 - A British fleet, carrying the first settlers from England including a group of convicts, arrives in Sydney.

1875 - The electric dental drill is patented by its inventor, George F Green of Kalamazoo.

1885 - In Sudan, British General Charles Gordon is killed as Khartoum is captured by the Mahdi.

1891 - Nikolaus August Otto, German engineer and developer of the four-stroke internal combustion engine, dies.

1905 - The World's largest diamond, the Cullinan, is discovered near Pretoria, weighing 3,106 carats.

2009 - Prime Minister Kevin Rudd rules out a change to the date of Australia Day, celebrated on 26 January.

2010 - Thousands of Venezuelan university students protest against President Hugo Chavez again, accusing the socialist leader of forcing an opposition-allied TV channel off cable and satellite as a means of silencing his critics.

2011 - President Hamid Karzai criticises the international community for meddling in Afghanistan's elections as he reluctantly swears in a new parliament.

2012 - Oscar winning actor Geoffrey Rush is named 2012 Australian of the Year; The prime minister and opposition leader are rushed from a Canberra restaurant by Julia Gillard's security after Aboriginal tent embassy protesters surround it and bang on the glass windows; the head of a French firm making silicone breast implants is arrested after it emerges that many of the devices installed in women around the world may contain toxic substances.

2013 - French and Malian troops regain control of the airport and bridge of the crucial, northern city of Gao, marking their biggest advance yet in their bid to oust al-Qaeda-linked extremists who have controlled northern Mali for months. 

JOKE OF THE DAY

I like ceilings. You could call me a ceiling fan.

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 

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