Good morning Bendigo - 21.07.14

Good morning Bendigo! 

It's certainly frosty out there this morning - weather stations reporting that Bendigo feels like -0.3 right now. Brrr. Stay in bed for a little while longer if you can! 

WEATHER

Partly cloudy and a top of ten degrees today. 

TRAINS

No reported delays on the Bendigo line. 

NEWS OVERNIGHT

MH17 black boxes under rebel watch in Donetsk

Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine say they are keeping what they believe to be the MH17 black boxes in the eastern city of Donetsk, but they say they will need experts to confirm the boxes are in fact the doomed plane's flight recorders.

Ukrainian officials had feared the black boxes, which could offer an insight into the last moments of the flight, may be handed over to Russia or tampered with by the rebels who Kiev says are trying to destroy evidence of their – and Moscow's– involvement in the downing of the plane.

MH17: Victims loaded onto 'train of the dead'

A ‘train of the dead’ sits in a dilapidated eastern Ukraine station, its reeking carriages packed with 200 numbered and tagged bags containing human remains from the MH17 crash site.

It is almost certain that some of the bodies are Australians.

Picture: THE AGE

Picture: THE AGE

Dutch couple's shock

A BENDIGO Dutch couple has told of their shock and heartbreak after learning MH17 had been shot down, having taken the same flight a few weeks earlier.

Anne Janssen, 76, and Jim Amsing, 75, flew from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on their way home to Bendigo after a month's holiday in the Netherlands on board a Malaysian Airlines plane on Friday, June 13.

TODAY IN HISTORY

365 - Crete Earthquake followed by tsunami around the Eastern Mediterranean allegedly destroys Alexandria

1866 - Cholera epidemic kills hundreds in London

1884 - 1st Test Cricket match played at Lord's

1947 - Indonesia begins 1st political election

1964 - Mildred Simpson runs female world record marathon (3:19:33)

1976 - 1st outbreak of "Legionnaire's Disease" kills 29 in Phila

1984 - 1st documented case of a robot killing a human in US

2007 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final book in the bestselling Harry Potter series is released.

2013 - 15 Egyptian Army soldiers are killed after their bus crashes into a truck on the Mediterranean Coast Highway

BIRTHDAYS

1774 - Daniel D Tompkins, (D-R), 6th US vice-president (1817-25)

1862 - Damrong Rajanubhab, Thai prince and historian (d. 1943)

1892 - Reinhold Niebuhr, US, theologian (Nature & Destiny of Man)

1940 - Michael Ruse, Canadian philosopher

1948 - Lionel Rose, Australian boxer

1953 - Benazir Bhutto, 1st female leader of a Moslem nation (Pakistan)

1953 - Charlie

1971 - Nicole Stevenson, Melbourne Australia, backstroker (Oly-bronze-92, 96)

1974 - Craig Lowndes, Australian racing driver

1976 - Nigel Lappin, Australian footballer

1987 - Dale Thomas, AFL footballer

JOKE OF THE DAY

What kind of dog has no tail?

A hot dog.

DAILY QUIZ

1: What mammal is the only known one that lays eggs?

2: Natalie Cook won gold for Australia in which Olympic sport?

3: In which country are the Cambrian mountains?

4: Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island, is off the coast of which Australian state?

5: Denny Crane was a character in which 2004-2008 American TV series?

DID YOU KNOW

Per capita, we read more newspapers than any other nation

QUIZ ANSWERS

Queensland; Boston Legal; Platypus; Beach volleyball; Wales;

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