Henry Burrell (13 August 1904 – 9 February 1988) was a senior
commander in the Royal Australian Navy. During the 1920s and 1930s, he
served for several years on exchange with the Royal Navy, specialising
as a navigator. Following the outbreak of World War II, he filled a key
liaison post with the US Navy, and later saw action as commander of the
destroyer HMAS Norman, earning a mention in despatches. Promoted
captain in 1946, Burrell commanded the flagship HMAS Australia in
1948–49. He captained the light aircraft carrier HMAS Vengeance in
1953–54, and was twice Flag Officer of the Australian Fleet. As Chief
of the Naval Staff from 1959 to 1962, he began a major program of
acquisitions for the Navy, including new helicopters, minesweepers,
submarines and guided-missile destroyers. In 1959 Burrell was appointed
a Companion of the Order of the Bath and was raised to vice admiral. He
was knighted in 1960 and retired two years later.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
General George Monck founded "Monck's Regiment of Foot", the
predecessor to the Coldstream Guards, the oldest regiment in the British
Regular Army in continuous active service.
Spanish–American War: After a mock battle for Manila, the
Spanish commander surrendered to the United States in order to keep the
city out of the hands of Filipino rebels.
The Act on National Flag and Anthem was adopted in Japan,
formally establishing the flag of Japan (design illustrated) as the
national flag and "Kimigayo" as the national anthem.
Hurricane Charley struck the U.S. state of Florida, just
22 hours after Tropical Storm Bonnie inflicted its own damage to the
Wiktionary's word of the day:
(humorous) A rock that is believed to be a meteorite, but is in fact
terrestrial in origin; a pseudometeorite.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
The condition of all progress is experience. We go wrong a
thousand times before we find the right path. We struggle, and grope,
and hurt ourselves until we learn the use of things, and this is true of
things spiritual as well as of material things. Pain is unavoidable, but
it acquires a new and higher meaning when we perceive that it is the
price humanity must pay for an invaluable good.
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