Sydney, Australia (JFK+50) JFK+50 wishes a HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY today, January 26, 2014, to all our friends and relatives* Down Under.
Australia Day, the national day of the continent-nation, marks the anniversary of the first British fleet to arrive here in Sydney on January 26, 1788.
Today's celebration comes on the 226th birthday of Australia.
Similar to July 4th, Independence Day, in the United States, Aussies celebrate with family gatherings, "barbies" (barbecues) and picnics.
Australia Day has become the largest civic event in the nation.
*My mother was born and raised in Sydney. Our relatives include uncles, aunts and cousins who we hope enjoy this important day in their country's history.
The fleet of eleven ships had been at sea for eight months.
"In a new country there will be no slavery and hence no slaves."
In 1937, the celebration would include the first Sydney Regatta and in 1988, the Bicentenary Celebration would see the arrival of Tall Ships from around the world and the first re-enactment of the landing of the fleet.
Because of Governor Bligh's ruling on spirits, historians call it...
"The Rum Rebellion".
The colony remained under martial law until General Lachlan Macquarie arrived as the new governor in 1810.