Britannica Reports This Day in History
On this day in 1788, Arthur Phillip, who had sailed into what is now Sydney Cove with a shipload of convicts, hoisted the British flag and established the first permanent European settlement on the continent of Australia.
More Events on this day:
1950: India became a republic, achieving full independence from Great Britain.
1942: The first U.S. expeditionary force to land in Europe during World War II reached Ireland.
1885: British General Charles George Gordon and other defenders of Khartoum were killed by Mahdists.
1837: Michigan became the 26th U.S. state admitted to the union.