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  1. Melbourne, Australia.
  2. Vienna, Austria.
  3. Vancouver, Canada.
  4. Toronto, Canada.
  5. Adelaide, Australia
  6. Calgary, Canada.
  7. Sydney, Australia.
  8. Helsinki, Finland.
  9. Perth, Australia.
  10. Auckland, New Zealand.

LONDON, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Melbourne tops the ranking as the world’s most pleasant city to live in for the fourth year running, but an Economist Intelligence Unit poll also finds that turmoil in Ukraine and the Middle East have pushed other cities down the list.


Vienna, Vancouver and Toronto captured 2nd, 3rd and 4th places in the list of 140 cities released on Tuesday. Bottom was Damascus, capital of war-torn Syria, while just above it in ascending order were Dhaka in Bangladesh, Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea and Lagos, Nigeria.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/19/most-livable-city_n_5690611.html

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Captain Cook Claims New South Wales for Britain

21 August 1770

Captain James Cook formally claimed eastern Australia for Great Britain and named it New South Wales, on this day in maritime history, 21 August 1770. Cook’s journal entry from 21 August 1770 reads:

"Having satisfied my self of the great Probabillity of a Passage, thro’ which I intend going with the Ship, and therefore may land no more upon this Eastern coast of New Holland, and on the Western side I can make no new discovery the honor of which belongs to the Dutch Navigators; but the Eastern Coast from the Latitutde of 38° South down to this place I am confident was never seen or viseted by any European before us, and Notwithstand[ing] I had in the Name of His Majesty taken posession of several places upon this coast, I now once more hoisted English Coulers and in the Name of His Majesty King George the Third took posession of the whole Eastern Coast from above the Latitude down to this place by the name of New South Wales, together with all the Bays, Harbours Rivers and Islands situate upon the said coast, after which we fired three Volleys of small Arms which were Answered by the like number from the Ship.”

Above is a map of the east coast of what was then called New Holland; the map was drawn up by Captain Cook during his first voyage.

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