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Australian History

Saturday, October 23, 1965. :   Canberra, capital city of Australia, begins operation of its first two sets of traffic lights.

     The world's first traffic light was operating in London, England, even before the advent of the automobile. Installed at a London intersection in 1868, it was a revolving gas-lit lantern with red and green signals. However, on 2 January 1869, the light exploded, injuring the policeman who was operating it. It was not until the early 1900s that Garrett Morgan, an African-American living in Cleveland, Ohio, developed the electric automatic traffic light. Originally based on a semaphore-system, traffic lights gradually evolved through the years to become the red-amber-green lights they are today.

Canberra's first two sets of traffic lights were brought into operation on 23 October 1965, some thirty years after Sydney received its first traffic lights, in 1933. The Canberra lights were located at the junction of Northbourne Avenue and London Circuit, and Northbourne Avenue and Cooyong Street.


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Thought For Today
If you become angry, do not let your anger lead you into sin, and do not stay angry all day.
Ephesians 4:26 (c) GNB
Don't let the sun go down on your wrath. Clear up today and don't let the problems drag into your tomorrow.

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