On this day: Mt Kosciuszko put on the map

Strzelecki_KosciuszkoON THE EVENING OF 12 March 1840 Polish geologist Sir Pauł Edmund de Strzelecki left his expedition party behind and made the final ascent to summit of the highest peak in Australian alone – or so he claimed.

For more than a century subsequent, a cartological debate raged as to whether Strzelecki actually scaled Mt Kosciuszko (2228m) or nearby Mt Townsend (2209m), though consensus has since sided with the Polish count.

Australian Geographic

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Chile knocks out world champion Spain and survives group of death

goalIt took 11 games, three world cups and 64 years, but Chile has finally defeated its former colonial master in the beautiful game and, in doing so, sent the reigning world champion Spain crashing out of Brazil 2014.

Predictions of a “kamikaze” style offensive Chile looked spot on in the opening minutes as “La Roja” talisman Alexis Sánchez created two genuine chances in the opening two minutes of the match. But, against all odds, it was the South Americans’ desperation and desire at the back which won this most crucial of games.

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