Today in Australian History (Part 4)

Australian States & Territories: Christmas Island - Cocos (Keeling) Islands - New South Wales - Norfolk Island - Northern Territory - Queensland - South Australia - Tasmania - Victoria - Western Australia

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 489

1969-01-02 - Australian Rupert Murdoch gains control of the 'News of the World'
1969-01-29 - Sheahan & Connolly hang on for exciting draw Australia v West Indies
1969-06-02 - Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne slices US destroyer USS Frank E Evans in half, killing 74 (South Vietnam)
1969-06-30 - Derek Clayton of Australia sets Marathon record at 2:08:34
1969-12-14 - Bishen Bedi takes 7-98 (career-best) v Australia at Calcutta
1970-01-22 - Test debut of Barry Richards, South Africa v Australia, Cape Town
Media Mogul Rupert MurdochMedia Mogul Rupert Murdoch 1970-01-23 - Australia's 1st amateur radio satellite (Oscar 5) launched (California)
1970-02-06 - Graeme Pollock completes 274 v Australia at Durban
1970-03-10 - South Africa complete 4-0 series drubbing of Australia
1970-04-21 - The Principality of Hutt River (previously Hutt River Province) secedes from Australia - it remains unrecognised by Australia or other nations
1970-09-03 - Bill Halley & Comets reject $30,000 for 15 date tour of Australia
1971-01-05 - 1st one-day international, Australia v England at the MCG
1971-01-14 - John Snow takes 7-40 for England to beat Australia by 299 runs
1971-08-18 - New Zealand Prime Minister Keith Holyoake announces in Parliament that New Zealand’s combat force would be withdrawn from Vietnam before the end of the year, coinciding with a similar announcement by the Australian government
1971-10-02 - Homing pigeon averages 133 KPH (record) in 1100-km Australian race
1972-08-24 - Dennis Amiss scores 1st one-day int century, 103 v Australia
1972-12-05 - Australia Labour party wins parliamentary election
1973-02-16 - WI v Australia at Kingston, 1st time since 1955 without Sobers
1973-12-01 - Australia grants self-government to Papua New Guinea
1973-12-02 - 62nd Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Cleveland (5-0)
1974-12-25 - Cyclone Tracy virtually destroys Darwin, Australia
1975-01-09 - Australia beat England by 171 runs in 4th Test to regain Ashes
1975-01-19 - Triple J begins broadcasting in Sydney, Australia.
1975-03-01 - Colour television transmissions begin in Australia.
1975-09-16 - Papua New Guinea gains independence from Australia (National Day)
1975-11-11 - Australian PM Gough Whitlam removed from office by Governor General Sir John Kerr (1st elected PM removed in 200 yrs)
Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm FraserPrime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser 1975-11-11 - Liberal leader Malcolm Fraser sworn in as caretaker Prime Minister of Australia after sacking of the Whitlam Government by Governor General John Kerr
1975-12-13 - Australian Federal Election - Liberals with coalition under Malcolm Fraser win largest ever parliamentary majority
1976-01-27 - Viv Richards scores his 1st Test century against Australia
1976-02-05 - Australia complete 5-1 series drubbing of West Indies
1976-05-19 - Gold ownership legalized in Australia
1976-06-11 - Australian band AC/DC begin their 1st headline tour of Britain
1977-09-18 - Courageous (US) sweeps Australia (Aust) in 24th America's Cup
1977-12-04 - 66th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Sydney (3-1)
1977-12-17 - Bobby Simpson scores 176 Australia v India at the WACA, aged 41
1978-02-03 - Australia beat India 3-2 on 6th day of final test
1978-02-03 - India needing 493 to beat Australia at Adelaide, all out 445
1978-07-01 - Northern Territory of Australia becomes self-governing
1978-10-21 - Australian civilian pilot Frederick Valentich vanishes in a Cessna 182 over the Bass Strait south of Melbourne, after reporting contact with an unidentified aircraft.
1979-02-15 - Paul Shirley (21) of Australia, sucked a lifesaver for 4 hrs 40 mins
1979-03-15 - Sarfraz takes 9-86 at MCG as Australia lose 7-5 to lose the Test
1979-07-11 - US Skylab enters atmosphere over Australia & disintegrates
1980-08-17 - Azaria Chamberlain disappears, likely taken by a dingo, leading to what was then the most publicised trial in Australian history
1980-09-02 - John Arlott commentates on his last game, England v Australia at Lord's
1981-01-08 - India all out 63 in one-day international v Australia
1981-01-26 - Sandeep Patil scores memorable 174 v Australia at Adelaide Oval
1981-02-03 - Australia beats NZ 3-1 to win World Series Cup
1981-02-11 - Australia all out 83 v India at MCG chasing 143 to win
1981-07-21 - Australia set 130 to win, all out 111 at Headingley Willis 8-43
1981-08-02 - Australia set 151 to win, all out 121, Botham 5-11 in 14 overs
Cricketer Ian BothamCricketer Ian Botham 1981-08-15 - Ian Botham scores a century in 86 balls v Australia at Old Trafford
1981-11-14 - Pakistan all out 62 v Australia at WACA, Lillee 5-18
1981-12-06 - Rob de Castella of Australia sets Marathon record at 2:08:18
1982-01-27 - West Indies beat Australia 3-1 to win World Series Cup
1982-06-23 - Himmy, of Australia, weighs in at domestic cat record 20.7 kg (45 lb)
1982-09-20 - Jalaluddin takes a one-day hat-trick Pakistan v Australia
1983-01-07 - Australia regain the Ashes with a 2-1 series win v England
1983-02-13 - Australia beats NZ 2-0 to win World Series Cup
1983-02-16 - The Ash Wednesday bushfires in Victoria and South Australia claim the lives of 75 people in Australia's worst ever fires.
1983-03-05 - Bob Hawke (Labour) defeats PM Malcolm Fraser (Liberal) to win Australian general election
23rd Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke23rd Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke 1983-03-05 - NSW beat Western Australia by 54 runs to win Sheffield Shield
1983-09-26 - Australia II wins America's Cup yacht race (1st non-US winner)
1983-10-31 - Ron Grant completes a 217 day, 8,316 mile run around Australia
1983-12-28 - 72nd Davis Cup: Australia beats Sweden in Melbourne (3-2)
1984-06-08 - Homosexuality is declared legal in the state of New South Wales, Australia.
1984-09-28 - 1st floodlit ODI outside of Australia (India v Aust, New Delhi)
1984-12-02 - Bob Holland takes 9-83 for NSW against South Australia, SCG
1985-01-02 - Australia beat WI by innings at SCG, Bob Holland 10 match wkts
1985-02-17 - 1st day/night game at the MCG, Australia v England
1985-04-19 - Advance Australia Fair is proclaimed as Australia's national anthem, and green and gold as the national colours.
1985-08-20 - Hanspeter Beck of South Australia, finishes a 3,875 mile, 51 day trip from Western Australia to Melbourne on a unicycle
1985-10-04 - Henry G Perry completes 157 day, 14,021 mile bicycle tour of Australia
1985-10-06 - Marita Koch of E Germany sets 400m woman's record (47.6) in Australia
1985-10-15 - Shelley Taylor of Australia makes fastest swim ever around Manhattan Island, doing it in 6 hours 12 minutes 29 seconds
Cricketer Richard HadleeCricketer Richard Hadlee 1985-11-09 - Richard Hadlee takes 9-52 v Australia at the Gabba
1986-02-11 - Australia beat India 2-0 to win the World Series Cup
1986-04-21 - 90th Boston Marathon won by Rob de Castella of Australia in 2:07:51
1986-12-28 - 75th Davis Cup: Australia beats Sweden in Melbourne (3-2), helped by Pat Davis ranked 412th in the world
1987-02-04 - Stars & Stripes beats Australia's Kookaburra 3, sweeps America's Cup
1987-02-11 - England beat Australia 2-0 to win the World Series Cup
1987-12-14 - Allan Border scores 205 v NZ to become Australia's top rungetter
1987-12-30 - Australia hang on for draw v NZ at MCG, 1 wkt left 17 runs short
1988-01-26 - Australian 200th anniversary parade of tall ships in Sydney Harbour
1988-04-30 - World Exposition, Expo 88 opens in Brisbane Australia
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth IIQueen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II 1988-05-09 - Australia's new parliament house is opened by Queen Elizabeth II in Canberra
1988-08-22 - Australia unveils 1st platinum coin (Koala)
1988-12-06 - Merv Hughes takes 13 wickets v WI at the WACA but Australia lose
1988-12-29 - Victorian Post Office Museum in Australia closes
1989-01-18 - West Indies beat Australia 2-1 to win the World Series Cup
1989-01-26 - Test debut of Mark Taylor, Australia v West Indies, Sydney
1989-02-01 - The Western Australian towns of Kalgoorlie and Boulder amalgamate to form the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
1989-02-16 - William Hayden becomes governor-general of Australia
1989-08-13 - 2 hot-air balloons crash at Alice Springs, Australia, 13 killed
1989-12-16 - Geoff Marsh completes 355* for WA against South Australia
1989-12-28 - Earthquake at Newcastle Australia, 11 die
1990-01-19 - Test debut of Mushtaq Ahmed, v Australia at Adelaide
1990-07-01 - In Victoria, Australia, helmetless bike riding becomes illegal
1990-12-02 - 79th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in St Petersburg (3-2)
1991-01-15 - Australia beat NZ 2-0 to win the World Series Cup
1991-04-06 - Subhana, becomes 1st Australian woman to become a Zen teacher

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 1,038

1939-10-08 - Paul Hogan, Australia, actor (Crocodile Dundee, Lightning Jack)
1939-12-30 - Glenda Adams, Australian author (d. 2007)
1940-01-05 - Athol Guy, Australian singer, member of The Seekers
1940-02-27 - Bill Hunter, Australian actor
1940-03-28 - Tony Barber, Australian television personality
1940-06-23 - Diana Trask, Australia, singer (Sing Along With Mitch)
1940-08-31 - Jack Thompson [John Payne], Australian actor (Breaker Morant, The Man from Snowy River), born in Sydney, New South Wales
1940-10-15 - Peter Doherty, Australian immunologist, Nobel laureate
1941-02-07 - Peter Foxhall, Australian evangelist
1941-04-24 - John Williams, Australian guitarist (Acad Award), born in Melbourne, Victoria
1941-06-23 - Roger McDonald, Australian author
1941-10-25 - Helen Reddy, Australian rock vocalist (I Am Woman), born in Melbourne, Victoria
1942-01-01 - Judy Stone, Australian pop singer
1942-01-03 - John Marsden, Australian lawyer, gay activist (d. 2006)
1942-01-17 - Ita Buttrose, Australian journalist and businesswoman
1942-02-24 - David K Williamson, Australian screenplay/playwright (Removalists)
1942-02-24 - Colin Bond, Australian racing driver
1942-06-29 - Mike Willesee, Australian television presenter
1942-07-07 - Carmen Duncan, Australian actress
1942-07-12 - Billy Smith, Australian rugby league footballer
1942-07-20 - Ron Bowden, Australian politician
1942-07-23 - Sallyanne Atkinson, Australian politician
1942-10-18 - Larry Pickering, Australian newspaper cartoonist
1942-10-21 - Allan Grice, Australian racing driver
1943-01-09 - Robert Drewe, Australian author
1943-03-19 - Vern Schuppan, Australian racing driver
1943-05-07 - Peter Carey, Australian author
1943-05-17 - Johnny Warren, Australian Footballer (d. 2004)
1943-08-07 - Lana Cantrell, Australian singer (Those Were the Days), born in Sydney, New South Wales
1943-09-26 - Tim Schenken, Australian racing driver
1943-10-04 - Owen Keir Davidson, Australia, 4 time Wimbledon mix double champ
1944-01-03 - Blanche d'Alpuget, Australian novelist, biographer and second wife of Bob Hawke
1944-01-07 - Tony Whitlam, Australian judge
1944-01-18 - Paul Keating, twenty-fourth Prime Minister of Australia
1944-02-03 - Trisha Noble, Australian singer and actress
1944-02-09 - Derryn Hinch, Australian media personality
1944-02-10 - Peter Allen, Australia, vocalist/pianist (I Go to Rio, Legs Diamond)
1944-03-18 - Dick Smith, Australian Adventurer and Businessman
1944-04-21 - Adrian Hurley, Australian basketball coach
1944-06-30 - Glenn Shorrock, Australian rock vocalist (Little River Band), born in Sydney, New South Wales
1944-07-04 - Ray Meagher, Australian actor
1944-07-22 - Dennis Firestone, Australian racing driver
1944-08-21 - Peter Weir, Australian director/writer (Witness, Dead Poets Society), born in Sydney, New South Wales
1945-01-01 - Peter Duncan, Australian politician
1945-02-26 - Peter Brock, Australian motorsports champion (d. 2006)
1945-06-12 - Terry Anderson, American rapid fire pistol shooter (Olympic-80, 96), born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
1945-08-02 - Alex Jesaulenko, Australian rules footballer
1945-12-13 - Brian McGuire, Australian racing driver (d. 1977)
1945-12-30 - Vernon Wells, Australian actor
1946-02-19 - Peter Hudson, Australian rules footballer
1946-03-10 - Mike Hollands, Australian animator
1946-03-29 - Billy Thorpe, Australian singer (d. 2007)
1946-05-21 - David Hill, Australian TV-reporter/owner (Fox Sports)
1946-06-03 - Tristan Rogers, Australia, actor (Robert Scorpio-General Hospital)
1946-07-06 - Peter Singer, Australian philosopher
1946-07-14 - John Wood, Australian actor
1946-08-01 - Fiona Stanley, Australian epidemiologist
1946-09-16 - Mike Reynolds, Australian politician
1946-10-17 - Drusilla Modjeska, Australian writer and editor
1946-10-28 - John Hewson, Australian politician
1946-11-02 - Alan Jones, Australia, auto racer (1980 World Champion)
1947-02-01 - Normie Rowe, Australian singer
1947-03-11 - Geoffrey Hunt, Australia, world-champion squash player
1947-04-15 - Mike Chapman, Australian songwriter/producer (Chinn & Chapman)
1947-05-15 - Graham Goble, Adelaide, Australia, rock guitarist (Little River Band)
1947-05-21 - Jonathan Hyde, Australian-born actor
1947-06-03 - Mike Burgmann, Australian racing driver (d. 1986)
1947-09-28 - Bob Carr, Australian politician
1947-10-29 - Helen Coonan, Australian politician
1947-12-01 - Bob Fulton, English-born Australian rugby league footballer
1947-12-24 - Kevin Sheedy, coach of Australian Football League club Essendon FC
1948-01-25 - Ros Kelly, Australian politician
1948-03-02 - Jeff Kennett, Australian politician
1948-03-04 - Lindy Chamberlain, Australian author
1948-06-05 - Frank Estersmith, Australia, rocker (Air Supply)
1948-06-21 - Lionel Rose, Australian boxer
1948-07-06 - Wadih Saadeh, Lebanese-Australian poet
1948-08-20 - John Noble, Australian actor
1948-09-22 - Denis Burke, Australian politician
1948-12-14 - Kim Beazley, Australian politician
1948-12-15 - Cassandra Harris, Australian actress (d. 1991)
1949-01-11 - Daryl Braithwaite, Australian rock singer
1949-01-14 - Paul Chubb, Australian actor (d. 2002)
1949-03-22 - Fanny Ardant, Monte Carlo, actress (Australia, Confidentially Yours)
1949-05-15 - Wendy Pritchard, Australian women's field hockey team manager (Oly-96)
1949-06-15 - Russell Hitchcock, Australian rock vocalist (Air Supply), born in Melbourne, Victoria
1949-06-23 - Gordon Bray, Australian sports broadcaster
1949-07-01 - John Farnham, Australian singer
1949-07-19 - Ivar Kants, Australian actor
1949-07-28 - Peter Doyle, Australian singer (The New Seekers) (d. 2001)
1949-08-14 - John Tarrant, Tasmania, 1st Australian born Zen teacher
1949-08-23 - Rick Springfield, Australia, (General Hospital, Jessie's Girl)
1949-09-22 - Jim McGinty, Australian politician
1949-09-27 - Graham Richardson, Australian politician
1949-10-14 - Katy Manning, English/Australian actress
1949-10-30 - David Green, Australian rock bassist (Air Supply), born in Melbourne, Victoria
1949-11-24 - Shane Bourne, Australian comedian and actor
1949-12-04 - Pamela Stephenson, New Zealand-born Australian actress (Superman 3, Sat Night Live)
1949-12-14 - Cliff Williams, Australian rock bassist (AC/DC-Highway to Hell), born in Sydney, New South Wales
1949-12-24 - Warwick Brown, Australian racing driver

Famous Weddings

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 301 - 303 of 303

Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm FraserPrime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser (2015-03-20) 2015-03-20 - Malcolm Fraser, Australian Prime Minister (Liberal, 1975-83), dies at 84
2015-06-05 - Alan Bond, Australian tycoon/yachtsman (America's Cup), dies at 77
2015-06-17 - Ron Clarke, Australian runner (set 17 world records) and mayor, dies at 78


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