Today in Australian History (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 519

  • 1967-12-28 56th Davis Cup: Australia beats Spain in Brisbane (4-1)
  • 1968-01-31 Nauru (formerly Pleasant Island) declares independence from Australia
  • 1968-06-10 4h Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats France 20-2
  • 1968-06-24 Australia all out for 78 v England at Lord's
  • 1968-10-14 A 6.8 earthquake wrecked the Australian town of Meckering, and also ruptured all major roads and railways nearby.
  • 1968-12-28 57th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Adelaide (4-1)

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1969-01-02 Australian Rupert Murdoch gains control of the 'News of the World'

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch
Media Mogul
Rupert Murdoch
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1970-11-08 5th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats Great Britain 12-7
  • 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• 1971-08-18 New Zealand Prime Minister Keith Holyoake announces in Parliament that New Zealand’s combat force would be withdrawn from Vietnam before the end of the year, coinciding with a similar announcement by the Australian government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
  • 1972-11-11 6th Rugby League World Cup: Australia and Great Britain tie 10-10; Great Britain awarded the cup
  • 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)

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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

Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Fraser
  • 1975-11-12 7h Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats England 25-0
  • 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
  • 1977-06-25 8th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats Great Britain 13-12
  • 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, after India are all out for 445 chasing 493 to win
  • 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 cricket's 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

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1981-08-15 Ian Botham scores a century in 86 balls v Australia at Old Trafford

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham
  • 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 cricket's 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
  • 1982-09-30 12th Commonwealth Games open in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1982-10-09 12th Commonwealth Games close in Brisbane, 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 cricket's 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.

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1983-03-05 Bob Hawke (Labour) defeats PM Malcolm Fraser (Liberal) to win Australian general election

23rd Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke
23rd Australian Prime Minister
Bob Hawke
Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Fraser
  • 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

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1985-11-09 Richard Hadlee takes 9-52 v Australia at the Gabba

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee
  • 1986-02-11 Australia beat India 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • 1986-04-21 90th Boston Marathon: Rob de Castella of Australia 1st man in 2:07:51 and Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway 1st woman in 2:24:55
  • 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 cricket's 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

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1988-05-09 Australia's new parliament house is opened by Queen Elizabeth II in Canberra

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1988-08-22 Australia unveils 1st platinum coin (Koala)
  • 1988-10-09 9th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats New Zealand 25-12
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 1,042

  • 1939-08-12 Pam Ryan-Kilborn, Australia, hurdler (Olympic-silver-1968)
  • 1939-09-05 George Lazenby, Goulburn Australia, actor (OHMSS-James Bond)
  • 1939-10-07 Clive James, Australian television presenter and writer
  • 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 (True History of the Kelly Gang), born in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria
  • 1943-05-17 Johnny Warren, Australian Footballer (d. 2004)
  • 1943-07-26 Roger Smalley, British-Australian composer, born in Swinton, Lancashire (d. 2015)
  • 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

Famous Weddings


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Famous Deaths

Deaths 301 - 305 of 305

  • 2015-01-29 Colleen McCullough, New Zealand-born Australian author (The Thorn Birds), dies at 77

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2015-03-20 Malcolm Fraser, Australian Prime Minister (Liberal, 1975-83), dies at 84

Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Fraser
  • 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
  • 2015-08-18 Roger Smalley, British-Australian composer, dies at 72