Darwin in History

Historical Events

  • 1928-02-22 1st solo flight from England to Australia lands in Darwin, 15 ½ days after take off, piloted by Australian aviator Bert Hinkler
  • 1942-02-19 About 150 Japanese warplanes attack the Australian city of Darwin
  • 1942-11-23 Japanese bombing of Port Darwin, Australia
  • 1943-02-06 1st Spitfire in action above Darwin, Australia, Mu Ki-46 shot down
  • 1974-12-25 Cyclone Tracy virtually destroys Darwin, Australia
  • 1975-04-29 Charles McMahon and Darwin Judge are the last two United States servicemen killed in Vietnam during the Vietnam War
  • 2002-05-14 Ten members of the Darwin-based Network Against Prohibition invade the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory of Australia.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1964-09-05 Frank Farina, Australian footballer, born in Darwin, Australia
  • 1971-02-25 Nova Peris, field hockey left halfback (Olympics 1996), born in Darwin, Australia
  • 1971-09-22 Ian Van Der Wal, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Darwin, Australia
  • 1989-08-04 Jessica Mauboy, Australian singer (Young Divas), born in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia