Melbourne in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

  • 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.
  • 1978-12-08 Commencement of the 1st day/night World Series Cricket supertest at VFL Park, Melbourne
  • 1981-02-01 Australian cricket captain Greg Chappell sensationally instructs younger brother Trevor to bowl underarm to Brian McKechnie with NZ needing 6 from last ball to tie 3rd World Series ODI in Melbourne; Australia wins by 6
  • 1983-02-13 Opener Steve Smith with 117 and Geoff Lawson 3-11 guide Australia to 149 run win over New Zealand in cricket's World Series Cup 2nd Final in Melbourne; win series, 2-0

Sports History

1984-12-06 Helena Suková snaps Martina Navratilova's 74-match winning streak 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the semi finals of the Australian Open in Melbourne; ends Navratilova's hopes of completing the Grand Slam

  • 1985-08-20 Hanspeter Beck of South Australia, finishes a 3,875 mile, 51 day trip from Western Australia to Melbourne on a unicycle
  • 1989-12-09 "Les Miserables" opens at Princess Theatre, Melbourne
  • 1991-01-15 Dean Jones (76) and Mark Taylor (71) lead Australia to 7 wicket win over New Zealand in cricket's World Series Cup 2nd Final in Melbourne; win series, 2-0
  • 1992-03-01 In a rematch of one of the most controversial decisions in boxing history, Ghana's WBC super featherweight champion Azumah Nelson KOs Australian Jeff Fenech in 8th round in Melbourne

Sports History

1992-03-25 Cricket World Cup, Melbourne (MCG): Imran Khan scores 72 in his final ODI as Pakistan beats England by 22 runs for their first title; Martin Crowe (NZ), Player of Series

President's Cup

1998-12-13 Presidents Cup Golf, Royal Melbourne GC: International team wins for first time; Shigeki Maruyama and Steve Elkington unbeaten as Internationals beat US 20½–11½

  • 1999-10-31 Yachtsman Jesse Martin returns to Melbourne after 11 months of circumnavigating the world, solo, non-stop and unassisted.
  • 2000-09-11 Activists protest against the World Economic Forum meeting in Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2006-03-15 18th Commonwealth Games open in Melbourne, Australia
  • 2007-03-23 Burnley Tunnel catastrophe occurs in Melbourne, Australia

World Record

2007-04-01 American super swimmer Michael Phelps smashes his own world record in the 400m individual medley (4:06.22) to win his record 7th gold medal at the World Championships in Melbourne, Australia

  • 2011-11-20 Presidents Cup Golf, Royal Melbourne GC: Jim Furyk wins all 5 of his matches as US beats International team, 19-15
  • 2012-09-30 Melbourne Storm defeat the Canterbury Bulldogs in the 2012 NRL Grand Final
  • 2012-11-06 Green Moon wins the Melbourne Cup race at Flemington
  • 2014-11-04 Protectionist wins the 2014 Melbourne Cup
  • 2015-03-29 Cricket World Cup, Melbourne (MCG): Australia defeats fellow host New Zealand by 7 wickets to win their 5th title; Player of Series: Mitchell Starc
  • 2015-05-17 Melbourne Victory FC defeats Sydney FC to win the Australian A-League
  • 2015-11-03 Melbourne Cup won by Prince of Penzance ridden by Michelle Payne; first female jockey to win the event
  • 2015-11-15 Holly Holm defeats UFC Champion Ronda Rousey in an upset in Melbourne, Australia
  • 2017-01-20 Car ploughs into pedestrians in central Melbourne, killing 6 and injuring 27
  • 2017-02-21 Plane crashes into shopping centre in Essendon, Melbourne, Australia killing the five people on board
  • 2017-06-15 Rebel Wilson win defamation case against Bauer Media at The Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne
  • 2017-09-13 Actress Rebel Wilson awarded $4.56 million in damages in libel case against Bauer Media in Melbourne, largest defamation payout in Australia
  • 2017-11-07 Melbourne Cup: Joseph O’Brien at 24 is the youngest trainer to win with Rekindling jockeyed by Corey Brown
  • 2018-10-27 Australian 7-year old mare Winx wins unprecedented fourth consecutive Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in Melbourne; her record 29th-straight win and her 22nd Group 1 racing success
  • 2018-11-09 Attacker stabs three, killing one in Melbourne, Australia, with homeless man hailed as hero for using shopping trolley to stop him
  • 2019-02-26 Catholic Cardinal George Pell convicted of child sexual abuse in Melbourne, Australia. As treasurer at the Vatican, the highest-ranking church official to be convicted; overturned in 2020
  • 2019-04-12 Melbourne captain Cameron Smith becomes highest point scorer in Australian Rugby League history; 49th minute penalty in Storm's 18-12 win over North Queensland in Townsville takes him to 2,420; Hazem El Masri, 2,418
  • 2019-12-15 Presidents Cup Golf, Royal Melbourne GC: US wins 6 of the 12 final day singles with 4 tied to beat the International team, 16-14; 8th straight American victory

Australian Men's Tennis Open

2020-02-02 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković of Serbia rallies to beat Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 for a record-extending eighth title at Melbourne Park

  • 2020-03-08 ICC T20 World Cup Women's Cricket, Melbourne: Defending champions Australia beats India by 85 runs; Beth Mooney [77no] Player of the Series; Alyssa Healy 75 off 39 balls MVP; crowd 86,174
  • 2020-07-01 Australian state of Melbourne re-imposes a COVID-19 lockdown on 36 Melbourne suburbs affecting 300,000 people
  • 2020-07-08 Australian city of Melbourne goes back into lockdown for six weeks after second outbreak of 700 active cases

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 192 of 192

  • 1954-11-17 Mark "Chopper" Read, Australian criminal and crime author (Chopper: From the Inside), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2013)
  • 1955-05-01 Julien Wiener, Australian cricket batsman (6 Tests, top score 93; 7 ODIs), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1955-07-05 Peter McNamara, Australian tennis player (Australian Open doubles 1979, Wimbledon doubles 1980, 82), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 2019)
  • 1956-03-02 Mark Evans, Australian rock bassist (AC/DC), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1957-05-22 Gary Sweet, Australian actor (Alexandra's Project - Steve), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1958-08-03 Ana Kokkinos, Greek-Australian film director (The Secret Life of Us), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1959-01-08 Paul Hester, Australian drummer (Split Enz; Crowded House, 1985-94 -"Don't Dream It's Over"; "It's Only Natural"), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2005)
  • 1959-08-30 Mark Jackson, Australian rules footballer and actor, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1960-02-23 Alan Griffin, Australian politician, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1960-04-20 Debbie Flintoff-King, Australian athlete (Olympic gold 400m hurdles 1988), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1960-04-25 Bruce Redman, Australian film producer (Seed), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1961-01-07 Andrew Thomson, Australian politician, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1961-10-07 Brian Mannix, Australian rock singer (Uncanny X-men - "How Do You Get Your Kicks?"), and actor, born in Melbourne, Australia

Steve Irwin

1962-02-22 Steve Irwin, Australian naturalist & TV personality (The Crocodile Hunter), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 2006)

  • 1962-09-03 Costas Mandylor, Australian-born actor Picket Fences), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1963-06-27 Paul Roos, Australian rules footballer, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1963-07-19 Garth Nix, Australian author (Keys to the Kingdom), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1964-01-18 Jenny Holliday, Australian softball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1964-09-16 Mary Coustas, Greek-Austalian actress and comedian, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1965-03-07 Cameron Daddo, Australian actor (Brian Petersen-Models Inc), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1965-03-20 Danielle Woodward, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Pat Cash

1965-05-27 Pat Cash, Australian tennis player (Wimbledon 1987), born in Melbourne, Victoria

  • 1965-06-28 Michele Timms, Australian WNBA guard (Phoenix Mercury, Olympics 1988, 96), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1965-10-25 Warren Ayres, Australian cricketer (Victorian right-handed batsman since 1987-88), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1966-09-13 Louis Mandylor, Australian actor (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1967-04-11 Lachlan Dreher, Australian field hockey goal keeper (Olympic silver 1992, 96), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1967-10-04 Nick Green, Australian rower and administrator (Olympic gold 1992, 96; CEO Cycling Australia), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1967-11-01 Tina Arena, Australian pop singer and songwriter ("Don't Ask"), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1967-11-05 Grant Leury, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Kylie Minogue

1968-05-28 Kylie Minogue, Australian pop singer-songwriter ("Can't Get You Out of My Head"), and actress, born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  • 1968-12-01 Sarah Fitz-Gerald, Australian squash player (World Open 1996-98, 2001-02, British Open 2001-02), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1969-01-15 Rod de Highden, Australian 5k/10k/marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1969-01-19 Luc Longley, Australian NBA center (Chicago Bulls), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1969-01-22 Shelley Sandie, Australian basketball guard (Olympics 1988, 96), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1969-04-23 Richard Wolstencroft, Australian filmmaker and founder of the Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cate Blanchett

1969-05-14 Cate Blanchett, Australian actress (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Lord of the Rings), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Shane Warne

1969-09-13 Shane Warne, Australian cricket spin bowler and broadcaster (145 Tests, 708 wickets, BB 8/71; 194 ODIs; Victoria CA, Hampshire CCC), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2022)

  • 1969-09-22 Nicole Bradtke, Australian tennis star (1995 Auckland), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1969-12-10 Darren Berry, Australian cricketer (Victorian wicket-keeper since 1989-90), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1970-05-17 Jodie Rogers, Australian diver (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1970-05-25 Danni Roche, Australian field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1970-06-26 Nicole Richardson, Australian softball outfielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1970-09-06 Shane Heal, Australian basketball guard (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1971-01-17 Peter Winter, Australian decathlete (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1971-03-15 Patrick Reidy, Australian basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1971-05-07 Cameron McFadzean, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1971-06-21 Nicole Stevenson, Australian backstroker (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1971-07-12 Robert Allenby, Australian golfer (4 PGA Tour titles), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1971-09-05 Adam Hollioake, England cricketer, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1971-10-20 Dannii Minogue, Australian singer, sister of Kylie Minogue, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1972-02-06 Mark Labbrook, Australian 200m/400m runner (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1972-02-17 Richard MacQuire, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1972-04-17 Benjamin Dodwell, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1972-05-03 Brett Hayman, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne
  • 1972-08-18 Shaun Wilson, Australian artist and filmmaker, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1973-02-22 Kimberly Davies, Australian actress (Baywatch), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1973-11-12 Radha Mitchell, Australian actress, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1974-01-25 Daniel Sproule, Australian field hockey halfback (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1975-10-09 Mark Viduka, Australian soccer striker (Olyroos, Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1976-04-06 Simon Coombes, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1976-11-07 Mark Philippoussis, Australian tennis star (140 MPH serve), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1977-01-17 Leigh Whannell, Australian screenwriter & actor, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1977-07-06 Con Blatsis, Australian footballer, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1977-08-29 Charlie Pickering, Australian comedian, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1978-04-16 Matthew Lloyd, Australian rules footballer, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1979-02-12 Jesse Spencer, Australian actor, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1979-07-06 Nic Cester, Australian musician (Jet), born in Dingley, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1979-10-09 Todd Kelly, Australian racing driver, born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1980-02-11 Marco Bresciano, Australian soccer player, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1981-11-26 Natalie Gauci, Australian Idol 2007 winner, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1981-12-11 Hamish Blake, Australian comedian, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1982-02-11 Neil Robertson, Australian snooker player (2010 world champion), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1982-08-30 Will Davison, Australian racing driver (Bathurst 100 2009, 2016), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1982-12-13 Anthony Callea, Australian singer and songwriter, born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1983-02-06 Jamie Whincup, Australian racing driver, born in Melbourne, Australia

Holly Valance

1983-05-11 Holly Valance, Australian actress (Felicity "Flick" Scully-Neighbours) and singer, born in Melbourne, Victoria

Chris Hemsworth

1983-08-11 Chris Hemsworth, Australian actor (Thor, Avengers), born in Melbourne, Victoria

  • 1983-08-19 [Melissa] Missy Higgins, Australian singer-songwriter (Scar; The Sound Of White), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1983-09-08 Chris Judd, Australian rules football player, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1984-04-10 Zoe, 1st frozen-embryo child, born in Melbourne Australia
  • 1985-01-29 Isabel Lucas, Australian actress, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1985-11-05 Kate DeAraugo, Australian singer (3rd winner of Australian Idol 2005), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1986-01-29 Mark Howard, English football player, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1986-03-20 Ruby Rose, Australian model, actor (Orange is the New Black) recording artist, and gender activist, born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1988-12-07 Emily Browning, Australian actress (Ghost Ship), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1989-10-24 Eliza Taylor-Cotter, Australian actress (Neighbours), born in Melbourne, Australia

Liam Hemsworth

1990-01-13 Liam Hemsworth, Australian actor (Hunger Games films), born in Melbourne, Victoria

  • 1991-01-30 Matthew Werkmeister, Australian actor, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1991-10-10 Gabriella Cilmi, Australian singer and songwriter ("Lessons To Be Learned"), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Kyrie Irving

1992-03-23 Kyrie Irving, American basketball guard (2011 NBA Draft: #1 pick Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Melbourne, Australia

  • 1994-01-21 Laura Robson, British tennis player (Olympics mixed doubles silver 2012), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1996-07-20 Ben Simmons, Australian basketball point guard (2016 NBA Draft: #1 pick Philadelphia 76ers), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths