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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Cricketer Martin Crowe
Cricketer
Martin Crowe
Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan
Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan
Imran Khan

Sport awardPresident'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

Golfer and PGA Champion Steve Elkington
Golfer and PGA Champion
Steve Elkington
  • 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

Sports record brokenWorld 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.
  • 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

Sport awardAustralian 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

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • 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 - 196 of 196

  • 1954-05-19 Phil Rudd, Australian rock drummer (AC/DC-Rock 'n Roll Damnation), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 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, 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 singer and actor, born in Melbourne, Australia

Person of interestSteve Irwin

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

Naturalist and TV Star Steve Irwin
Naturalist and TV Star
Steve Irwin
  • 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

Person of interestPat Cash

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

Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash
Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion
Pat Cash
  • 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

Person of interestKylie Minogue

1968-05-28 Kylie Minogue, Australian pop star and singer (Locomotion), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Pop Star & Singer Kylie Minogue
Pop Star & Singer
Kylie Minogue
  • 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
  • 1969-04-27 Francine McRae, Australian softball outfielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia

Person of interestCate Blanchett

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

  • 1969-09-13 Shane Warne, Australian cricket spin bowler and broadcaster (145 Tests, 708 wickets; 194 ODIs), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 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
  • 1976-08-25 Sam Mackinnon, Australian basketball forward (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

Person of interestHolly Valance

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

Actress & Singer Holly Valance
Actress & Singer
Holly Valance

Person of interestChris 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
  • 1983-08-21 Scott McDonald, Australian footballer, born in Melbourne, 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

Person of interestLiam 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

Person of interestKyrie Irving

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

NBA Player Kyrie Irving
NBA Player
Kyrie Irving
  • 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