Australian History (Part 5)

Historical Events

Events 401 - 500 of 537

  • 1988-04-30 World Exposition, Expo 88 opens in Brisbane Australia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 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
  • 1990-05-04 Pakistan beat Australia by 36 runs to win Austral-Asia Cup, Sharjah
  • 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 Elizabeth II signs letters patent that allows Australia to institute its own Victoria Cross, the first Commonwealth realm to do so
  • 1991-04-06 Subhana, becomes 1st Australian woman to become a Zen teacher
  • 1991-11-02 2nd Rugby World Cup: Australia beats England 12-6 in London
  • 1991-12-20 Paul Keating installed as premier of Australia
  • 1992-01-01 Bush is 1st US President to address Australian Parliament

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992-01-06 Sachin Tendulkar completes 148* v Australia at the SCG

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar
  • 1992-08-22 Matthews & Warne spin Australia to a famous win v Sri Lanka
  • 1992-10-24 10th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats Great Britain 10-6
  • 1992-12-30 Shane Warne takes 7-52 to lead Australian MCG win v West Indies
  • 1993-01-26 West Indies defeat Australia by one run in 4th Test at Adelaide
  • 1993-02-16 Western Australia's and Australia's first woman Premier, Carmen Lawrence, is voted out of office.
  • 1993-05-21 Robin Smith scores 167 in England Texaco Trophy loss v Australia
  • 1993-07-23 NY Yankee Mark Hutton is 1st Australian to be a starting pitcher, He beats Angels 5-2; Yanks, Red Sox, Blue Jays 3 way tie for 1st
  • 1993-10-06 Sydney Australia Stock Market index above 2000, for 1st time
  • 1993-12-05 82nd Davis Cup: Germany beats Australia in Dusseldorf (4-1)
  • 1994-01-07 South Africa beat Australia in the Sydney Test by 5 runs
  • 1994-10-02 Pakistan defeat Australia by one wicket in Karachi Test

BeatificationPapal Visit

1995-01-18 Pope John Paul II begins visit to Australia

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1995-02-04 Dean Jones completes 324* for Victoria v South Australia
  • 1995-03-12 Lara scores 139 in ODI v Australia at Port-of-Spain
  • 1995-05-01 Steve Waugh scores career best 200 including 231 partnership with brother Mark (126) for Aust v WI in 4th Test win in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1995-10-28 11th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats England 16-8
  • 1995-12-10 Muralitharan takes 2-224 in Australian innings of 5-617
  • 1996-03-11 Chris Harris scores 130 in losing NZ side v Australia, World Cup
  • 1996-03-11 John Winston Howard becomes the 25th Prime Minister of Australia. His term in office is the second longest in Australian history, ending December 3, 2007.
  • 1996-03-17 Sri Lanka beat Australia by 7 wickets to win the World Cup
  • 1996-04-03 South Australia grab exciting draw vs W A to win Sheffield Shield
  • 1996-04-10 Fastest wind speed ever recorded (not a tornado) 408 km/h (220 kn; 253 mph; 113 m/s) during tropical cyclone Olivia on Barrow Island, Australia
  • 1996-09-08 Sri Lanka defeat Australia to win Singer World Series at Colombo
  • 1997-03-02 Gail Graham wins LPGA Alpine Australian Ladies Masters
  • 1997-03-24 Australian parliament overturns world's 1st & only euthanasia law
  • 1997-05-01 Tasmania becomes the last state in Australia to decriminalize homosexuality
  • 1997-05-12 Susie Maroney, 22, of Australia, is 1st to swim from Cuba to Florida
  • 1997-07-30 Eighteen lives are lost in the Thredbo Landslide in New South Wales, Australia
  • 1998-02-01 Australian Mixed: J Gimelstob & V Williams beat Suk & Sukova (62 61)

  • 1999-01-22 Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons are burned alive by radical Hindus while sleeping in their car in Eastern India
  • 1999-04-14 A severe hailstorm strikes Sydney, Australia causing A$1.7 billion in insured damages, the most costly natural disaster in Australian history.
  • 1999-06-06 In Australian Rules Football, Tony Lockett breaks the record for career goals, previously 1299 by Gordon Coventry and which had stood since 1937.
  • 1999-11-06 Australians vote to keep the British monarch as their head of state in the Australian republic referendum.
  • 1999-11-06 4th Rugby World Cup: Australia beats France 35-12 in Cardiff
  • 1999-12-05 88th Davis Cup: Australia beats France in Nice (3-2)
  • 2000-09-11 Activists protest against the World Economic Forum meeting in Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2000-09-15 27th Olympic Games opens at Sydney, Australia
  • 2000-10-01 27th Olympic Games closes at Sydney, Australia
  • 2000-11-25 12th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats New Zealand 40-12
  • 2000-12-10 89th Davis Cup: Spain beats Australia in Barcelona (3-1)
  • 2001-07-05 Australia and East Timor sign an agreement to share royalties from oil and natural gas production in the Timor Sea, which separates the two countries
  • 2001-09-12 Ansett Australia, Australia's first commercial interstate airline, collapses due to increased strain on the international airline industry leaving 10000 people unemployed.
  • 2001-12-20 90th Davis Cup: France beats Australia in Melbourne (3-2)
  • 2002-05-14 Ten members of the Darwin-based Network Against Prohibition invade the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory of Australia.
  • 2003-01-18 A bushfire kills 4 people and destroys more than 500 homes in Canberra, Australia.
  • 2003-01-31 The Waterfall rail accident occurs near Waterfall, New South Wales, Australia.
  • 2003-05-28 Peter Hollingworth becomes the first Governor-General of Australia to resign his office as a result of criticism of his conduct
  • 2003-11-22 5th Rugby World Cup: England beats Australia 20-17 at Sydney
  • 2003-11-30 92nd Davis Cup: Australia beats Spain in Melbourne (3-1)
  • 2004-09-09 Bomb explodes outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta, killing 10 people
  • 2005-12-11 Cronulla riots: thousands of white Australians demonstrate against ethnic violence, resulting in a riot against anyone thought to be Lebanese (and many who were not) in Cronulla Sydney. These are followed by ethnic attacks on Cronulla.
  • 2006-01-01 Sydney, Australia swelters through its hottest New Years Day on record. The thermometre peaked at 45 degrees celsius, sparking bushfires and power outages.
  • 2006-03-15 18th Commonwealth Games open in Melbourne, Australia
  • 2006-03-20 Cyclone Larry makes landfall in eastern Australia, destroying most of the country's banana crop.
  • 2006-03-26 18th Commonwealth Games close in Melbourne, Australia
  • 2006-12-22 Australian archaeologist Sue O'Connor finds first evidence of modern humans in Jerimalai cave, near Lene Hara cave in East Timor
  • 2007-03-23 Burnley Tunnel catastrophe occurs in Melbourne, Australia
  • 2007-03-24 The Australian Labor Party is reinstated after the New South Wales state elections.
  • 2007-03-31 In Sydney, Australia, 2.2 million people take part in the first Earth Hour.
  • 2007-06-08 Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia is hit by the State's worst storms and flooding in 30 years resulting in the death of nine people and the grounding of trade ship, the MV Pasha Bulker
  • 2007-07-01 Smoking in England is banned in all public indoor spaces: with the ban already in force in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, this means it is illegal to smoke in indoor public places anywhere in the UK. Australia implements a similar ban.
  • 2007-10-25 The first Airbus A380 passenger flight, operating for Singapore Airlines, with flight number SQ 380, flying scheduled service between Singapore and Sydney, Australia.
  • 2007-11-24 Australians elect the Kevin Rudd-led centre-left Australian Labor Party at the federal election, ending the eleven-year tenure of the John Howard-led centre-right Liberal/National coalition government.
  • 2008-02-13 Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd makes an historic apology to the Indigenous Australians and the Stolen Generations.
  • 2008-08-06 Access 31 TV stops broadcasting in Perth, Western Australia
  • 2008-10-27 The banking group BNP Paribas states that Australia is in a risky position with regards to the global financial crisis as foreign liabilities accounted for 60% of the nation's GDP
  • 2008-11-22 13th Rugby League World Cup: New Zealand beats Australia 34-20
  • 2009-02-07 Bushfires in Victoria left 173 dead in the worst natural disaster in Australia's history.
  • 2009-04-03 Australia formally adopts the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • 2009-04-06 "Star Trek" film reboot directed by J.J. Abrams, starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto premieres in Austin, Texas
  • 2010-11-13 Australian rock band Powderfinger, perform their last concert at the Brisbane River Stage

Film release premierFilm Premier

2011-04-17 "Thor", directed by Kenneth Branagh, starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, premieres in Sydney, Australia

  • 2011-07-24 98th Tour de France won by Cadel Evans of Australia
  • 2011-10-27 The Royal Australian Navy announces that they discovered the wreck of a World War II submarine in Simpson Harbour, Papua New Guinea during Operation RENDER SAFE - it is likely to be Japanese.
  • 2012-02-04 Tens of thousands of people are stranded by floods in the Australian states of New South Wales and Queensland
  • 2012-03-06 9,000 residents are evacuated from Wagga Wagga, Australia, as the Murrimbidgee River threatens to overflow
  • 2012-03-22 Australia's most wanted man, Malcolm Naden, is captured after seven years on the run in Gloucester, New South Wales
  • 2012-06-12 An Australian coroner's report rules that a dingo was responsible for the death of a baby in 1980

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 401 - 500 of 1,081

  • 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 (1st Indigenous Australian to win a world title), born in Drouin, Victoria (d. 2011)
  • 1948-07-06 Wadih Saadeh, Lebanese-Australian poet
  • 1948-08-20 John Noble, Australian actor
  • 1948-09-22 Denis Burke, Australian politician

Person of interestOlivia Newton-John

1948-09-26 Olivia Newton-John, Australian singer and actress (Lets Get Physical), born in Cambridge, England

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
  • 1948-12-14 Kim Beazley, Australian politician
  • 1948-12-15 Cassandra Harris, Australian actress (d. 1991)
  • 1948-12-20 Stevie Wright, Australian singer with the Easybeats (Friday on my Mind), born in Leeds, West Yorkshire (d. 2015)
  • 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 (Olympics 1996)
  • 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
  • 1950-01-16 Brian Castro, Australian author, born in Hong Kong
  • 1950-03-13 Joe Bugner, Hungarian-British-Australian boxer (European Champ 1971), born in Szőreg, Hungary
  • 1950-03-18 Larry Perkins, Australian racing driver
  • 1950-04-29 Phillip Noyce, Australian film director
  • 1950-05-02 Duncan Gay, Australian politician, Vice-President of the Executive Council (2014-17), born in Crookwell, New South Wales
  • 1950-06-11 Graham Russell, Australian rock vocalist (Air Supply), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1950-06-13 Michael Stark, Australian actor
  • 1950-07-15 Colin Barnett, Australian politician
  • 1950-08-24 Frank Murray, Australian field hockey national coach (Olympic silver 1992, 96)
  • 1950-11-11 Ed Ordynski, Australian rally driver
  • 1950-11-25 Alexis Wright, Australian author
  • 1950-12-02 Amin Saikal, Afghan-Australian academic
  • 1950-12-18 Gillian Armstrong, Australian director (High Tide, Mrs Soffel), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1951-01-03 Gary Nairn, Australian politician
  • 1951-04-06 Ralph Cooper, Australia, drummer (Air Supply-All Out of Love)
  • 1951-04-18 Ricardo Fortaleza, Australian-Filipino boxer
  • 1951-06-24 Raelene Boyle, Australia, sprinter (Olympic silver 1972)

Person of interestGeoffrey Rush

1951-07-06 Geoffrey Rush, Australian actor (Shakespeare in Love, The King's Speech), born in Toowoomba, Queensland

  • 1951-08-05 John Jarratt, Australian actor
  • 1951-08-06 Daryl Somers, Australian television personality
  • 1951-09-09 Alexander Downer, Australian politician
  • 1951-09-29 Maureen Caird, Australian hurdler
  • 1951-09-30 Barry Marshall, Australian physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • 1951-11-02 Lindy Morrison, Australian musician (The Go-Betweens), born in Queensland, Australia
  • 1951-12-18 Andrew S Thomas, Adelaide Australia, PhD/astronaut (STS 77, STS 89/91)
  • 1952-01-02 Graeme Strachan, Australian rock singer (Skyhooks) (d. 2001)
  • 1952-01-11 Bille Brown, Australian actor and playwright
  • 1952-01-11 Michael Forshaw, Australian politician
  • 1952-02-06 Richard Charsworth, Australian women field hockey head coach (Olympics 1996)
  • 1952-03-01 Leigh Matthews, Australian rules footballer
  • 1952-03-20 Geoff Brabham, Australian racing driver
  • 1952-03-30 Peter Knights, Australian footballer and coach
  • 1952-04-04 Gregg Hansford, Australian motorcycle and touring car racer, born in Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1952-04-15 Kym Gyngell, Australian comedian
  • 1952-05-05 Campbell McComas, Australian impersonator and broadcaster (d. 2005)
  • 1952-11-18 Peter Beattie, Australian politician
  • 1953-01-05 Mike Rann, Australian politician
  • 1953-01-09 Morris Gleitzman, British-Australian children's author
  • 1953-01-29 Lynne McGranger, Australian actress (Home and Away), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1953-05-20 Robert Doyle, Australian politician
  • 1953-05-24 Nell Campbell, [Laura], Australian actress (Rocky Horror), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1953-05-25 Jane Priest, Prince Charles' lover, born in Perth, Australia
  • 1953-06-22 Bruce McAvaney, Australian sports broadcaster
  • 1953-06-29 Colin Hay, Kilwinning, Scotland, Scottish-Australian guitarist and singer (Men At Work)
  • 1953-07-20 Marcia Hines, American-born Australian singer
  • 1953-07-21 Jeff Fatt, Chinese Australian actor
  • 1953-07-27 Yahoo Serious, Australian comedian
  • 1953-07-31 Ted Baillieu, Australian Politician, Premier of Victoria (2010-13), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1953-09-14 Judy Playfair, Australian swimmer
  • 1953-09-27 Greg Ham, Australian rock saxophonist and flutist (Men At Work), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2012)
  • 1954-01-17 Susan Kiefel, Australian lawyer and judge
  • 1954-02-09 Gina Rhinehart, Australian mining magnate (Australia's richest person), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • 1954-04-16 John Bowe, Australian racing driver
  • 1954-05-19 Phil Rudd, Australian rock drummer (AC/DC-Rock 'n Roll Damnation), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1954-05-27 Pauline Hanson, Australian politician
  • 1954-06-15 Beverley Whitfield, Australian swimmer (d. 1996)
  • 1954-09-27 Ray Hadley, Australian radio broadcaster
  • 1954-10-01 Rodney William "Rod" Ansell, Australian bushman and inspiration for "Crocodile Dundee", born in Murgon, Queensland (d. 1999)
  • 1954-10-18 Liz Burch, Australian actress
  • 1954-10-24 Malcolm Turnbull, Australian politician, Prime Minister (2015-), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1954-11-16 Dick Gross, Australian politician
  • 1954-11-17 Mark "Chopper" Read, Australian criminal and crime author (Chopper: From the Inside), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2013)
  • 1955-01-13 Paul Kelly, Australian singer
  • 1955-02-15 Bev Francis, Australia, world women's power-lifting champion
  • 1955-04-23 Judy Davis, Australian actress (Barton Fink, Husbands & Wives), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1955-05-31 Tommy Emmanuel, Australian Guitarist CGP
  • 1955-06-17 Gail Jones, Australian author
  • 1955-12-07 John Watkins, Australian politician

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths