Australian History Timeline (Part 6)

Historical Events

Events 501 - 600 of 848

  • 1989-08-13 2 hot-air balloons crash at Alice Springs, Australia, 13 killed

Sports History

1989-11-05 French McLaren driver Alain Prost withdraws early in wet Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide but wins his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 16 points from teammate Ayrton Senna

  • 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

Music History

1990-06-11 UN appoints British-​Australian singer Olivia Newton-John as environmental ambassador

  • 1990-07-01 In Victoria, Australia, helmetless bike riding becomes illegal
  • 1990-11-04 Ayrton Senna retires with gearbox trouble during the season-ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; wins by 7 points from Alain Prost; McLaren-Honda wins Constructors title for 3rd straight year
  • 1991-01-01 Les Miserables opens at Festival Theatre, Adelaide, Australia
  • 1991-01-04 12 year old Chinese diver Fu Mingxia wins 10m platform gold medal at World Swimming Championships in Perth, Australia; youngest world champion in the history of any aquatic event

Historic Event

1991-01-15 Elizabeth II signs letters patent that allows Australia to institute its own Victoria Cross, the first Commonwealth realm to do so

PGA Players Championship

1991-03-31 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Australian Steve Elkington birdies final hole to win by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Fuzzy Zoeller

  • 1991-04-06 Subhana, becomes 1st Australian woman to become a Zen teacher
  • 1991-11-02 2nd Rugby World Cup Final, Twickenham: Australia beats England, 12-6 with Wallabies fly-half Michael Lynagh landing 2 penalties and a conversion
  • 1991-11-03 Ayrton Senna wins Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; shortest F1 race ever run (14 laps) because of wet conditions; Senna retains his 3rd World Drivers Championship by 24 points from Nigel Mansell

Leadership Contest

1991-12-20 Paul Keating becomes Prime Minister of Australia after rolling Bob Hawke for leadership of the Labor party

  • 1992-01-01 Bush is 1st US President to address Australian Parliament

Sports History

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

  • 1992-02-02 Australian Kieren Perkins swims 1,500m freestyle short course world record, 14:32.40 at AIS, Canberra, Australia
  • 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
  • 1992-06-03 Landmark Australian High Court Mabo Decision: recognizes Torres Strait Islanders ownership of Murray Island, rendering terra nullius a legal fiction
  • 1992-07-31 Three world record swims on final night session at the Barcelona Olympics; Australian Kieren Perkins 1,500m (14:43.4); Tamás Darnyi of Hungary 200m backstroke (1:59.36); China's Yang Wenyi women's 50m freestyle (24.79)
  • 1992-08-08 Germany goes through the field hockey competition undefeated to win gold with a 2-1 win over Australia in the men's final at the Barcelona Olympics
  • 1992-10-24 10th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats Great Britain 10-6
  • 1992-11-01 New York City Marathon: Willie Mtolo of South Africa wins men's race, 2:09:29; Australian Lisa Ondieki women's champion, 2:24:40

Sports History

1992-11-08 Nigel Mansell in a Williams crashes during the season ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide but wins his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 52 points; Mansell won record 9 GPs during the season

  • 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.
  • 1993-03-13 Australian Federal elections: Australian Labor Party headed by Paul Keating re-elected for a fifth term
  • 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
  • 1993-11-07 French Williams driver Alain Prost finishes 2nd in season ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide to claim his 4th F1 World Drivers Championship by 26 points from Ayrton Senna; Prost announces his retirement from F1 racing
  • 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
  • 1994-03-27 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Australian Greg Norman sets scoring record of 264 (−24) to finish 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Fuzzy Zoeller
  • 1994-09-08 Sri Lanka defeat Australia to win Singer World Series at Colombo
  • 1994-10-02 Pakistan defeat Australia by one wicket in Karachi Test

Sports History

1994-11-13 Title contenders Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill famously collide on lap 35 of the season ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; Schumacher wins his first F1 World Drivers Championship by 1 point from Hill

Papal Visit

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

Sports History

1995-03-12 Lara scores 139 in ODI v Australia at Port-of-Spain

  • 1995-10-03 1st first-class match at Hurstville Oval, Sydney (NSW vs Western Australia)
  • 1995-10-28 11th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats England 16-8
  • 1995-11-12 German Benetton driver Michael Schumacher crashes in the season-ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide but claims second straight F1 World Drivers Championship by 33 points from Damon Hill
  • 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.
  • 1996-04-03 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

US Masters Golf

1996-04-14 60th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Englishman Nick Faldo wins his 3rd Masters and 6th and final major title, 5 strokes ahead of Greg Norman of Australia

  • 1996-04-28 In Australia's worst massacre in modern history, Martin Bryant shoots and kills 35 in Port Arthur, Tasmania. Leads to a compulsory gun buy back program and major changes to gun control laws.

Historic Event

1996-10-01 Following the Port Arthur Massacre, John Howard's Australian government starts a gun buy back scheme. Compulsorily acquires more than 640,000 firearms, including many newly illegal semi-automatic rifles and shotguns.

  • 1996-12-01 Flamboyant Australian rugby union winger David Campese ends his 15-year, 101 Test career at Cardiff Arms Park in Wales; Wallabies beat Wales, 28-19; Campese scores record 64 career tries
  • 1996-12-07 Australian rugby union team ends 12-game European tour unbeaten after 39-19 victory over the Barbarians at Twickenham; Wallabies fullback Matt Burke scores 2 tries and lands 4 conversions, 2 penalties
  • 1997-03-24 Australian parliament overturns world's 1st & only euthanasia law
  • 1997-03-30 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Steve Elkington of Australia leads wire-to-wire to win his 2nd PC title, a record 7 strokes ahead of runner-up Scott Hoch.
  • 1997-05-01 Tasmania becomes the last state in Australia to decriminalize homosexuality
  • 1997-05-12 Australian Susie Maroney becomes first to swim from Cuba to Florida
  • 1997-07-30 Eighteen lives are lost in the Thredbo Landslide in New South Wales, Australia
  • 1997-08-16 New Zealand beats Australia, 36-24 in Dunedin to retain the Tri Nations Rugby Series with an unbeaten record; All Blacks flyhalf Carlos Spencer lands 5 penalties and 3 conversions; halftime NZ, 36-0
  • 1997-09-30 John Howard's Australian government gun buy back scheme ends with more than 640,000 firearms compulsorily acquired, including many newly illegal semi-automatic rifles and shotguns
  • 1998-01-15 Australian schoolboy Ian Thorpe becomes youngest ever male to become a world swimming champion when he wins 400m freestyle aged 15 years, 3 months in Perth; also wins event at 2001 & 2003 World Championships
  • 1998-06-01 Australian Susie Maroney becomes first person to swim from Mexico to Cuba across shark and jellyfish-infested waters of the Yucatan Straits; swims 123-miles in 38 hours 33 minutes in a cage
  • 1998-08-22 South Africa beats Australia, 29-15 in Johannesburg to win their first Tri Nations Rugby Series with an unbeaten record; Springboks fullback Percy Montgomery lands 5 penalties and 2 conversions
  • 1998-10-04 Australian motorcycle racer Mick Doohan wins the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island to clinch his 5th world 500cc championship; all 5 titles are won with Honda
  • 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 Sydney Swans Australian Rules Football forward Tony Lockett breaks Gordon Coventry's VFL/AFL career goals record with 1,300th major early in 145-94 win v Collingwood at the SCG
  • 1999-08-14 New Zealand win their 3rd Tri Nations Rugby Series as South Africa edges Australia, 10-9 in Cape Town; All Blacks' only defeat comes in final round dead rubber, 28-7 against Wallabies in Sydney
  • 1999-11-06 4th Rugby World Cup Final, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff: Wallabies fullback Matt Burke lands 7 penalties and 2 conversions as Australia beats France, 35-12
  • 1999-11-06 Australians vote to keep the British monarch as their head of state in the Australian republic referendum.
  • 1999-12-05 88th Davis Cup: Australia beats France in Nice (3-2)
  • 2000-07-15 World record Rugby attendance of 108,874 see New Zealand beat Australia, 39-35 in Tri Nations match at Stadium Australia, Sydney; 5 tries each with Andrew Mehrtens' goal kicking (6) the difference
  • 2000-08-26 Australia clinches first Tri Nations Rugby Series with a 19-18 win over South Africa in Durban; Wallabies centre Stirling Mortlock lands 4 penalties and a conversion
  • 2000-09-11 Activists protest against the World Economic Forum meeting in Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2000-09-15 27th Olympic Games opens at Sydney, Australia

Olympic Gold

2000-09-27 United States baseball team, managed by Tommy Lasorda, wins Olympic Gold Medal in Sydney, Australia

  • 2000-10-01 Juan Antonio Samaranch, President of the IOC declares the XXVII Olympics in Sydney, Australia the "best Olympic Games ever" at the closing ceremony
  • 2000-11-25 12th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats New Zealand 40-12
  • 2000-12-02 England holds off a determined comeback by South Africa to notch up their 3rd Southern Hemisphere rugby scalp of the autumn with a 25-17 win at Twickenham; previously beat Australia, 22-19 and Argentina, 19-0
  • 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
  • 2001-09-01 Australian Rugby Union team gives all-conquering captain John Eales perfect send off in his final international with a famous last minute, 29-26 win over New Zealand in Sydney; Wallabies retain Tri Nations Series
  • 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.
  • 2001-11-01 In the Wallabies’ 400th rugby union Test match in history, Australia routs Spain 92-10 (Australian record score) in Madrid; Matt Burke kicks an Australian record 10 conversions
  • 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
  • 2003-07-07 Tour de France: After 2nd stage, Australians are in possession of both yellow & green jerseys for the first time, Brad McGee overall leader & Robbie McEwen sprint leader
  • 2003-08-16 New Zealand beats Australia, 21-17 at Eden Park, Auckland to win their 5th Tri Nations Rugby Series; All Blacks have undefeated 4-0 record and regain Bledisloe Cup from Wallabies

Sports History

2003-11-22 5th Rugby World Cup Final, Stadium Australia, Sydney: Fly-half Jonny Wilkinson lands winning drop goal in extra time as England beats Australia, 20-17

  • 2003-11-30 92nd Davis Cup: Australia beats Spain in Melbourne (3-1)
  • 2004-03-28 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: 23-year old Australian Adam Scott holds on for his 2nd PGA Tour title, 1 stroke ahead of Irishman Pádraig Harrington
  • 2004-03-31 Australian swimmer Lisbeth Lenton breaks Inge de Bruijn's 4-year old 100m freestyle women's world record in 53.66s at the Australian Olympic trials in Sydney
  • 2004-08-14 The Australian women's 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of Alice Mills, Lisbeth Lenton, Petria Thomas & Jodie Henry smash the world record to take gold in 3:35.94 at the Athens Olympics
  • 2004-08-16 Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe wins the men's 200m freestyle in Olympic record 1:44.71, giving him the 200/400m freestyle double at the Athens Olympics
  • 2004-08-19 Australian swimmer Jodie Henry records 53.84 to win the blue ribband 100m freestyle gold medal ahead of Dutch star Inge de Bruijn at the Athens Olympics

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 501 - 600 of 1,591

  • 1944-04-21 Adrian Hurley, Australian basketball coach
  • 1944-05-07 Alison Bauld, Australian composer, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1944-06-29 Sisto Malaspina, Australian cafe owner (Pellegrini's) who started Melbourne coffee culture, born in Marche region, Italy
  • 1944-06-30 Glenn Shorrock, British-Australian rock vocalist (Little River Band - "Reminiscing"; "Lonesome Loser"), born in Chatham, Kent, England
  • 1944-07-04 Ray Meagher, Australian actor (Home and Away), born in Roma, Queensland, Australia
  • 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
  • 1944-08-27 Barry Conyngham, Australian composer (Gardener Of Time; Kangaroo Island), born in Sydney
  • 1945-01-01 Peter Duncan, Australian politician (Member of Parliament, 1984-96; Minister for Employment and Education, 1988-90), born in Melbourne, Australia)
  • 1945-02-26 Peter Brock, Australian motorsports champion, born in Richmond, Australia (d. 2006)
  • 1945-03-28 Johnny Famechon, Australian boxer (WBC featherweight champion 1969-70), born in Paris, France (d. 2022)
  • 1945-06-10 Martin Wesley-Smith, Australian composer, born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 2019)
  • 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, born in Salzburg, Austria
  • 1945-08-02 Eric Simms, Australian rugby league fullback (8 Tests; NSWRL points record [1,841] stood until 1983; South Sydney), born in Karuah, Australia
  • 1945-09-17 Bruce Spence, New Zealand-Australian actor (Mad Max 2), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1945-10-16 Allan Zavod, Australian classical and jazz pianist and composer, born in Melbourne (d. 2016)
  • 1945-12-15 Thaao Penghlis, Australian actor (Mission Impossible, Tony-Days of Our Life), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1945-12-30 Vernon Wells, Australian actor
  • 1946-01-28 Gailene Stock, Australian ballerina, teacher, and dance school director, born in Ballarat, Victoria (d. 2014)
  • 1946-02-19 Peter Hudson, Australian rules footballer
  • 1946-03-10 Mike Hollands, Australian animator
  • 1946-03-29 Billy Thorpe, Australian musician (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs), born in Manchester (d. 2007)
  • 1946-04-10 Anne Boyd, Australian classical composer (As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams), and educator, born in Sydney
  • 1946-05-21 David Hill, Australian TV-reporter and owner (Fox Sports)
  • 1946-06-03 Tristan Rogers, Australian actor (Robert Scorpio-General Hospital)
  • 1946-07-06 Peter Singer, Australian philosopher (specialises in applied ethics and approaches ethical issues from a secular, utilitarian perspective), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1946-07-09 (Ronald) "Bon" Scott, Scottish-Australian rock lead singer and lyricist (AC/DC - "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap"; "Highway To Hell"), born in Forfar, Scotland (d. 1980)
  • 1946-07-14 John Wood, Australian actor (Blue Heelers), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1946-08-01 Fiona Stanley, Australian epidemiologist (Telethon Institute for Child Health Research), born in Little Bay, Sydney, Australia
  • 1946-08-06 Dusty Rhodes, Australian baseball coach (Olympics 1996)
  • 1946-09-16 Mike Reynolds, Australian politician (Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland 2006-09), born in Manly, New South Wales
  • 1946-10-17 Drusilla Modjeska, Australian writer and editor
  • 1946-10-28 John Hewson, Australian politician
  • 1946-10-30 Doug Parkinson, Australian pop and rock singer (Focus - "Dear Prudence"), born in Waratah, New South Wales, Australia (d. 2021)
  • 1946-11-02 Alan Jones, Australian auto racer, commentator (World Formula 1 champion, 1980), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1946-11-06 George Young, Scottish-Australian rock guitarist (Easybeats, AC/DC), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2017)
  • 1946-12-21 Kevin Peek, Australian guitarist, born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 2013)
  • 1947-02-01 Normie Rowe, Australian pop singer ("Que Sera Sera"), and stage and TV actor (Sons and daughters), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1947-02-13 Kevin Bloody Wilson [Dennis Bryant], Australian musical comedian, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1947-03-11 Geoffrey Hunt, Australia, world-champion squash player
  • 1947-03-22 Harry Vanda [Vandenberg], Dutch-Australian rock guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Easybeats - "Friday On My Mind"), born in Voorburg, Netherlands
  • 1947-04-13 Mike Chapman, Australian songwriter and record producer (Chinn & Chapman), born in Nambour, Australia
  • 1947-05-15 Graeham Goble, Australian rock guitarist (Little River Band - Reminiscing), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1947-05-21 Jonathan Hyde, Australian-born actor (Titanic), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1947-06-03 Mike Burgmann, Australian racing driver (d. 1986)
  • 1947-09-28 Bob Carr, Australian politician
  • 1947-10-29 Helen Coonan, Australian politician (Senator for New South Wales), born in Mangoplah, Australia
  • 1947-11-02 David Anthony Ahern, Australian composer, born in Sydney
  • 1947-11-23 Geoffrey Roberts, English wine merchant (championed Australian and Californian wines), born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • 1947-12-01 Bob Fulton, Australian rugby league five eighth (35 Tests; Manly, Warrington, Easts; RL Immortal) and coach (39 Tests Australia; Manly, Easts), born in Warrington, England (d. 2021)
  • 1947-12-01 Dennis Ward, Australian rugby league halfback (6 Tests; Canterbury- Bankstown RLFC, Manly RLFC), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2021)
  • 1947-12-24 Kevin Sheedy, coach of Australian Football League club Essendon FC, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1948-01-25 Ros Kelly, Australian politician, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1948-03-02 Jeff Kennett, Australian politician
  • 1948-03-04 Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, New Zealand-born Australian wrongly convicted of killing her baby Azaria, born in Whakatāne, New Zealand
  • 1948-05-05 Frank Esler-Smith, English-Australian rock keyboardist (Air Supply - "All Out Of Love"), born in London (d. 1991)
  • 1948-06-05 Frank Esler-Smith, English Australian rocker (Air Supply), born in London, England (d. 1991)
  • 1948-06-21 Lionel Rose, Australian boxer (WBA, WBC, The Ring bantamweight title 1968-69; first Indigenous Australian to win a world title), born in Drouin, Australia (d. 2011)
  • 1948-07-06 Wadih Sa'adeh, Lebanese-Australian poet (Laysa Lil Massa’ Ikhwah), born in Lebanon
  • 1948-08-20 John Noble, Australian actor (Dr. Walter Bishop-Fringe) and theatre director, born in Port Pirie, Australia
  • 1948-09-22 Denis Burke, Australian politician, born in Townsville, Queensland

Olivia Newton-JohnOlivia Newton-John (1948-2022)

1948-09-26 British-Australian Grammy Award-winning pop singer ("Hopelessly Devoted to You"; "Physical"), and actress (Grease), born in Cambridge, England

  • 1948-10-06 Tim Pickup, Australian rugby league five eighth (11 Tests; North Sydney, Canterbury), RL executive (Adelaide Rams) and boxing manager (Jeff Harding), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2021)
  • 1948-11-28 Beeb Birtles [Gerard Birtlekamp], Dutch-Australian rock guitarist (Little River Band - Diamantina Cocktail), born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 1948-12-04 Lin Onus, Australian Aboriginal artist (Michael and I are just slipping down to the pub for a minute), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1996)
  • 1948-12-14 Kim Beazley, Australian politician (33rd Governor of Western Australia), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • 1948-12-15 Cassandra Harris, Australian actress (For Your Eyes Only), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1991)
  • 1948-12-20 Stevie Wright, Australian singer with the Easybeats ("Friday On My Mind"), born in Leeds, West Yorkshire (d. 2015)
  • 1949-01-10 Walter S. Browne, Australian-born American chess Grandmaster (1974-78, 1980-84), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2015)
  • 1949-01-11 Daryl Braithwaite, Australian pop singer (Sherbert), born in Melbourne
  • 1949-01-14 Paul Chubb, Australian actor, born in Arncliffe, Australia (d. 2002)
  • 1949-03-07 Rex Hunt, Australian TV and radio personality and former Australian rules player, born in Mentone, Australia
  • 1949-05-15 Wendy Pritchard, Australian women's field hockey team manager (Olympic gold - 1996 & 2000), born in Busselton, Western Australia
  • 1949-06-15 Russell Hitchcock, Australian rock vocalist (Air Supply), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1949-06-22 Russell Ebert, Australian Rules midfielder (4 x Magarey Medals; 6 x Port Adelaide FC B&F; Australian Football HOF) and coach (SA 1996-98), born in Berri, Australia (d. 2021)
  • 1949-06-23 Gordon Bray, Australian sports broadcaster
  • 1949-07-01 John Farnham, English-Australian singer (Age of Reason), born in Dagenham, Essex, England
  • 1949-07-17 Gennadi Touretski, Russian swimming coach (Soviet Union, Australia national teams; Alexander Popov, Michael Klim, Ian Thorpe), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 2020)
  • 1949-07-19 Ivar Kants, Australian actor (A Country Practice), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1949-07-28 Peter Doyle, Australian pop singer (The New Seekers - "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing"), born in Melbourne (d. 2001)
  • 1949-08-14 John Tarrant, 1st Australian born Zen teacher, born in Tasmania, Australia
  • 1949-08-23 Rick Springfield [Springthorpe], Australian singer ("Speak to the Sky"; "Jessie's Girl") and actor (General Hospital, 1981-83 and 2004-08 - "Noah Drake"), born in Balmain, New South Wales
  • 1949-09-22 Jim McGinty, Australian politician (Labour), born in Kalgoorlie, Australia
  • 1949-09-27 Graham Richardson, Australian politician
  • 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), born in Takapuna, Auckland
  • 1949-12-24 Warwick Brown, Australian racing driver, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1950-01-01 Wayne Bennett, Australian rugby league coach (Australia 1998, 2004-05; England & Great Britain 2019; Brisbane Broncos, St. George, South Sydney), born in Allora, Australia
  • 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
  • 1950-04-13 Tommy Raudonikis, Australian rugby league halfback (20 Tests; Rothmans Medal 1972; Wests, Newtown) and coach (Wests, NSW), born in Bathurst, Australia (d. 2021)
  • 1950-04-29 Phillip Noyce, Australian film director (Rabbit-Proof Fence; The Bone Collector), born in Griffith, Australia
  • 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 soft rock vocalist and guitarist (Air Supply - "All Out of Love"; "Lost In Love"), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1950-06-13 Michael Stark, Australian actor
  • 1950-06-28 Ken Arthur, Australian softball asst coach (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1950-07-15 Colin Barnett, Australian politician, Premier of Western Australia (2008-17), born in Nedlands, Australia

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 501 - 517 of 517

  • 2021-07-23 John Cornell, Australian screenwriter (Paul Hogan Show; Crocodile Dundee), and director (Crocodile Dundee II),. dies from complications related to Parkinson's disease at 80
  • 2021-07-24 Dieter Brummer, Australian TV actor (Home and Away; Underbelly), takes his own life at 45
  • 2021-09-29 Heiko Salzwedel, German cycling coach (est. Australian Institute of Sport Road Cycling/MTB program; German, Danish, British Cycling), dies at 64
  • 2021-10-13 Norm Provan, Australian rugby league second rower (14 Tests; St. George RLFC NSWRL Premiers 1956-66; 13th Immortal) and coach (St. George, Parramatta, Cronulla), dies at 89
  • 2021-10-30 Bert Newton, Australian radio, television, and stage personality (Good Morning Australia; Logie Award ceremonies; 20-1), dies at 83
  • 2021-11-05 Russell Ebert, Australian Rules midfielder (4 x Magarey Medals; 6 x Port Adelaide FC B&F; Australian Football HOF) and coach (SA 1996-98), dies of leukemia at 72
  • 2021-12-11 Dennis Ward, Australian rugby league halfback (6 Tests; Canterbury- Bankstown RLFC, Manly RLFC), dies at 74
  • 2021-12-25 John Gleeson, Australian rugby league five eighth (10 Tests; Queensland 25 games; Wynnum-Manly, Brothers RLFC), dies at 82
  • 2022-01-04 Kevin Kalkhoven, Australian auto racing team owner (KV Racing Technology, Indy 500 2013), co-owner Champ Car World Series, investor Cosworth Group Holdings Ltd, dies at 77
  • 2022-01-15 Scot Palmer, Australian sports journalist (The Sun, Sunday Press, Seven Network; President Football Writers Association), dies at 84
  • 2022-01-26 Janet Mead, Australian Catholic nun and pop-rock singer (The Lord's Prayer), dies of cancer at 84
  • 2022-02-09 Johnny Raper, Australian rugby league lock (33 Tests, 6 World Cup games; Newtown RLFC, St. George RLFC; Inaugural RL "Immortal") and coach (St. George, RLFC, Cronulla RLFC), dies from dementia at 82
  • 2022-02-19 Nigel Butterley, Australian pianist, composer (The True Samaritan), educator, and radio broadcaster, dies at 86 [1]
  • 2022-02-24 John Landy, Australian athlete (2nd man to run sub-4 min mile; WR mile (3:58.0) and 1500m (3:41.8+) 1954; Olympic bronze 1956), dies at 91
  • 2022-03-03 Dean Woods, Australian track cyclist (Olympic gold team pursuit 1984; silver individual pursuit 1988; bronze team pursuit 1988, 96), dies from cancer at 55
  • 2022-04-15 Tony Brown, Australian rugby league five-eighth (10 Tests; Newtown RLFC, Penrith RLFC), dies at 86
  • 2022-04-19 Sandra Pisani, Australian field hockey captain (Olympic gold 1988), dies from cancer at 63