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Historical Events

  • 1845 Emigrant ship Cataraqui wrecks in Bass Strait with the loss of 400 lives, only nine survive, Australia's deadliest maritime civil disaster [1]
  • 1976 England beats Australia by 8 wickets in the limited overs cricket international at Lord's; first time women are permitted to play on the main square at 'the home of cricket'

Sport awardGolf Major

1996 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Edmonton CC: Laura Davies wins by 2 from Karrie Webb and Nancy Lopez

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
Golfer Karrie Webb
Karrie Webb

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 William Ryan Holt and Michael Mischler are arrested for breaking into Elle MacPherson’s Los Angeles home

Supermodel Elle MacPherson
Elle MacPherson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2001 Australian cricket spinner Shane Warne skittles England (162) with 6/33 to guide tourists to a 7 wicket 3rd Test victory at Trent Bridge; Aussies regain Ashes with record 7th straight Test win v England

Cricketer and Broadcaster Shane Warne
Cricketer and Broadcaster
Shane Warne
  • 2019 Australian cricket batsman Steve Smith hits brilliant 142 following his 1st innings 144 in 1st Test v England at Edgbaston; only 4th batsman all-time to score more than 140 in each innings of a Test match
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Famous Birthdays

  • 1923 Reg Grundy, Australian media and television mogul (Neighbours, Prisoner), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2016)
  • 1960 Tim Winton, Australian author
  • 1963 Andrew Bartlett, Australian politician
  • 1973 Peter Tsekenis, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • 1976 Andrew McLeod, Australian footballer
  • 1985 Mark Milligan, Australian footballer
  • 1989 Jessica Mauboy, Australian singer (Young Divas), born in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

Famous Deaths

  • 1919 Dave Gregory, Australian cricketer (Australia's 1st Test captain), dies at 74
  • 1958 Ethel Anderson, Australian poet (b. 1883)

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