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Historical Events

  • 1982 12th Commonwealth Games open in Brisbane, Australia

Historic Event

1997 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

  • 2021 Land, including world's oldest living rainforest, Daintree National Park (180 million yrs old) returned to the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people in Far North Queensland, Australia [1]
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Famous Birthdays

  • 1869 Ernie Jones, Australian cricket fast bowler (19 Tests, 64 wickets; first bowler to be called for throwing in a Test), born in Auburn, South Australia (d. 1943)
  • 1922 Alan Stretton, Australian general (managed the response to 1974 Cyclone Tracey in Darwin), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2012)
  • 1946 Paul Sheahan, Australian cricketer (dashing Australian Test batsman 1967-74), born in Werribee, Australia
  • 1951 Barry Marshall, Australian physician, (1995 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovery bacterium Helicobacter pylori causes peptic ulcers), born in Kalgoorlie, Australia
  • 1952 Darrell Hair, Australian cricketer (Australian Test umpire since 1993-94)

Famous Deaths

  • 1990 Patrick White, Australian writer and playwright (Nobel Prize for Literature 1973), dies at 78

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