Opposition Leader Gough Whitlam and MP Kep Enderby talk to Aborigines about land rights at the Tent Embassy outside Parliament House in Canberra. Picture: News LimitedSource:News Corp Australia
Highlights in history on this date:
US bombers stage first all-US air raid on Germany in World War II in an attack on Wilhelmshaven; Germany begins civil conscription of women.
Soviet city of Leningrad is liberated from Germans.
Soviet troops liberate the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland.
Era of atomic testing in the Nevada desert begins as a US Air Force plane drops a one-kiloton bomb on Frenchman Flats.
France establishes diplomatic relations with China.
US astronauts Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee die in a flash fire during a test aboard their Apollo spacecraft at Cape Kennedy, Florida; US, Soviet Union and 60 other nations sign treaty to limit military activities in outer space.
Roger Chaffer, Edward White, Virgil “Gus” Grissom and NASA official Dr Robert R. Gilruth at a press conference in Houston. Picture: NASASource:News Limited
Aboriginal land rights activists set up Tent Embassy outside Parliament House, Canberra.
Accords are signed in Paris providing for the withdrawal of US troops from Vietnam.
Indonesia’s Tampo Mas II passenger ship catches fire and sinks in Java Sea, killing 580 people.
President Mohamed Siad Barre of Somalia flees the capital, Mogadishu, as a coalition of rebels seize power and the country plunges into anarchy; Allied aircraft bomb Iraq’s second city, Basra.
Niger’s first democratically elected president, Mahamane Ousmane, is ousted in a coup and army Colonel Barre Mainassara Ibrahim takes over as head of state.
The Catholic Church in Germany stops issuing certificates allowing abortions; More than 1200 people are evacuated amid severe flooding in the Northern Territory town of Katherine and surrounding areas caused by Cyclone Les.
Town of Katherine under floodwaters after being hit by a downpour caused by Cyclone Les.Source:News Corp Australia
A UN court in Tanzania sentences former Rwanda tea factory boss Alfred Musema to life imprisonment for genocide.
More than 1000 people die when a munitions depot in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, explodes.
Reports emerge that former Australian soldier Robert William Langdon, 38, faces execution in Afghanistan after being convicted for the shooting murder of a local security guard in May 2009 that he tried to blame on the Taliban.
Robert William Langdon is escorted to the courtroom at the Walayat, Kabul Police HQ jail.Source:Supplied
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard confirms a controversial one-off flood levy on taxpayers earning more than $50,000, as part of the Federal Government’s $5.6 billion flood-response package for Queensland and Victoria.
A fire in a crowded nightclub in southern Brazil kills more than 230 people – the world’s deadliest nightclub fire in more than a decade.
Martin, Teresa and Rudi Van Breda, who moved from Perth to South Africa, are killed in an attack on their home near Cape Town.
The van Breda family, three of whom were killed in an axe attack on their home. Picture: FacebookSource:Facebook
US health officials have issued new guidelines to deal with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, while authorities in Rio de Janeiro are racing to contain its spread.
NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner quits politics rather than be stripped of her prized portfolio, causing a headache for the new Berejiklian government.
Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki claims her first grand slam tennis title by winning the Australian Open final with victory over Simona Halep.
Novak Djokovic wins a record seventh Australian Open title, beating Spain’s Rafael Nadal in straight sets 6-2, 6-2, 6-3.
Happy Birthday, Rosamund Pike!Source:AFP
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian composer (1756-1791); Lewis Carroll, real name Charles Dodgson, English writer and mathematician (1832-1898); James Cromwell, US actor (1940); Mikhail Baryshnikov, Russian ballet dancer (1948); Bridget Fonda, US actor (1964); Mike Patton, US singer of Faith No More fame (1968); Rosamund Pike, English actor, (1979); Alicia Molik, Australian tennis player (1981).
“As men we are all equal in the presence of death.” – Publilius Syrus, Roman mimographer