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26 January - 16 Major History Quickies today.

Unread postby Max ADU » Tue Jan 26, 2016 6:43 pm

It happened today
26th January

16 major events in today's Australian History
1700 -1800's
• 1788 – Today is Australia Day,
commemorating the arrival of the First Fleet at Port Jackson, New South Wales
• 1802 – Flinders crosses the 129th degree of longitude, which is later to become the border between Western Australia and South Australia.
• 1808 – John Macarthur is arrested sparking the Rum Rebellion. Military officers supporting Macarthur arrest Governor Bligh.
• 1808 – Governor William Bligh is overthrown in the "Rum Rebellion".
• 1849 – The Australasian Anti-Transportation League was formed after public meeting at Launceston, Tasmania.


• 1938 – Indigenous Australian protestors hold the first Day of Mourning.
• 1943 – The Defence (Citizen Military Forces) Act (1943) is passed which provided for the use of conscripts in the South-Western Pacific Zone (SWPZ) during the period of war.
• 1958 – Australia's first and only nuclear reactor HIFAR goes critical for the first time, full power generation occurs for the first time in 1960.
• 1958 – Thousands of Greek men riot in Melbourne when the bridal ship Castel Felice is nine hours late
• 1959 – Darwin is granted
city status.
• 1960 – The Australian of the Year awards are first granted.
• 1966 – The Beaumont children disappear, never to be found.
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• 1971 – In the capital city of Australia four children and three young adults are killed in the 1971 Canberra flood.
• 1981 – The Australian Institute of Sport is opened.
• 1994 – A man fires two blank shots at Charles, Prince of Wales in Sydney.

• 2013 – A series of tornadoes rips through southeast Queensland, causing major damage.
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