1879: Outlaw Ned Kelly holds up Jerilderie post office in NSW.
1964: Royal Australian Navy destroyer Voyager sinks after colliding with HMAS Melbourne off Jervis Bay.
1981: International airport opens at Townsville.
1990: South African President FW de Klerk announces that black activist Nelson Mandela will be released after 27 years in captivity.
1993: Fred Hollows (above), New Zealand-Australian ophthalmologist and humanitarian who restored sight to thousands of underprivileged people, dies in Sydney of cancer aged 63.
2005: North Korea boasts publicly for the first time that it has nuclear weapons.