ON THIS DAY
1840 Britain’s Queen Victoria marries Prince Albert of SaxeCoburg-Gotha.
1842 In Australia, Moreton Bay is declared officially open to free settlers by Governor Gipps. 1879 Outlaw Ned Kelly holds up Jerilderie post office in NSW. 1964 Australian Navy destroyer Voyager sinks after colliding with HMAS Melbourne off Jervis Bay; more than 80 die.
1990 South African President
FW de Klerk announces black activist Nelson Mandela will be released after 27 years in jail. 1992 Heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson is convicted of rape.
1993 Fred Hollows, NZAustralian ophthalmologist dies in Sydney of cancer aged 63. Birthdays: Greg Norman, Australian golfer (1955-); Laura Dern, US actor (1967-); Melissa Doyle, Australian TV personality (1970-); Michael Kasprowicz, Australian cricketer (1972-).