ON THIS DAY
1820: The first white men camp at Limestone Plains, the site of Australia’s future national capital, Canberra.
1907: Commonwealth and South Australia agree on the transfer of Northern Territory to the Commonwealth.
1941: Japanese planes attack the US Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, destroying many aircraft and ships and precipitating the US declaration of war on Japan.
1971: Unmanned Soviet space capsule sends back radio and television signals from Mars.
1975: Indonesia invades East Timor.
2004: Hamid Karzai is sworn in as Afghanistan’s first popularly elected president.
Birthdays: Noam Chomsky, US linguist and political activist (1928-); Tom Waits, US singersongwriter (1949-); Geoff Lawson, Australian cricketer (1957-).