ON THIS DAY

The Northern Star - - HISTORY -

1787

US con­sti­tu­tion signed.

1828

Ho­ley dol­lars are with­drawn from cir­cu­la­tion, mak­ing way for the pound ster­ling.

1879

The first Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion, to show­case its prod­ucts, opens in Syd­ney in a grand cer­e­mony at the spe­cially built Gar­den Palace, in what is now the Do­main.

1900

Queen Vic­to­ria signs doc­u­ment to cre­ate the Com­mon­wealth of Aus­tralia.

1914

Andrew Fisher’s La­bor fed­eral min­istry is elected and sworn in, mak­ing him prime min­is­ter for the third time.

1931

The first long­play­ing record to ro­tate at 33 1/3 rpm is demon­strated by the RCA Vic­tor com­pany at the Savoy Plaza Ho­tel, New York.

1954

Prime min­is­ter Robert Men­zies opens Aus­tralia’s first ura­nium treat­ment plant, at Rum Jun­gle in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory.

1989

The Dow­nun­der Back­pack­ers’ Hos­tel in Kings Cross is de­stroyed by an ar­son­ist’s fire. Six peo­ple die and more than 20 oth­ers are in­jured. A 31-year-old man, Gre­gory Al­lan Brown, is con­victed of man­slaugh­ter. Coro­ner Kevin Waller later finds that “just about ev­ery­body’’ in­volved, in­clud­ing Syd­ney City Coun­cil, was neg­li­gent. Brown will be re­leased from jail in 2009.

1998

Aus­tralian Matt Shirv­ing­ton, 19, runs 100m in 10.03sec at the Com­mon­wealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, break­ing his own Aus­tralian record but com­ing fourth.

2000

Bri­tish writer and tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter Paula Yates (pic­tured above) is found dead at 41 in her London home of an ac­ci­den­tal drug over­dose.

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