ON THIS DAY
1888 JT Williams makes the first parachute descent in Australia, jfrom a balloon over Sydney. 1925 Adolf Hitler’s book Mein Kampf is published.
1941 Australia, Britain and the US declare war on Japan; Japan invades Thailand and Malaya. 1980 John Lennon, former member of The Beatles, is shot dead in New York by Mark David Chapman.
1981 The ACTU ends a twoyear-old
ban on export of uranium from Australia.
2008 Dual Comm Games marathon gold medallist and mother of three Kerryn McCann. 41, dies of breast cancer. Birthdays: Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-1587); Jim Morrison, lead singer of US group The Doors (1943-1971); John Waters, Australian actor (1948-); Steve Elkington, Australian golfer (1962); James Blundell, Australian country musician (1964); Sinead O’Connor, Irish singer (1966-).