• Business
  • 1849 James Henry Ashton founded the now famous Ashton Family Circus in Australia
  • Crimes
  • 1987 Police shot dead a West German tourist, believed to have shot and killed 5 people in 11 days in the Northern Territory
  • 1992 The Liberal Party Premier of NSW and Environment Minister, were both found guilty of corruption by the Independent Commission Against Corruption
  • Deaths and Funerals
  • 1820 Sir Joseph Banks died in England. As a naturalist, he sailed with Captain Cook. Bankstown in New South Wales is named after him
  • 1976 Former Governor-General, Lord Casey of Berwick, died aged 85
  • 1992 The death was announced in San Diego, California, of Australian entertainer Peter Allen aged 48. He wrote the popular song "I Still Call Australia Home" and some other popular songs
  • Discoveries
  • 1851 Gold was discovered on the Turon River in NSW
  • Land Grants and Sales
  • 1839 A grant of land was made to Hugh Kennedy. It is now the town of Corrimal, NSW
  • Marriages
  • 1975 Champion Australian tennis player, Evonne Goolagong, married Roger Cawley in London
  • Pardons
  • 1803 Convict William Redfern was given a pardon by Governor King. An ex-naval surgeon he obtained a high rank in the colony as a doctor, magistrate, and a director of the first bank in Australia
  • Religion
  • 1865 St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney was destroyed by fire
  • Sports
  • 1999 A Sydney bookmaker, Con Kafataris and two friends, became the biggest winners in Australian racing history, when they picked all eight winners at Cheltenham Park races in South Australia. They won the TAB Fortune 8 Jackpot prize, plus a BMW roadster sports car valued at $7,000
  • War and Armed Forces
  • 1931 A pitched battle took place between police and people being evicted from their homes at the height of the depression at Newtown, Sydney