- 41 – Cassius Chaerea and the disgruntled Praetorian Guardsmurdered Roman emperor Caligula, replacing him with his uncleClaudius.
- 1848 – James W. Marshall discovered gold at Sutter's Mill(reconstruction pictured) in Coloma, California, leading to theCalifornia Gold Rush.
- 1978 – The Soviet satellite Kosmos 954, which used nuclear power for propulsion, burned up during reentry, scattering radioactive debris across Canada's Northwest Territories.
- 1993 – Turkish journalist and writer Uğur Mumcu was assassinated by a car bomb outside his home in Ankara.
- 2011 – A suicide bomber killed at least 37 people at Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow.
- 41 – Roman Emperor Caligula, known for his eccentricity and cruel despotism, is assassinated by his disgruntled Praetorian Guards. The Guard then proclaims Caligula's uncle Claudius as Emperor
- 1438 – The Council of Basel suspends Pope Eugene IV.
- 1458 – Matthias I Corvinus becomes king of Hungary.
- 1624 – Afonso Mendes, appointed by Pope Gregory XV as Prelate of Ethiopia, arrives at Massawa from Goa.
- 1679 – King Charles II of England dissolves the Cavalier Parliament.
- 1742 – Charles VII Albert becomes Holy Roman Emperor.
- 1817 – Crossing of the Andes: Many soldiers of Juan Gregorio de las Heras were captured during the Action of Picheuta.
- 1835 – Slaves in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, stage a revolt, which is instrumental in ending slavery there 50 years later.
- 1848 – California Gold Rush: James W. Marshall finds gold at Sutter's Mill near Sacramento.
- 1857 – The University of Calcutta is formally founded as the first fully-fledged university in south Asia.
- 1859 – Political and state union of Moldavia and Wallachia; Alexandru Ioan Cuza is elected as Domnitor in both Principalities.
- 1862 – Bucharest is proclaimed capital of Romania.
- 1878 – The revolutionary Vera Zasulich shoots at Fyodor Trepov, the Governor of Saint Petersburg.
- 1900 – Second Boer War: Boers stop a British attempt to break the Siege of Ladysmith in the Battle of Spion Kop.
- 1908 – The first Boy Scout troop is organized in England by Robert Baden-Powell.
- 1911 – Japanese anarchist Shūsui Kōtoku is hanged for treason in a case now considered a miscarriage of justice.
- 1916 – In Brushaber v. Union Pacific Railroad, the Supreme Court of the United States declares the federal income tax constitutional.
- 1918 – The Gregorian calendar is introduced in Russia by decree of the Council of People's Commissars effective February 14(NS)
- 1939 – The deadliest earthquake in Chilean history strikes Chillán.
- 1942 – World War II: The Allies bombard Bangkok, leading Thailand to declare war against the United States and United Kingdom.
- 1943 – World War II: Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill conclude a conference in Casablanca.
- 1946 – The United Nations General Assembly passes its first resolution to establish the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission.
- 1947 – Greek banker Dimitrios Maximos becomes Prime Minister of Greece.
- 1960 – Algerian War: Some units of European volunteers in Algiers stage an insurrection known as the "barricades week", during which they seize government buildings and clash with local police.
- 1961 – 1961 Goldsboro B-52 crash: A bomber carrying two H-bombs breaks up in mid-air over North Carolina. The uranium core of one weapon remains lost.
- 1972 – Japanese Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi is found hiding in a Guam jungle, where he had been since the end of World War II.
- 1977 – Massacre of Atocha in Madrid, during the Spanish transition to democracy.
- 1978 – Soviet satellite Cosmos 954, with a nuclear reactor on board, burns up in Earth's atmosphere, scattering radioactive debris over Canada's Northwest Territories. Only 1% is recovered.
- 1984 – The first Apple Macintosh goes on sale.
- 1986 – Voyager 2 passes within 81,500 kilometres (50,600 mi) of Uranus.
- 1990 – Japan launches Hiten, the country's first lunar probe, the first robotic lunar probe since the Soviet Union's Luna 24 in 1976, and the first lunar probe launched by a country other than Soviet Union or the United States.
- 1993 – Turkish journalist and writer Uğur Mumcu is assassinated by a car bomb in Ankara.
- 1996 – Polish Premier Józef Oleksy resigns amid charges that he spied for Moscow.
- 2003 – The United States Department of Homeland Security officially begins operation.
- 2009 – The storm Klaus makes landfall near Bordeaux, France. It subsequently would cause 26 deaths as well as extensive disruptions to public transport and power supplies.
- 2011 – At least 35 died and 180 injured in a bombing at Moscow's Domodedovo airport.
- 76 – Hadrian, Roman Emperor (d. 138)
- 1287 – Richard Aungerville, English bishop (d. 1345)
- 1444 – Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan (d. 1476)
- 1540 – Edmund Campion, English Jesuit (d. 1581)
- 1638 – Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset, English poet (d. 1706)
- 1670 – William Congreve, English playwright (d. 1729)
- 1674 – Thomas Tanner, English bishop (d. 1735)
- 1679 – Christian Wolff, German philosopher (d. 1754)
- 1705 – Farinelli, Italian castrato (d. 1782)
- 1709 – Dom Bédos de Celles, Benedictine monk best known for being a master pipe organ builder (d. 1779)
- 1712 – King Frederick II of Prussia (d. 1786)
- 1724 – Frances Brooke, English writer (d. 1789)
- 1732 – Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, French playwright (d. 1799)
- 1742 – Anne, Duchess of Cumberland and Strathearn (d. 1808)
- 1746 – King Gustav III of Sweden (d. 1792)
- 1752 – Muzio Clementi, Italian composer (d. 1832)
- 1754 – Andrew Ellicott, American surveyor (d. 1820)
- 1763 – Louis Alexandre Andrault de Langeron, Russian general (d. 1831)
- 1776 – E.T.A. Hoffmann, German writer (d. 1822)
- 1779 – Tsarina Elizabeth Alexeievna (d. 1826)
- 1841 – Robert Williams, American archer (d. 1914)
- 1848 – Vasily Surikov, Russian painter (d. 1916)
- 1862 – Edith Wharton, American writer (d. 1937)
- 1864 – Marguerite Durand, French suffragette (d. 1936)
- 1872 – Konstantin Bogaevsky, Russian painter (d. 1943)
- 1872 – Ethel Turner, Australian author (d. 1958)
- 1872 – Morris William Travers, English chemist and the founding director of the Indian Institute of Science (d. 1961)
- 1883 – Philip Schuster, American gymnast (d. 1926)
- 1886 – Henry King, American film director (d. 1982)
- 1888 – Vicki Baum, Austrian writer (d. 1960)
- 1888 – Ernst Heinkel, German aircraft designer (d. 1958)
- 1891 – Walter Model, German field marshal (d. 1945)
- 1895 – Eugen Roth, German writer (d. 1976)
- 1898 – Cliff Heathcote, American baseball player (d. 1939)
- 1900 – Theodosius Dobzhansky, Ukrainian-born American geneticist and biologist (d. 1975)
- 1901 – Harry Calder, South African cricketer (d. 1995)
- 1901 – Edward Turner, English motorcycle designer (d. 1973)
- 1902 – E. A. Speiser, American biblical scholar (d. 1965)
- 1905 – J. Howard Marshall, American billionaire (d. 1995)
- 1907 – Maurice Couve de Murville, French politician (d. 1999)
- 1907 – Tuts Washington, American R&B pianist(d. 1984)
- 1909 – Martin Lings, English Islamic scholar (d. 2005)
- 1909 – Ann Todd, English actress (d. 1993)
- 1910 – Doris Haddock, American political activist (d. 2010)
- 1911 – Muir Mathieson, Scottish conductor and composer (d. 1975)
- 1912 – Frederick Ashworth, American navy officer and weaponeer on the B-29 Bockscar (d. 2005)
- 1913 – Norman Dello Joio, American composer (d. 2008)
- 1915 – Robert Motherwell, American painter (d. 1991)
- 1916 – Jack Brickhouse, American sports broadcaster (d. 1998)
- 1916 – Rafael Caldera, President of Venezuela (d. 2009)
- 1916 – Arnoldo Foà, Italian actor
- 1917 – Ernest Borgnine, American actor (d. 2012)
- 1918 – Oral Roberts, American evangelist (d. 2009)
- 1919 – Coleman Francis, American film director (d. 1973)
- 1920 – Jerry Maren, American actor
- 1922 – Charles Socarides, American psychiatrist (d. 2005)
- 1923 – Vlado Kristl, Croatian painter and filmmaker (d. 2004)
- 1924 – Joe Albany, American jazz pianist
- 1925 – Maria Tallchief, American ballerina
- 1926 – Georges Lautner, French director and screenwriter
- 1927 – Sir Patrick Macnaghten, 11th Baronet, British aristocrat (d. 2007)
- 1928 – Desmond Morris, British anthropologist
- 1928 – Michel Serrault, French actor (d. 2007)
- 1930 – Bernard Matthews, British poultry industry figure (d. 2010)
- 1931 – Lars Hörmander, Swedish mathematician (d. 2012)
- 1933 – Claude Préfontaine, Canadian actor (d. 2013)
- 1934 – Stanisław Grochowiak, Polish poet (d. 1976)
- 1934 – Ann Cole, American gospel and R&B singer
- 1935 – Eric Ashton, English rugby league footballer (d. 2008)
- 1936 – William Bogert, American actor
- 1936 – Doug Kershaw, American musician
- 1936 – Bobby Wellins, Scottish jazz saxophonist
- 1939 – Ray Stevens, American musician
- 1941 – Neil Diamond, American singer
- 1941 – Aaron Neville, American singer (Neville Brothers)
- 1942 – Gary Hart, American wrestler (d. 2008)
- 1943 – Subhash Ghai, Indian director
- 1943 – Peter Struck, German politician (d. 2012)
- 1943 – Sharon Tate, American actress and Manson murder victim (d. 1969)
- 1943 – Tony Trimmer, British Formula One driver
- 1944 – Klaus Nomi, German singer (d. 1983)
- 1945 – D. Todd Christofferson, American religious figure
- 1945 – John Garamendi, American politician
- 1946 – Michael Ontkean, Canadian actor
- 1946 – Haji, Canadian actress
- 1947 – Michio Kaku, Japanese-born American theoretical physicist
- 1947 – Masashi Ozaki, Japanese golfer
- 1947 – Warren Zevon, American musician (d. 2003)
- 1948 – Michael Des Barres, British actor and rock singer (Power Station, Silverhead, and Detective)
- 1949 – John Belushi, American actor (d. 1982)
- 1950 – Daniel Auteuil, French actor
- 1950 – Gennifer Flowers, American actress, political figure
- 1950 – Benjamin Urrutia, Ecuadorian-born American writer
- 1951 – Yakov Smirnoff, Ukrainian-born American comedian
- 1953 – Tim Stoddard, American baseball player
- 1954 – Jo Gartner, Austrian racing driver (d. 1986)
- 1955 – Jim Montgomery, American swimmer
- 1956 – Hanne Krogh, Norwegian singer (Bobbysocks)
- 1956 – Lounès Matoub, Algerian Berber Kabyle singer (d. 1998)
- 1957 – Mark Eaton, American basketball player
- 1957 – Adrian Edmondson, English comedian
- 1958 – Neil Allen, American baseball player
- 1958 – Jools Holland, English musician (Squeeze)
- 1959 – David Mills, American author
- 1959 – Vic Reeves, English comedian
- 1960 – Rick Leventhal, American journalist
- 1960 – Jack Neo, Singaporean filmmaker & actor
- 1960 – Mária Bajzek Lukács Hungarian Slovene writer, adjunct of the University ELTE
- 1961 – Guido Buchwald, German football player
- 1961 – Nastassja Kinski, German-born actress
- 1961 – Vince Russo, American writer
- 1961 – William Van Dijck, Belgian athlete
- 1962 – Argiris Kambouris, Greek basketball player
- 1963 – Martyn Grimley, English field hockey player
- 1963 – Arnold Vanderlyde, Dutch boxer
- 1965 – Mike Awesome, American professional wrestler (d. 2007)
- 1965 – Pagonis Vakalopoulos, Greek footballer
- 1966 – Jimeoin, Northern Irish comedian
- 1967 – Mark Kozelek, American singer/songwriter (Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon)
- 1967 – Phil LaMarr, American actor,comedian,and voice actor
- 1967 – John Myung, American musician (Dream Theater)
- 1968 – Michael Kiske, German musician (Helloween)
- 1968 – Mary Lou Retton, American gymnast
- 1969 – Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Icelandic actor
- 1970 – Matthew Lillard, American actor
- 1971 – Cory Bailey, American baseball player
- 1971 – Andrea Mackris, American television producer
- 1972 – Beth Hart, American singer/songwriter
- 1972 – Naoshi Mizuta, Japanese composer
- 1972 – Daan Schuurmans, Dutch actor
- 1972 – Ulla Werbrouck, Belgian judoka and politician
- 1974 – Adam Dean, American philosopher
- 1974 – Ed Helms, American actor
- 1975 – Isobel Cooper, English singer
- 1975 – Rónald Gómez, Costa Rican footballer
- 1976 – Shae-Lynn Bourne, Canadian ice dancer
- 1976 – Cindy Pieters, Belgian cyclist
- 1976 – Olga Vymetálková, Czech tennis player
- 1977 – Kensuke Kita, Japanese guitarist (Asian Kung-Fu Generation)
- 1978 – Kristen Schaal, American actress, writer and comedian
- 1979 – Tatyana Ali, American actress and singer
- 1979 – Leandro Desábato, Argentine footballer
- 1979 – Tom Kostopoulos, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1980 – Rocky Boiman, American football player
- 1980 – Nicole Marie Lenz, American actress
- 1980 – Yamandu Costa, Brazilian guitarist and composer
- 1981 – Travis Hanson, American baseball player
- 1981 – Michael Wolf, German ice hockey player
- 1982 – Fiona Xie, Singaporean actress
- 1983 – Diane Birch, American singer/songwriter/pianist
- 1983 – Wyatt Crockett, New Zealand rugby player
- 1983 – Shaun Maloney, Scottish footballer
- 1983 – Scott Speed, American race car driver
- 1983 – Davide Biondini, Italian footballer
- 1984 – Scott Kazmir, American baseball player
- 1984 – Witold Kiełtyka, Polish drummer (Decapitated) (d. 2007)
- 1984 – Paulo Sérgio, Portuguese footballer
- 1986 – Mischa Barton, English-born American actress
- 1986 – Michael Kightly, English footballer
- 1986 – Raviv Ullman, Israeli-born American actor
- 1986 – Vieirinha, Portuguese footballer
- 1987 – Luis Suárez, Uruguayan footballer
- 1988 – Jade Ewen, English singer (Sugababes)
- 1989 – Calvin Goldspink, English singer and actor (S Club 8)
- 1989 – Samba Diakité, Malian footballer
- 1989 – Ki Sung-Yueng, South Korean footballer
- 1990 – Mao Abe, Japanese singer-songwriter
- 1990 – Zuzana Zlochová, Slovak tennis player
- 1995 – Callan McAuliffe, Australian actor
- 1997 – Dylan Riley Snyder, American film, television and theatre actor
- 2012 – Princess Athena of Denmark
- 41 – Caligula, Emperor of Rome (b. 12)
- 772 – Pope Stephen III (b. 720)
- 1002 – Otto III, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 980)
- 1125 – David IV of Georgia (b. 1073)
- 1366 – Alfonso IV of Aragon (b. 1299)
- 1376 – Richard FitzAlan, 10th Earl of Arundel, English military leader
- 1473 – Conrad Paumann, German composer
- 1595 – Ferdinand II of Austria (b. 1529)
- 1626 – Samuel Argall, English adventurer and naval officer (b. 1580)
- 1639 – Georg Jenatsch, Swiss politician (b. 1596)
- 1666 – Johann Andreas Herbst, German composer (b. 1588)
- 1709 – George Rooke, English admiral (b. 1650)
- 1769 – François de Chevert, French general (b. 1695)
- 1856 – Rabbi Yechezkel of Kuzmir, Polish Hasidic leader (b. 1775)
- 1877 – Johann Christian Poggendorff, German physicist (b. 1796)
- 1882 – Levi Boone, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1808)
- 1883 – Friedrich von Flotow, German composer (b. 1812)
- 1895 – Lord Randolph Churchill, British politician (b. 1849)
- 1911 – David Graham Phillips, American journalist and novelist (b. 1867)
- 1918 – George Arthur Crump, Founder of the Pine Valley Golf Club in Clementon NJ (b. 1871)
- 1920 – Amedeo Modigliani, Italian painter and sculptor (b. 1884)
- 1924 – Anna Bayerová, Czech physician (b. 1853)
- 1924 – Marie-Adélaïde, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (b. 1894)
- 1932 – Alfred Yarrow, English shipbuilder (b. 1842)
- 1936 – Harry T. Morey, American actor (b. 1873)
- 1939 – Maximilian Bircher-Benner, Swiss physician and nutritionist (b. 1867)
- 1943 – John Burns, English politician (b. 1858)
- 1948 – Maria Mandel, Camp Leader at Auschwitz (b. 1912)
- 1955 – Ira Hayes, American World War II hero (b. 1923)
- 1955 – Henry Potter, American golfer (b. 1881)
- 1960 – Arthur Murray Chisholm, author of Western fiction (b. 1872)
- 1960 – Edwin Fischer, Swiss pianist and conductor (b. 1886)
- 1961 – Alfred Carlton Gilbert, American pole vaulter and inventor (b. 1884)
- 1962 – André Lhote, French painter (b. 1885)
- 1962 – Stanley Lord, captain of the SS Californian the night of the Titanic disaster (b. 1877)
- 1965 – Winston Churchill, soldier, politician, historian, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Nobel laureate (b. 1874)
- 1966 – Homi J. Bhabha, Indian physicist (b. 1909)
- 1970 – Caresse Crosby, American poet (b. 1891)
- 1971 – William Griffith "Bill" Wilson, American co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (b. 1895)
- 1973 – J. Carrol Naish, American actor (b. 1897)
- 1973 – Masao Ohba, world champion Japanese boxer (b. 1949)
- 1975 – Larry Fine, American actor and comedian (b. 1902)
- 1978 – Herta Oberheuser, German doctor (b. 1911)
- 1980 – Lil Dagover, Dutch-born German actress (b. 1887)
- 1982 – Alfredo Ovando Candía, Bolivian president and dictator (b. 1918)
- 1983 – George Cukor, American film director (b. 1899)
- 1986 – L. Ron Hubbard, American writer and founder of Scientology (b. 1911)
- 1986 – Flo Hyman, American volleyball player (b. 1954)
- 1986 – Gordon MacRae, American actor and singer (b. 1921)
- 1988 – Werner Fenchel, German mathematician (b. 1905)
- 1989 – Ted Bundy, American serial killer (b. 1946)
- 1989 – George Knudson, Canadian golfer (b. 1937)
- 1990 – Madge Bellamy, American actress (b. 1899)
- 1991 – John M. Kelly, Irish politician and academic (b. 1931)
- 1991 – Jack Schaefer, American author (b. 1907)
- 1992 – Ken Darby, American composer, arranger and conductor (b. 1909)
- 1992 – Ricky Ray Rector, American murderer (b. 1950)
- 1993 – Thurgood Marshall, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1908)
- 1993 – Uğur Mumcu, Turkish journalist and writer (b. 1942)
- 1994 – Yves Navarre, French writer (b. 1940)
- 1998 – Walter D. Edmonds, American author (b. 1903)
- 2000 – Bobby Duncum, Jr., American professional wrestler (b. 1965)
- 2002 – Peter Gzowski, Canadian broadcaster, writer and reporter (b. 1934)
- 2002 – Elie Hobeika, Lebanese Forces militia commander (b. 1956)
- 2003 – Gianni Agnelli, Italian auto executive (b. 1921)
- 2004 – Leônidas da Silva, Brazilian footballer (b. 1913)
- 2005 – June Bronhill, Australian singer (b. 1929)
- 2005 – Vladimir Savchenko, Ukrainian writer (b. 1933)
- 2005 – Chalkie White, English rugby union coach (b. 1929)
- 2006 – Schafik Handal, Salvadoran politician (b. 1930)
- 2006 – Fayard Nicholas, American tap dancer, one-half of The Nicholas Brothers (b. 1914)
- 2006 – Chris Penn, American actor (b. 1965)
- 2007 – Krystyna Feldman, Polish actress (b. 1916)
- 2007 – Guadalupe Larriva, Ecuadorian politician (b. 1956)
- 2007 – Emiliano Mercado del Toro, World's oldest military veteran (b. 1891)
- 2008 – Lee Embree, American sergeant and photographer (b. 1915)
- 2008 – Randy Salerno, co-anchor of Chicago's CBS 2 News (b. 1963)
- 2009 – Gérard Blanc, French singer (b. 1947)
- 2009 – Reg Gutteridge, British boxing journalist (b. 1924)
- 2009 – Kay Yow, North Carolina State Univ. women's basketball head coach (b. 1942)
- 2010 – Pernell Roberts, American actor & singer, last surviving star of Bonanza (b. 1928)
- 2011 – Bernd Eichinger, German film producer and director (b. 1949)
- 2011 – Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Indian Musician, Bharat Ratna Laureate (b. 1922)
- 2011 – Gerardo Ortega, Filipino Journalist and Environmentalist (b. 1963)
- 2012 – James Farentino, American actor (b. 1938)
Holidays and observances
- Christian Feast Day:
- Earliest day on which Saturday of Souls can fall, while February 27 (or 28 during Leap Year) is the latest; observed 57 days before Easter. (Eastern Orthodox)
- Feast of Our Lady of Peace (Roman Catholic Church), and its related observances:
- First day of the Sementivae, in honor of Ceres and Terra (Roman Empire)
- Unification Day (Romania)
A disgraceful law against free speech makes it too dangerous for me to discuss one important public policy aspect of this statement by Julia Gillard:
I note only this:
David Wallechinsky is the author or co-author of several books including The 20th Century: History With the Boring Parts Left Out. He is a contributing editor to Parade magazine, for which he writes about the federal budget and other topics. He is the vice president of the International Society of Olympic Historians.
That biographical item may be correct or Nova’s ancestry may have a different mix. That’s not the point. The real point is that what was once a perfectly innocent biographical item, republished in several editions, is now too explosive to discuss in Salem Australia.
(No comments. I know serious issues of public interest are involved, but I want one year of no legal worries.)
Remember the assurances of the mendacious Climate Change Minister Greg Combet last August, when he linked Australia’s carbon price - now at $23 a tonne - to that of Europe from 2015?
Mr Combet repeated he was confident of the Treasury modelling, which predicts a $29 a tonne carbon price in 2015/16.
He was asked if the government would face a budget shortfall, in contrast to the $9.4 billion of revenue it had predicted the floating price would generate in the 2015/16 budget.
“It is three years away and the Treasury modelling is something that we stand by,” Mr Combet said.
Still confident, Greg? The European price you’ve linked us to has just taken another dive:
Yesterday’s closing price was 5.02, today it is 4.64 ($5.86). That’s a value loss of 8% in a single day. So far, for the month of January, EUcarbon has lost almost 40% of its value, from just below $7 a ton at the end of December.
- the carbon price in Europe (and soon here) is too low to drive any shift to “green” power.- Europe is too broke to get serious about cutting emissions, leaving Australia even more isolated.- Australian business, knowing carbon prices will soon fall here, have little incentive to invest now in “clean power” technologies to cut their emissions.- The federal Budget is going to spring a giant leak if compensation for a tax now of $23 a tonne outstrips the money the Government will earn from a tax that will fall to ... what? $4?
Mark Baker on the scandal that keeps dogging the Prime Minister - and an investigation homing in on one aspect that could prove especially embarrassing:
VICTORIAN detectives have expanded their investigation into the purchase of a Fitzroy house with union slush fund money controlled by the disgraced former boyfriend of Prime Minister Julia Gillard.…Part of the investigation is believed to involve a power of attorney document prepared and witnessed by Ms Gillard - then a salaried partner at Slater & Gordon - that her boyfriend and senior Australian Workers Union official Bruce Wilson used to buy the house in the name of union crony Ralph Blewitt.Mr Blewitt, who is assisting the fraud squad investigation, has claimed he did not see the document until after the auction, which was attended by Mr Wilson and Ms Gillard.Mr Blewitt returned to Melbourne from his home in Malaysia this week with further documents relating to what he describes as ‘’a major fraud’’ involving hundreds of thousands of dollars taken from the AWU Workplace Reform Association - some of it used to buy the Fitzroy house.Ms Gillard, who helped establish the association, which she later described as a union election slush fund, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing or knowledge of the misappropriation of AWU money…Olive Palmer, the legal secretary who managed the conveyancing work for the Fitzroy house purchase and a mortgage through a Slater & Gordon loan facility, met detectives in Melbourne earlier this month.One of the investigating detectives later flew to Queensland and conducted interviews with Ms Palmer, formerly known as Olive Brosnahan, at her Sunshine Coast home.The power of attorney document drafted and witnessed by Ms Gillard that Mr Wilson used to buy the Fitzroy property in Mr Blewitt’s name was dated February 4, 1993.But a note in the conveyancing file handwritten by Ms Brosnahan and addressed to Ms Gillard on February 16 says: ‘’We need P/A or certified copy’’.Mr Blewitt claimed last year that he had not seen the document prior to the auction and that Mr Wilson had later brought it to him for signature in Perth, where he was AWU state secretary.
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Yesterday’s show here. Nova Peris should toughen up and drop the screams of racism. And more, including a debate on the beer capital of the world. I nominate this beer as potentially one of the very best:
Readers in comments below vie to name the greatest beers.
THE Prime Minister couldn’t have been clearer about her racism when she dumped a Labor Senator this week for being white.
“There has never been an indigenous Australian who has served as a federal Labor representative,” Julia Gillard said on Tuesday.
The White House for weeks misled the world about last year’s Islamist attack on its Benghazi consulate which killed four Americans.
It claimed the attack was just a protest against an anti-Islam film that got out of hand, rather than a planned and co-ordinated assault by an al-Qaeda-linked militia on a US outpost whose request for extra security had been denied.
Yesterday, finally, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave evidence to a Senate committee hearing:
But even as she accepted blame for the security lapses in Benghazi, Clinton made an effort to protect her legacy at State — and potentially her chances at a presidential run in 2016 — by denying any wrongdoing herself.A bipartisan board that investigated the Libya attack “made very clear that the level of responsibility for the failures that they outlined was set at the Assistant Secretary of State level and below,” Clinton said. “These requests don’t ordinarily come in to the secretary of State.”
That drew a blistering response from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky).
“I think ultimately with your leaving you accept culpability for the worst tragedy since Sept. 11,” Paul said. “If I’d been president at the time and I’d found that you did not read the cables from Benghazi, you did not read the cables from Ambassador Stevens, I would have relieved you of your post.”“Not to know of the requests for security, really I think cost these people their lives.”
Clinton tried throughout the hearing to reassure lawmakers that her agency has learned from the mistakes that led to the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others at the diplomatic facility. She choked up as she recalled consoling the families of those who died…Senate Republicans did not shy away from tough questions, and renewed their accusations that President Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, was dispatched for interviews after the assault in a deliberate attempt to mislead the public about what had happened as the presidential election loomed.
Rice dropped out of contention to replace Clinton at State in the face of Republican outrage about her initial statements on Libya, which attributed the attack to a peaceful protest gone awry.
Clinton said she wasn’t the one who sent Rice to talk to the media…
In the sharpest exchange, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) pressed Clinton about why survivors of the Libya attack weren’t interviewed before Rice’s public statements.
“With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans,” Clinton told him angrily. “Whether it’s because of a protest or whether a guy out for a walk decided to go kill some Americans, what difference at this point does it make?”
In retrospect, Clinton said, the administration could have done a better job making clear it did not know all the facts when Rice testified.
“We did not conclude until days after the attacks that there was no protest at all,” she said.
Clinton said she could not confirm reports from Algerian security officials that militants who attacked an Algerian natural-gas complex last week participated in the attack on the diplomatic compound in Benghazi. But she said the attackers in Algeria and the Islamists in Mali were armed with weapons looted from the former arsenals of deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher Wednesday alluded to the fact that no one involved in the Benghazi terrorist attack has been arrested while the the man who made the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims,” was arrested by California police for a parole violation.
It’s Australia Day on Saturday. Time for The Age to celebrate it in the usual way, with this year’s dirge written by Peter Gebhardt:
What might an Aboriginal person say of Australia Day? Why should the Aborigines celebrate that day?
It was the day that marked the theft of a land (terra nullius), the day that marked the theft and abduction of a people, of a culture, the day that initiated the pathways to the Stolen Children and, to our ultimate shame, the deaths in custody. It is a day that stands as a reminder of massacres. The wind-stench of bodies burned in bonfires hangs heavy upon the nation’s conscience and in the clouds.
Aborigines might well be grateful to The Age for getting a white writer to sum up what they are all collectively thinking - every one of them. After all, much better for The Age to have a white describe their thoughts than to let some Aboriginal writer speak for themselves and risk him or her straying off the ideological reservation.
But let’s address the extraordinary Gebhardt hyperbole.
In fact, “Stolen Generation” activists to this very day still cannot name even 10 children stolen just for being Aboriginal. A royal commission found Aborigines are no more likely than whites to die in custody, and black prisoners are more likely to die outside of jail than in it. And which bodies were burned in bonfires exactly?
I’d expect a former judge to be rather more careful with evidence.
Judean National Day celebrations:
One consequence of the Gillard Government somehow managing to run out of money in a mining boom:
THE Alfred hospital will cut almost 300 operations in the latest blow to Victoria’s health system, as the families of some of our most vulnerable young patients have pleaded for an end to the cuts.
Alfred Health has revealed it will add hundreds of elective surgery patients to expanded waiting lists over the next four months in an attempt to claw back $7.8 million in withdrawn federal funding.Those cuts followed the Royal Children’s Hospital’s announcement that it was forced to axe 50 jobs…
After recalculating Australia’s population growth - on which the federal-state funding is based - the Gillard Government slashed $470 million from Victoria’s health budget over the next four years, including $107 million which hospitals had already allocated to patient treatment and care.
Lots of opposition to Julia Gillard’s racist decision to replace white Senator Trish Crossin with black neophyte Nova Peris. Thing is, most of that opposition is from Labor figures appalled by Gillard’s highhandedness, her tokenism, her choice and her vengeance against Rudd supporters:
Senator Crossin declared yesterday she would fight on and would encourage others to enter the [pre-selection] race…
Earlier, vocal Left Senator Doug Cameron attacked the decision, accusing Ms Gillard of a “pretty brutal exercise of political power . . . I think simply a night of the long knives against a senator who has given the party a long-term commitment, a very effective commitment, is not a good message,” Senator Cameron told ABC radio.If the party wanted an Aboriginal member of parliament it should have selected one democratically rather than “parachuting people in and saying that soothes our conscience in terms of Aboriginal representation . . .”.Former Labor deputy leader of the Northern Territory, Syd Stirling, said Ms Gillard’s move showed “breathtaking arrogance”.
Branch president of the ALP in Alice Springs, Rowan Foley, said he was “gutted” by the move. Mr Foley, an indigenous candidate for Labor at the Territory election last August, said the Prime Minister’s intervention was a “setback” for Labor in the Territory...
The decision sparked a backlash from ... former Territory Labor MLA Marion Scrymgour, who hoped to run for the Senate…
“If Canberra is afraid to have someone stand up and have the debate then I don’t want to be part of that process - I think it’s disgraceful…
“I’ve tried to go through a process here because I’ve always believed in the values of the Labor party, but yesterday’s exercise left a very sour taste in my mouth,” she said…Former Chief Minster Paul Henderson said the road ahead for Nova Peris would be a struggle without the support of the Territory Labor Party…
“There’s going to be a lot of fences and bridges that need to be built when she gets back to the Territory.”
Minister for Transport Adam Giles ... said the Prime Minister’s endorsement was highly derogatory for Indigenous Territorians.
“This is a race-based attempt to try get some sort of tokenistic measure,” he said.
“This racial issue which has come about, and was the complete message the Prime Minister gave yesterday, leaves a bad taste in my mouth because it says we are not good enough to compete on an equal playing field so we have to be parachuted in.”
CLP Minister Alison Anderson has called Nova Peris the “maid inside the house” of the Labor Party.“I think she’s (Prime Minister Julia Gillard) been shamed into making that decision ... I think she’s been dragged kicking to preselect an Aboriginal person, which I think is a great shame...”
Ms Anderson - a former NT Labor minister - said Ms Peris would be a “maid to do the sheets and serve the cups of teas”.
Peris on TV yesterday accused me of being a racist after I criticised her appointment.
Ms Peris, are the attacks by these Labor and Aboriginal identities on your appointment also racist?
If you have to resort to screaming “racist” at a white critic on day one of your political career, I fear we are in for a long and tiresome ride.
Toughen up, princess. Argue on facts.
Interestingly, Gillard’s cynical and racist appointment isn’t going down well even with readers of the Sydney Morning Herald.
How easy it is to fool the willing…
The Sunday Age has used allegedly leaked emails to reveal allegedly dark deeds by a Victorian Liberal MP, Inga Peulich:
LANDHOLDERS in Melbourne’s south-east are furious after they bankrolled the election campaign of a Kingston councillor - so he would help rezone their land for development - only to find out he offered a deal to an anti-development councillor in a bid to get elected as mayor.
Questions hang over the funding of last year’s election campaign of the councillor, Paul Peulich, son of state MP and powerbroker Inga Peulich…Fairfax Media revealed on Saturday that upper house MP Inga Peulich intervened directly on behalf of her son in his mayoral bid…On Saturday Ms Peulich, in an email, said the story was “codswallop”. “I have never lobbied for mayoral votes for Cr Paul Peulich - he can do that for himself. If you have an email in which I have done this, then I would have expected you to quote from it.”In one of many leaked emails obtained by Fairfax Media, Ms Peulich writes to a Liberal-aligned councillor, pressing for their support.In it she claims to have secured backing from Cr West and ALP member Steve Staikos.“I have ensured that Rosemary and Steve will be voting for Paul, I trust that you will be supporting his bid [for] mayor,” she writes.
Both Cr West and Cr Staikos deny making such a commitment.
But now this “clarification” (although not on-line):
What are the odds that the one email the Sunday Age quoted on Sunday was the only one of the bunch the paper can’t be sure wasn’t forged?
Well-placed Liberal sources tell VEXNEWS that there’s every chance all of the emails referred to by The Age are forgeries and that the ailing newspaper has refused to provide copies of the forgeries when asked by representatives of Ms Peulich.
Legal action is threatened:
Metropolitan Region Upper House MP Inga Peulich, who has been accused of the meddling, said emails purporting to be from her were fake.Spokesman for Ms Peulich, Gary Anderton told the Leader the MP was seeking legal advice.
And just why it’s so bad for a state MP to openly lobby for a local government candidate has me beat.
Reader the lone gunman writes:
Perhaps this will be the Age’s Godwin Grech moment. I wonder they will report the story like they did for Turnbull?Here is a taste:THE OzCar affair has exploded spectacularly in Malcolm Turnbull’s face after the email at the centre of the episode was discovered in the home computer of senior Treasury official Godwin Grech and confirmed to be a fake.
VIC POLICE CLOSE IN ON GILLARD
Information out of Melbourne is that more than a dozen detectives on an unlimited budget are on the brink of laying charges in the AWU Wilson/Gillard fraud case.
One reliable source has said two major law firms should expect raids within days and explanations will be demanded regarding instances of missing documents.
More than 50 people have been, or are yet to be, interviewed including Bill the Greek Bullshit Artist Telikostoglou, (as Julia Gillard affectionately refers to him as). He missed his flight from Athens but is now expected in Melbourne next week.
Another reliable source has said to me, “We expect to have this all wrapped up in a few weeks, hopefully no later than March, and there will be people charged.
"We are treating this matter extremely seriously and no stone will be unturned in ensuring the alleged culprits face justice.”
There was no indication given as to who would be charged but the level of urgency and thoroughness indicated to me (and I say indicated) there is little doubt Julia Gillard is viewed as a major player and very much a person of interest.
Ralph Blewitt, Bob Kernohan and others, including Nick Styant-Browne, have been busy giving statements and disclosing further information to police in a veritable revolving door of witnesses coming and going at StKilda headquarters.
In a future article (Part X of the Gillard files) I will give what I believe are the four main areas where Gillard is in serious trouble and will need to explain herself.
But in the meantime, as cricket commentator Bill Lawrie says, “It’s all happening!”
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Czech Republic as published in the Prager Zeitung of 28 April 2011.
"The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting an inexperienced man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive amultitude of Idiots such as those who made him their president."
Thomas Blamey, born near Wagga Wagga on 24 January 1884, became the first Australian army officer to reach the rank of field marshal. Originally a teacher, Blamey received a commission in the Commonwealth Cadet Forces in 1906 and was posted to Melbourne.
In 1910 he transferred to the Australian Military Forces and was promoted to captain. He graduated from the Staff College at Quetta in India in 1913, was in England when the First World War began and joined the general staff of the 1st Australian Division in Egypt. Blamey landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915; in July he was promoted to temporary lieutenant colonel and returned to Egypt to help form the 2nd Australian Division.
On the Western Front, Blamey was appointed Chief of Staff and served as General Staff Officer 1 in the 1st Division until June 1918 when he was promoted to temporary brigadier and became Chief of Staff of the Australian Corps. After the war Blamey received several important postings, including one to London as Colonel, General Staff and Australia's representative on the Imperial General Staff. In 1925, he was appointed Second Chief of the Australian General Staff. Shortly afterwards, however, he left the regular army to become Victoria's commissioner of police and transferred to the militia.
Considered confrontational, violent, and ruthless, Blamey's tenure with the police was dogged by controversy; he was forced to resign in 1936 having lied to protect one of his senior officers. He remarried in April 1939 after the death of his first wife four years earlier. Within a month of the Second World War beginning he was given command of the 6th Division. The following year he became commander of the Australian Corps. Despite a mixed performance early in the war - his fitness for command was questioned by some subordinates - Blamey received further promotions and in December 1941 reached the rank of general.
In March 1942, with Japan having entered the war, Blamey returned to Melbourne as Commander-in-Chief of the Australian Military Forces and, under General Douglas MacArthur, became commander of Allied land forces in the Pacific. Overshadowed by the American and resented by many senior Australian officers, Blamey encountered numerous difficulties. His removal of several senior officers in Papua under pressure from MacArthur remains controversial.
Blamey conducted a series of successful offensives in New Guinea in 1943 but was criticised late in the war when Australians were involved in operations against long-bypassed Japanese units in New Guinea and Borneo. On a personal level, Blamey's public drinking and womanising harmed his reputation. Professionally, his failure to stand up for his subordinates prompted one historian to write that he was "the foremost Australian general of World War II but he will never be remembered as the greatest."
Blamey retired to Melbourne after the war and was promoted to field marshal on 8 June 1950. He died on 27 May 1951.
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PERIS DRAFT REFLECTS A HATRED FOR ABBOTT
The reason for Gillard’s bastardry wasn’t that sitting ALP Senate Member Crossin was a Rudd supporter, there are many Rudd supporters on her front bench.
And it wasn’t that her NT vote might be recovered. In fact, trashing the Party’s pre-selection process will inflame further indigenous discontent.
For Gillard, there was a much simpler reason and Gillard has always thought in simple terms.
Julia Gillard’s Xmas holiday was spent knitting, eh? I don’t think so.
It was spent poison-penning her “to do” list for this year’s election.
Near the top of the list was to negate Abbott’s kudos he has acquired doing the good work he has always done for Aboriginal communities and regardless, the Coalition has conspicuously led the way in indigenous representation in Parliament anyway.
Abbott’s selfless time spent in Cape York, until his fire crew needed him down south, irks Gillard to distraction.
Gillard is a magnificent hater and she will do whatever it takes to kill off enemies that threaten her Prime Ministership. Abbott is firmly entrenched at the top of her enemies list.
Nothing is off the table when it comes to trashing Abbott and Gillard has witnessed the fruits of her relentless venom. As a result Abbott has become, and remains, unpopular.
But he who has the camera calls the tune and I didn’t notice any cameras following Abbott to Cape York or risking being caught in fire-storms. Oh, no... the Julia-infatuated media were more interested in doggy pics, knitting and what she and Timmy cooked for Xmas dinner.
Gillard hated that she was forced to follow in Abbott’s footsteps when she inspected the fire damage.
Abbott will keep doing what he believes he needs to do and Gillard will keep trying to negate or belittle it.
Let’s face it, Abbott is permanently on a public relations exercise and he needs to be because of Gillard’s relentless, and mostly unjustified, attacks on him.
Gillard’s Achilles heel remains her poor judgment and it was poor judgment to parachute Peris into a Senate seat at the expense of an ALP sitting member.
There seems no valid reason for such a party-destructive move other than that it was worth it to undercut Abbott’s commendable work with indigenous communities.
...she really is a piece of work.
BER RECOGNITION CEREMONY KIT
Please Share – Every Australian needs to be aware of how the Gillard Government is attempting to brainwash our kids.
It’s not the waste, it’s not the reckless spending, it’s not the record debt, it’s not the broken promises, it’s not the lies, it’s not the Carbon Tax, it’s not the ETS, it’s not the failure to return the budget to surplus, it’s not the threats to ourfreedom of speech, nor their plans to control the media – if you want just one reason of why this Gillard Government must be punted from office, in great thrashing in Australian electoral history - it’s their plans to plans to peddle their propaganda to school children with their so-called “BER Recognition Ceremony Kit”.
This is taken direct from a Government website given teachers orders how to run a 'BER Ceremony';
“The Minister or his representative would welcome the opportunity to attend your Recognition Ceremony........
“For this reason, you are asked to propose three dates and times for your ceremony, as this provides the Minister or his representative more flexibility for attendance.......
"You need to ensure that the dates do not fall on a Parliamentary Sitting Day…….
“A plaque will be provided by the Australian Government for recognition of the assistance provided under the BER……….
“ACKNOWLEDGE THE AUSTRALIAN'S GOVERNMENT'S ASSISTANCE IN ALL SPEECHES AND PUBLICITY ISSUED BY THE SCHOOL........
Peddling propaganda in schools is synonymous with totalitarian regimes.
And here we have the Gillard Government sending out orders to schools that they must praise the government's assistance in all speeches and publicity.
That the Gillard Government find this as practice as acceptable should be a wakeup call to every Australian of why we must vote the Gillard Government out of office.
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