Happy birthday and many happy returns Lucy Sun. Astronomical significance of the day .. Johannes Kepler discovers the third law of planetary motion in 1618. And although the day will end, the promise of a new one is punctuated with a dawn. Remember, birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
- 1010 – Persian poet Ferdowsi completed his masterpiece, theShahnameh, the national epic of Iran and related societies.
- 1618 – German astronomer and mathematician Johannes Keplerdiscovered the third law of planetary motion.
- 1702 – Princess Anne of Denmark and Norway (pictured) became the Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland, succeeding William III.
- 1910 – French aviatrix Raymonde de Laroche became the first woman to receive a pilot's licence.
- 1983 – The Cold War: During a speech to the National Association of Evangelicalsin Orlando, Florida, U.S. President Ronald Reagan described the Soviet Union as an "evil empire".
- 1010 – Ferdowsi completes his epic poem Shāhnāmeh.
- 1126 – Following the death of his mother Urraca, Alfonso VII is proclaimed king of Castile and León.
- 1576 – Spanish explorer Diego García de Palacio first sights the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Copán.
- 1618 – Johannes Kepler discovers the third law of planetary motion.
- 1655 – John Casor becomes the first legally-recognized slave in England's North American colonies.
- 1702 – Anne Stuart, sister of Mary II, becomes Queen regnant of England, Scotland, and Ireland.
- 1722 – The Safavid Empire of Iran is defeated by an army from Afghanistan at The Battle of Gulnabad, pushing Iran into anarchy.
- 1736 – Nader Shah, founder of the Afsharid dynasty, is crowned Shah of Iran.
- 1775 – An anonymous writer, thought by some to be Thomas Paine, publishes "African Slavery in America", the first article in the American colonies calling for theemancipation of slaves and the abolition of slavery.
- 1777 – Regiments from Ansbach and Bayreuth, sent to support Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War, mutiny in the town of Ochsenfurt.
- 1782 – Gnadenhütten massacre: Ninety-six Native Americans in Gnadenhutten, Ohio, who had converted to Christianity are killed by Pennsylvania militiamen in retaliation for raids carried out by other Indians.
- 1817 – The New York Stock Exchange is founded.
- 1844 – King Oscar I ascends to the thrones of Sweden and Norway.
- 1862 – American Civil War: The iron-clad CSS Virginia (formerly USS Merrimack) is launched at Hampton Roads, Virginia.
- 1868 – Sakai incident: Japanese samurai kill 11 French sailors in the port of Sakai near Osaka.
- 1910 – French aviatrix Raymonde de Laroche becomes the first woman to receive a pilot's license.
- 1911 – International Women's Day is launched in Copenhagen, Denmark, by Clara Zetkin, leader of the Women's Office for the Social Democratic Party in Germany.
- 1916 – World War I: A British force unsuccessfully attempts to relieve the siege of Kut (present-day Iraq) in the Battle of Dujaila.
- 1917 – International Women's Day protests in St. Petersburg mark the beginning of the February Revolution (so named because it was February on the Julian calendar).
- 1917 – The United States Senate votes to limit filibusters by adopting the cloture rule.
- 1920 – The Arab Kingdom of Syria, the first modern Arab state to come into existence, is established.
- 1921 – Spanish Premier Eduardo Dato Iradier is assassinated while exiting the parliament building in Madrid.
- 1924 – The Castle Gate mine disaster kills 172 coal miners near Castle Gate, Utah.
- 1936 – Daytona Beach Road Course holds its first oval stock car race.
- 1937 – Spanish Civil War: The Battle of Guadalajara begins.
- 1942 – World War II: The Dutch surrender to Japanese forces on Java.
- 1947 – 13,000 troops sent by the Kuomintang government of China arrived Taiwan after the 228 Incident and launched crackdowns which killed at least thousands of people, including many elites. This turned into a major root of the Taiwan independence movement.
- 1949 – Mildred Gillars ("Axis Sally") is condemned to prison for treason.
- 1957 – Egypt re-opens the Suez Canal after the Suez Crisis.
- 1957 – The 1957 Georgia Memorial to Congress, which petitions the U.S. Congress to declare the ratification of the 14th & 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution null and void, is adopted by the U.S. state of Georgia.
- 1957 – Ghana joins the United Nations.
- 1963 – The Ba'ath Party comes to power in Syria in a coup d'état by a clique of quasi-leftist Syrian Army officers calling themselves the National Council of the Revolutionary Command.
- 1966 – A bomb planted by Irish Republicans destroys Nelson's Pillar in Dublin.
- 1974 – Charles de Gaulle Airport opens in Paris, France.
- 1978 – The first radio episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, is transmitted on BBC Radio 4.
- 1979 – Philips demonstrates the Compact Disc publicly for the first time.
- 1983 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan calls the Soviet Union an "evil empire".
- 1985 – A failed assassination attempt on Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah in Beirut, Lebanon, kills at least 45 and injures 175 others.
- 1999 – The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the murder convictions of Timothy McVeigh for the Oklahoma City bombing.
- 2004 – A new constitution is signed by Iraq's Governing Council.
- 1286 – John III, Duke of Brittany (d. 1341)
- 1293 – Beatrice of Castile, queen of Portugal (d. 1359)
- 1495 – John of God, Portuguese-born friar and saint (d. 1550)
- 1514 – Amago Haruhisa, Japanese samurai and warlord (d. 1562)
- 1566 – Don Carlo Gesualdo, Italian composer (d. 1613)
- 1659 – Isaac de Beausobre, French Protestant pastor (d. 1738)
- 1702 – Anne Bonny, Irish-American pirate (d. 1782)
- 1712 – John Fothergill, English physician (d. 1780)
- 1714 – Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, German composer (d. 1788)
- 1726 – Richard Howe, 1st Earl Howe, Royal Navy admiral of the fleet (d. 1799)
- 1746 – André Michaux, French botanist (d. 1802)
- 1748 – William V of Orange, Stadtholder of the Dutch Republic (d. 1806)
- 1783 – Hannah Van Buren, wife of Martin Van Buren (d. 1819)
- 1799 – Simon Cameron, 26th U.S. Secretary of War (d. 1889)
- 1804 – Alvan Clark, American telescope maker and astronomer (d. 1887)
- 1814 – Ede Szigligeti, Hungarian dramatist (d. 1878)
- 1822 – Ignacy Lukasiewicz, Polish inventor (d. 1882)
- 1827 – Wilhelm Bleek, German linguist (d. 1875)
- 1830 – João de Deus, Portuguese poet (d. 1896)
- 1841 – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (d. 1935)
- 1847 – John Lister, English politician (d. 1933)
- 1856 – Bramwell Booth, the 2nd General of The Salvation Army (d. 1929)
- 1856 – Colin Campbell Cooper, American Impressionist painter (d. 1937)
- 1859 – Kenneth Grahame, English author (d. 1932)
- 1865 – Frederic Goudy, American type designer (d. 1947)
- 1879 – Otto Hahn, German chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1968)
- 1882 – Charles de Vendeville, French swimmer (d. 1914)
- 1886 – Edward Calvin Kendall, American chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1972)
- 1897 – Damerla Rama Rao, Indian artist, (d. 1925)
- 1897 – Margot Bryant, British actress, (d. 1988)
- 1891 – Sam Jaffe, American actor (d. 1984)
- 1892 – Mississippi John Hurt, American blues singer and guitarist (d. 1966)
- 1892 – Juana de Ibarbourou, Uruguayan poet (d. 1979)
- 1896 – Charlotte Whitton, Canadian politician (d. 1975)
- 1898 – Kame Nakamura, Japanese super-centenarian (d. 2012)
- 1899 – Elmer Keith, American firearms developer (d. 1984)
- 1900 – Howard Aiken, American computing pioneer (d. 1973)
- 1902 – Louise Beavers, American actress (d. 1962)
- 1902 – Jennings Randolph, America politician, United States Senator from West Virginia (d. 1998)
- 1907 – Konstantinos Karamanlis, Greek politician (d. 1998)
- 1908 – Lucio and Simplicio Godina, Filipino conjoined twins (d. 1936)
- 1910 – Bernard Benjamin, British statistician (d. 2002)
- 1910 – Claire Trevor, American actress (d. 2000)
- 1911 – Alan Hovhaness, American composer (d. 2000)
- 1912 – Preston Smith, America politician, 40th Governor of Texas (d. 2003)
- 1912 – Meldrim Thomson, Jr., American politician, 73rd governor of New Hampshire (d. 2001)
- 1914 – Yakov Borisovich Zel'dovich, Russian physicist (d. 1987)
- 1915 – Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, actor, and singer (d. 1979)
- 1916 – John W. Seybold, American businessman, father of computer typesetting (d. 2004)
- 1918 – Jacques Baratier, French director and screenwriter (d. 2009)
- 1920 – Douglass Wallop, American novelist and playwright (d. 1985)
- 1921 – Alan Hale, Jr., American actor (d. 1990)
- 1921 – Fritz Luchsinger, Swiss mountaineer (d. 1983)
- 1921 – Sahir Ludhianvi, Indian filmi singer(d.1960)
- 1922 – Ralph H. Baer, German-born American inventor
- 1922 – Cyd Charisse, American actress and dancer (d. 2008)
- 1922 – Carl Furillo, American baseball player (d. 1989)
- 1922 – Yevgeny Matveyev, Russian actor and film director (d. 2003)
- 1922 – Shigeru Mizuki, Japanese soldier and manga artist
- 1924 – Georges Charpak, Ukrainian-born physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 2010)
- 1925 – Warren Bennis, American educator and author
- 1926 – Grigori Kromanov, Estonian film and theatre director (d. 1984)
- 1926 – Francisco Rabal, Spanish actor (d. 2001)
- 1927 – Dick Hyman, American pianist and composer
- 1927 – Stanisław Kania, Polish politician
- 1929 – Hebe Camargo, Brazilian actress and singer (d. 2012)
- 1930 – Nancy Burley, Australian figure skater (d. 2013)
- 1930 – Bob Grim, American baseball player (d. 1996)
- 1931 – Neil Adcock, South African cricketer (d. 2013)
- 1931 – John McPhee, American writer and professor
- 1931 – Gerald Potterton, British/Canadian director, producer and animator
- 1931 – Neil Postman, American cultural critic (d. 2003)
- 1933 – Evelyn Margaret Ay, American beauty pageant winner (d. 2008)
- 1933 – Luca Ronconi, Italian theater and opera director
- 1934 – Marv Breeding, American baseball player (d. 2006)
- 1936 – Sue Ane Langdon, American actress
- 1936 – Gábor Szabó, Hungarian guitarist (d. 1982)
- 1937 – Richard Farina, American folksinger (d. 1966)
- 1937 – Juvénal Habyarimana, President of Rwanda (d. 1994)
- 1938 – Pete Dawkins, American football player
- 1938 – Hans Fogh, Canadian competition sailor
- 1938 – Bruno Pizzul, Italian sports journalist
- 1939 – Jim Bouton, American baseball player and author
- 1939 – Lidia Skoblikova, Russian skater
- 1939 – Robert Tear, Welsh tenor
- 1940 – Susan Clark, Canadian actress
- 1940 – Jacques Doucet, radio play-by-play voice for the Montreal Expos (1972-2004)
- 1941 – Andrei Mironov, Soviet actor (d. 1987)
- 1942 – Dick Allen, American baseball player
- 1942 – Palito Ortega, Argentine singer and actor
- 1942 – Ann Packer, British athlete
- 1943 – Lynn Redgrave, English actress (d. 2010)
- 1943 – Dionysis Simopoulos, Greek physicist and astronomer
- 1944 – Buzz Hargrove, Canadian labour leader
- 1944 – Sergey Nikitin, Russian composer
- 1944 – Pepe Romero, Spanish guitarist
- 1945 – Bruce Broughton, American composer
- 1945 – Jim Chapman, American politician
- 1945 – Micky Dolenz, American musician, singer, songwriter, actor. (The Monkees)
- 1945 – Anselm Kiefer, German painter
- 1946 – Randy Meisner, American musician (The Eagles and Poco)
- 1947 – Mike Allsup, American musician (Three Dog Night)
- 1947 – Michael S. Hart, Gutenberg Project founder
- 1947 – Carole Bayer Sager, American composer
- 1947 – Vladimír Mišík, Czech singer-songwriter (Blue Effect, Flamengo)
- 1947 – Florentino Pérez, Spanish football executive
- 1948 – Gyles Brandreth, British broadcaster and former Conservative Member of Parliament
- 1948 – Peggy March, American pop singer
- 1948 – Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth
- 1949 – Natalia Kuchinskaya, Soviet gymnast
- 1949 – Karel Lismont, Belgian athlete
- 1949 – Antonello Venditti, Italian singer-songwriter
- 1950 – Richard Ouzounian, Canadian/American theatre director and critic
- 1950 – Dimitris Spentzopoulos, Greek footballer
- 1952 – George Felix Allen, American politician, 67th Governor of Virginia
- 1953 – Jim Rice, American baseball player
- 1953 – Don Werner, American baseball player
- 1954 – Cheryl Baker, British singer (Bucks Fizz)
- 1954 – Bob Brozman, American musician (R. Crumb & His Cheap Suit Serenaders)
- 1954 – David Wilkie, Scottish swimmer
- 1955 – Don Ashby, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1981)
- 1955 – Joellyn Auklandus, American writer
- 1956 – Laurie Cunningham, English footballer (d. 1989)
- 1956 – John Kapelos, Canadian actor
- 1957 – Clive Burr, British musician (Iron Maiden)
- 1957 – John Butcher, American baseball player
- 1957 – Billy Childs, American composer/pianist
- 1957 – Cynthia Rothrock, American actress
- 1957 – Bob Stoddard, American baseball player
- 1958 – Nick Capra, American baseball player
- 1958 – Gary Numan, British singer (Tubeway Army)
- 1959 – Lester Holt, American television journalist
- 1959 – Aidan Quinn, American actor
- 1960 – Jeffrey Eugenides, American novelist
- 1960 – Max Metzker, Australian swimmer
- 1960 – Buck Williams, American basketball player
- 1961 – Camryn Manheim, American actress
- 1961 – Larry Murphy, Canadian hockey player
- 1961 – Mark Salas, American baseball player
- 1962 – Kim Ung-Yong, Korean child prodigy
- 1963 – Mike Lalor, Canadian hockey player
- 1964 – Kate Betts, American fashion editor
- 1964 – Thomas Bezucha, American screenwriter and director
- 1964 – Lance McCullers, American baseball player
- 1965 – Fátima Lopes, Portuguese fashion designer
- 1965 – Kenny Smith, American basketball player
- 1966 – Cheryl James, American rapper and actress (Salt-n-Pepa)
- 1967 – Joel Johnston, American baseball player
- 1968 – Michael Bartels, German race car driver
- 1968 – Jim Dougherty, American baseball player
- 1968 – Ellen Forney, American cartoonist
- 1968 – Shawn Mullins, American singer/songwriter
- 1970 – Jason Elam, American football player
- 1970 – Andrea Parker, American actress, ballet dancer
- 1971 – Kit Symons, Welsh footballer
- 1972 – Georgios Georgiadis, Greek footballer
- 1972 – Angie Hart, Australian singer (Frente! and Splendid)
- 1972 – Fergal O'Brien, Irish snooker player
- 1973 – Anneke van Giersbergen, Dutch singer (The Gathering)
- 1973 – Boris Kodjoe, Austrian-born American actor and former model
- 1973 – Mark Lukasiewicz, American baseball player
- 1973 – Kurt Mollekens, Belgian race car driver
- 1973 – Justin Thompson, American baseball player
- 1974 – Fardeen Khan, Indian actor
- 1974 – Mike Moriarty, American baseball player
- 1974 – Stefan Müller, German footballer
- 1975 – Mauro Briano, Italian footballer
- 1975 – Peggy Zina, Greek singer
- 1976 – Gaz Coombes, English singer (Supergrass, The Jennifers, and The Hotrats)
- 1976 – Juan Encarnacion, American baseball player
- 1976 – Ryan Freel, American baseball player (d. 2012)
- 1976 – Freddie Prinze Jr., American actor
- 1976 – Hines Ward, American football player
- 1977 – Michael Tarver, American professional wrestler
- 1977 – James Van Der Beek, American actor
- 1977 – Johann Vogel, Swiss footballer
- 1978 – Mohammed Bouyeri, Dutch-Moroccan assassin
- 1978 – Nick Zano, American actor
- 1979 – Tom Chaplin, English singer (Keane)
- 1979 – Jessica Jaymes, American porn actress
- 1979 – Andy Ross, American guitarist (OK Go)
- 1979 – Apathy (rapper), American rapper
- 1980 – Charli Delaney, Australian singer (Hi-5)
- 1980 – Stephen Milne, Australian rules footballer
- 1981 – Michael Beauchamp, Australian footballer
- 1981 – Timothy Jordan II, American musician (The All-American Rejects, Jonezetta) (d. 2005)
- 1981 – Joost Posthuma, Dutch professional cyclist
- 1982 – Nicolas Armindo, French race car driver
- 1982 – Leonidas Kampantais, Greek footballer
- 1982 – Craig Stansberry, American baseball player
- 1982 – Kat Von D, Mexican-born American tattoo artist
- 1983 – André Santos, Brazilian footballer
- 1983 – Mark Worrell, American baseball player
- 1984 – Rafik Djebbour, Algerian footballer
- 1984 – Dave Moffatt, Canadian singer and actor (The Moffatts)
- 1984 – Ross Taylor, New Zealand cricketer
- 1984 – Sasha Vujačić, Slovenian basketball player
- 1985 – Ewa Sonnet, Polish model and pop singer
- 1986 – Princess Tsuguko of Takamado, Japanese princess
- 1988 – Armanti Edwards, American college football player
- 1989 – Robbie Hummel, American basketball player
- 1990 – Kristinia DeBarge, American R&B singer
- 1990 – Petra Kvitová, Czech tennis player
- 1990 – Ben Tozer, English footballer
- 1991 – Devon Werkheiser, American actor and musician
- 1992 – Charlie Ray, American actress
- 1993 – Stephanie Davis, British actress (Hollyoaks)
- 1997 – Jurina Matsui, Japanese singer (AKB48, SKE48)
- 1126 – Urraca of León (b. 1082)
- 1144 – Pope Celestine II
- 1223 – Wincenty Kadłubek, Polish chronicler (b. 1161)
- 1550 – John of God, Portuguese-born friar and saint (b. 1495)
- 1641 – Xu Xiake, Chinese adventurer (b. 1587)
- 1674 – Charles Sorel, sieur de Souvigny, French writer (b. 1597)
- 1702 – William III of England (b. 1650)
- 1731 – Ferdinand Brokoff, Czech sculptor (b. 1688)
- 1757 – Thomas Blackwell, Scottish classical scholar (b. 1701)
- 1771 – Louis August le Clerc, French-born sculptor (b. 1688)
- 1819 – Benjamin Ruggles Woodbridge, American doctor, Massachusetts militia officer, member of the Massachusetts legislature (b. 1739)
- 1844 – Charles XIV John of Sweden (b. 1763)
- 1855 – William Poole, American criminal, member of New York City's Bowery Boys gang (b. 1821)
- 1869 – Hector Berlioz, French composer (b. 1803)
- 1872 – Cornelius Krieghoff, Canadian painter (b. 1815)
- 1874 – Millard Fillmore, 13th President of the United States (b. 1800)
- 1887 – Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman (b. 1813)
- 1887 – James Buchanan Eads, American engineer (b. 1820)
- 1889 – John Ericsson, Swedish inventor (b. 1803)
- 1907 – Marinos Antypas, Greek lawyer and journalist, one of the country's first socialists (b. 1872)
- 1917 – Ferdinand von Zeppelin, German aircraft manufacturer (b. 1838)
- 1923 – Krišjānis Barons, Latvian writer (b. 1835)
- 1923 – Johannes Diderik van der Waals, Dutch Nobel laureate (b. 1837)
- 1930 – William Howard Taft, 27th President of the United States (b. 1857)
- 1930 – Edward Terry Sanford, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court (b. 1865)
- 1935 – Hachiko, famous dog (b. 1923)
- 1937 – Howie Morenz, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1902)
- 1941 – Sherwood Anderson, American author (b. 1876)
- 1942 – José Raúl Capablanca, Cuban chess player (b. 1888)
- 1943 – Léon Thiébaut, French fencer (b. 1878)
- 1945 – Frederick Bligh Bond, English architect, illustrator, archaeologist and psychical researcher (b.1864)
- 1951 – Martha Beck, American convicted murderer (b. 1920)
- 1951 – Raymond Fernandez, American convicted murderer (d. 1914)
- 1957 – Othmar Schoeck, Swiss composer and conductor (b. 1886)
- 1961 – Thomas Beecham, English conductor (b. 1879)
- 1971 – Harold Lloyd, American actor (b. 1893)
- 1972 – Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski, German Nazi official (b. 1899)
- 1973 – Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, American musician (Grateful Dead) (b. 1945)
- 1975 – George Stevens, American director (b. 1904)
- 1976 – Alfons Rebane, Estonian military commander (b. 1908)
- 1981 – Joseph Henry Woodger, British theoretical biologist (b. 1894)
- 1983 – Alan Lennox-Boyd, 1st Viscount Boyd of Merton, British politician (b. 1904)
- 1983 – William Walton, English composer (b. 1902)
- 1985 – Edward Andrews, American actor (b. 1914)
- 1986 – Kersti Merilaas, Estonian author, poet (b. 1913)
- 1988 – Amar Singh Chamkila, Punjabi folk singer (b. 1961)
- 1988 – Werner Hartmann, German physicist (b. 1912)
- 1988 – Henryk Szeryng, Polish-born violinist (b. 1918)
- 1989 – Charles Exbrayat, French novelist (b. 1906)
- 1991 – John Bellairs, American mystery author (b. 1938)
- 1993 – Billy Eckstine, American singer (b. 1914)
- 1995 – Ingo Schwichtenberg, German drummer (Helloween) (b. 1965)
- 1996 – Jack Churchill, eccentric British soldier (b.1906)
- 1998 – Ray Nitschke, American football player (b. 1936)
- 1999 – Adolfo Bioy Casares, Argentine writer (b. 1914)
- 1999 – Peggy Cass, American actress and comedian (b. 1924)
- 1999 – Joe DiMaggio, American baseball player (b. 1914)
- 1999 – William Wrigley III, President of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company (b. 1933)
- 2001 – Edward Winter, American actor (b. 1937)
- 2003 – Adam Faith, English singer and actor (b. 1940)
- 2003 – Karen Morley, American actress (b. 1909)
- 2004 – Abu Abbas, founder of the Palestine Liberation Front (b. 1948)
- 2004 – Robert Pastorelli, American actor (b. 1954)
- 2005 – César Lattes, Brazilian physicist (b. 1924)
- 2005 – Aslan Maskhadov, Chechen leader (b. 1951)
- 2006 – Brian Barratt-Boyes, New Zealand heart surgeon (b. 1924)
- 2007 – John Inman, English actor (b. 1935)
- 2007 – Viky Vanita, Greek actress (b. 1948)
- 2007 – John Vukovich, American baseball player and coach (b. 1947)
- 2007 – Christopher Barrios Jr., American Murder Victim (b. 2001)
- 2008 – Carol Barnes, British news presenter (b. 1944)
- 2009 – Ali Bongo, British magician (b. 1929)
- 2009 – Hank Locklin, American country music singer and songwriter (b. 1918)
- 2009 – Zbigniew Religa, Minister of Health of the Republic of Poland (b. 1938)
- 2011 – St. Clair Lee, American vocalist (The Hues Corporation) (b. 1944)
- 2011 – Mike Starr, American Musician (Alice in Chains, Sun Red Sun and Days of the New) (b. 1966)
- 2012 – Leslie Cochran, American peace activist (b.1951)
- 2012 – Simin Daneshvar, Iranian academic, novelist, fiction writer and translator (b.1921)
Holidays and observances
- Christian Feast Day:
- Earliest day on which Canberra Day can fall, while March 14 is the latest; celebrated on the second Monday in March. (Australian Capital Territory)
- Earliest day on which Commonwealth Day can fall, while March 14 is the latest; celebrated on the second Monday in March. (Commonwealth of Nations)
- Earliest day on which Passion Sunday can fall, while April 17 is the latest; observed on the fifth Sunday of Lent. (Christianity)
- International Women's Day or Mother's Day (primarily Eastern Europe, Russia, and the former Soviet bloc)
On Channel 10 at 10am: have we been too mean to Gillard that she’s too scared to meet voters in the street?
Plus: meet the surprising new face of the Liberals that explains Labor’s woes out West.
On the panel: Amanda Vanstone and John Della Bosca.
And a little fact-checking of our biggest alarmist....
Nice guy, apparently, but momentary carelessness and a lack of wise counsel ...
TED Baillieu’s embattled chief of staff has resigned after a week of controversy that led to his former boss quitting as Victorian premier.
Tony Nutt has just tendered his resignation, leaving new Premier Denis Napthine having to find a new chief of staff.Before standing down as leader, Mr Baillieu spectacularly referred Mr Nutt and Victorian Liberal director Damien Mantach to Victoria’s new crime-fighting body after it was revealed the Liberals covertly paid former adviser Tristan Weston $22,500.
Denis Napthine is trying to give himself a clean start.
If I were Tim Mathieson, I wouldn’t buy tomorrow’s Australian. Wouldn’t go see sport, either.
Simon Crean was the leader Labor should have picked last year so it could show it could govern calmly. Now the only option left is the sugar hit of Kevin Rudd.
But no, says Stephen Conroy, who has reportedly tried and failed to get Bill Shorten to stand:
Senator Stephen Conroy, the leader of the government in the Senate and the Communications Minister, said there was no move to replace Ms Gillard with Regional Australia Minister Simon Crean, who led the party leader in opposition during the Howard government…“Julia Gillard overwhelmingly won a vote last year for the leadership, she retains the majority support of the parliamentary Labor Party and she’ll take us to the next election,” Senator Conroy told ABC Radio in Melbourne.
It seems Geoff Shaw did in effect sack the Premier, not the Liberal Government, which can carry on:
THE maverick MP who quit the Liberal Party and helped topple Ted Baillieu has not ruled out a return to the Coalition.Frankston MP Geoff Shaw stunned his colleagues when he moved to the cross-benches, citing Mr Baillieu’s leadership as a reason.But after Mr Baillieu quit as premier, Mr Shaw was quick to praise new Premier Denis Napthine.“I think the new Premier will be perfect for Victoria,” Mr Shaw said..
There are two areas in which Baillieu did make a mark. His insistence that the Victorian government stand up to the costly and bullying behaviour of the construction unions is a real achievement.There is now a new code of conduct governing the awarding of government construction work and a new regulatory authority.The second area of which Baillieu can feel rightly proud is his resolve to stand up to Canberra on important matters of regulation, funding and control.He refused to introduce the inferior federal Work Health and Safety Act, knowing that Victoria’s occupational health and safety laws better serve the state.He fought, in partnership with his redoubtable Health Minister David Davis, the health funding cuts imposed by Canberra mid-year. He has refused simply to sign up to the Gillard government’s grand plans for national funding of education and the national disability insurance scheme, knowing full well that Victoria’s budgetary position is not well placed to meet significantly higher financial commitments.
Baillieu had a long list of problems to be fixed. Yet his only achievement – getting rid of the police chief – is looking more and more like an accident. His anti-corruption commission is toothless. Public transport is still poor. The Myki card rollout was a disaster. It also turned out that Victorians had been overpaying for water and Baillieu couldn’t work out that people might want their money back.Political appointments under the Brumby government have been maintained, and some of those individuals have been promoted.Baillieu fixed none of the problems he was elected to fix. He failed to stamp his authority on the public service and was unable to articulate why his government should remain in office. On present polling, the ALP will return to government at the next election.
But back to that farewell speech, when those things dearest to Baillieu were given heartfelt voice. So what were the high points of his time in office, the things he valued most? Two items topped his list: the belief that multiculturalism is Victoria’s “greatest strength” and his abiding love for our local “arts community.” Apart from testifying to the pernicious influence of his party’s multi-cultists on the ex-Premier’s thinking, the former also explains why that affront to free speech, the state’s anti-villification statutes, survived party room efforts to scuttle them; likewise that lawyers’ picnic, the Human Rights Charter.
A very impressive performance last night by Scott Morrison, the Opposition’s immigration spokesman. His media critics agree with each other that he’s bungled in calling for “behaviour protocols” for asylum seekers released on bridging visas, but faced with the man himself they can’t quite tease out why.
Earlier this week I argued the Australian Human Rights Commission - agitating for tougher controls on free speech - should be scrapped and its functions devolved to the many state commissions doing much the same anti-discrimination work.
Save money, preserve our freedoms.
Professor Patrick Parkinson now gives further evidence that a whole layer of “anti discrimination” bossiness could be removed for little cost and much gain.
He says the Gillard Government’s proposed Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill isn’t just an appalling attack on free speech but massive and oppressive duplication:
The proposed law contained 18 different grounds on which someone could complain of discrimination and sue in court if mediation failed. In addition, the Fair Work Act 2008 provides that an employer must not take adverse action against an employee or prospective employee “because of the person’s race, colour, sex, sexual preference, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, family or carer’s responsibilities, pregnancy, religion, political opinion, national extraction or social origin”. The states and territories have comprehensive anti-discrimination laws as well. Tasmania has 20 different grounds on which you can sue for discrimination.No one in government seems to have asked whether we actually need all these laws and why the federal parliament and the states have to compete in demonstrating who is more committed to “equality”.
Read it all. Parkinson is surely right about the bill’s astonishingly impertinent attempt to control the free speech of most of us:
Hitherto, federal anti-discrimination laws mainly prohibited discrimination by persons possessing responsibility, authority or power in areas such as employment and education. The draft bill ...did not just apply to the normal domains of paid employment, education and the provision of goods and services but to membership of and the activities of clubs and associations. That even included informal groups gathering for social and literary purposes… The bill also applied to “participation in sporting activities (including umpiring, coaching and administration)” and to voluntary and unpaid work. Neighbours who help one another are volunteers. Stay-at-home mothers do unpaid work.
The sheer arrogance of Labor wanting to give officials such power over what we say and do. It is utterly disgraceful.
Telecom consultant Kevin Morgan is not the first to fact-check Nick Ross, the ABC’s in-house propagandist of the Gillard Government’s NBN:
Under the heading “politics” in his January 23 blog on the ABC technology website, Ross makes no bones about his objective: “With it being election year, there is a great deal to be done in informing the public about the current NBN policy and the consequences of ditching it in favour of a Coalition alternative.”There we have it, an ABC employee sees absolutely nothing wrong in using the ABC website to sell government policy at the expense of the Coalition objectivity. And factual accuracy can go begging given Ross’s mission.
Read it all and marvel.
How utterly ironic. Communications Minister Steve Conroy, who has proposed tough new controls on journalists and bloggers, punished media critics , had an inquiry set loose against conservatives and sceptics and agitated against Channel 10 showing my program has this morning complained on the ABC that the ABC has disciplined Ross.
AN ABC journalist has been disciplined by the broadcaster’s management over concerns that his online posts about the National Broadband Network failed to meet its “standards of objective journalism”.
You’d laugh if you weren’t throwing up at such hypocrisy.
If Conroy thinks Ross should be free to propagandise to the Coalition’s advantage - and on the public’s dime - he should be just as adamant that the rest of us be free to speak our minds, too.
Nick Ross denies:
Graham Richardson says whoever planned Julia Gillard’s failed storming of Rooty Hill should be “shot”:
Apart from the fact this trip was doomed from the start, the conduct of it ensured more bad publicity. Her office seemed to be terrified that the Prime Minister might meet an ordinary citizen in an unscripted circumstance. Here she was, staying next door to one of the largest registered clubs in Australia, and she sought to avoid it like the plague…She could find time for a dinner with the mummy bloggers who seem increasingly influential but she failed to do the obvious. Particularly for a Labor leader, the chance to dine in the bistro with ordinary punters you would have thought would be one not to miss. An $8 chicken schnitzel with the mob while sipping a cool beer would seem to be a no-brainer. Not for our Julia, though… Sure, she avoided the inevitable ugly confrontation, but she left voters believing that she thought she was above them or that they who had put her in her job in the first place were too dangerous to be trusted.
Then there is the mad, unfocussed spending of money Labor doesn’t actually have:
Not only will Gillard and Wayne Swan have to find $15 billion worth of cuts just to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the Gonski reforms, Gillard announces another billion or two almost every day. She kicked off her week in the west with a huge promise to raise the height of Warragamba Dam. Within hours of the promise being made it became apparent that she expected the state government to pay for almost all of it and in any event the cost of the exercise had been significantly underestimated.The problem for her is that the promises come and go so quickly. Virtually no one believes her, so within 24 hours of a promise being made the press drops off and what was supposed to lift Labor’s flagging heartland vote disappears as well.
Julia Gillard pays her union dues to keep the union support she desperately needs to save her job. How the AWU will be pleased with the woman it helped to install - and how pleased, too, with Shorten, its former secretary:
Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten yesterday briefed employers and union leaders on the proposed changes to the Fair Work Act that address a series of long-standing union demands.Sources said the changes meant that unions would be able to secure arbitration of their long-running dispute with bionic ear-maker Cochlear, which has spent six years refusing to strike a deal with unions.Employers accused the government of trying to re-impose “compulsory arbitration” on companies ...Unions would also benefit from increased right-of-entry provisions that will allow them to meet employees in their lunchroom during meal breaks.The proposal has been fiercely resisted by resource employers who assert non-unionists should be allowed to take their meal breaks without potentially being harassed.
Er, wait. The Age says the opposite:
Union officials face limits on the number of visits they can make to factories and worksites under the latest changes by the Gillard government to the Fair Work Act.
Although there’s this important caveat:
It is believed the changes will also give unions greater rights as to where they can meet workers.
Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan wants an inquiry into potential conflicts of interest stemming from Peter Costello’s ownership of a lobbyist firm and his role overseeing an audit of Queensland’s finances.Mr Costello is chairman of Queensland’s Commission of Audit, which has recommended that the Queensland government privatise its energy sector and outsource government services, including health.Mr Costello’s private company ECG (Espstein Costello Gazard) Advisory Solutions has, at the same time as the audit, been registered as a lobbyist for energy company SP AusNet, Primary Health Care, ASG Group and Serco Asia Pacific. All could potentially benefit from the recommendations of the audit report.
Costello is merely offering advice. It is the Government which decides whether to accept it - whether to sell assets and to whom, through independent bodies. That is where questions of any conflict of interest properly arise.
Costello’s former client list may indeed seem an invitation to criticism and jeering. But demands for inquiries are absurd and an exercise in vindictive, partisan politics:
The Brisbane Times news website is reporting the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) has received a complaint that Mr Costello’s report could benefit some of his clients as a lobbyist.
What low rent politics, especially given this:
On Thursday ECG Advisory rejected claims that it represented companies that could benefit from recommendations of its chairman and co-owner, Mr Costello.The company said: ‘’ECG has no current business relationship with SP AusNet, Primary Health Care or ASG. These relationships concluded before the audit made its 28 February, 2013, recommendations. Serco is represented in Queensland by another firm.’’
Is this confirmation that Julia Gillard’s attack on temporary workers - invited here to do needed work Australians can’t do - is just to divert anger at her having lured tens of thousands of boat people who come here without passports and claim welfare (in most instances) for at least the next five years?
JULIA Gillard is facing dissent in the cabinet and caucus over her attack on 457 visa rorts…Internal fears are being raised, including by some Gillard supporters, that the move has subjected Labor to claims of xenophobia and failed to ease anger in western Sydney over the influx of asylum-seekers.
Dennis Shanahan says that’s sure how many Labor MPs, including Gillard’s own supporters, see this disgraceful diversion:
There is a widespread view Gillard’s inflated criticism of the 457 visa program is not directed at a policy outcome; undermines Labor’s economic management; is code for “doing something” about the intractable public concerns about illegal boat arrivals and asylum-seekers’ release into the community; is not having a positive political impact in western Sydney where there are lots of “foreign workers”; is damaging our attempts to sell the Asian Century; and is only being done to shore up the PM’s personal support among key union blocs ahead of the last parliamentary sitting before the budget…The suggestion of a “crack-down” is a diversion from the fact the 457 visa program has hit record levels under the Gillard government… Australia needs 457 visa workers, it’s a great pathway to immigration and vast sectors of our community services will collapse without them.
The vast majority of boat people say they are from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Sri Lanka, and these are exactly the refugees most likely to be unemployed and living on welfare, even after five years [according to an immigration Department report].Just 9 per cent of Afghan adults have a job and 94 per cent receive benefits… It’s the same story among Iranian adults, just 12 per cent of whom work. Sri Lankans have a better employment rate—34 per cent...
This class of visa allows businesses to bring in skilled workers temporarily where no local workers can be found…Sixty-five per cent of all people who received a 457 visa in the last six months are either managers or professionals… Their average 457 salary is $90,000 a year.
THE Italian company that has the $300 million contract to manufacture and supply the ribbon fibre-optic cable for the National Broadband Network says production would have stalled if it weren’t for skilled workers on 457 visas…A spokesman for Prysmian Group Australia ... said the technology was so niche the company needed workers on 457 visas…The NBN Co uses four “prime” contractors that manage the rollout across all states and territories. A senior source within one of these companies said his firm did employ workers on 457 visas…Experts said they believed a number of the companies contracted to help build the NBN had or continued to employ workers on 457 visas, often doing highly skilled work.
Robert McClelland seems to have had enough of the government blaming its bureaucrats in the Ben Zygier case - which may involve more ASIO links than we’ve been told:
As Julia Gillard acknowledged for the first time shortcomings in the way ASIO and the Department of Foreign Affairs had handled the matter, [former attorney-general Robert] McClelland defended his former agency, saying ASIO had acted appropriately throughout.Mr McClelland said ASIO briefed him on the case shortly after Zygier’s arrest in January 2010… Mr McClelland would not discuss the content of the briefing.“But what I can say is that I had recommended to me the course of action that ASIO proposed to take—to brief relevant agencies, departments and officials,” Mr McClelland told The Australian. “A course of action I approved and thought was appropriate.”Mr McClelland said those he authorised briefings for were named in the review compiled by DFAT and released by Foreign Minister Bob Carr on Wednesday. They included then prime minister Kevin Rudd’s foreign policy and intelligence adviser, Phillip Green; national security adviser Duncan Lewis; DFAT secretary Dennis Richardson; and ASIS chief Nick Warner.Frances Adamson, the chief-of-staff to then foreign minister Stephen Smith, was briefed verbally. Yesterday, a spokesman for Mr Smith said he had no recollection of being briefed on the case.Ms Adamson also had no recollection of being briefed.
Hmm. Good on McClelland for pushing the responsibility back up to where it seems to belong.
The Greens never saw a profit earned by someone else that it they didn’t want for their own big-spending schemes.
In this case, they don’t understand that the $11 billion they’d like to claw from the banks is money the banks will have to pass on to borrowers or to gouge from savers if they want to stay safe and sound:
A mining tax-style levy would be imposed on the big four banks under a radical Greens policy to make banks surrender a slice of their earnings in exchange for protection from insolvency…The policy would mean a 20 basis point - or 0.2 per cent - levy, on all bank assets above $100 billion and would thus apply exclusively to ANZ, NAB, Westpac and Commonwealth Bank, which among them have loan books worth $1000 billion.
Deputy Greens leader and banking spokesman, Adam Bandt, said the plan had been fully costed by the independent Parliamentary Budget Office which found it would raise $11 billion over four years.
Which, of course, makes this a tax on the savers and investors of this country, to flow to the coffers of the Greens wasters and splurgers.
...preparing the rich music of "Castelli Romani" by Joseph Marx - extremely difficult but worth to listen to... next week @ Wiener Musikverein together with Vienna Symphony orchestra and Fabio Luisi...
Merci beaucoup an die fabelhaften Labèque Schwestern!
Hier ihre Zugaben des Abends:
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2.) Adolfo Berio: Polka
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LABOR’S FAILURES EXPOSED
One of the great myth’s that Labor are spinning is their claim of how well Australia has done since the GFC under Labor’s management.
Their story goes, that if only the USA had of copied Labor’s brilliant policies of economic management (e.g Pink Batts scheme, paying for over-price school halls, and free money give-aways, and a carbon tax) that USA would have recovered quicker.
That claim is completely blown out of the water by what has happened to Australia’s stock market, in comparison to the stock market in USA.
Overnight the Dow Jones Index in the US closed at a record high of 14,253.77 — it’s now recovered ALL its losses when the Global Financial Crisis hit in late 2007 (when the index stood at 14,254)
However, in Australia the All Ordinaries Index is currently around 5,100 which is around 1,700 points (25%) BELOW its record high before the Global Financial Crisis.
So while the US market has recovered all its losses since the GFC, the Australia market is still has to increase by a third to get back to pre-GFC levels.
(See the attached graph – the red line is the US Dow Jones Index – the Green line is the Australian All Ords)
The numbers don’t lie - under Labor’s economic management and policies - Australia is being left behind.
But really what do you expect when dopes like Swan/Gillard/Rudd/Combet impose the world's largest Carbon Tax on Australian businesses.
Gillard at Rooty Hill?
My covenant I will not break, nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.—Ps 89:34
God will do as He has promised you in His Word. And to set your heart at ease, He bound Himself to a covenant with you. This covenant He cut with your representative, Jesus, at Calvary.
So rest easy in the knowledge that you have a covenant-keeping God who CANNOT break His covenant or go back on His promises. Simply trust in His faithfulness and walk in all your inheritance in Christ.
BIRTH ORDER OF CHILDREN
1st baby: You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your doctor confirms your pregnancy.
2nd baby: You wear your regular clothes for as long as possible.
3rd baby: Your maternity clothes ARE your regular clothes.
Preparing for the Birth:
1st baby: You practice your breathing religiously.
2nd baby: You don't bother because you remember that last time breathing didn't do a thing.
3rd baby: You ask for an epidural in your eighth month.
1st baby: You pre-wash newborn's clothes, color coordinate them, and fold them neatly in the baby's little bureau.
2nd baby: You check to make sure that the clothes are clean and discard only the ones with the darkest stains.
3rd baby: Boys can wear pink, can't they?
1st baby: At the first sign of distress--a whimper, a frown--you pick up the baby.
2nd baby: You pick the baby up when her wails threaten to wake your firstborn.
3rd baby: You teach your three-year-old how to rewind the mechanical swing.
1st baby: If the dummy falls on the floor, you put it away until you can go home and wash and boil it.
2nd baby: When the dummy falls on the floor, you squirt it off with some juice from the baby's bottle.
3rd baby: You wipe it off on your shirt and pop it back in.
1st baby: You change your baby's nappy every hour, whether they need it or not.
2nd baby: You change their nappy every two to three hours, if needed.
3rd baby: You try to change their nappy before others start to complain about the smell or you see it sagging to their knees.
1st baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics, Baby Swing, and Baby Story Hour.
2nd baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics.
3rd baby: You take your infant to the supermarket and the dry cleaner.
1st baby: The first time you leave your baby with a sitter, you call home five times.
2nd baby: Just before you walk out the door, you remember to leave a number where you can be reached.
3rd baby: You leave instructions for the sitter to call only if she sees blood.
1st baby: You spend a good bit of every day just gazing at the baby.
2nd baby: You spend a bit of everyday watching to be sure your older child isn't squeezing, poking, or hitting the baby.
3rd baby: You spend a little bit of every day hiding from the children.
1st child: When first child swallows a coin, you rush the child to the hospital and demand x-rays.
2nd child: When second child swallows a coin, you carefully watch for the coin to pass.
3rd child: When third child swallows a coin, you deduct it from his pocket money.
Pass this on to everyone you know who has children. . . Or everyone who KNOWS someone
who has had children .
(The older the mother, the funnier this is!)
GOD's reward for allowing your children to live!