Happy birthday and many happy returns Philip Tran andMick Doan. Born on the same day, across the years. Remember, birthdays are good for you. They are like an energy bar and banana for breakfast.
Bob Carr pretends he had no role in the rise of Eddie Obeid, a man he made a minister in his government:
Former Labor premiers Bob Carr and Morris Iemma have gone to war over who was responsible for the rise of Eddie Obeid amid warnings that corruption hearings involving the notorious powerbroker will have dire consequences for the party at the federal election.
Senator Carr, now the Foreign Affairs Minister, has accused Mr Iemma, his successor as premier, of a serious error by allowing Mr Obeid ‘’special status’’ in his government.
‘’I’m sure that Morris Iemma, a very decent - decent and honest figure - would reflect that it was a cardinal mistake to allow Obeid that special status and privilege,’’ Senator Carr says in comments that will go to air on Monday night on the ABC program Four Corners…
Mr Iemma rejected Mr Carr’s assessment, insisting he had no special access. ‘’He had a status all right: cabinet minister, conferred on him by Bob Carr,’’ Mr Iemma said of Mr Obeid.
‘’I don’t know what special status he’s referring to. He was a cabinet minister in Bob’s government. He was a backbencher in my government.’’
IT’S one thing to have a bogan in The Lodge. In a country that hates snobs, few dare complain.
But a bogan who expects free tickets just because his girlfriend is Prime Minister?
That’s Tim Mathieson’s big mistake.
Mathieson is sure busy enjoying the perks of Gillard’s office - and lately without the bother of taking Gillard herself:
One of those words was deemed so offensive that the guilty woman was convicted:
The conviction is now overturned. Australian honor almost restored.
(Thanks to reader Waxing Gibberish.)
Just when you think Australia takes the booby prize for global warming madness, along comes Britain:
...the giant Drax power station in Yorkshire… is one of the biggest and most efficiently run coal-fired power stations in the world… and it supplies seven per cent of all the electricity used in Britain…But as a result of a change in Government policy, triggered by EU rules, ...Drax will embark on a £700 million switch away from burning coal for which it was designed, in order to convert its six colossal boilers to burn millions of tons a year of wood chips instead.Most of these chips will come from trees felled in forests covering a staggering 4,600 square miles in the USA…The theory is that, by gradually switching to wood — or ‘biomass’ as it is officially known — Drax will eventually save millions of tons of CO2 from going every year into the atmosphere, thereby helping to prevent climate change and save the planet…
What forced Drax to embark on the switch from coal to ‘biomass’ was ministers’ decision last year to give any coal-fired power station which switched to ‘biomass’ the same, near-100 per cent ‘renewable subsidy’ that it already gives to the owners of onshore wind farms…
When the experts at Drax did their sums, they could see how, if they stayed with coal, they would gradually be priced out of business by a carbon tax which will eventually make their electricity become twice as expensive…
Note it is still Liberal policy to buy coal-fired power stations just to close them.
(Thanks to a dozen astonished readers.)
Yet more evidence that Chief Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery is a scaremongerpeddling exaggerations and dud predictions:
Professor Tim Flannery late last year said “rainforests are also being stressed by the warming, with many species at their limits of temperature tolerance andfacing increased risk of extinction‘’ as the government’s Climate Commission unveiled its 14th report on global warming.
But the new international research, led by the UK’s Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, used 22 sophisticated climate modelling computer systems and programs incorporating plant biology to explore the response of tropical forests in the Americas, Africa and Asia to greenhouse-gas-induced climate change.“A number of previous analyses have investigated potential vulnerability of tropical forests under climate change. Some ... suggest that anthropogenically induced climate change across Amazonia could cause catastrophic losses of forest cover and biomass - die-back,’’ their peer-reviewed report, published in the respected journal Nature Geoscience, says.“We find the possibility of climate-induced damage to tropical rainforests in the period to year 2100 ... might be lower than some earlier studies.’’…
The research says rainforests would not be destroyed by 2100 even under computer modelling which factored in a “business as usual’’ scenario where industry does not cut its greenhouse gas emissions.
Sack the Climate Commission now.
(Thanks to Wesley61.)
Nicholas Farrell warns that Beppe Grillo, Italy’s new political superstar, has much in common with Mussolini. Not least is that he operates in a political establishment so discredited.
Barrie Cassidy grills Scott Morrison with 21 questions on ABC1’s Insiders, March 3:BARRIE Cassidy: Now Scott Morrison, how do you plan to notify residents when asylum-seekers move into the neighbourhood, how do you do that? How will you do it? How will you notify that asylum-seekers move into the neighbourhood? Is it a letter-box drop, how do you do it? . . . Is that when the letter-box drop comes in? Why do residents then need to know? Why do they need to know? What sets asylum-seekers apart? Why do they need to know they’re living next door to an asylum-seeker? . . . Are you not overreacting to one case of an alleged indecent assault?
Morrison: I think the overreaction is on the hysteria to my comments.
Only 12 leisurely questions for Brendan O’Connor. ABC1’s Insiders yesterday:BARRIE Cassidy: Beyond the anecdotal, are you able to give us any documented evidence to support the need for a tightening of the scheme? . . .Brendan O’Connor: As I said during the last two weeks, there are over 100 sanctions already . . .Cassidy: . . . So are you saying then that employers are bringing these people in so that they can employ them on reduced wages?O’Connor: I’m saying we don’t have sufficient protections in place to ensure that this scheme is used for the purposes it was constructed.Cassidy: Now it’s true, isn’t it though, that companies involved in this face a real compliance hassle from now on?O’Connor: Well let me just say, let me tell you the lethal cocktail I’m witnessing . . .Cassidy: OK, in Victoria, where you are right now, of course, did the Liberals in Victoria give you a lesson on how to change leaders in a bloodless way?O’Connor: (Laughs) Well, it’s been only a few days.
Reader Tony is curious:
When talking about JG’s western Sydney “campaign” Barrie said (from 4:55):Thankfully in many respects that week is behind us because it was just getting....out of...it was ridiculous, some of the attention that was given to us.
Who did he mean by “us”?
IT’S like a secret. How could this country run out of money even in a mining boom?
How come Deloitte Access Economics warns we’re tracking for years of more federal Budget deficits?
Sure, we can blame Labor’s big spending, up from $272 billion a year when it took office to $363 billion now.
But here’s a specific problem even the Liberals avoid discussing: in a country of just 22 million Australians, more than four million are living on welfare.
Almost two million more are public servants - federal, state and local.
That’s six million people living on some form of state income.
60 Minutes’ Liz Hayes tries to dub Tony Abbott the “new Tony” and claims this “changed” one is a “hard act ... to sell” even for his “gay sister”.
Note how Hayes evokes “women” as a collective with the same hostile views of Abbott and same wariness of Catholicism.
I’d say Abbott and the women who love him deal with Hayes very well. What’s “new” is Abbott’s seeming assuredness.
It seems Abbott’s unfortunate comments three years on feeling “threatened” by gays was somewhat misinterpreted by critics, including me:
Supported by his lesbian sister, her partner, his wife Margie and his daughters, Mr Abbott said that when he claimed three years ago during a television interview that he felt ‘’a bit threatened’’ by homosexuals, he had been trying to guard a family secret.He had only just been told by his sister she was a lesbian.
‘’Now I couldn’t talk about that then because it was deeply personal and deeply private,’’ he said. ‘’But certainly they were very tough times for our family, hence my comment, because the cohesion of our family was threatened at that time. But I’m pleased to say we’re all in a better space now than we were then.’’
Abbott was “threatened” then as ABC Melbourne listeners on talkback seem threatened today to hear Abbott is actually thoughtful and compassionate. The bile being tipped over him this morning comes from people clearly frightened that their belief in the monstrosity of the Liberals is being threatened, and that voters might warm to a nice guy. One caller even likened him to a wife-basher.
Anyone doubting the ABC has developed an overwhelmingly Leftist audience should run the tape. (Mind you, presenter Rafael Epstein, filling in for Jon Faine, was scrupulously fair.)
Liz Hayes had an odd habit of thinking all women hold her views on Abbott, Christianity, abortion and Gillard’s deceitful speech. Is it that she’s never met anyone in her social circle not of the Left? From ”Extra Minutes - reporter discussion”:
Tony Abbott is Catholic. And on all of his upbringing has been conservative with Catholic views and that’s informed a lot of his thinking, and some would argue, decision-making… And that’s what we’re frightened of as women, that he’s going to tell me how I’m going to conduct my life and what control I’m allowed to have over my body. There the things that’s I think he’s having to hurdle. And that’s where Julia Gillard punched him in the gizzards frankly over whether he was a misogynist or a sexist. And he has given them some ammunition. He has said some fairly unpleasant things over in the past… Do we trust him?
Don’t mention the war:
IN a stunning rebuke of a senior minister, the Prime Minister’s office yesterday warned Stephen Smith to tone down his comments after he said federal Labor had been a “drag on” the WA branch.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard was reported to be furious about the Defence Minister’s comment in the wake of the WA wipeout, which follows worse Labor floggings in Queensland and NSW…In saying Labor had plenty to work on before the federal poll, Mr Smith said: “There’s no doubt we have been a drag on Mark (McGowan) and there’s no doubt we haven’t been helpful.”
PRIME Minister Julia Gillard has denied dressing down Cabinet Minister Stephen Smith after his comments at the weekend that federal Labor had been partly to blame for the party’s savage loss in the WA elections.
Back to the story:
One Gillard supporter said “Smith’s comments were not helpful at all,” noting Kevin Rudd supporters had seized on the comments.
“It’s that sort of thing that could ignite the whole thing,” the MP said.
That could be a good thing for Labor, give the Gallaxy polls assessment of Gillad’s current strategy:
In the first poll of Ms Gillard’s five-day sleepover at Rooty Hill last week, 41 per cent of people now believe Tony Abbott would do more to help residents of Sydney’s west compared to just 32 per cent for Ms Gillard.
The results confirm Labor strategists’ fears, that the mini-campaign may have done more harm than good...
Labor’s brand has’not been worth much lately:
What could the federal Liberals do with the kind of ammunition already used by state Liberals?:
While politicians from both major parties said local priorities dominated the election, they noted that state Liberals also campaigned on federal issues including the mining tax, carbon tax, division of the GST and increased flow of asylum-seekers.
But she said the overwhelming sentiment from doorstops and shopping centres in Labor’s heartland was that voters supported state Labor but not federal Labor and Julia Gillard…
“It’s pretty simple and it’s pretty brutal and they are saying they don’t like Julia Gillard and they don’t believe her,” she told ABC television…
“...Labor voters have said we don’t accept her as our leader. If we do not take note of this, there is going to be an absolute massacre in the federal election,” she said.
(Thanks to reader Tony.)
I’m glad Fairfax has joined a crusade for free speech that for too long has been allowed to seem merely News Ltd protecting itself from a vindictive government:
The leading print media companies have united to call on the federal government to consult them about potentially sweeping media law changes that may restrict the way journalists operate…‘’We are united in opposing new regulation and legislative changes that affect our ability to report and investigate as well as invest and compete in a digital and multi-platform media economy,’’ said a letter sent to Senator Conroy by The Newspaper Works, an industry group representing all major print media companies, including Fairfax Media and News Ltd.
‘’New regulations that inhibit the media will severely undermine our sector’s ability to uncover and report on matters about which the public has a right to know...”
Where on earth is the evidence that the media needs taming? And that the good of the muzzle outweighs the harm?
(Thanks to reader Frances.)
Reader Peter points out this line I missed in a piece on Friday by Hedley Thomas:
The Australian is aware that detectives have questioned witnesses about Ms Gillard’s role in witnessing a power of attorney document for Mr Blewitt for the purchase of a Fitzroy terrace house with embezzled funds, and in providing advice to set up the Workplace Reform Association.
That may seem to contradict Gillard’s contradiction:
Ms Gillard cautioned a Sydney radio broadcaster, 2GB’s Ben Fordham, after he raised the Victoria Police investigation. Fordham said: “I’m not talking about political drama, I’m talking about a police investigation that is currently going on, now you concede that money . . .”
Ms Gillard replied that he should be careful, saying of the investigation: “That’s got nothing to do with me.”
Victoria Police has consistently refused to confirm or deny to journalists whether the Prime Minister is a “person of interest” but Ms Gillard said she knew she had been excluded from consideration.
Of course, Gillard insists she did nothing wrong, witnessed documents properly, did not know of her boyfriend’s scams and did not profit from them.
The Consumers and Taxpayers Association announces:
BOB KERNOHAN (former AWU president) will be the keynote speaker at the ROTTEN TO THE CORE rally in Canberra on the NEW DATE of 12th March at noon.
The media doesn’t bother reporting all boat arrivals any more. So a roundup of the latest batch:
HMAS Ballarat, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north-west of Christmas Island yesterday.
Initial indications suggest there are 16 passengers and two crew on board.ACV Ocean Protector, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel that sought assistance north-west of Tiwi Island this morning.Initial indications suggest there are 37 passengers and two crew on board.HMAS Ballarat, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, detected and intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north west of Christmas Island on Wednesday night.Initial indications suggest there were 70 passengers and two crew on board.
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(Thanks to reader Gab.)
For some reason my show yesterday wasn’t posted on the Herald Sun website. Thanks to ScepticGronk for putting it up on YouTube.
Darren Brown, a former adviser (perhaps not surprisingly) to the WA Barnett Government, on Saturday:
Darren Brown on Monday:
POLICE are bracing for an escalation in gangland violence after a matriarch of the infamous Hamzy crime family was shot four times at her front door yesterday.The Daily Telegraph can reveal the woman, an aunt to Supermax prison inmate Bassam Hamzy, was shot at point blank range in the legs as she opened the front door of her unit ...Police have unofficially linked the shooting with another that occurred 20 minutes later, also in Auburn, when shots were fired at the house next door to that of convicted drug dealer Hakan Goktas, 39…
The two shootings took place hours before revelations emerged in yesterday’s The Sunday Telegraph that police were left shocked and angered after a senior member of the BFL gang [of which Hamzy is a member] was granted bail last week over a kneecapping at Bass Hill on February 9 this year.
…“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”…—2Cor 12:9
Are you in a situation today where no matter what you do, things aren’t getting better?
Beloved, the Lord has said that His strength is made perfect in your weakness. This means that when you say, “I can,” God “cannot” in your life.
So turn to Him and say, “I cannot,” and watch as His “I can” flows mightily into your situation to save you, and empower you to do what you cannot do.
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This is a very important topic. Curriculum comes first, but classroom management, the dissemination of information, the demeanour of the teacher aren't specified by curriculum and so are negotiable with the students. I recall in my first year locking horns with a student I later found was woken by his drunk dad wielding an iron bar in the morning. I only wanted him to do his homework and work in class. I didn't get far with him. Or another student I had placed on detention (year 10) for not bringing anything to class to do work. He never showed. He grouped up with others who also didn't bring equipment and didn't go to detention. Finally his mum showed, wanting to speak to me and my head teacher. She wanted me sacked for making her son's life miserable. He couldn't have lunch without fearing meeting me on the playground and hearing me ask him about seeing me for detention. He might, out of frustration, go back to his year 8 habit of stealing cars and going for joy rides. I transferred out of the school soon after. I saw the boy's name ten years later. At age 25 he had robbed and stabbed to death a news agent for $10. I don't blame myself, but it puts into perspective issues faced by our kids at school. In public schooling kids are exposed to the worst and best of behaviour. They need to know that life goes on and it is our duty to grow and achieve our best. I believe in God and am motivated by that, but I'm not supposed to take that very far in my secular school teaching. But I can carry that as I engage with kids over the curriculum, and let them see that things are worth standing up for. That little things matter, and that nothing is impossible, but not all change is desirable.
Two years ago, Japan was hit by an earthquake and a tsunami unprecedented in history. The tragedy took more than 20,000 lives.
Following this disaster, the IDF sent a delegation of doctors to help the survivors. Now, two years later, we remember the victims.
Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy]. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.
—Isaiah 53:4–5, AMP
Isaiah 53:4–5 is proof forevermore of the Lord’s love for you and His desire for you to be whole.
How important is your healing and health to Him? It’s so important that He Himself paid the heavy and terrible price for your wholeness.
When Mel Gibson’s The Passion Of The Christ was released, people complained that the scourging scene was too graphic and violent. The truth is that it portrayed only a fraction of what our Lord really suffered on our behalf.
Jesus was violently scourged beyond human recognition by the Roman torture equipment. His flesh was shredded to the point His bones were exposed, starkly white amidst the blood and torn muscles.
He bore the stripes so that we don’t have to. His body was broken so that ours can be whole, and by His stripes, we have been healed. Keep meditating on this powerful truth and see His healing and divine health manifest in your body!
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Now this is a sunset. Amazing capture by Hirsty Photography, well done mate.
The egg hunt is on, find the 8 golden eggs! — with seceret egg, coool egggg, egg, spicey egg,Denver Louis, Egg 3, egg 2 and egg 1.
A thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you (Ps 91:7).
BEST CONVERSATION EVER!!
4 her .. so she knows how I see her
Contrary to early expectations, the closest friendship among the competitors of this season’s Israel’s Master Chef was formed between Elinor Rahamim, a Jewish settler from Tekoah from an Israeli settlement in the northern Judean hills in the West Bank and Salma Fayumi, a Muslim nurse from Kfar Qasm.
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CORBY STIRS CARR FROM SLOTH
So Bob Carr belatedly attempts to rescue a damsel in distress? How chivalrous of the appointed one.
The sentence was a ludicrous one. The evidence that allowed such a sentence was astonishingly flawed.
Evidence that supported her case was blatantly suppressed.
Everything about her trial reeked of Indonesian and Australian corruption.
Schapelle Corby’s guilt or innocence might be debatable except that it makes no sense to cart 4 kilo of Aussie hooch to where it’s worth a mere fraction of what it’s worth here.
“Eight years is long enough”, so sayeth the aesthetically-deprived appointed one.
Carr, in his short bumbling stint in Foreign Affairs, has shown no interest whatsoever in going in to bat for “errant” Aussies if it means offending his diplomatic counterparts.
He has written a letter guaranteeing Schapelle’s good conduct if released on bail in Indonesia. How gallant of him and how can he possibly guarantee anything of the sort?
If 0.0001% of the $A500 million Labor gifted to an Indonesian schools program found its way under the judicial table, Schapelle would have been back in Australia before they could divvy it up.
How strange that Indonesian people smugglers serving time here have been immediately released after one complaining phone call from the President’s Office.
After all, if we dare have the temerity to detain Indonesia’s people smugglers, Indonesian government officials suffer a severe loss of income.
If the appointed one possessed an ounce of testicular gumption he would catch the next plane to Djakarta, grab Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono by the lapels and yell this into his face:
“Listen here you corrupt Islamic ape, if you want one more cent from Aussie taxpayers call the warden at Kerobokan Prison right now and tell him that I will meet him at Denpasar Airport in 2 hours... and he better have Ms Corby with him.”
It’s a disgrace... but no less of a disgrace than Carr’s and Gillard’s wasted aid largesse.
March 11: Commonwealth Day in the Commonwealth of Nations (2013);Independence Day in Lithuania (1990)
- 222 – Disgusted with Roman emperor Elagabalus's disregard for Roman religious traditions and sexualtaboos, the Praetorian Guard assassinated him and his mother Julia Soaemias, mutilated their bodies, and threw them in the Tiber River.
- 1848 – Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine and Robert Baldwin became the first Prime Ministers of the Province of Canada to be democratically elected under a system of responsible government.
- 1888 – The Great Blizzard of 1888 struck the northeastern United States, producing snowdrifts in excess of 50 ft (15 m) and confining some people to their houses for up to a week.
- 1941 – World War II: The Lend-Lease Act was signed into law, allowing the United States to supply the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, China, France and other Allied nations with vast amounts of war material.
- 2011 – A massive earthquake struck the northeastern coast of Japan(tsunami damage pictured) and triggered a nuclear disaster at theFukushima I Nuclear Power Plant.
- 222 – Emperor Elagabalus is assassinated, along with his mother, Julia Soaemias, by the Praetorian Guard during a revolt. Their mutilatedbodies are dragged through the streets of Rome before being thrown into the Tiber.
- 1387 – Battle of Castagnaro: English condottiero Sir John Hawkwood leads Padova to victory in a factional clash with Verona.
- 1641 – Guaraní forces living in the Jesuit Reductions defeat bandeirantes loyal to the Portuguese Empire at the Battle of Mbororé in present-dayPanambí, Argentina.
- 1649 – The Frondeurs and the French sign the Peace of Rueil.
- 1702 – The Daily Courant, England's first national daily newspaper is published for the first time.
- 1708 – Queen Anne withholds Royal Assent from the Scottish Militia Bill, the last time a British monarch vetoes legislation.
- 1784 – The signing of the Treaty of Mangalore brings the Second Anglo-Mysore War to an end.
- 1811 – During André Masséna's retreat from the Lines of Torres Vedras, a division led by French Marshal Michel Ney fights off a combined Anglo-Portuguese force to give Masséna time to escape.
- 1824 – The United States Department of War creates the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
- 1845 – The Flagstaff War: Unhappy with translational differences regarding the Treaty of Waitangi, chiefs Hone Heke, Kawiti and Māori tribe members chop down the British flagpole for a fourth time and drive settlers out of Kororareka, New Zealand.
- 1848 – Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine and Robert Baldwin become the first Prime Ministers of the Province of Canada to be democratically elected under a system of responsible government.
- 1851 – The first performance of Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi takes place in Venice.
- 1861 – American Civil War: The Constitution of the Confederate States of America is adopted.
- 1864 – The Great Sheffield Flood: The largest man-made disaster ever to befall England kills over 250 people in Sheffield.
- 1867 – The first performance of Don Carlos by Giuseppe Verdi takes place in Paris.
- 1872 – Construction of the Seven Sisters Colliery, South Wales, begins; located on one of the richest coal sources in Britain.
- 1872 – The Meiji Japanese government officially annexes the Ryukyu Kingdom into what would become the Okinawa prefecture.
- 1888 – The Great Blizzard of 1888 begins along the eastern seaboard of the United States, shutting down commerce and killing more than 400.
- 1916 – USS Nevada (BB-36) is commissioned.
- 1917 – World War I: Baghdad falls to Anglo-Indian forces commanded by General Stanley Maude.
- 1927 – In New York City, Samuel Roxy Rothafel opens the Roxy Theatre.
- 1931 – Ready for Labour and Defence of the USSR, abbreviated as GTO, is introduced in the Soviet Union.
- 1941 – World War II: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Lend-Lease Act into law, allowing American-built war supplies to be shipped to the Allies on loan.
- 1942 – World War II: General Douglas MacArthur leaves Corregidor.
- 1945 – World War II: The Imperial Japanese Navy attempts a large-scale kamikaze attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet anchored at Ulithi atoll in Operation Tan No. 2.
- 1945 – World War II: The Empire of Vietnam, a short-lived puppet state, is established with Bảo Đại as its ruler.
- 1946 – Rudolf Höss, the first commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp, is captured by British troops.
- 1977 – The 1977 Hanafi Muslim Siege: more than 130 hostages held in Washington, D.C., by Hanafi Muslims are set free after ambassadors from three Islamic nations join negotiations.
- 1978 – Coastal Road massacre: At least 37 are killed and more than 70 are wounded when Al Fatah hijack an Israeli bus, prompting Israel's Operation Litani.
- 1983 – Pakistan successfully conducts a cold test of a nuclear weapon.
- 1985 – Mikhail Gorbachev becomes General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
- 1990 – Lithuania declares itself independent from the Soviet Union.
- 1990 – Patricio Aylwin is sworn in as the first democratically elected President of Chile since 1970.
- 1993 – Janet Reno is confirmed by the United States Senate and sworn in the next day, becoming the first female Attorney General of the United States.
- 1999 – Infosys becomes the first Indian company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
- 2004 – Madrid train bombings: Simultaneous explosions on rush hour trains in Madrid, Spain, kill 191 people.
- 2006 – Michelle Bachelet is inaugurated as first female president of Chile.
- 2007 – Georgia claims Russian helicopters attacked the Kodori Valley in Abkhazia, an accusation that Russia categorically denies later.
- 2009 – Winnenden school shooting: 16 are killed and 11 are injured before recent-graduate Tim Kretschmer shoots and kills himself, leading to tightened weapons restrictions in Germany.
- 2010 – Economist and businessman Sebastián Piñera is sworn in as President of Chile, while three earthquakes, the strongest measuring magnitude 6.9 and all centered next to Pichilemu, capital of Cardenal Caro Province, hit central Chile during the ceremony.
- 2011 – An earthquake measuring 9.0 in magnitude strikes 130 km (81 mi) east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people. This event also triggered the second largest nuclear accident in history, and one of only two events to be classified as a Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale.
- 1544 – Torquato Tasso, Italian poet (d. 1595)
- 1738 – Benjamin Tupper, American Continental Army officer (d. 1792)
- 1745 – Bodawpaya, King of Burma (d. 1819)
- 1785 – John McLean, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (d. 1861)
- 1787 – Ivan Nabokov, Russian general (d. 1852)
- 1811 – Urbain Le Verrier, French mathematician (d. 1877)
- 1818 – Marius Petipa, French ballerina and choreographer (d. 1910)
- 1819 – Henry Tate, sugar magnate of Tate & Lyle and founder of the Tate Gallery (d. 1899)
- 1822 – Joseph Louis François Bertrand, French mathematician (d. 1900)
- 1836 – Samuel Duvall, American archer (d. 1908)
- 1842 – Friedrich Amelung, German historian, businessman and chess endgame composer (d. 1909)
- 1863 – Andrew Stoddart, English cricketer (d. 1915)
- 1870 – Louis Bachelier, French mathematician (d. 1946)
- 1872 – Siegfried Flesch, Austrian sabre fencer (d. 1939)
- 1872 – Kathleen Clarice Groom, English writer (d. 1954)
- 1873 – David Horsley, English-born film executive (d. 1933)
- 1876 – Carl Ruggles, American composer (d. 1971)
- 1878 – Umegatani Tōtarō II, Japanese sumo wrestler (d. 1927)
- 1880 – Harry H. Laughlin, American eugenecist (d. 1943)
- 1884 – Lewi Pethrus, Swedish politician (d. 1974)
- 1885 – Malcolm Campbell, English race car driver (d. 1948)
- 1887 – Raoul Walsh, American film director (d. 1980)
- 1890 – Vannevar Bush, American engineer and politician (d. 1974)
- 1891 – Gertrud Wolle, German actress (d. 1952)
- 1897 – Henry Cowell, American composer and impresario (d. 1965)
- 1898 – Dorothy Gish, American actress (d. 1968)
- 1899 – Frederick IX of Denmark (d. 1972)
- 1899 – James H. Douglas, Jr. American Secretary of the Air Force (d. 1988)
- 1903 – Ronald Syme, New Zealand classicist and historian (d. 1989)
- 1903 – Lawrence Welk, American musician (d. 1992)
- 1907 – Jessie Matthews, English actress (d. 1981)
- 1910 – Robert Havemann, German chemist (d. 1982)
- 1911 – Sir Fitzroy MacLean, 1st Baronet, Scottish soldier and politician (d. 1996)
- 1915 – Vijay Hazare, Indian cricketer (d. 2004)
- 1915 – Hans Peter Keller, German writer (d. 1988)
- 1915 – J. C. R. Licklider, American computer scientist (d. 1990)
- 1916 – Harold Wilson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1995)
- 1916 – Ezra Jack Keats, American author (d. 1983)
- 1919 – Juan H. Cintrón García, Puerto Rican politician (d. 2012)
- 1920 – Nicolaas Bloembergen, Dutch physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
- 1921 – Frank Harary, American mathematician (d. 2005)
- 1921 – Ástor Piazzolla, Argentine composer (d. 1992)
- 1922 – Cornelius Castoriadis, Greek philosopher and economist (d. 1997)
- 1922 – José Luis López Vázquez, Spanish actor (d. 2009)
- 1922 – Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, Prime Minister of Malaysia (d. 1976)
- 1923 – Louise Brough, American tennis player
- 1926 – Ralph Abernathy, American civil rights leader (d. 1990)
- 1926 – İlhan Mimaroğlu, Turkish musician and composer
- 1927 – Robert Mosbacher, United States Secretary of Commerce (d. 2010)
- 1928 – Albert Salmi, American actor (d. 1990)
- 1929 – Timothy Carey, American actor (d. 1994)
- 1930 – Claude Jutra, Canadian actor and director (d. 1986)
- 1931 – Rupert Murdoch, Australian-born entrepreneur
- 1931 – Janosch, German artist and author
- 1932 – Leroy Jenkins, American composer and violinist (d. 2007)
- 1932 – Martin Richards, American theatre and film producer (d. 2012)
- 1934 – Sam Donaldson, American journalist
- 1935 – Sandra Milo, Italian actress
- 1936 – Antonin Scalia, American jurist
- 1936 – Hollis Frampton, American filmmaker and theorist
- 1937 – Carlos Larrañaga, Spanish actor
- 1938 – Joseph Brooks, American screenwriter and songwriter (d. 2011)
- 1938 – D. V. J. Harischandra, Sri Lankan psychiatrist and scholar (d. 2013)
- 1939 – Lorraine Hunt, American politician
- 1939 – Flaco Jiménez, American musician
- 1940 – Alberto Cortez, Argentinian singer
- 1942 – Joel Steiger, American writer and producer
- 1945 – Dock Ellis, American baseball player (d. 2008)
- 1945 – Harvey Mandel, American musician (Pure Food and Drug Act and Canned Heat)
- 1945 – Tricia O'Neil, American actress
- 1946 – Mark Metcalf, American actor
- 1946 – Patty Waters, American jazz singer
- 1947 – Tristan Murail, French composer
- 1947 – Mark Stein, American musician (Vanilla Fudge)
- 1948 – Roy Barnes, American politician
- 1948 – César Gerónimo, Dominican baseball player
- 1948 – George Kooymans, Dutch guitarist and vocalist (Golden Earring)
- 1950 – Bobby McFerrin, American singer
- 1950 – Jerry Zucker, American director
- 1951 – Andres Metspalu, Estonian geneticist
- 1951 – Dominique Sanda, French actress
- 1952 – Douglas Adams, English writer (d. 2001)
- 1952 – Susan Richardson, American actress
- 1953 – Derek Daly, Irish-born American race car driver
- 1953 – Jimmy Iovine, American music producer
- 1953 – Bernie LaBarge, Canadian musician
- 1953 – László Bölöni, Romanian football player and manager
- 1954 – David Newman, American composer and conductor
- 1954 – Gale Norton, American politician
- 1955 – Leslie Cliff, Canadian swimmer
- 1955 – Jimmy Fortune, American country music singer
- 1955 – Henk van Gerven, Dutch politician
- 1955 – Nina Hagen, German singer and actress
- 1955 – D. J. MacHale, American author and TV writer
- 1955 – Yehuda Weisenstein, Israeli fencer
- 1956 – Curtis Brown, American astronaut
- 1956 – Joey Buttafuoco, American criminal
- 1956 – Rob Paulsen, American voice actor
- 1956 – Helen Rollason, English sports journalist and TV presenter (d. 1999)
- 1957 – Lady Chablis, American drag queen entertainer
- 1957 – Cheryl Lynn, American singer
- 1958 – Anissa Jones, American actress (d. 1976)
- 1958 – Eddie Lawson, American four-times Grand Prix Motorcycle World Champion (1984, 1986, 1988 & 1989)
- 1958 – Tetsurō Oda, Japanese singer, songwriter and record producer
- 1958 – Jim Pinkerton, American columnist and author
- 1958 – Flemming Rose, Danish journalist
- 1959 – Nina Hartley, American porn actress and author
- 1959 – Manuel Negrete, Mexican footballer
- 1959 – Dejan Stojanović, Serbian-American poet
- 1959 – Fred M'membe, Zambian journalist
- 1960 – Christophe Gans, French film director
- 1960 – Junichi Sato, Japanese anime director
- 1961 – Elias Koteas, Canadian actor
- 1961 – Claudine Mercier, Canadian comedian, singer and actress
- 1962 – Peter Berg, American actor, director and producer
- 1962 – Matt Mead, American politician
- 1962 – Jeffrey Nordling, American actor
- 1962 – Mary Gauthier, American singer/songwriter
- 1963 – Davis Guggenheim, American director and producer
- 1963 – Raoul Heertje, Dutch comedian
- 1963 – Alex Kingston, English actress
- 1963 – David LaChapelle, American Photographer
- 1964 – Libba Bray, American author
- 1964 – Emma Chambers, English actress
- 1964 – Vinnie Paul, American drummer (Pantera, Damageplan and Hellyeah)
- 1964 – Shane Richie, British actor
- 1965 – Nigel Adkins, English football manager
- 1965 – Jesse Jackson, Jr., American politician
- 1965 – Wallace Langham, American actor
- 1965 – Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, British reality TV personality
- 1965 – Jenny Packham, English fashion designer
- 1965 – Andy Sturmer, American musician, writer and producer (Beatnik Beatch and Jellyfish)
- 1966 – Joe Hachem, Lebanese-Australian poker player
- 1966 – John Thompson III, American basketball coach
- 1966 – Ilias Zouros, Greek basketball coach
- 1967 – John Barrowman, Scottish-American actor
- 1967 – Brad Carson, American politician
- 1967 – Renzo Gracie, Brazilian martial artist
- 1968 – Stéphane Bédard, Quebec politician
- 1968 – Lisa Loeb, American singer-songwriter and actress (Liz and Lisa)
- 1968 – Takao Osawa, Japanese actor
- 1969 – Pete Droge, American musician
- 1969 – Terrence Howard, American actor
- 1969 – Soraya, American singer (d. 2006)
- 1970 – Delia Gallagher, American journalist
- 1970 – Andre Nickatina, American rapper
- 1971 – Johnny Knoxville, American actor and comedian
- 1971 – Martin Ručinský, Czech ice hockey player
- 1972 – Paolo Ponzo, Italian footballer
- 1972 – Ua, Japanese singer-songwriter (Ajico)
- 1973 – Martin Hiden, Austrian footballer
- 1973 – Wataru Sakata, Japanese wrestler and martial artist
- 1974 – Bobby Abreu, Venezuelan baseball player
- 1974 – Kate Brian, American author
- 1974 – Jon Dalton, American reality TV personality
- 1974 – Mohit Chauhan, Indian Singer (Silk Route)
- 1975 – Eric the Midget, American radio personality
- 1975 – Shawn Springs, American football player
- 1976 – Thomas Gravesen, Danish footballer
- 1977 – Becky Hammon, American basketball player
- 1978 – Scott Calderwood, Scottish footballer and manager
- 1978 – Didier Drogba, Ivorian footballer
- 1978 – Albert Luque, Spanish footballer
- 1978 – Paulo Musse, Brazilian footballer
- 1978 – Christopher Rice, American author
- 1979 – Elton Brand, American basketball player
- 1979 – Fred Jones, American basketball player
- 1979 – Benji Madden, American guitarist and singer (Good Charlotte, Dead Executives and Taintstick)
- 1979 – Joel Madden, American singer and actor (Good Charlotte and Dead Executives)
- 1980 – Paul Scharner, Austrian footballer
- 1980 – Dan Uggla, American baseball player
- 1981 – David Anders, American actor
- 1981 – Heidi Cortez, American entrepreneur
- 1981 – Lee Evans, American football player
- 1981 – Luke Johnson, English musician and songwriter (Lostprophets, Beat Union, and Amen)
- 1981 – Russell Lissack, English musician (Bloc Party, Pin Me Down and Ash)
- 1981 – LeToya Luckett, American singer (Destiny's Child)
- 1981 – Paul Wall, American rapper (Expensive Taste)
- 1982 – Brian Anderson, American baseball player
- 1982 – Thora Birch, American actress
- 1982 – Lindsey McKeon, American actress
- 1983 – Marietta Chrousala, Greek fashion model
- 1983 – Bianca Gonzalez, Filipina TV host and model
- 1983 – Adil Mezgour, Moroccan footballer
- 1983 – Melissa Rycroft, American cheerleader
- 1984 – Rob Brown, American actor
- 1984 – Marc-André Grondin, Canadian actor
- 1984 – Anna Tsuchiya, Japanese model, actress and singer (Spin Aqua)
- 1984 – Tom James, Welsh rower
- 1985 – Paul Bissonnette, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1985 – Luis Hernández, Mexican figure skater
- 1985 – Stelios Malezas, Greek footballer
- 1985 – Ajantha Mendis, Sri Lankan Cricketer
- 1985 – Sonia Radeva, Bulgarian figure skater
- 1985 – Kai Reus, Dutch cyclist
- 1985 – Derek Schouman, American football player
- 1985 – Hakuhō Shō, Mongolian sumo wrestler
- 1985 – Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Australian footballer
- 1986 – Mariko Shinoda, Japanese singer and actress (AKB48)
- 1986 – Dario Cologna, Swiss cross-country skier
- 1987 – Marc-André Gragnani, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1988 – Fábio Coentrão, Portuguese football player
- 1988 – Katsuhiko Nakajima, Japanese professional wrestler
- 1989 – Anton Yelchin, Russian/American actor
- 1989 – Shin Soohyun, South-Korean singer, member of U-KISS
- 1990 – Janna Dominguez, Filipina actress
- 1990 – Reiley McClendon, American actor
- 1990 – Ayumi Morita, Japanese tennis player
- 1991 – Lin Lin, Chinese-born Japanese singer (Morning Musume and Shin Minimoni)
- 1991 – Kamohelo Mokotjo, South African footballer
- 1991 – Jack Rodwell, English footballer
- 1991 – Mayumi Roller, Virgin Islander sailor
- 1992 – Sacha Parkinson, English actress
- 1993 – Demi Harman, Australian actress.
- 1993 – Anthony Davis, American basketball player
- 1425 BC – Thutmose III, Egyptian pharaoh
- 222 – Elagabalus, Roman Emperor (b. 203)
- 222 – Julia Soaemias, mother of Elagabalus (b. 180)
- 859 – Eulogius of Cordoba, Spanish martyr
- 1198 – Marie de Champagne, French noble (b. 1145)
- 1486 – Albert III, Margrave of Brandenburg (b. 1414)
- 1514 – Donato Bramante, Italian architect (b. 1444)
- 1575 – Matthias Flacius, Croatian Protestant reformer (b. 1520)
- 1602 – Emilio de' Cavalieri, Italian composer
- 1607 – Giovanni Maria Nanino, Italian composer (b. 1543 or 1544)
- 1722 – John Toland, Irish philosopher (b. 1670)
- 1759 – John Forbes, English general (b. 1710)
- 1786 – Charles Humphreys, American politician (b. 1714)
- 1801 – Paul I of Russia, Russian Emperor (b. 1754)
- 1820 – Benjamin West, English-American painter (b. 1738)
- 1851 – George McDuffie, American politician (b. 1790)
- 1854 – Willard Richards, American religious figure (b. 1804)
- 1856 – James Beatty, Irish railway engineer (b. 1820)
- 1863 – Sir James Outram, 1st Baronet, English general (b. 1803)
- 1866 – Ulysses F. Doubleday, American congressman (b. 1792)
- 1869 – Vladimir Odoevsky, Russian philosopher (b. 1803)
- 1870 – Moshoeshoe I, King of Lesotho
- 1874 – Charles Sumner, American politician (b. 1811)
- 1898 – William Rosecrans, American Civil War Union general (b. 1819)
- 1898 – Dikran Tchouhadjian, Armenian composer and activist (b. 1837)
- 1907 – Jean Casimir-Perier, French politician (b. 1847)
- 1908 – Benjamin Waugh, American activist (b. 1839)
- 1915 – Thomas Alexander Browne, Australian writer (b. 1826)
- 1920 – Julio Garavito Armero, Colombian astronomer (b. 1865)
- 1931 – Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, German director (b. 1888)
- 1937 – Joseph S. Cullinan, American industrialist (b. 1860)
- 1944 – Hendrik Willem van Loon, Dutch-born American historian (b. 1882)
- 1949 – Anastasios Charalambis, Greek interim Prime Minister (b. 1862)
- 1951 – János Zsupánek, Slovene poet and writer (b. 1861)
- 1952 – Pierre Renoir, French actor and director (b. 1885)
- 1955 – Sir Alexander Fleming, Scottish scientist, Nobel laureate (b. 1881)
- 1955 – Oscar Mayer, Bavarian-born American entrepreneur (b. 1859)
- 1957 – Richard E. Byrd, American admiral and explorer (b. 1888)
- 1958 – Ole Kirk Christiansen, Danish inventor (b. 1891)
- 1959 – Lester Dent, American author (b. 1904)
- 1960 – Roy Chapman Andrews, American explorer and adventurer (b. 1884)
- 1967 – Geraldine Farrar, American soprano (b. 1882)
- 1969 – John Daly, Irish athlete (b. 1880)
- 1969 – John Wyndham, English author (b. 1903)
- 1970 – Erle Stanley Gardner, American novelist (b. 1889)
- 1970 – Russell van Horn, American lightweight boxer (b. 1885)
- 1971 – Philo T. Farnsworth, American inventor (b. 1906)
- 1971 – Whitney Young, American civil rights activist (b. 1921)
- 1977 – Ulysses S. Grant IV, American geologist (b. 1893)
- 1977 – Alberto Rodriguez Larreta, Argentine racing driver (b. 1934)
- 1978 – Claude François, French singer (b. 1939)
- 1978 – Sofia Vembo, Greek singer and actress (b. 1910)
- 1982 – Edmund Cooper, English author (b. 1926)
- 1982 – Horace Gregory, American poet (b. 1898)
- 1984 – Kostas Roukounas, Greek singer and songwriter (b. 1903)
- 1986 – Sonny Terry, American blues musician (b. 1911)
- 1987 – Joe Gladwin, English actor (b. 1906)
- 1989 – James Kee, American politician (b. 1917)
- 1989 – John J. McCloy, American politician (b. 1895)
- 1990 – Dean Horrix, English footballer (b. 1961)
- 1992 – Richard Brooks, American film director (b. 1912)
- 1993 – Dino Bravo, Italian-born wrestler (b. 1949),
- 1995 – Myfanwy Talog, Welsh actress (b. 1945)
- 1996 – Vince Edwards, American actor and director (b. 1928)
- 1999 – Herbert Jasper, Canadian psychologist, anatomist and neurologist (b. 1906)
- 1999 – Camille Laurin, Canadian psychiatrist and politician (b. 1922)
- 2002 – James Tobin, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1918)
- 2003 – Brian Cleeve, Irish author (b. 1921)
- 2003 – Ivar Hansen, Danish politician (b. 1938)
- 2006 – Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, Canadian hockey player (b. 1931)
- 2006 – Slobodan Milošević, President of Serbia and of Yugoslavia (b. 1941)
- 2007 – Betty Hutton, American actress and singer (b. 1921)
- 2008 – Nils Taube, Estonian-born English fund manager (b. 1928)
- 2009 – Charles Lewis, Jr., American businessman, co-founder of Tapout Clothing (b. 1963)
- 2010 – Hans van Mierlo, Dutch politician (b. 1931)
- 2010 – Merlin Olsen, American football player and actor (b. 1940)
- 2010 – Leena Peltonen-Palotie, Finnish human geneticist (b. 1952)
- 2011 – Gary Wichard, American sports agent (b. 1950)
- 2011 – Jack Hardy, American singer-songwriter (b. 1947)
- 2012 – Ian Turpie, Australian television & radio entertainer (b. 1943)