- 1484 – The College of Arms, one of the few remaining officialheraldic authorities in Europe, was established by royal charter in London.
- 1836 – Texas Revolution: At a convention of delegates inWashington-on-the-Brazos, the Mexican state of Texas adopted adeclaration of independence, establishing the Republic of Texas.
- 1919 – Communist, revolutionary socialist, and syndicalist delegates met in Moscow to establish the Communist International.
- 1939 – Italian Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli was elected as Pope and took the namePius XII.
- 1962 – American basketball player Wilt Chamberlain (pictured), then playing for thePhiladelphia Warriors, scored 100 points in a game against the New York Knicksat Hersheypark Arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania, still a record in the National Basketball Association today.
- 537 – Siege of Rome: The Ostrogoth army under king Vitiges began the siege of the capital. Belisarius conducts a delaying action outside the Flaminian Gate; he and a detachment of his bucellarii are almost cut off.
- 871 – Æthelred of Wessex defeats a Danish invasion army at the Battle of Marton.
- 986 – Louis V becomes King of the Franks.
- 1121 – Dirk VI becomes the Count of Holland.
- 1127 – Assassination of Charles the Good, Count of Flanders.
- 1444 – Skanderbeg organizes a group of Albanian nobles to form the League of Lezhë.
- 1458 – George of Poděbrady is chosen as the King of Bohemia.
- 1476 – Burgundian Wars: The Old Swiss Confederacy hands Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, a major defeat in the Battle of Grandson in Canton of Neuchâtel.
- 1484 – The College of Arms was formally incorporated by Royal Charter signed by King Richard III of England.
- 1498 – Vasco da Gama's fleet visits the Island of Mozambique.
- 1717 – The Loves of Mars and Venus is the first ballet performed in England.
- 1776 – American Revolutionary War: Patriot militia units arrest the Royal Governor of Georgia James Wright and attempt to prevent capture of supply ships in the Battle of the Rice Boats.
- 1791 – Long-distance communication speeds up with the unveiling of a semaphore machine in Paris.
- 1797 – The Bank of England issues the first one-pound and two-pound banknotes.
- 1807 – The U.S. Congress passes the Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves, disallowing the importation of new slaves into the country.
- 1808 – The inaugural meeting of the Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, is held in Edinburgh.
- 1811 – Argentine War of Independence: A royalist fleet defeats a small flotilla of revolutionary ships in the Battle of San Nicolás on the River Plate.
- 1815 – Signing of the Kandyan Convention treaty by British invaders and the King of Sri Lanka.
- 1825 – Roberto Cofresí, one of the last successful Caribbean pirates, is defeated in combat and captured by authorities.
- 1836 – Texas Revolution: Declaration of independence of the Republic of Texas from Mexico.
- 1855 – Alexander II becomes Tsar of Russia.
- 1865 – East Cape War: The Volkner Incident in New Zealand.
- 1867 – The U.S. Congress passes the first Reconstruction Act.
- 1877 – U.S. presidential election, 1876: Just two days before inauguration, the U.S. Congress declares Rutherford B. Hayes the winner of the election even though Samuel J. Tilden had won the popular vote on November 7, 1876.
- 1882 – Queen Victoria narrowly escapes an assassination attempt by Roderick McLean in Windsor.
- 1901 – The U.S. Congress passes the Platt Amendment, limiting the autonomy of Cuba as a condition of the withdrawal of American troops.
- 1903 – In New York City the Martha Washington Hotel opens, becoming the first hotel exclusively for women.
- 1917 – The enactment of the Jones-Shafroth Act grants Puerto Ricans United States citizenship.
- 1919 – The first Communist International meets in Moscow.
- 1933 – The film King Kong opens at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
- 1937 – The Steel Workers Organizing Committee signs a collective bargaining agreement with U.S. Steel, leading to unionization of the United States steel industry.
- 1939 – Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli is elected Pope and takes the name Pius XII.
- 1941 – World War II: First German military units enter Bulgaria after it joined the Axis Pact.
- 1943 – World War II: Battle of the Bismarck Sea – United States and Australian forces sink Japanese convoy ships.
- 1946 – Ho Chi Minh is elected the President of North Vietnam.
- 1949 – Captain James Gallagher lands his B-50 Superfortress Lucky Lady II in Fort Worth, Texas after completing the first non-stop around-the-world airplane flight in 94 hours and one minute.
- 1949 – The first automatic street light is installed in New Milford, Connecticut.
- 1955 – King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia abdicates the throne in favor of his father, King Norodom Suramarit.
- 1956 – Morocco gains its independence from France.
- 1962 – In Burma, the army led by General Ne Win seizes power in a coup d'état.
- 1962 – Wilt Chamberlain sets the single-game scoring record in the National Basketball Association by scoring 100 points.
- 1965 – The US and South Vietnamese Air Force begin Operation Rolling Thunder, a sustained bombing campaign against North Vietnam.
- 1969 – In Toulouse, France, the first test flight of the Anglo-French Concorde is conducted.
- 1969 – Soviet and Chinese forces clash at a border outpost on the Ussuri River.
- 1970 – Rhodesia declares itself a republic, breaking its last links with the British crown.
- 1972 – The Pioneer 10 space probe is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida with a mission to explore the outer planets.
- 1978 – Czech Vladimír Remek becomes the first non-Russian or non-American to go into space, when he is launched aboard Soyuz 28.
- 1983 – Compact Disc players and discs are released for the first time in the United States and other markets. They had been available only in Japan before then.
- 1989 – Twelve European Community nations agree to ban the production of all chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) by the end of the century.
- 1990 – Nelson Mandela is elected deputy President of the African National Congress.
- 1991 – Battle at Rumaila Oil Field brings an end to the 1991 Gulf War.
- 1992 – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, San Marino, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan join the United Nations.
- 1993 – 1993 Storm of the Century begins to form over the North Atlantic Ocean.
- 1995 – Researchers at Fermilab announce the discovery of the top quark.
- 1998 – Data sent from the Galileo spacecraft indicates that Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice.
- 2002 – U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda begins, (ending on March 19 after killing 500 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters, with 11 Western troop fatalities).
- 2004 – War in Iraq: Al-Qaeda carries out the Ashoura Massacre in Iraq, killing 170 and wounding over 500.
- 2012 – March 2–3, 2012 tornado outbreak: A tornado outbreak occurred over a large section of the Southern United States and into the Ohio Valley region, resulting in 40 tornado-related fatalities.
- 1316 – King Robert II of Scotland (d. 1390)
- 1409 – John II of Alençon, Duke of Alençon and Count of Perche (d. 1476)
- 1459 – Pope Adrian VI (d. 1523)
- 1545 – Thomas Bodley, English diplomat and library founder (d. 1613)
- 1578 – George Sandys, English colonist and poet (d. 1644)
- 1705 – William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, Scottish judge and politician (d. 1793)
- 1755 – Antoine-Frédéric Gresnick, Belgian classical composer (d. 1799)
- 1760 – Camille Desmoulins, French journalist and politician (d. 1794)
- 1769 – DeWitt Clinton, American politician and naturalist (d. 1828)
- 1770 – Louis Gabriel Suchet, French Marshal (d. 1826)
- 1779 – Joel Roberts Poinsett, American statesman and botanist (d. 1851)
- 1793 – Sam Houston, American politician (d. 1863)
- 1800 – Evgeny Baratynsky, Russian poet (d. 1844)
- 1810 – Pope Leo XIII (d. 1903)
- 1816 – Alexander H. Bullock, American politician (d. 1882)
- 1817 – János Arany, Hungarian journalist (d. 1882)
- 1820 – Multatuli (Eduard Douwes Dekker), Dutch writer (d. 1887)
- 1824 – Bedřich Smetana, Czech composer (d. 1884)
- 1829 – Carl Schurz, German revolutionary and statesman (d. 1906)
- 1836 – Henry Billings Brown, American jurist (d. 1913)
- 1842 – Carl Jacobsen, Danish brewer (d. 1914)
- 1843 – Princess Maria Clotilde of Savoy (d. 1911)
- 1849 – Robert Means Thompson, American naval officer (d. 1930)
- 1859 – Sholom Aleichem, Russian novelist (d. 1916)
- 1860 – Susanna M. Salter, American politician (d. 1961)
- 1862 – John Jay Chapman, American author (d. 1933)
- 1862 – Boris Borisovich Galitzine, Russian physicist (d. 1916)
- 1876 – Pope Pius XII (d. 1958)
- 1878 – William Kissam Vanderbilt II, American scion (d. 1944)
- 1885 – Victor Houteff, Bulgarian religious reformer and author (d. 1955)
- 1886 – Willis O'Brien, American animator (d. 1962)
- 1897 – Minor Hall, American jazz musician (d. 1959)
- 1900 – Matilde Muñoz Sampedro, Spanish actress (d. 1969)
- 1900 – Kurt Weill, German composer (d. 1950)
- 1902 – Moe Berg, American baseball player and spy (d. 1972)
- 1902 – Edward Condon, American nuclear physicist (d. 1974)
- 1904 – Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel), American author (d. 1991)
- 1905 – Marc Blitzstein, American composer (d. 1964)
- 1905 – Geoffrey Grigson, British poet and critic (d. 1985)
- 1906 – Jan Ankerman, Dutch field hockey player (d. 1942)
- 1908 – Fyodor Matveyevich Okhlopkov, Yakut-born Soviet sniper (d. 1968)
- 1908 – Walter Bruch, German engineer (d. 1990)
- 1909 – Mel Ott, American baseball player (d. 1958)
- 1912 – Henry Katzman, American composer and pianist (d. 2001)
- 1912 – William Thayer Tutt, American ice hockey executive (d. 1989)
- 1913 – Godfried Bomans, Flemish author and television personality (d. 1971)
- 1913 – Mort Cooper, American baseball player (d. 1958)
- 1913 – Celedonio Romero, Spanish guitarist (The Romeros) (d. 1996)
- 1914 – Mayo Kaan, bodybuilder (d. 2002)
- 1914 – Martin Ritt, American director (d. 1990)
- 1917 – Desi Arnaz, Cuban-born actor and bandleader (d. 1986)
- 1917 – David Goodis, American writer (d. 1967)
- 1917 – Jim Konstanty, American baseball player (d. 1976)
- 1918 – Peter O'Sullevan, Irish horse racing commentator
- 1918 – Michael Rye, American voice actor (d. 2012)
- 1919 – Jennifer Jones, American actress (d. 2009)
- 1919 – Tamara Toumanova, Russian ballerina and actress (d. 1996)
- 1920 – Heinz-Ludwig Schmidt, German football manager (d. 2008)
- 1921 – Ernst Haas, Austrian artist and photographer (d. 1986)
- 1922 – Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, American jazz tenor saxophonist (d. 1986)
- 1922 – Bill Quackenbush, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1999)
- 1923 – Basil Hume, Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, England (d. 1999)
- 1923 – Orrin Keepnews, American writer and critic
- 1923 – Robert H. Michel, American politician
- 1924 – Cal Abrams, American baseball player (d. 1997)
- 1926 – Murray Rothbard, American economist (d. 1995)
- 1927 – Roger Walkowiak, French cyclist and economist
- 1928 – Father John S. Romanides, Greek priest and professor (d. 2001)
- 1930 – John Cullum, American actor and singer
- 1930 – Emma Penella, Spanish actress (d. 2007)
- 1931 – Mikhail Gorbachev, President of the Soviet Union and Nobel laureate
- 1931 – Tom Wolfe, American author
- 1932 – Gun Hägglund, Swedish news presenter (d. 2011)
- 1934 – Dottie Rambo, American singer (The Rambos) (d. 2008)
- 1935 – Al Waxman, Canadian actor (d. 2001)
- 1937 – Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of Algeria
- 1937 – Denny Crum, College basketball coach
- 1938 – Ricardo Lagos, 33rd President of Chile
- 1938 – Lawrence Payton, American singer and songwriter (The Four Tops) (d. 1997)
- 1939 – BarBara Luna, American actress
- 1940 – Tony Croatto, Italian-born composer (d. 2005)
- 1941 – Jon Finch, English actor
- 1941 – David Satcher, 16th United States Surgeon General
- 1942 – Kwang Jo Choi, Korean taekwondo champion
- 1942 – John Irving, American author
- 1942 – Claude Larose, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1942 – Mir-Hossein Mousavi, Last Prime Minister of Iran
- 1942 – Luc Plamondon, Canadian lyricist
- 1942 – Lou Reed, American singer and guitarist (The Velvet Underground)
- 1943 – Zygfryd Blaut, Polish footballer (d. 2005)
- 1943 – Tony Meehan, English drummer (The Shadows) (d. 2005)
- 1943 – Peter Straub, American author
- 1944 – Uschi Glas, German actress
- 1947 – Harry Redknapp, English football manager
- 1948 – Rory Gallagher, Irish guitarist (Taste) (d. 1995)
- 1948 – Jeff Kennett, Australian former politician
- 1949 – Alain Chamfort, French singer
- 1949 – Gates McFadden, American actress
- 1949 – J. P. R. Williams, Welsh rugby union player
- 1950 – Karen Carpenter, American singer and drummer (The Carpenters) (d. 1983)
- 1950 – Jeffrey Chodorow, American restaurateur and financier
- 1952 – Mark Evanier, American writer
- 1952 – Laraine Newman, American comedienne, actress, and writer
- 1953 – Russ Feingold, American politician
- 1954 – Hans-Jürgen Baake, German footballer
- 1954 – Eddie Johnstone, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1955 – Shoko Asahara, Japanese cult leader
- 1955 – Dale Bozzio, American singer (Missing Persons)
- 1955 – Jay Osmond, American drummer and singer (The Osmonds)
- 1955 – Ken Salazar, American politician
- 1955 – Terrence Stone, Irish-American voice actor
- 1956 – John Cowsill, American musician (The Cowsills)
- 1956 – Mark Evans, Australian bassist (AC/DC)
- 1958 – Kevin Curren, South African tennis player
- 1958 – Ian Woosnam, Welsh golfer
- 1959 – GX Jupitter-Larsen, American artist and writer
- 1959 – Larry Stewart, American singer
- 1960 – Hector Calma, Filipino basketball player
- 1960 – Debra Marshall, American professional wrestler and manager
- 1961 – Simone Young, Australian conductor
- 1962 – Jon Bon Jovi, American musician (Bon Jovi)
- 1962 – Morioka Hiroyuki, Japanese writer
- 1962 – Tom Nordlie, Norwegian football coach
- 1962 – Michael Salinger, American poet
- 1962 – Scott "La Rock" Sterling, American musician (Boogie Down Productions) (d. 1987)
- 1962 – Raimo Summanen, Finnish ice hockey player and coach
- 1963 – Alvin Youngblood Hart, American musician
- 1963 – Tuff Hedeman, American bull rider
- 1963 – Tanyu Kiryakov, Bulgarian pistol shooter
- 1964 – Mike Von Erich, American wrestler (d. 1987)
- 1964 – Laird Hamilton, American surfer
- 1965 – Ron Gant, American baseball player
- 1965 – Lembit Öpik, British politician
- 1968 – Daniel Craig, English actor
- 1969 – Ben Oxenbould, Australian actor
- 1969 – Han ten Broeke, Dutch politician
- 1970 – Alexander Armstrong, British comedian, actor and TV presenter
- 1970 – Wibi Soerjadi, Dutch concert pianist and composer
- 1971 – Dave Gorman, English documentary comedian
- 1971 – Lisa Lackey, Australian actress
- 1971 – Amber Smith, American actress and model
- 1972 – Michael Buskermolen, Dutch footballer
- 1972 – Richard Ruccolo, American actor
- 1972 – Rene Bitorajac, Croatian actor
- 1973 – Dejan Bodiroga, Serbian basketball player
- 1973 – Trevor Sinclair, English footballer
- 1974 – Hayley Lewis, Australian swimmer
- 1974 – Monika Niederstätter, Italian athlete
- 1975 – El-P (Jaime Meline), American hip hop artist (Company Flow and The Weathermen)
- 1976 – JJ Fernandez, Malaysian radio personality
- 1977 – Dominique Canty, American basketball player
- 1977 – Chris Martin, English musician (Coldplay)
- 1977 – Andrew Strauss, English cricket player
- 1978 – Tomáš Kaberle, Czech ice hockey player
- 1978 – Giannis Skopelitis, Greek footballer
- 1979 – Sergei Davydov, Belarusian figure skater
- 1979 – Damien Duff, Irish footballer
- 1979 – Nicky Weaver, English footballer
- 1980 – Karl Dominik, Polish-born actor
- 1980 – Sunny Lane, American pornographic actress
- 1980 – Édson Nobre, Angolan footballer
- 1981 – Lance Cade, American professional wrestler (d. 2010)
- 1981 – Bryce Dallas Howard, American actress
- 1981 – Lorelei Lee (pornographic actress), American pornographic actress
- 1982 – Jade Galbraith, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1982 – Kevin Kurányi, German footballer
- 1982 – Henrik Lundqvist, Swedish ice hockey player
- 1982 – Ben Roethlisberger, American football player
- 1982 – Corey Webster, American football player
- 1983 – Kolawole Agodirin, Nigerian footballer
- 1983 – Jay McClement, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1983 – Glen Perkins, American baseball player
- 1983 – Rachel Roxxx, American pornographic actress
- 1983 – Ryan Shannon, American ice hockey player
- 1983 – Lisandro López, Argentine footballer
- 1984 – Elizabeth Jagger, English model and actress
- 1985 – Reggie Bush, American football player
- 1985 – Suso Santana, Spanish footballer
- 1986 – Deuce, American singer-songwriter and producer (Hollywood Undead)
- 1986 – Jon D'Aversa, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1988 – Edgar Andrade, Mexican footballer
- 1988 – Nicola Geuer, German tennis player
- 1988 – Matthew Mitcham, Australian diver
- 1988 – Geert Arend Roorda, Dutch footballer
- 1988 – Nadine Samonte, Filipino actress
- 1988 – Chris Rainey, American football player
- 1989 – Toby Alderweireld, Belgian footballer
- 1989 – André Bernardes Santos, Portuguese footballer
- 1989 – Alemão, Brazilian footballer
- 1989 – Marcel Hirscher, Austrian alpine ski racer
- 1989 – Shane Vereen, American football player
- 1990 – Lee Hongki, Korean singer (F.T. Island)
- 1997 – Babar Iqbal, Pakistani computer programmer
- 855 – Lothair, King of the Franks and Holy Roman Emperor (b. 795)
- 1316 – Marjorie Bruce, daughter of Robert I of Scotland (b. 1296)
- 1572 – Mem de Sá, Portuguese Governor-General of Brazil
- 1589 – Alessandro Farnese, Italian cardinal (b. 1520)
- 1619 – Anne of Denmark, Queen consort of Britain (b. 1574)
- 1625 – James Hamilton, 2nd Marquess of Hamilton, Scottish noble and politician (b. 1589)
- 1797 – Horace Walpole, English art historian (b. 1717)
- 1729 – Francesco Bianchini, Italian philosopher and scientist (b. 1662)
- 1755 – Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon, French writer (b. 1675)
- 1758 – Pierre Guérin de Tencin, French cardinal (b. 1679)
- 1791 – John Wesley, English founder of Methodism (b. 1703)
- 1793 – Carl Gustaf Pilo, Swedish-born artist
- 1797 – Horace Walpole, English politician and writer (b. 1717)
- 1829 – Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez, Mexican conspirator (b. 1768)
- 1830 – Samuel Thomas von Sömmering, German physician (b. 1755)
- 1835 – Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1768)
- 1840 – Heinrich Wilhelm Matthäus Olbers, German astronomer (b. 1758)
- 1855 – Tsar Nicholas I of Russia, Emperor of Russia (b. 1796)
- 1864 – Ulric Dahlgren, American Unionist colonel (b. 1842)
- 1865 – Carl Sylvius Völkner, German missionary to New Zealand (b. 1819)
- 1880 – John MacNeill, Irish civil engineer (b. 1790)
- 1895 – Berthe Morisot, French painter (b. 1841)
- 1895 – Isma'il Pasha, Governor of Egypt (b. 1830)
- 1919 – Melchora Aquino, Filipino revolutionary hero (b. 1812)
- 1921 – Champ Clark, American politician (b. 1850)
- 1921 – Nicholas I of Montenegro (b. 1841)
- 1930 – D. H. Lawrence, English writer (b. 1885)
- 1938 – Ben Harney, American composer and pianist (b. 1871)
- 1938 – William Blomfield, New Zealand cartoonist (b. 1886)
- 1939 – Howard Carter, British archaeologist (b. 1874)
- 1942 – Charlie Christian, American swing and jazz guitarist (b. 1916)
- 1945 – Emily Carr, Canadian artist (b. 1871)
- 1946 – Fidél Pálffy, Hungarian National socialist (b. 1895)
- 1946 – George E. Stewart, American Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1872)
- 1947 – Frans Johan Louwrens Ghijsels, Dutch architect and urban planner (b. 1882)
- 1948 – Algernon Maudslay, British sailor (b. 1873)
- 1949 – Sarojini Naidu, Indian politician (b. 1879)
- 1950 – Rosli Dhobi, Malay Sarawakian (b. 1932)
- 1953 – James Lightbody, American middle distance runner (b. 1882)
- 1958 – Fred Merkle, American baseball figure (b. 1888)
- 1959 – Eric Blore, English actor (b. 1887)
- 1960 – Stanisław Taczak, Polish general (b. 1874)
- 1962 – Charles Jean de la Vallée-Poussin, Belgian mathematician (b. 1866)
- 1967 – José Martínez Ruiz, Spanish poet and writer (b. 1873)
- 1970 – Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Canadian painter (b. 1888)
- 1972 – Léo-Ernest Ouimet, Canadian film pioneer (b. 1877)
- 1973 – Cleo A. Noel, Jr., American foreign envoy (b. 1918)
- 1974 – Salvador Puig Antich, Spanish anarchist (b. 1948)
- 1975 – Josiah Mwangi Kariuki, Kenyan politician (b. 1929)
- 1979 – Christy Ring Irish hurler (b. 1920)
- 1982 – Philip K. Dick, American author (b. 1928)
- 1987 – Randolph Scott, American actor and director (b. 1898)
- 1987 – Lolo Soetoro, Indonesian geographer (b. 1935)
- 1991 – Serge Gainsbourg, French singer (b. 1928)
- 1991 – Mary Howard aka Josephine Edgar, British writer (b. 1907)
- 1992 – Sandy Dennis, American actress (b. 1937)
- 1994 – Maurice Bambier, French politician (b. 1925)
- 1994 – Anita Morris, American actress (b. 1943)
- 1999 – David Ackles, American singer and songwriter (b. 1937)
- 1999 – Dusty Springfield, English singer (Lana Sisters and The Springfields) (b. 1939)
- 2000 – Sandra Schmirler, Canadian curler (b. 1963)
- 2001 – François Abadie, French politician (b. 1930)
- 2001 – John Diamond, British journalist (b. 1953)
- 2003 – Hank Ballard, American musician (The Midnighters) (b. 1927)
- 2003 – Malcolm Williamson, Australian composer (b. 1931)
- 2004 – Cormac McAnallen, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1980)
- 2004 – Mercedes McCambridge, American actress (b. 1916)
- 2004 – Marge Schott, American baseball team owner (b. 1928)
- 2005 – Martin Denny, American musician (b. 1911)
- 2005 – Rick Mahler, American baseball player (b. 1953)
- 2006 – Milton Katims, American violist and conductor (b. 1909)
- 2007 – Thomas S. Kleppe, U.S. politician (b. 1919)
- 2007 – Clem Labine, American baseball player (b. 1926)
- 2007 – Ivan Safronov, Russian journalist (b. 1956)
- 2007 – Henri Troyat, French writer (b. 1911)
- 2008 – Jeff Healey, Canadian musician (b. 1966)
- 2009 – João Bernardo "Nino" Vieira, President of Guinea-Bissau (b. 1939)
- 2009 – Chris Finnegan, British boxer (b. 1944)
- 2010 – Winston Spencer-Churchill, British politician (b. 1940)
Holidays and observances
- Christian Feast Day:
- Feast of 'Alá (Loftiness), First day of the 19th month of the Bahá'í calendar (Bahá'í Faith) and first day of the Baha'i Nineteen Day Fast
- Omizu-okuri ("Water Carrying") Festival (Obama, Japan)
- Peasants Day (Burma)
- St Chad's Day (St Chad's College)
- Texas Independence Day (Texas)
- Victory at Adwa Day (Ethiopia)
- Dr. Seuss' Birthday, Read Across America Day (United States)
- Women's Day (India)
The Bureau of Meteorology hypes up the global warming scare:
When it comes to averages over time, January 2013 was the hottest month recorded in the entire observational record for Australia, stretching back to 1910 (the first year for which we can confidently estimate national temperatures)…
Australia has warmed by nearly a degree Celsius since 1910. This is consistent with warming observed in the global atmosphere and oceans. And it’s going to keep getting hotter. Over the next century, the world will likely warm by a further 2 to 5 degrees, depending on the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere.
But Australia is not the globe - and we are talking about global warming. Not Australian warming or German warming.
Professor Ole Humlum summarises the global temperatures for the globe and ... gosh, whatwarming?:
General: On average, global air temperatures were near the 1998-2006 average, although with big regional differences
The Northern Hemisphere was characterised by big temperature contrast from one region to another. Most of Europe, Russia, western Siberia, mid Canada and western USA had temperatures below average. Easternmost Siberia, Alaska and NW Canada had relatively warm conditions. The marked limit between warm and cold areas over the Arctic Ocean represents an artefact derived from the GISS interpolation technique and should be ignored.Near Equator temperatures conditions were near or below the 1998-2006 average. However, central Africa had above average temperatures.
The Southern Hemisphere was mainly at or below average 1998-2006 conditions. The only important exceptions to this is represented by southern Africa and Australia, which experienced temperatures above the 1998-2006 average. The Antarctic continent was near or slightly above the temperature average.
The global oceanic heat content has been rather stable since 2003/2004
Why didn’t the Bureau say so?
(Thanks to Jo Nova.)
(Thanks to Jo Nova.)
Terry McCrann says three free-to-air TV stations is now one too many to survive. Pay TV is eating them alive:
In simple terms, the broader Foxtel business is bigger now than the entire core FTA TV network industry.
The broader Foxtel—the Telstra-News Corp jointly owned Foxtel itself, and the now 100 per cent News Corp owned Fox Sports—generates more revenue, and rising, than the total of the core Ten, Nine and Seven networks.And it is far, far more profitable.Last financial year the three FTA TV groups generated an aggregate $3.3 billion of revenue. That was from their Melbourne-Sydney network cores, but also included other networks and other revenues. Their combined gross (EBITDA) profit added to $867 million. That, it’s important to note, was before deducting any interest on their huge (Nine) debts.In contrast Foxtel generated $2.2bn of revenue and posted an $598m EBITDA.But that did not include anything from Austar, whose takeover was only completed last May. In its 2011 calendar year, Austar had revenues of $713m and an EBITDA of $249m.Nor did it include the Fox Sports numbers for 2011-12: revenue of $498m and EBITDA of $143m.
Put them together and the “new” Foxtel family would have revenues of $3.4bn and an EBITDA of $1.35bn. Further, the combined Foxtel family revenues rose by 4 per cent over the previous year; those of the three FTA TV networks fell by 4 per cent.
I’ve listened to Ray Hadley’s show to find the “racism” that Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says needs to be punished by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
As I said last night: it just isn’t there. She’s just made it up.
But will she apologise - either for her foul smear or for calling in the thought police? Hell, no:
GREENS Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has refused to apologise for an attack against broadcaster Ray Hadley on the ABC’s Lateline program - despite the show’s presenter Tony Jones defending Hadley yesterday.
Ms Hanson-Young accused Hadley of a “horrid” display of “irresponsibility” in his commentary on asylum seekers during her appearance on Lateline on Thursday night.“Hadley ... went on air saying these people are doing these bad things,” Ms Hanson-Young said.“These people obviously referring to the entire community of asylum seekers on bridging visas rather than understanding that this was one particular incident.”The “incident” she referred to was the sexual assault of a Macquarie University student, allegedly by a Sri Lankan refugee.Hadley angrily refuted Ms Hanson-Young’s claims on his program yesterday.“Never, in any stage, did I say these people are doing these bad things,” he said. “(Ms Hanson-Young) you lied to Tony Jones last night… “…Yesterday, Jones told The Daily Telegraph he had reviewed the material and found “no evidence of (Hadley) making racist remarks” during an on-air interview with opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison…Hadley yesterday demanded an apology from Ms Hanson-Young, who refused to provide it.“The person who needs to apologise is Ray Hadley,” she said. “People are responding to his comments on radio even just this morning, saying that the only good refugee is a dead one.”
A spokesperson for Ms Hanson-Young later said the comment about dead refugees was not said on air, but was emailed to the senator’s office. He was not able to provide detail on how Ms Hanson-Young had linked the email to Hadley’s show.
Being Green means never having to say sorry, and especially not for falsely claiming others are racist. Take also Hanson-Young’s vilification of Morrison:
TONY JONES: Alright. Let’s go very precisely then to the case of the - Scott Morrison interview with Ray Hadley on 2GB. What was said by either party that in your view falls into the category of vilification or whipping up fear and hatred?
SARAH HANSON-YOUNG: It was about the fact that it was linked directly to this one incident of alleged sexual assault, and both parties, both Ray Hadley and Scott Morrison, believed that this then meant that an entire community of refugees and asylum seekers on bridging visas therefore had to be considered criminals, that they had to be under this police watch, that people had to know if these - “these people”, that was the constant terminology - whether “these people” were living next door to you. That is the type of fear and hatred…
I’m simply saying that ACMA has a code of conduct they are meant to uphold and it goes to not inciting hatred ... That’s what this is. It is racism at play.
In fact, Morrison didn’t actually discuss on Hadley’s show any plan to tell residents “whether ‘these people’ were living next door”.
He did that on Sky News, and what he said was much more limited that what Hanson-Young suggests:
Well I think especially say in the case of what we saw with Macquarie University that certainly the residents of that same facility should be aware of something of that nature happening in the place where they live.
Where someone’s charged with an offence?
No, no what I’m talking about is if that facility is taking on asylum seekers on bridging visas into that residential complex then I think there’s a simple courtesy that needs to be provided to other people, that they simply know that that’s taking place.
Hanson-Young is a sanctimonious witch-hunter prone to vilifying others on the basis of crooked or non-existent evidence. She is an enemy of free speech and a proponent of lethally dangerous border policies. The sooner the child senator leaves politics, the healthier for public debate. With luck, that day will come at the next election.
(Thanks to readers Peter and CA.)
Author Anson Cameron tells Age readers there will be an upside to Tony Abbott’s win. Rage will finally force him to write stuff a lot better than what he serves up today.
Age readers and editors had better hope so:
BY CHRISTMAS, Rupert will have smiled proudly and murmured: ‘’That’ll do, prigs. That’ll do.’’ And Andrew Bolt, Janet Albrechtsen, Greg Sheridan, Piers Akerman and the other shepherds of the right will breathe out, their work done, the flock guided through the booths. Labor seen off ...
It will start as a relaxing Christmas for the conservative voices. I imagine Alan Jones lounging poolside being handfed cress sandwiches by a valet carrying a urinal puck in each pocket for ambience. I imagine Bolt in Stubbies and thongs, fussily running a pair of secateurs over his private privet, turning it into a life-size topiary Ayn Rand, calling to the kiddies: ‘’Come see, come see, young things, daddy’s made a herbaceous saint.’’ I imagine Albrechtsen with her battery-powered Howard … No! Stop! Suffice to say they will be feeling good.
Pardon? This childish stuff - complete with the misogynistic sexual humiliation of Albrechtsen - is served up today in The Age as socio-political analysis? A symbolic rape of a conservative columnist now passes for intellectual debate?
But, as I said, Cameron’s consolation is that Abbott’s victory will magically transfer my creativity to him through the soles of his feet, much as Labor’s win magically transferred my taxes into grants for Cameron to visit France:
For the conservative commentators won’t know yet that their zeal is leaching from them over the festive season and flowing across town and up through the soles of the spruikers of the left. They haven’t realised that by early 2014, the progressive commentators will be taking energy from an infuriating status quo the conservatives had hitherto got fat on…
Every writer feels a gratifying eloquence when impassioned...The conservative columnists have had disappointment and frustration to feed off since 2007… For belief is never so powerful as when it is disempowered. That hated woman has drawn from them the best they will ever give.
But by Christmas, she and hers will be gone. And there will stand Tony Abbott… Imagine the vitality David Marr, Robert Manne, John Birmingham, Mungo MacCallum, Guy Rundle, et al will take from his ascension. In honest moments they’d admit to being excited by Labor’s fall … I’ll have a prick against which to kick at last. It’s finally my turn to point the Taser at Tony’s Y-fronts and pull the trigger.
We can only hope Abbott’s win does indeed improve the writing of Cameron and the soggy five he names. It astonishes me that standards on the Left have fallen so low that The Agecan print articles fantasising over conservative women masturbating and conservative men having their genitals tasered.
What the hell are the paper’s editors thinking? Consider: if I was so low as to write sado-masochistic fantasies about the genitals of Labor leaders and their media supporters, what condemnation would The Age rightly - and gleefully - hurl at me?
Here’s more proof that Labor’s fall marks not just a failure of Gillard. It marks the intellectual decline of the Left.
But Anne Summers simply cannot see what happens in the very Fairfax news empire she writes for. Again today, it’s only Gillard who is the victim, thanks to wicked conservatives:
So [journalists] feel free to mock [Prime Minister Julia Gillard] in ways that would have been inconceivable with other leaders and, as recently as a year ago, even with her.
Gillard has always had to put up with intense, often unfair and sometimes cruel commentary about her clothes, her voice, even her body shape. As I have documented, since she became Prime Minister Gillard has been subjected to vile sexual and at times pornographic vilification of a kind that is new to our political vocabulary (and which still continues).
A new poll in four of Labor’s Western Sydney seats show Labor would lose all with massive swings. Goodbye Ministers Chris Bowen and Jason Clare:
The two safest seats are Chifley, held by the Labor first termer Ed Husic, and Blaxland, held by frontbencher and rising star Jason Clare… The ALP retained both electorates in 2010 on healthy margins of 12.3 and 12.2 per cent respectively.The other two electorates, McMahon and Werriwa, are usually designated safe Labor seats.. McMahon is held by the senior minister Chris Bowen…
When those in Blaxland were asked who would get their first preference vote if an election were held today, 34.2 per cent of the 662 residents polled said Mr Clare..., giving [the Liberals] the upside of a 54-46 two party-preferred vote… In Chifley, Mr Husic would have been turfed out after one term with his share of the two party-preferred vote dropping from 62.3 per cent in 2010 to 46 per cent.
The poll suggests Clare and Husic would be saved if Labor switched to Rudd. But the other two seats would still go.
But here’s Labor’s nightmare. It cannot afford to lose a single seat. So the poll suggests that even under Rudd, Labor is still bound to lose, although not as badly. And if Rudd believes that coming back means he’ll simply lead Labor to defeat, will he want the job?
Anne Summers, still pushing the new sexism that makes the failures of female politicians the fault of wicked men, now claims it’s sexist to predict Julia Gillard will lose:
But it is also increasingly absurd the way the media no longer waits for leadership failure; it now anticipates it and, with no attempt to disguise its bloodlust.... Such is the fate of Julia Gillard, whose demise is confidently predicted on a daily basis by the politician commentariat. If her party doesn’t get her, the voters will. Either way she is dead, politically speaking…
The media, and those in politics who push a similar line, justify using this circular reasoning by reference to the opinion polls. These have been universally bad for Gillard in the past few weeks, no doubt about that… But you’d think only the foolhardy, or those with no memory (or even ability to Google), would make firm predictions about election results on the basis of polls seven months out....Nor, in the case of Australia’s first female Prime Minister ... is there the slightest drop of mercy. Or respect.
Is mockery the new misogyny?
By this reasoning, the majority of Labor MPs must also be misogynists. They don’t think they’ll win, either.
The plan was that if Julia Gillard miraculously won the next election, John McTernan would take lots of the credit.
But right now it seems he wants no credit at all for Gillard’s latest strategy, which says plenty about how badly she’s going.
THE time has come to defend John McTernan.
McTernan is beginning to assume the role of a scapegoat, an excuse for the Gillard government’s failings and a convenient whipping boy whose influence and responsibility is exaggerated…Political operatives and media advisers can only be as good as their bosses…The bottom line is that many of the fundamentally damaging decisions Labor made ... came into being long before McTernan got his 457 visa and moved into the Prime Minister’s media office in Parliament House at the end of 2011.
Those decisions were made by his boss and Wayne Swan, and their colleagues. The decision to do a deal with the three big miners to create a new, flawed minerals resource rent tax was Gillard’s first great negotiating success in 2010; the Greens’ alliance was another Gillard strategy; the Greens-friendly carbon tax was announced by Gillard in February 2011; the promise to deliver a budget surplus was set in cement by the time McTernan arrived.
Well, fair enough. But what about the latest bungles?
Labor MPs, especially those critical of Gillard, are suggesting McTernan “be sent back” as a climate of blame grows, and even those supporting the PM begin to accept that he is responsible for the two most recent errors of judgment: calling the election early and going to western Sydney for a week of “listening"…
As one senior Labor MP tells Inquirer: “This western Sydney stunt has finished her out there; she is now the subject of ridicule.”
More excuses, and telling:
Although Gillard says the idea for nominating the election date of September 14 is hers and that the western Sydney trip has been planned for a while, McTernan is being blamed for both. Gillard is said to have decided to announce the election early while on family holidays in Adelaide over Christmas. McTernan was back in Britain visiting his family at the time.
Wasn’t there, guv’nor.
Maybe so, maybe no. Maybe phone cords don’t reach to Britain any more.
But there is one miscalculation McTernan cannot escape blame for: unleashing a vindictive, shrill “real Julia”, who most notoriously accused Tony Abbott of hating women. McTernan sold that last lie as a brilliant success, but long-term it has worked out as I predicted at the time - as a deeply polarising gamble that offended many men and left Gillard looking divisive, shifty and nasty. I warned McTernan several times he needed to project a woman of warmth, doing constructive things. He was misreading Australia.
In the end, though, Gillard had the choice of which advice to take. She is responsible for those choices.
And her deepest failures are entirely her own. They were made most manifest by her needless decision to break her promise not to give us a carbon tax. After that there was no saving her. McTernan is just an excuse.
Professional athiest Richard Dawkins talking on European television, 2010:
I regard Islam as one of the great evils of the world… there’s a kind of closemindedness which is, I think, less present in the former Christendom, perhaps because we’ve had long - I don’t know quite why - but there’s more of a historical tradition of questioning. There are people in the Islamic world who simply say, ‘Islam is right, and we are going to impose our will.’
Dawkins talking to a Muslim interviewer on Al Jazeera, 2012:
In a recent Al-Jazeerah interview, Richard Dawkins was asked his views on God. He argued that the god of “the Old Testament” is “hideous” and “a monster”, and reiterated his claim from The God Delusion that the God of the Torah is the most unpleasant character “in fiction”. Asked if he thought the same of the God of the Koran, Dawkins ducked the question, saying: ”Well, um, the God of the Koran I don’t know so much about.”
Hmm. Dawkins does go on to link Islam to suicide bombings, but the evasion is there.
One other question. What is the difference between these two statements, and why does the Left demonise only one of the two men?
RENOWNED atheist Professor Richard Dawkins received a surprise standing ovation in the traditionally Christian community of Stornoway last night…
The 71-year-old described Islam as “one of the great evils of the world” in his lecture… Members of the audience cheered loudly as Prof Dawkins used the appearance to attack Islam, while stressing that the “vast majority of Muslims” were not evil, only their religion was…
“It is a disgrace a religion prescribes death for leaving it.”
Islam is not a religion of peace. Islam is a totalitarian ideology. The best example is that if any person, any Muslim wants to leave Islam, then the penalty is death… However, there are moderate and non-moderate Muslims, I acknowledge that. As a matter of fact the majority of the Muslims living in our society are moderate people. But don’t make the mistake that even though there are moderate and radical Muslims that there is a moderate or a radical Islam. There is only one Islam, and that is a totalitarian ideology that has no room for anything but Islam.
Clive James is not dead yet, which is just as well for those of us who love Dante, too:
Maybe so, but James has three books coming out this year: a translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy, a reissued essay collection and a new book of poems. “If I fell off the twig tomorrow,” he tells me, “it would still look as if I was very busy.”
How did I get so much done? I wanted to. I learned to use my time well. In TV, when you’re out on location there’s a lot of waiting. I learned to use that time reading or writing. I can work on a piece of writing in the middle of chaos. I don’t have too many things in common with Dante, but he was famous for being able to go on composing his poem in the middle of a battlefield. I don’t need ideal conditions. My parents’ lives had been ruined by the war. My father never came back. I think I felt I owed it to them to get something done.
Labor’s retreat from the carbon tax begins:
LABOR is considering dissolving the $218 million-a-year Climate Change Department as part of a cost-saving restructure that could see it merged with another government bureaucracy.
The department is part of a $1.6 billion-a-year climate change behemoth in place to administer the government’s carbon tax. It also includes the Clean Energy Regulator, the Climate Change Authority and the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator.
The sprawling bureaucracy is centred in Canberra, with departmental staff housed in the six-star energy-rated Nishi building, which is under a 15-year lease worth $158m. Departmental figures given to the Senate last year revealed that 1094 staff members also work from offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Samoa - in a rental space located about 5km from the beach and a nearby golf course.
The scale of the spending is staggering. Click the link ($) for details.
Remember, this is $1.6 billion a year spent to administer a huge tax and green schemes which will make virtually zero difference to temperatures and even less to climate. It is completely pointless and damaging waste of colossal dimensions:
The department spent about $139,175 on training expenses in the first four months of the 2012-13 year, including courses for staff on “credit card acquittal”, “giving and receiving feedback”, “influencing and relationship building” and “leading your team”.
It spent about $1.7m in the 2011-12 year on similar training courses and in-house learning, including assistance for staff undertaking study. In one instance, $544 was contributed towards the cost of a diploma in French.
On 2GB last night, Steve and I didn’t just talk of the Pope, Rooty Hill and the questions listeners would most like to ask Julia Gillard.
We also talked to Ned Manoun, the first Liberal Mayor of Liverpool after 21 years of Labor rule - including years of Mayor Mark Latham. Listen, because the US-born Lebanese-American Muslim does not merely represent the changing political alliances that are shattering Labor’s vote in what used to be its heartland out in western Sydney.
I also think you’ll hear more from Manoun…
A cracker of a Spectator diary from Grace Collier. One excerpt:
‘Tape recorder in bra “entrapped” union man,’ teases the headline. My partner, Peter, and I sit up in bed sipping über-strong coffee, served in beautiful china. We are looking over various articles spread out on the sheets discussing where I hid my recording device as I taped a conversation with a certain union official. Peter leans over and speaks into my décolletage: ‘Testing one two three, testing one two three.’ A Federal Court Judge expressed concerns and wanted to know if I thought I was in a James Bond movie after I admitted using a concealed recorder to tape an AMWU organiser. Peter expresses concerns about the whereabouts of the bra and wants to know if he can sell it on eBay. (‘It’s in the wash,’ I reply, ‘along with your stinking socks.’) Numerous calls and witty texts come in from my mates. Hedley Thomas from the Australian rings up. ‘Grace!’ he bellows, eager to share his renowned word skills with me: ‘You’re a human booby trap!’ ‘Oh Hedley,’ I sigh, ‘it’s all a storm in a D cup.’
The Prime Minister hasn’t denied my assertion that she is a subject of a police enquiry, nor have the Victorian Police corrected it. It strikes me as ironic that a Prime Minister whose primary impairment is a lack of trust from the electorate may soon be interviewed by the Fraud Squad over her role in a major crime.
A teacher moment .. I like to see my students prosper like this. - ed
Trust can be earned. Some of out politicians have earned it. Sometimes, it is hard to pick which from the rhetoric. Luckily, rhetoric isn't the font of trust - ed
Farewell to a news legend: Peter Harvey has died at age 68 after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer. Vale Peter Harvey. Australia has lost a giant. http://www.news.com.au/
He was blessed many times over .. his children had grown well .. - ed
Allow me to introduce myself .. I'm hungry - ed
Jindalee Boat ramp is once again getting put to the test. Water is not expected to get much higher than this
Photo from hosting Indu's Wedding. - Aprille Love
Sunset at China Beach, San Francisco
The final part of 'Our Mates, Our Families' walk. Arriving at Tamworth Police Station at 8am this morning with Fiona and Jemma Rixon.
- "Palestinian" is a made up identity.
- Palestinian Arabs are Muslims.
- Muslims don't believe in the nation state, only 'umma' (worldwide Islamic community)
- The Intifada is a jihad.
CLARITY OF THOUGHT …… CONSISTENCY OF MESSAGE
Tim Flannery preaches that due to global warming; "even the rain that falls will not fill up the dams" – so Julia Gillard appoints him Climate Commissioner, on a salary of $180,000 (for a 3 day week)
Now Gillard is saying the Commonwealth should pay $50 million to raise the wall on Warragamba Dam by 23 meters (because when the rain falls the dam could overflow).
But it will cost $800 million to raise the dam wall by that height.
No wonder the Labor Government have been compared with the Benny Hill Show.
With such clarity of thought and consistency of message, is it any wonder that Labor are facing complete annihilation in Western Sydney ?
Lunch with the guy who is like her father figure. I tell him I'm thinking it is time I talked with her about how I felt. He can't speak for her. He is concerned for her welfare. He points out she has blocked me on FB, not spoken to me in years and has never shown the least affection. I'm still too old .. by the new social rule of acceptability of the female half the males' age, +7, I'd need to wait another twelve years. And there I have it. I don't need to face her. The kindest thing I can do is disappear. Sometimes, I'm a bit slow .. - ed
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
- Dr. Seuss.
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As long as you keep your eyes on Jesus and His perfect love for you, fear cannot abide in you (1Jn 4:18).
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As a shepherd boy, David could often be found playing on his harp and singing praises to the Lord. He gave weight to the Lord’s presence and we have seen time and again, how the Lord delivered David from his enemies.
My friend, I encourage you to be like David. Start magnifying the Lord’s glory, His majesty and His love for you. Stop giving weight to your challenges and negative circumstances. As David says in Psalm 68:1, “Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered.” So start singing praises to the Lord and watch Him deliver you from all your troubles!