Happy birthday and many happy returns Jackie Fong and Pi. Pi celebrates its birthday on March 14 (3.14) Some people wait until 1:59 .. My jokes have come full circle. We reach to the opposite side .. full diameter .. remember, birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
TV crews rushed to the PM’s office as rumors swept Parliament that Julia Gillard had received the tap on the shoulder.
Yet there she was in Question Time. Seems nothing in it.
Rudd’s people certainly say there isn’t.
How febrile Labor is.
Now Channel Seven’s John Mangos has tweeted Julia Gillard is about to appoint Bill Shorten Treasurer. Shorten’s office denies it.
Actor Rhys Muldoon, who co-authored a children’s book with Mr Rudd, tweeted ”spill IS NOT happening. (Today)”.
Michael Smith is rattling the tin. A good cause. Click and keep the blog going. Don’t let him be silenced after his dumping.
Not “dumping” but “resigning under pressure”. After asking “unauthorised questions” of the Prime Minister.
No contest, not least because one of the two once again has trouble with maths.
Labor MP Craig Thomson’s opposition to Labor’s bill for more controls on the media seems to be just a lousy trick, after all.
It;s not principle, but politics - designed to try to “embarrass” the Opposition over its refusal to accept his vote without actually stopping the media crackdown:
THE Coalition will refuse to accept independent MP Craig Thomson’s “tainted vote” on Labor’s media reforms, in a surprise twist that gives the Gillard government a glimmer of hope it can turn its plans into law.The former Labor MP’s opposition to the media reforms bills had threatened their passage through federal parliament’s lower house.However manager of opposition business Christopher Pyne’s office has confirmed Mr Thomson will be paired with an opposition MP if he votes with the Coalition as flagged, cancelling out his vote.The Coalition has vowed to resist curbs on press freedom. But a spokesman for Mr Pyne said the opposition had to be consistent with its previous position in rejecting Mr Thomson’s vote.
For a moment I admit thinking well of Thomson. “Three cheers for Craig Thomson,” I even said on 2GB today.
I should have known better.
Good news - especially for the Gillard Government - but it doesn’t quite feel real:
UNEMPLOYMENT has stayed steady at 5.4 per cent as the economy continues to outperform expectations with the creation of almost 71,500 jobs last month - the largest amount in almost 13 years.The surprise result has lessened the prospects of future interest rate cuts but economists warn the strength of the new jobs numbers meant they may need to be revised down in coming months.
The hero who leaked the Climategate and Climategate II emails has revealed his motives - and released to selected climate science bloggers the password to further emails for them to assess.
This may lead to more revelations of the groupthinking, bullying and manipulation of evidence than were exposed by the original leaking of emails of the scientists most involved in devising the great warming scare,
From the email (click the above link for the whole text):
Releasing the encrypted archive was a mere practicality. I didn’t want to keep the emails lying around.I prepared CG1 & 2 alone. Even skimming through all 220.000 emails would have taken several more months of work in an increasingly unfavorable environment.Dumping them all into the public domain would be the last resort. Majority of the emails are irrelevant, some of them probably sensitive and socially damaging.To get the remaining scientifically (or otherwise) relevant emails out, I ask you to pass this on to any motivated and responsible individuals who could volunteer some time to sift through the material for eventual release…I don’t expect these remaining emails to hold big surprises. Yet it’s possible that the most important pieces are among them. Nobody on the planet has held the archive in plaintext since CG2.That’s right; no conspiracy, no paid hackers, no Big Oil. The Republicans didn’t plot this. USA politics is alien to me, neither am I from the UK. There is life outside the Anglo-American sphere.If someone is still wondering why anyone would take these risks, or sees only a breach of privacy here, a few words…The first glimpses I got behind the scenes did little to garner my trust in the state of climate science—on the contrary. I found myself in front of a choice that just might have a global impact.Briefly put, when I had to balance the interests of my own safety, privacy\career of a few scientists, and the well-being of billions of people living in the coming several decades, the first two weren’t the decisive concern.It was me or nobody, now or never. Combination of several rather improbable prerequisites just wouldn’t occur again for anyone else in the foreseeable future. The circus was about to arrive in Copenhagen. Later on it could be too late… We’re dealing with $trillions and potentially drastic influence on practically everyone…We can’t pour trillions in this massive hole-digging-and-filling-up endeavor and pretend it’s not away from something and someone else.If the economy of a region, a country, a city, etc. deteriorates, what happens among the poorest? Does that usually improve their prospects? No, they will take the hardest hit. No amount of magical climate thinking can turn this one upside-down.It’s easy for many of us in the western world to accept a tiny green inconvenience and then wallow in that righteous feeling, surrounded by our “clean” technology and energy that is only slightly more expensive if adequately subsidized.Those millions and billions already struggling with malnutrition, sickness, violence, illiteracy, etc. don’t have that luxury. The price of “climate protection” with its cumulative and collateral effects is bound to destroy and debilitate in great numbers, for decades and generations…Even if I have it all wrong and these scientists had some good reason to mislead us (instead of making a strong case with real data) I think disseminating the truth is still the safest bet by far.
THE South Australian Labor government will lose next year’s state election in a landslide, if the results of new poll are repeated.The Advertiser poll has put the Liberal Opposition ahead 59-41 per cent on a two-paty preferred basis in a result that would have Labor losing as many as 11 seats.The poll is the first since Steven Marshall took over as Liberal leader earlier this year and comes ahead of his public debate on Friday with Premier Jay Weatherill which also marks one year until the election.
Mind you - small sample.
In Victoria, new Premier Denis Napthine has made a good start.
He’s made clear he was no plotter against his friend Ted Baillieu. No blood on his hand.
He has dumped Nationals leader Peter Ryan as Police Minister - which is a big move for a minority government, but distances the otherwise able Ryan from the scene of the, er, mishap.
He’s moved Kim Wells from Treasury, where he looked as sound as a sword juggler with the DTs, replacing him with the capable and ambitious Michael O’Brien.
He’s promised better cooperation with Canberra, which sounds nice even if it means nothing. And he’s offered a small peace offering to the TAFE sector.
Moreover, he’s again and again stressed he’ll be making decisions and getting on with things.
So far, so capable.
This front page has flushed out the totalitarian instincts of the politicians planning more controls over what Australians choose to read:
Don’t read it. Especially before criticising it. ABC News Radio yesterday:MARIUS Benson: Can I start with The Daily Telegraph’s front page today, which reads: “These despots believe in controlling the press.” There is a large photo of you with an expression of you deliberately chosen to make you look dopey. And you are bracketed with the despots Stalin, Mao, Kim Jong-un, Ahmadinejad. Does that front page pass the public interest in your mind?Conroy: It’ll be (laughs) ... I think I said the News Limited reaction will be hysterical; this morning just proves it yet again. But I’ve said for some time that people in Sydney should read The Daily Telegraph for its sport and back pages because the sort of commentary you see like this morning’s is just, it does a disservice to journalism and a disservice to (News Limited).Benson: But is it grounds for complaint, for official complaint, for an official arbiter?Conroy: Look, I haven’t actually seen the story yet ... Whether or not it’s breached any laws or any standards, ah, it certainly breaches a bad taste standard. Whether it breaches others, I’d have to take advice and have a look. But I haven’t actually seen the full copy yet.
That front page has also flushed out the censorious instincts of Labor’s media friends:
LEIGH SALES: So tabloid newspapers don’t have to adhere to the same standards of fairness and accuracy as other newspapers?CAMPBELL REID: Um… this is provocative… I reject that it’s unfair, and I reject that it’s inaccurate.LEIGH SALES: Has News Limited…CAMPBELL REID: There’s a difference between provocation and inaccuracy and unfairness, and if we’re thinking that really what we need in Australian society is a tort of politeness, and a shut-down media where you’re not allowed to be provocative, you’re not allowed to be interesting, you’re not allowed to be…LEIGH SALES: You can be provocative and interesting; you just can’t be blatantly unfair… Aren’t you doing all of us in the media a disservice by running something like this because it gives critics an opportunity to say, “Well, there you go, that’s why the media needs more oversight”.CAMPBELL REID: So… so, under provocation the media has to be very quietly… oh, please don’t offend that nice Mr Conroy…LEIGH SALES: Well, I think fairness and impartiality are a pretty good standard...
An astonishing pre-emptive cringe. Depressing. An ABC host suggesting we be nice to the Government to avoid media curbs.
Can’t she hear what’s she’s saying - about this Government and about herself?
Another Leftist journalist, Richard Ackland, curiously thinks complaining about the loss of free speech shows you’re not losing it:
The self-righteous bloviating from press interests, and the shrill coverage from News Ltd papers in particular, leads to the suspicion that Senator Conroy can’t be far wrong with his tiny package of media reforms.
Ackland strikes me as another of the partisan Left who are very strong on the right to free speech of everyone except those with whom they disagree.
Reader Malcolm Colless, a distinguished former journalist, writes:
Your call to arms to journalists on the Conroy censorship policy on Sydney radio tonight was spot on. They cannot be called reforms because they are not making anything better-in fact quite the contrary.The working press should be particularly outraged at the Government’s decision to appoint an overlord to set and administer media standards.Labor spin implies that this legislation is needed to pull media management into line and this is what gives comfort to the Left who want a critical media and News Ltd in particular shackled.
The Daily Telegraph apologises for its satire, which risks being unlawful under this authoritarian government:
Utterly astonishing. Another ABC presenter accuses the Daily Telegraph of “supporting the Government’s argument in their hysterical and silly way that they’ve responded” - of supporting, that is, the case for censorship of satire when that satire is directed at this Labor Government.
You may find it impossible to believe this presenter is actually supporting my own argument that this vindictive government is out to muzzle criticism of itself and its causes, to the cheers of the Left, but read for yourself:
BARRIE CASSIDY/JON FAINE
ABC 774 MELBOURNE
So why pick a fight with the Murdoch papers right now?BARRIE CASSIDY:Therefore why should we be critical of them for taking it on?JON FAINE:Well I’m not being critical, I’m wondering what’s going on. I don’t understand. Because the response was utterly, I mean it’s over the top, but you knew you’d get some form of strident response.BARRIE CASSIDY:
Of course but I think they’ve played into their hands in a sense by being as hysterical as they have been because the Telegraph for example probably is supporting the Government’s argument in their hysterical and silly way that they’ve responded to the issue.JON FAINE:Now, my understanding is that the editor of The Australian and the editor of The Daily Telegraph have got some sort of internal competition to see who can most claim to bring the Gillard Government down as they fight each other over the ‘it was me that brought them down,’ ‘No, no, no, it was me that brought the government down’. That’s the sort of internal competition that they’ve got going.
It is? To Faine’s conspiracy theory I have no polite reply.
For heaven’s sake. I’m amazed the managers of the CSIRO’s Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex over-reacted to the absurd lolly claim in the first place:
Former worker Jack Hoffman lodged a compensation claim last March after he allegedly broke a tooth on a CSIRO-supplied sweet a week earlier.It led to a ban on lollies at meetings and training sessions and, Mr Hoffman says, generated a fierce backlash from CSIRO colleagues.In his claim to Comcare for psychological injuries arising from his workplace, Mr Hoffman said co-workers blamed him for the lollies being deemed unsafe. “You f---ed it up for everyone at CDSCC,” one co-worker is alleged to have told him.Mr Hoffman resigned from the CSIRO in July after facing disciplinary action for unauthorised use of an official vehicle to buy burgers. The 50-year-old had received two written warnings about inappropriate behaviour and was told to stop using a work car to go to McDonald’s.
A Christian writes about the Islamic “peace” conference in Melbourne that invited a bunch ofhate-preachers:
Some Christians who had approval to hire a stall giving away Bibles at the Islamic ‘Peace Conference’ at the Melbourne Showgrounds this weekend have had this approval withdrawn. The Christians, from various churches around Melbourne, had been offered a 6 x 3 metre stall for $600. The Islamic Research and Educational Academy (IREA) contacted them last night and said that the Bible stall could not go ahead because it would be “unsafe”.
The Christians were told that, due to expected anti-Islamic protests outside the Showgrounds, IREA “could not guarantee your safety.” An IREA spokesman, who identified himself as ‘Sami’, was concerned about radical elements among the Muslim attendees “taking it out” on the Christians, and said that IREA security personnel “could not protect the Christians”. IREA claimed they had consulted Victoria Police about security and had come to this decision. Another Christian group was told last night that all the stalls had been allocated and there was no room left. According to the IREA website, there are over 200 stalls available, but their stall map shows that only 44 stalls have been hired so far.
I NEVER dreamed - never feared - Australia would have a government plotting to control journalists it didn’t like.
Do not trust a word Communications Minister Stephen Conroy says about needing a new government supercop to check what’s published and by whom.
SOME of the abuse now hurled at the Prime Minister shows respect for her office is dangerously debased.
Take the foul tattooed lady filmed hurling expletives at Julia Gillard in Sydney last week, or the three protesters evicted from Parliament on Tuesday after shouting “liar”, “Juliar” and “moll” during Question Time.
The answer, though, is not to tame financial markets through the socialization of equity, but to cut them down to size. A prerequisite for any positive program is a comprehensive attack on the power of financial markets, including the breakup of all “too big to fail” institutions, taxes on high-volume financial transactions, stringent restrictions on the creation of new financial instruments, and reductions in the share of national income going to the profits of financial enterprises. That’s a radical program, but (unlike Ackerman’s) every element of it is on the table right now, and commands support well beyond the Left.
HOST: You and the Minister have said that these visas have been abused, but we haven’t been given any examples. Can you give us an example of where a 457 visa has been abused?PM: Around the country, I and members of parliament in the Labor team do hear concerns from people about them being ready to take a job and with the appropriate qualifications, and not getting a go…HOST: Feedback and anecdotal evidence – can you understand why people see this as kneejerk reaction? We haven’t been given an example of where 457 visas have been abused.PM: We make policy based on evidence, but community concern is there. People have raised examples, and of course, when we get that kind of feedback we should respond.
JOURNALIST: Can you give us an example of self-regulation where it hasn’t worked?PM: Well, I think when you look across – I am not pursuing a personal case here so you would need to ask people who have taken up something with the press council and who have thought that there wasn’t a satisfactory dealing with it.I think you would be aware that because there obviously have been some concerns in the past about the operation of the press council, that there has been a move over the last few years to increasing rigour in the press council.
A new Pope:
The 76-year-old archbishop of Buenos Aires has taken the name Francis and is the first pope to come from the Americas…He has long specialised in the kind of pastoral work - overseeing churches and priests - that some say is an essential skill for a pope.In a lifetime of teaching and leading priests in Latin America, which has the largest share of the world’s Catholics, the former Cardinal Bergoglio has shown a keen political sensibility as well as a self-effacing humility, according to his official biographer, Sergio Rubin. His personal style is the antithesis of Vatican splendour.
A government which wants more control over what journalists write also wants more control over what its own ministers read:
Cabinet sources revealed that most ministers were denied time to properly read Communications Minister Stephen Conroy’s proposed media reform rules before they were rubber stamped…A small number of ministers are believed to have been kept in the loop, including Treasurer Wayne Swan and Prime Minister Julia Gillard.But other key cabinet ministers said they had been given no notice of what was to come before the Tuesday meeting, nor were they given sufficient time to digest the document before it was agreed to.
Conroy, who boasted he could force telco bosses to wear red underpants on their heads,forces Cabinet colleagues to wear a sell-out of free speech:
AT Tuesday morning’s snap cabinet meeting to consider Stephen Conroy’s proposed media laws, there were a number of empty seats around the oval table.A Qantas flight from Sydney with three cabinet ministers on board - Tanya Plibersek, Bob Carr and Peter Garrett, as well as cabinet secretary Jason Clare - was delayed and then cancelled…Those who were there, ostensibly to discuss the new policy on coal-seam gas exploration from Tony Burke, were given the impression no further discussion would be brooked. The Communications Minister’s policy and strategy were to be endorsed quickly on a crash or crash-through basis.They were told a number of ministers were trapped in Sydney, the meeting would proceed without them and that the cabinet “decision” was to be announced within two hours.
None of those objecting had the guts to protest?
Labor MPs are treated with the same contemptuous we-know-best authoritarianism that lies behind this whole sinister attempt to further control the media. Henry Ergas:
ARROGANCE is the curse of those long on power and short on wisdom. Little wonder, then, that Stephen Conroy has announced his media reforms as a take-it-or-leave-it proposition, giving parliament no time to consider, much less amend, legislation it has not yet seen and will not see until the last moment… Yet, from the few details he has disclosed, his proposals seem unfounded on evidence, poorly designed in practice and deeply at odds with democratic principles.
More arrogance from those presuming to control the media. The Government wants a commissar whose pronouncements on what you are allowed to read and from whom cannot be appealed:
The reform details make it clear that the public interest media advocate will be appointed by the communications minister unilaterally, although there is a requirement to consult the opposition…The advocate will have unfettered power to rule on the facts of a case, exposed only to appeals on judicial process rather than the fundamental merits of his or her decision. “A decision by the public interest media advocate will be subject to the general administrative review but will not be subject to merits review,” the paper said.
Shameful. The independents are being bribed to swap our free press for food:
LABOR is unveiling a spate of new policies that will help it secure the support of independent MPs for its controversial media reforms…The government is planning a crackdown on big supermarkets to help Australian grocery suppliers in a move that acts on some of the independents’ concerns and could smooth the ground for media legislation to be introduced into parliament today.
How impressive has Malcolm Turnbull been recently?
Chief Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery did not hesitate to hail weather as climate after a heat wave in Australia:
What we’re seeing is a whole slew of new records, new territory, new climatic territory, which we’re seeing in Australia and the US and in the Arctic. And that’s part of a longer trend...
Reader Andrew challenges Flannery:
Here I am stuck in Germany , in Worms actually, and I am snowbound.I cannot leave my hotel. All this in mid March (I am particularly annoyed as I am stuck in a rather dreary hotel here.Now I am very serious about this. I will donate $5000.00 to Prof Tim Flannery if he, on behalf of the Climate Commission, will fly to England and explain to them at a public meeting his proof that the world is warming, (If you or he doubt my bona fides then I will pay that sum into a bank account to be paid to him when he agrees).I am sure he would be a big hit in England where it has had the coldest March day in 26 years.
No end to the boats in sight, with rescue by the navy taken for granted:
A GROUP of 77 asylum seekers were last night rescued by Australian authorities after being thrown out of their boat off Ashmore Island.Early reports indicate the group may have been in the water for up to an hour before they were picked up by the Navy ship HMAS Childers.
ACT 4 her .. a beautiful image
We've heard PM Julia Gillard has just been tapped on the shoulder by her delegates and told to move aside. Could KRudd be back? Maz x
WHO VOTED FOR A DOUBLING OF ELECTRICITY PRICES ?
Thanks Julia. Thanks Kevin. Thanks Labor.
ALP campaign poster, found in gutter in Carramar
Teresa, I agree. Michael, without dismissing any of your arguments as merely historical, I would point out that the way to address the issue of culture is to praise it. There isn't enough money to do everything that is a good idea, and not all ideas are good. Utilising resources and optimising that use allows progress. Nothing is optimal in education. You don't have to agree with Thatcher policy or religious fervour to recognise that truth that Jesus isn't recognised as being great for his compromises, but for his adherence to principle. We know how to recognise who can add or subtract with or without a calculator. That isn't cultural. But a cultural argument can be mounted for how it is examined. I am reminded of a year 7 boy I met at a selective school in Sydney. It was an agricultural boarding school, and the boy, Hamidur Rahman (I can use his name now) was Indian ethnic and despised support but was proud of his Hindu heritage. The school was gung ho with Rugby. This boy didn't fit in, but he was willing to work to excel. He had a peanut allergy, as he told me one evening over dinner. I told my supervisors about the serious issue and was assured the issue would be addressed. I left the school soon after. The following year, the boy was at a year 8 school camp. He had successfully completed an activity involved with running, and the teacher had run out of rewards so, thinking outside the box, said the student's reward was to lick peanut butter from a spoon. The teacher was not aware of the allergy as my supervisors hadn't told them, although the boy had been hazed for trying to let people know. So the student, in front of his year group, did as he was told, and died in seconds. The school and education department went into damage protection mode and the Principal retired soon after, claiming no one had told him. Coroner investigated and said it was an accident, criticising the parents for not telling the school of the allergy. I was targeted by the Department following and instructed not to speak on the issue .. I resigned to speak out six years ago and have had no work since.
My point is that there are cultural issues that need to be addressed, but those aren't academic tests where anyone can quibble over nothing. Hamidur was doing well in a hostile environment. Some students do. Some don't. Our tests don't need to be culturally sensitive. We do. No student of mine who cannot speak English well is going to be encouraged by me to study English literature at university. Instead, I would suggest they might try to improve their own language and bilingual skills. A new push is on by local Anglican researchers promoting the concept of cultural assets. Culture is not a weakness, but a strength which needs to be buttressed from those that devalue it and promoted so as to improve outcomes for all.
Late last week, a Russian news outlet reported that scientists at Antarctica's Lake Vostok, buried under miles of ice, said they had found bacteria that appeared to be new to science. Now, the head of that lab has said the signature is actually just contamination. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/2xpb
Start sowing seeds in the area that you are believing God for a harvest or breakthrough! Check out today's devotional. Be sure to click "like" to help spread the word! Thanks, all! http://bit.ly/XW3KBY
When does God's blessings flow unhindered in our lives and churches? When His grace takes center place in these areas! Discover in this message how God wants you to live conscious of, and put your trust solely in His grace. Unpacking revelatory truths through the biblical story of Hagar and Ishmael's dismissal from Abraham's household, Joseph reveals how grace makes you a mature son of God, skilled in the word of righteousness and able to enjoy your inheritance. Get ready to live like an heir of God when you listen to only the voice of grace!
When you place your trust wholly in God’s grace, rest assured that your provision is making its way to you (Gen 22:13–14)!
For You have made him [man] a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned [surrounded] him with glory and honor.—Ps 8:5
As God’s beloved child, redeemed and ransomed by Christ, not only are you surrounded by His favor, but you are also crowned (surrounded) with glory and honor. You have the same glory and honor that Jesus has at the right hand of the Father!
As you step into your school or workplace today, be conscious of the Lord’s anointing upon you, and watch His glory manifest through you!
- 1885 – The Mikado (poster pictured), Gilbert and Sullivan's most frequently performed Savoy Opera, debuted at theSavoy Theatre in London.
- 1915 – First World War: British forces cornered and sankthe SMS Dresden, the last remnant of the German East Asia Squadron, near the Chilean island of Más a Tierra.
- 1937 – Pope Pius XI issued the encyclical Mit brennender Sorge, condemning antisemitism, criticizing Nazism, listing breaches of an agreement signed with the Roman Catholic Church.
- 1978 – Israeli–Lebanese conflict: The Israel Defense Forces beganOperation Litani, invading and occupying southern Lebanon, and pushing PLO troops north up to the Litani River.
- 2008 – A series of riots, protests, and demonstrations erupted inLhasa and elsewhere in Tibet.
- 44 BC – Casca, Cicero and Cassius decide, on the night before the Assassination of Julius Caesar, that Mark Antony should stay alive.
- 313 – Emperor Jin Huidi is executed by Liu Cong, ruler of the Xiongnu state (Han Zhao).
- 1381 – Chioggia concludes an alliance with Zadar and Trogir against Venice, which becomes changed in 1412 in Šibenik.
- 1489 – The Queen of Cyprus, Catherine Cornaro, sells her kingdom to Venice.
- 1590 – Battle of Ivry: Henry of Navarre and the Huguenots defeat the forces of the Catholic League under the Duc de Mayenne during theFrench Wars of Religion.
- 1647 – Thirty Years' War: Bavaria, Cologne, France and Sweden sign the Truce of Ulm.
- 1757 – Admiral Sir John Byng is executed by firing squad aboard HMS Monarch for breach of the Articles of War.
- 1780 – American Revolutionary War: Spanish forces capture Fort Charlotte in Mobile, Alabama, the last British frontier post capable of threatening New Orleans in Spanish Louisiana.
- 1782 – Battle of Wuchale: Emperor Tekle Giyorgis pacifies a group of Oromo near Wuchale.
- 1794 – Eli Whitney is granted a patent for the cotton gin.
- 1885 – The Mikado a light opera by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, had its first public performance in London.
- 1900 – The Gold Standard Act is ratified, placing United States currency on the gold standard.
- 1903 – The Hay-Herran Treaty, granting the United States the right to build the Panama Canal, is ratified by the United States Senate. TheColombian Senate would later reject the treaty.
- 1903 – Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge established by US President Theodore Roosevelt.
- 1910 – Lakeview Gusher, the largest U.S. oil well gusher near Bakersfield, California, vented to atmosphere.
- 1915 – World War I: Cornered off the coast of Chile by the Royal Navy after fleeing the Battle of the Falkland Islands, the German light cruiser SMS Dresden is abandoned and scuttled by her crew.
- 1926 – El Virilla train accident, Costa Rica: A train falls off a bridge over the Río Virilla between Heredia and Tibás, 248 killed and 93 wounded.
- 1931 – Alam Ara, India's first talkie film, is released.
- 1939 – Slovakia declares independence under German pressure.
- 1942 – Orvan Hess and John Bumstead became the first in the United States successfully to treat a patient, Anne Miller, using penicillin.
- 1943 – World War II – The Kraków Ghetto is 'liquidated'.
- 1945 – World War II – The R.A.F. first operational use of the Grand Slam bomb, Bielefeld, Germany.
- 1951 – Korean War: For the second time, United Nations troops recapture Seoul.
- 1964 – A jury in Dallas, Texas, finds Jack Ruby guilty of killing Lee Harvey Oswald, assumed assassin of John F. Kennedy.
- 1967 – The body of President John F. Kennedy is moved to a permanent burial place at Arlington National Cemetery.
- 1972 – Italian publisher and former partisan Giangiacomo Feltrinelli is killed by an explosion near Segrate.
- 1978 – The Israeli Defense Force invades and occupies southern Lebanon, in Operation Litani.
- 1979 – In China, a Hawker Siddeley Trident crashes into a factory near Beijing, killing at least 200.
- 1980 – In Poland, a plane crashes during final approach near Warsaw, killing 87 people, including a 14-man American boxing team.
- 1984 – Gerry Adams, head of Sinn Féin, is seriously wounded in an assassination attempt in central Belfast.
- 1994 – Timeline of Linux development: Linux kernel version 1.0.0 is released.
- 1995 – Space Exploration: Astronaut Norman Thagard becomes the first American astronaut to ride to space on board a Russian launch vehicle.
- 2006 – Members of the Chadian military fail in a coup d'état attempt.
- 2007 – The Left Front government of West Bengal sends at least 3,000 police to Nandigram in an attempt to break Bhumi Uchhed Pratirodh Committee resistance there; the resulting clash leaves 14 dead.
- 2008 – A series of riots, protests, and demonstrations erupted in Lhasa and elsewhere in Tibet.
- 2012 – The International Criminal Court in The Hague issues its first verdict in the case of Prosecutor vs. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo. At issue was the military use of children. Unanimously, the Trial Chamber, led by Sir Adrian Fulford, found Lubanga guilty of the war crime of conscripting and enlisting children under the age of 15 and using them in his rebel army The Union of Congolese Patriots.
- 1638 – Johann Georg Gichtel, German mystic (d. 1710)
- 1681 – Georg Philipp Telemann, German composer (d. 1767)
- 1790 – Ludwig Emil Grimm, German painter and engraver (d. 1863)
- 1801 – Kristjan Jaak Peterson, first Estonian poet (d. 1822)
- 1804 – Johann Strauss, Senior, Austrian composer (d. 1849)
- 1807 – Josephine of Leuchtenberg, queen of Sweden and Norway (d. 1876)
- 1813 – Joseph Philo Bradley, American jurist (d. 1892)
- 1820 – Victor Emanuel II, first king of united Italy (d. 1878)
- 1822 – Teresa of the Two Sicilies, Empress of Brazil (d. 1889)
- 1823 – Théodore de Banville, French writer (d. 1891)
- 1833 – Lucy Hobbs Taylor, first female dentist in the United States (d. 1910)
- 1835 – Giovanni Schiaparelli, Italian astronomer (d. 1910)
- 1837 – Charles Ammi Cutter, American librarian (d. 1903)
- 1844 – Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy, British poet
- 1844 – King Umberto I of Italy, (d. 1900)
- 1851 – John Sebastian Little, American politician, 21st Governor of Arkansas (d. 1916)
- 1853 – Ferdinand Hodler, Swiss painter (d. 1918)
- 1854 – Paul Ehrlich, German scientist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1915)
- 1854 – John Lane, British publisher (d. 1925)
- 1854 – Alexandru Macedonski, Romanian writer (d. 1920)
- 1854 – Thomas R. Marshall, American politician, 28th Vice President of the United States of America (d. 1925)
- 1862 – Vilhelm Bjerknes, Norwegian physicist (d. 1951)
- 1863 – Casey Jones, American railroad engineer (d. 1900)
- 1866 – Alexey Troitsky, Russian chess problemist (d. 1942)
- 1868 – Emily Murphy, Canadian women's rights activist, first female magistrate in the British Empire (d. 1933)
- 1869 – Algernon Blackwood, British writer (d. 1951)
- 1874 – Anton Philips, Dutch co-founder of Royal Philips Electronics N.V. (d. 1951)
- 1879 – Albert Einstein, German-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1955)
- 1880 – Princess Thyra, daughter of Frederick VIII of Denmark (d. 1945)
- 1882 – Waclaw Sierpinski, Polish mathematician (d. 1969)
- 1885 – Raoul Lufbery, American World War I pilot (d. 1918)
- 1886 – Edward Dierkes, American soccer player (d. 1955)
- 1886 – Firmin Lambot, Belgian cyclist (d. 1964)
- 1887 – Sylvia Beach, American publisher (d. 1962)
- 1887 – Charles Reisner, American silent actor and film director (d. 1962)
- 1888 – Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Canadian painter (d. 1970)
- 1894 – Osa Johnson, American explorer (d. 1953)
- 1898 – Arnold Chikobava, Georgian linguist (d. 1985)
- 1899 – K.C. Irving, Canadian industrialist (d. 1992)
- 1899 – Ada Kramm, Norwegian actress (d. 1981)
- 1903 – Mustafa Barzani, Kurdish politician (d. 1979)
- 1903 – Adolph Gottlieb, American painter (d. 1974)
- 1904 – Doris Eaton Travis, American actress, (d. 2010)
- 1905 – Raymond Aron, French philosopher (d. 1983)
- 1908 – Ed Heinemann, American aircraft designer (d. 1991)
- 1908 – Maurice Merleau-Ponty, French phenomenological philosopher (d. 1961)
- 1908 – Philip Conrad Vincent, British motorcycle pioneer (d. 1979)
- 1911 – Akira Yoshizawa, Japanese origamist (d. 2005)
- 1912 – Cliff Bastin, English footballer (d. 1991)
- 1912 – Les Brown, American bandleader (d. 2001)
- 1912 – W. Graham Claytor, Jr. American lawyer, naval officer, and railroad, transportation, and defense administrator (d. 1994)
- 1912 – Charles Van Acker, Belgian race car driver (d. 1998)
- 1912 – W. Willard Wirtz, American administrator (d. 2010)
- 1914 – Lee Elhardt Hays, American singer (The Weavers) (d. 1981)
- 1914 – Bill Owen, British actor (d. 1999)
- 1914 – Lee Petty, American race car driver (d. 2000)
- 1915 – Alexander Brott, Canadian conductor and composer (d. 2005)
- 1916 – Horton Foote, American author and screenwriter (d. 2009)
- 1917 – Alan Smith, English lieutenant an pilot (d. 2013)
- 1918 – Dennis Patrick, American actor (d. 2002)
- 1919 – Max Shulman, American writer (d. 1988)
- 1920 – Hank Ketcham, American cartoonist (d. 2001)
- 1921 – S. Truett Cathy, American businessman, founder of Chick-fil-A
- 1921 – Ada Louise Huxtable, American critic (d. 2013)
- 1922 – Les Baxter, American musician and composer (d. 1996)
- 1923 – Diane Arbus, American photographer (d. 1971)
- 1924 – Jacques Antoine, French game show producer, created The Crystal Maze and Fort Boyard (d. 2012)
- 1925 – William Clay Ford, Sr., American football owner of the Detroit Lions
- 1925 – Francis A. Marzen, American Catholic prelate (d. 2004)
- 1926 – François Morel, Canadian pianist, conductor and music educator
- 1927 – Philippe Lemaire, French actor (d. 2004)
- 1928 – Frank Borman, American astronaut
- 1928 – Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente, Spanish environmentalist (d. 1980)
- 1931 – Phil Phillips, American singer and songwriter
- 1932 – Naina Yeltsina, Russian First Lady
- 1933 – Michael Caine, British actor
- 1933 – René Felber, Swiss politician
- 1933 – Quincy Jones, American musician and composer
- 1934 – Eugene Cernan, American astronaut
- 1934 – Paul Rader, 15th General of The Salvation Army
- 1936 – Bob Charles, New Zealand golfer
- 1937 – Peter van der Merwe, South African cricketer (d. 2013)
- 1939 – Pilar Bardem, Spanish actress
- 1939 – Raymond J. Barry, American actor
- 1939 – Bertrand Blier, French director and screenwriter
- 1939 – Yves Boisset, French director and screenwriter
- 1939 – Stavros Xarhakos, Greek composer
- 1941 – Wolfgang Petersen, German director
- 1942 – Rita Tushingham, British actress
- 1943 – Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, American singer, guitarist, and producer (Ohio Players) (d. 2013)
- 1943 – Anita Morris, American actress (d. 1994)
- 1944 – Boris Brott, Canadian musician and conductor
- 1944 – Vaclav Nedomansky, Czech ice hockey player
- 1944 – Bobby Smith, English footballer and manager
- 1944 – Tom Stannage, Australian historian and academic (d. 2012)
- 1945 – Jasper Carrott, British comedian
- 1945 – Michael Martin Murphey, American singer
- 1945 – Walter Parazaider, American saxophonist (Chicago)
- 1945 – Herman Van Veen, Dutch singer and actor
- 1946 – Steve Kanaly, American actor
- 1946 – Wes Unseld, American basketball player
- 1947 – Pam Ayres, British poet
- 1947 – Roy Budd, British musician and composer (d.1993)
- 1947 – William J. Jefferson, American politician
- 1947 – Jona Lewie, English singer-songwriter
- 1948 – Tom Coburn, American politician
- 1948 – Billy Crystal, American actor and comedian
- 1948 – Theo Jansen, Dutch artist and kinetic sculptor.
- 1949 – Michael Stedman, British World War I historian and author
- 1950 – Rick Dees, American disc jockey
- 1951 – Jerry Greenfield, American businessman, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's ice cream
- 1954 – Jann Browne, American country singer (Asleep at the Wheel)
- 1955 – Helen Atkinson-Wood, English actress and comedian
- 1956 – Colin Ayre, British football player
- 1956 – Johnny Dusbaba, Dutch footballer
- 1956 – Toine Manders, Dutch politician
- 1956 – Butch Wynegar, American baseball player
- 1957 – Andrew Robinson, British author
- 1957 – Jean van de Velde, Dutch film director and screenwriter
- 1957 – Tad Williams, American author
- 1958 – Albert II, Prince of Monaco
- 1959 – Laila Robins, American actress
- 1959 – Tamara Tunie, American actress
- 1959 – Brian Whitfield, former South African cricketer
- 1960 – Kirby Puckett, American baseball player (d. 2006)
- 1961 – Rey Washam, American musician (Scratch Acid)
- 1961 – Greg Anderson, American NHRA driver
- 1961 – Gary Dell'Abate, American radio producer
- 1961 – Penny Johnson Jerald, American actress
- 1961 – Hiro Matsushita, Japanese racing driver
- 1962 – Narumi Tsunoda, Japanese voice actress
- 1963 – Bruce Reid, Australian cricketer
- 1964 – Dario Bisso, Italian conductor
- 1965 – James Kevin Brown, American baseball player
- 1965 – Aamir Khan, Indian actor
- 1965 – Kiana Tom, American fitness guru and model
- 1965 – Kevin Williamson, American screenwriter
- 1966 – Jonas Elmer, Danish film director, screenwriter and previously an actor
- 1966 – Elise Neal, American actress
- 1966 – Gary Anthony Williams, American actor
- 1967 – Melissa Reeves, American actress
- 1968 – Megan Follows, Canadian actress
- 1969 – Michael Bland, American drummer (The New Power Generation, Nick Jonas and the Administration, and Soul Asylum)
- 1969 – Des Coleman, English actor and presenter
- 1969 – Larry Johnson, American basketball player
- 1970 – Kristian Bush, American folk rock and country musician (Billy Pilgrim and Sugarland)
- 1970 – Ebru Kavaklıoğlu, Russian athlete
- 1970 – Meredith Salenger, American actress
- 1973 – Rohit Shetty, Indian film director
- 1974 – Grace Park, Canadian actress
- 1974 – Patrick Traverse, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1975 – Stephen Harper, British/English footballer
- 1975 – Johan Paulik, Slovak porn star
- 1975 – Wendy Rice, American actress
- 1975 – Rico Yan, Filipino actor (d. 2002)
- 1976 – Daniel Gillies, Canadian born New Zealand actor
- 1976 – Merlin Santana, American actor (d. 2002)
- 1977 – Zé António, Portuguese footballer
- 1977 – Vadims Fjodorovs, Latvian footballer
- 1977 – Aki Hoshino, Japanese model
- 1977 – Naoki Matsuda, Japanese footballer (d. 2011)
- 1978 – Carlo Giuliani, Italian anarchist (d. 2001)
- 1978 – Pieter van den Hoogenband, Dutch swimmer
- 1979 – Nicolas Anelka, French footballer
- 1979 – Santino Marella, Italian-Canadian wrestler
- 1979 – Chris Klein, American actor
- 1979 – Love, Angolan footballer
- 1979 – Sead Ramović, German-born Bosnian footballer
- 1980 – Aaron Brown, English footballer
- 1980 – Matteo Grassotto, Italian racing driver
- 1980 – Ben Herring, New Zealand rugby union footballer
- 1980 – Mercedes McNab, Canadian actress
- 1981 – Bobby Jenks, American baseball player
- 1981 – Mei-Ting Sun, Chinese-born pianist
- 1981 – George Wilson, American football player
- 1982 – Carlos Marinelli, Argentine footballer
- 1982 – Kate Maberly, British actor and singer-songwriter
- 1982 – François Sterchele, Belgian footballer (d. 2008)
- 1983 – Bakhtiyar Artayev, Kazakh boxer
- 1983 – Taylor Hanson, American musician (Hanson and Tinted Windows)
- 1984 – Liesel Matthews, American actress
- 1985 – Eva Angelina, American pornographic actress
- 1985 – Idaira, Spanish singer
- 1985 – Brianna Love, American pornographic actress
- 1985 – Ariel Rebel, Canadian pornographic actress
- 1986 – Jamie Bell, British actor
- 1986 – Elton Chigumbura, Zimbabwean cricketer
- 1986 – Andy Taylor, English footballer
- 1987 – Robert Clark, American actor
- 1988 – Stephen Curry, American basketball player
- 1988 – Rico Freimuth, German decathlete
- 1988 – Sasha Grey, American pornographic actress
- 1989 – Kevin Lacroix, Canadian racing car driver
- 1989 – Colby O'Donis, American singer and actor
- 1990 – Kolbeinn Sigþórsson, Icelandic footballer
- 1990 – Tamás Kádár, Hungarian footballer
- 1990 – Joe Allen, Welsh footballer
- 1991 – László Szűcs, Hungarian footballer
- 1991 – Steven Zellner, German footballer
- 1992 – Jasmine Murray, American singer
- 1993 – Philipp Ziereis, German footballer
- 313 – Jin Huidi, Chinese emperor of the Jin Dynasty (b. 284)
- 968 – Matilda of Ringelheim, German Queen (b. c. 895)
- 1457 – Jingtai Emperor of China (b. 1428)
- 1471 – Sir Thomas Malory, English author (b. 1405)
- 1647 – Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange (b. 1584)
- 1648 – Ferdinando Fairfax, 2nd Lord Fairfax of Cameron, English general (b. 1584)
- 1680 – René Le Bossu, French critic (b. 1631)
- 1682 – Jacob Isaakszoon van Ruysdael, Dutch painter (b. 1628)
- 1696 – Jean Domat, French jurist (b. 1625)
- 1698 – Claes Rålamb, Swedish statesman (b. 1622)
- 1748 – George Wade, British military leader (b. 1673)
- 1757 – John Byng, Royal Navy admiral (b. 1704)
- 1765 – Ayagawa Gorōji, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 2nd Yokozuna (b. c. 1703)
- 1791 – Johann Salomo Semler, German historian and Bible commentator (b. 1725)
- 1803 – Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock, German writer (b. 1724)
- 1805 – Stanisław Szczęsny Potocki, Russian general (b. 1753)
- 1811 – Augustus FitzRoy, 3rd Duke of Grafton, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1735)
- 1823 – Charles François Dumouriez, French general (b. 1739)
- 1823 – John Jervis, 1st Earl of St Vincent Royal Navy, Admiral of the Fleet
- 1860 – Carl Ritter von Ghega, Venetian road engineer of albanian origine (b. 1802)
- 1883 – Karl Marx, German philosopher and political theorist (b. 1818)
- 1884 – Quintino Sella, Italian statesman (b. 1827)
- 1932 – George Eastman, American inventor, and founder of Eastman Kodak (b. 1854)
- 1933 – Balto, Siberian Husky noted for his role in the 1925 serum run to Nome (b. 1919)
- 1942 – René Bull, Irish illustrator (b. 1872)
- 1946 – Werner von Blomberg, German field marshal (b. 1878)
- 1949 – John Callan O'Laughlin, American political and military figure and journalist (b. 1873)
- 1957 – Evagoras Pallikarides, Greek-Cypriot freedom fighter (b. 1938)
- 1960 – Oliver Kirk, American boxer (b. 1884)
- 1965 – Marion Jones Farquhar, American tennis player (b. 1879)
- 1969 – Clement Deykin, British rugby player (b. 1877)
- 1973 – Howard Aiken, American engineer (b. 1900)
- 1973 – Rafael Godoy, Colombian composer (b. 1907)
- 1973 – Chic Young, American cartoonist (b. 1901)
- 1975 – Susan Hayward, American actress (b. 1917)
- 1976 – Busby Berkeley, American choreographer and director (b. 1895)
- 1977 – Fannie Lou Hamer, American civil rights activist (b. 1917)
- 1980 – Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente, Spanish environmentalist (b. 1928)
- 1980 – Mohammad Hatta, Indonesian politician (b. 1902)
- 1983 – Maurice Ronet, French film actor (b. 1927)
- 1984 – Hovhannes Shiraz, Armenian poet (b. 1915)
- 1989 – Edward Abbey, American author and environmental activist (b. 1927)
- 1989 – Happy Humphrey, American professional wrestler known for weighing in at 800+ pounds
- 1991 – Howard Ashman, American lyricist and playwright (b. 1950)
- 1991 – Doc Pomus, American singer-songwriter (b. 1925)
- 1991 – Margery Sharp, English author (b. 1905)
- 1992 – Jean Poiret, French actor, director and screenwriter (b. 1926)
- 1995 – William Alfred Fowler, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1911)
- 1997 – Fred Zinnemann, Austrian-born director (b. 1907)
- 1999 – Kirk Alyn, American actor (b. 1910)
- 1999 – John Broome, American writer (b. 1913)
- 2000 – C. Jérôme, French singer (b. 1946)
- 2002 – Cherry Wilder, New Zealand-born author (b. 1930)
- 2003 – Jack Goldstein, Canadian-born artist (b. 1945)
- 2003 – Jean-Luc Lagardère, French publisher (b. 1928)
- 2006 – Ann Calvello, American roller-derby queen (b. 1929)
- 2006 – Lennart Meri, Second President of Estonia (b. 1929)
- 2007 – Lucie Aubrac, French history teacher and member of the French Resistance (b. 1912)
- 2007 – Gareth Hunt, English actor (b. 1943)
- 2008 – Chiara Lubich, Italian Catholic activist and leader and foundress of the Focolare (b. 1920)
- 2009 – Alain Bashung, French singer, songwriter, comedian and actor (b. 1947)
- 2009 – Altovise Davis, American entertainer, Sammy Davis, Jr.'s third wife (b. 1943)
- 2010 – Peter Graves, American actor (b. 1926)
- 2010 – Janet Simpson, British track and field athlete (b. 1944)
Holidays and observances
- Christian Feast Day:
- Constitution Day (Andorra)
- Earliest day on which Lazarus Saturday can fall, while April 17 is the latest; observed on the day before Palm Sunday. (Eastern Orthodox Church)
- Heroes' Day (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines)
- Mother Tongue Day (Estonia)
- Nanakshahi New Year, first day of the month of Chet (Sikhism)
- Pi Day, also see July 22--"Pi Approximation Day"
- Second Equirria (Roman Empire)
- Spring Day (Albania)
- White Day, complementary day of Valentine's Day when men give gifts to women. (Japan and Korea)