Happy birthday and many happy returns Quynh My Truong,Ben Nuffinsus Cartwright, Daphne Iris Van Vloten and Matt Sezer. Born on the same day, across the years. Remember, birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
Julia Gillard opens with twice refusing to answer when her government will deliver a surplus.
As she sits down someone - a spectator - yells out “liar”. He is removed.
Treasurer Wayne Swan refuses to say if he’s still planning to repay the debt.
Later, as Gillard beats up her 457 visa scare she is heckled again by a spectator, also crying “liar”.
I wonder if it’s something to do with the protest outside Parliament by the Consumers and Taxpayers’ Association.
I do believe this Government under this Prime Minister has contributed to the coarsening of public debate, with various Labor Ministers and backbenchers, for instance, vilifying the Opposition Leader as a “thug”, “misogynist”, “douchebag”, “Neanderthal”, “nuts”, “sexist”, “rancid”, “Australia’s biggest bullshit artist”, “mendacious”, “deceitful”, “deceptive”, “bully” and more.
Climate Change Minister Greg Combet is one of the worst offenders, but Gillard is responsible for the decision to personally denigrate Abbott..
That said, I am also with Victorian Nationals MP Darren Chester, who is worried about the public’s abuse of their Prime Minister:
“I am disturbed by the tone of the political debate and the increasingly personal nature of the attacks on our PM,” he said.“I believe we need to lay off the PM. It’s not Australian to continue to comment in a vicious and personal nature about the Prime Minister.”Mr Chester said members of parliament must show the way, by focusing on policies not personalities.“I think we need to focus on the policies and I think the Australian people can learn a lot more about a dignified debate. People in this place have to lead the way,” he said.
That applies to Labor just as much as to the Coalition.
Labor’s Steve Gibbons does not waste this chance to smear and frame Abbott:
This hypocrite is the same lout who tweeted this abuse:
The man is as brazen as he is toxic.
Tim Mathieson, I said on Monday, helped three charities. I’m told by the Prime Minister’s office that the list of charities he’s helped has vastly expanded:
- Kidney Health Australia- Hagar Australia- Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA)- V8 Supercars Men’s Health / Fair Dinkum Sheds- Menslink- Blue September- Mission Australia- Bowery Mission- White Ribbon Australia- Diabetes Australia- Walk, Ride, Widders (Armidale charity group – raises money and awareness for Men’s health, particularly Indigenous men’s health)- Boomerangs AFL (Indigenous youth football team)- Headspace- Beyond Blue- Prostate Cancer Australia- Ovarian Cancer Australia- FebFast Australia- Donate Life / Australian Organ & Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority- Transplant Australia / Australian Transplant Cricket Club
Apologies to Mathieson.
Another deserving cause he supports is the local panel-beater, having scraped the PM’s taxpayer-supplied car against a safety bollard in front of TV camera crews waiting outside the Lodge yesterday.
Terry McCrann warns the Gillard Government will deliver another big deficit in its desperate last months:
[Treasurer Wayne Swan already has] a seamless record of five budgets and five budget deficits… adding up to $174 billion, with this year’s unfinished fiscal symphony still to be added on.Some are predicting it’ll be a modest $5 billion, others up to $15 billion. I’d go at least that higher figure for two reasons.First, as the debacle over the mining tax has shown - projected last May to raise $4 billion this year, adjusted to raise just $2 billion in the budget update in October, actually raised $126 million in the first six months - the figures were evaporating under their own steam.But secondly, now that he’s abandoned - actually, finally told the truth about - this year’s budget bottom line, he might as well go for, for want of a better word, broke....Even if they’d just stayed steady, the projected bottom line would have been a deficit of $5 billion, not the literally unbelievable $1.5 billion surplus. ...Over the next two months Swan will be trying desperately to [drag] ... spending back into what’s left of this year, and pushing as much as he can into 2014-15.So this year’s deficit can blow out to who cares what number, to keep next year’s down and hopefully be able to be fiddled into a surplus. Into a projected/promised surplus…[Then there’s] all the increased spending the Government can’t help itself with adding. The Business Council has estimated the Government has made $49 billion of unfunded commitments.Then there’s the little thing called an election.
Foreign Minister Bob Carr, a former NSW Premier, puts distance between him and Eddie Obeid, now investigated for alleged corruption:
From Obeid’s maiden speech to Parliament:
I willingly pay tribute to my colleagues in the Australian Labor Party for their unwavering support, including Senator Graham Richardson, John Johnson, Bob Carr, Neville Wran, John Della Bosca, Michael Easson, Deirdre
Grusovin, Terry Sheahan, Stephen Loosley and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Leo McLeay.
MORRIS IEMMA:How do I make this point, being it took Eddie Obeid 20 odd years to build the power and the influence that he had and for 17 of those Bob was Leader. But the point is that he got into Parliament via the support of the machine. I think in that time there have been eight Party Secretaries, four Secretaries of the Labor Council, five Leaders and to single me out as conferring upon him some sort of special status is just absurd.BEN FORDHAM:Wasn’t it Bob Carr who made Eddie Obeid a Cabinet Minister?MORRIS IEMMA:Well, he made him a Cabinet Minister and not only did he make him a Cabinet Minister, he waltzed into the Caucus room when the vote was happening and very publically voted for him. To send a message that not only am I going to vote for Eddie but here look at this, all of you should vote for him as well and why was he made a Cabinet Minister? For services rendered and support given. I mean Bob has said in the past it wasn’t because of Eddie’s policy expertise. It was because he was a powerful figure, he controlled blocks of votes and it was a fact of life, politically in Macquarie Street that people had to work with and people had to deal with. Ultimately, I fell out with him because I stood up to him and said no to him. I lost my job, I lost my career and I left on very, very bad terms with Mr Obeid.
Here are some extracts from Hansard on how Bob Carr as Premier defended Obeid:
Kim Williams has done more than any other media boss to fight for free speech:
News Limited chief executive Kim Williams [blasted] a planned “licensing regime for journalists” and a proposed “political interest test” for media investors...Mr Williams will tell a Melbourne function hosted by the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce tomorrow that threats to the industry remain even though the government appears to have backed away from creating a News Media Council to oversee the press.The government is understood to favour rules to enforce self-regulation on news organisations, withholding privacy exemptions for journalists who do not sign up to the regime.“For anyone who values freedom of speech, the idea that journalists and media companies should be forced to join a government-authorised body or lose the protections afforded to them by the Privacy Act and other shield laws relating to their work smacks of a licensing regime for journalists that has no place in a democratic society,” Mr Williams will say. “And the idea that there should be a public interest test - which is a defacto political interest test - on who should own a media outlet sounds positively Venezuelan.”Mr Williams’s speech mocks the idea of imposing new ownership constraints in the name of media diversity.“Knock, knock - it’s the 21st century calling,” he will say. “Digital technology has delivered more diversity than you can point a stick at.”
And where’s the evidence of any need for more control over journalists?
Lawyers Laura R. Handman and Alison B. Schary are right - there is no call for the government to decide what the public can decide for itself:
In the US numerous “watchdog” organisations scrutinise press coverage for errors and bias, using the internet and social media to publicise their analysis in real time. There is no reason why a government-backed fairness council would be better suited to guard the public interest than the public itself.
And the Gillard Government should be ashamed to even contemplate a de facto licensing of journalists. Is this really why MP joined the party?
Another troubling aspect of the Convergence Review is its endorsement of Finkelstein’s plan to link statutory defences for the press to membership in the review council. In other words—if you don’t submit to the judgments of the media standards body, you will not be considered a journalist under the law, raising a spectre of government-controlled licensing of journalists, common in countries such as China.The Finkelstein report details various so-called “privileges” held by the press. Many of these rights—including the right to protect confidential sources; to provide commentary; to gather personal information when investigating matters of public interest; and to access court proceedings and law enforcement records—are at the heart of the press’s role in a democratic society. Such protections are not “privileges” that place the media above the public, they allow the press to inform the public…Forcing media organisations to choose between mandatory, government-backed oversight and forgoing the legal protections necessary to function as journalists leaves no room for a free press.
LABOR says its new media ownership rules and measures to lift reporting standards must pass the parliament within a fortnight or the proposed reforms will be junked.Communications Minister Stephen Conroy issued the threat while unveiling Labor’s long-awaited media reform package, which includes a public interest test for media mergers and a toughened self-regulation system for print and online news media.The proposed public interest test would ensure a diversity of voices was taken into account for nationally significant media mergers and acquisitions, Senator Conroy said.It would be backed by a public interest media advocate, which would rule on proposed media mergers and oversee the operation of the Australian Press Council in enforcing media standards.
What Britain’s warmist Met Office actually said about warming since 1997:
The linear trend from August 1997 ... to August 2012 ...is about 0.03°C/decade, amounting to a temperature increase of 0.05°C over that period
What ABC science presenter Dr Karl repeatedly claims the Met said:
MET office data of static warming for last 16 years is a misconception? @JWSpry @25outsidefifty Yup, world has warmed 0.3C in last 16 years.
Dr Karl repeat his false claim:
Reader JW Spry tries again to get ABC science presenter Dr Karl - a denier of the 16-year pause in warming - to correct a blatant error:
That exchange ends abruptly when Dr Karl is (again) given a link to the Met Office document he repeatedly misquotes, showing the warming trend since 1997 is one sixth of what Dr Karl claims. In fact, statistically insignificant.
And still no correction or retraction from this warmist. When will the ABC demand its science presenter acknowledge clear errors?
Yes, Julia Gillard is doing better, says Newspoll. Ignore the field evidence from Western Australia:
The West Australian Labor Party was warned to avoid its federal counterpart in the last week of the state election campaign after internal polling showed disenchantment with the Gillard government could cost it one in five undecided voters.The advice from Labor’s official pollster, UMR Research, obtained by The Australian Financial Review, advised state Labor “to keep its distance from the federal government in the final week of the campaign”. While state factors predominated, “there’s no doubt the federal Labor government’s lack of popularity isn’t helping the state Labor campaign,” the research said…The research showed that, a week before the election, there was no net swing against WA Labor, compared with a swing of over 2 per cent on polling day, and that Opposition Leader Mark McGowan was leading Colin Barnett on net satisfaction ratings.The last week of the campaign saw the Liberals run aggressive advertising on the “chaos” in federal Labor, which warned voters that “Labor is a mess” and shouldn’t be rewarded. Ms Gillard wasn’t invited to participate in the state election campaign, a highly unusual snub to a federal leader.
Wonder who in Labor leaked that research?
Whoever it was, Gillard could hardly complain, with her record:
In the days before challenging Kevin Rudd for the prime ministership, Julia Gillard personally handed to her Labor colleagues copies of secret internal polling designed to undermine his leadership…Ms Gillard’s office has vehemently denied the allegations this morning…In the days before the strike on Mr Rudd on June 23, 2010, his deputy prime minister told some members of the caucus she believed the Rudd government was heading for electoral disaster and gave them copies of the polling to drive the point home…[Asked on Four Corners] about the internal polling, Ms Gillard said: “I don’t have any specific recall of pages of party polling at that time.”
(Thanks to reader Peter.)
Turns out, the findings also revealed that the more sexist a man is, the more likely he’ll be drawn to women with bigger breasts… Study co-author Viren Swami explains: “Benevolently sexist men may perceive larger breasts as ‘‘appropriate’’ for feminine women; in other words ... a feminine and submissive woman is likely to be someone with large breasts.”Ironically, this means it’s the ‘nice guys’ who pride themselves in holding open car doors, offer to pay for dinners and believe ladies are to be ‘admired’ and ‘put on a pedestal’ who are most likely to buy into traditional beauty ideals – like having a ‘feminine figure’ in this case.
Nick Cater says we need Jeremy Clarkson on TV here because we’re too scared to make his kind of jokes ourselves:
YOU only have to read The Sydney Morning Herald to see how easy it has become to take offence and how difficult it is to crack a joke. On Friday the tabloid devoted two mirthless pages to the semantic crimes of Jeremy Clarkson, who was reprimanded for sexist, racist and homophobic humour.Clarkson’s most egregious expressions were published in a handy list. He described one car as “very ginger beer”, which, as you won’t be amused to learn, is slang for a gentleman who is good with colours. He declared Romania was “Borat country, with gypsies and Russian playboys”, and proposed a design for “a quintessentially German car” with Hitler-salute turn signals and a “satnav that only goes to Poland”.None of that should be considered the least bit funny; we can be sure that these are verbal blunders with no satirical or ironic intent because they are printed under the headline “Foot in mouth”. Nanny blogger Mia Freedman wagged a finger in all the right places, telling the Herald that Clarkson and his fellow Top Gear presenters were “dialling up sexism under the guise of ‘aren’t we being naughty boys’.” Indeed they are, Ms Freedman, and therein lies the program’s charm.Australians, as we know, don’t make anything any more. We can’t even make people wince in a way that once came naturally; we are forced to import British television programs to satisfy our need for umbrage.A generation ago, Australia was a net exporter of semantic subversion. The trade peaked in the early 1970s when The Adventures of Barry McKenzie introduced the upright Poms to the one-eyed trouser snake…A year earlier, Richard Neville, then editor of the satirical magazine Oz, was charged with “conspiring to produce a magazine containing divers lewd, indecent and sexually perverted articles, drawings and illustrations”.
But now? In the age which gave us Nicola Roxon, with her proposed laws against giving “offence”?
Politics has become a bland and humourless business in these cheerless, roxinated times. It is an offence not only to crack a joke, but to be in the proximity of the cracker. As The Australian reported in October: “Treasurer Wayne Swan admitted poor judgment yesterday for not objecting soon enough to an offensive joke.”
This is not the action of a “tiny unrepresentative minority” but of the government of Iran:
Five Iranian Christian converts who were detained late last year will reportedly begin trial in Iran’s Revolutionary Court this week, according to a human rights group following the case.
The five men were among seven arrested in October when security forces raided an underground house church in the city of Shiraz during a prayer session. They will be tried at the Revolutionary Court in Shiraz’s Fars Province on charges of disturbing public order, evangelizing, threatening national security and engaging in Internet activity that threatens the government, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, a religious persecution watchdog group.
No doubt Foreign Minister Bob Carr will protest....
Imposing discipline is all very well, but a great leader leads by inspiration and motivation, not dictatorial fiat. I suspect Michael Clarke will find his team playing with less pleasure under him, and with less passion.
With fewer good players, too:
A SHATTERED Shane Watson has quit India and is considering quitting Test cricket after one of the most sensational days in Australian cricket history.Watson, James Pattinson, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Johnson were all dumped for Thursday’s third Test for failing for a minor disciplinary breach - not completing an assignment by team management on how to make improvements in the team…“Any time you are suspended from a Test match, unless you have done something unbelievably wrong and obviously everyone knows what those rules are - I think it is very harsh,” he said.
Without a doubt, there will be fault on both sides. But the question remains whether the cure will actually kill.
Keysar Trad tries his old “out of context” excuse:
THE imam of the Grand Mosque of Mecca, who has called for the annihilation of Jews, is scheduled to give the keynote address at the Australian Islamic Peace Conference in Melbourne this weekend…Sheik Sudais, who has called for violent jihad, has been denied entry to the US and Canada after describing Jews as “the scum of humanity” and “pigs and monkeys"…Federation of Islamic Councils assistant secretary Keysar Trad said there was no comparison to be made between calls for Dutch anti-Islam activist Geert Wilders to be denied a visa on his recent visit to Australia, and similar calls regarding Sheik Sudais.“One person may have made comments in anger. The other has made it his personal mission to go around the world telling lies about Muslims,” Mr Trad said…“People can change and sometimes they say comments out of anger which they would retract when they calm down,” he said.
What lies? And show me where Wilders has ever abused Muslims as Imam Sudais has abused Jews, even calling for God to “terminate” them.
But it seems the ”largest ever Islamic conference in the history of Australia” which I wrote about last month is in trouble, which may be a tribute to the moderation of most Muslims here.
An observer writes (no link):
A large conference planned for next weekend at the Melbourne Showgrounds is facing chaos, financial ruin and possible cancellation. The 1000 volunteers needed for what is billed as “Australia’s biggest dawah conference” have not materialised. [Dawah is the Arabic term for ‘Islamic propagation’]. Last Sunday around 300 turned up to Melbourne University for the final planning meeting for the conference. Waseem Razvi, the normally confident and charismatic president of the Islamic Research and Educational Academy (IREA) which is organising the conference, struggled to keep control of the crowd, sometimes shouting at them to be quiet. Many left without registering as volunteers. Ticket sales are low… Only 1 in 5 of the 200 marketing and commercial stalls have been rented.Razvi has been rattled by recent revelations about a previous planning meeting in which he declared the real intent of the conference to a Muslim audience: “We don’t accept every religion. We are there to convey the message that Islam is the only right religion.” Razvi’s list of invited speakers was leaked to the media. Among them was Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, the controversial Imam of Mecca. Al-Sudais gained notoriety by calling for the annihilation of the Jews, declaring them to be “rats of the world” and the “offspring of apes and pigs”. IREA is so embarrassed by these remarks that they are trying to conceal his identity. Advertisements for the conference, displayed on banners and posters put up around Melbourne this week, show a man at a microphone with an Arab headscarf pulled over his face. He is called the “Imam of Makkah” [Mecca], but the same photo on the official Mecca website has Arabic text underneath which identifies him as Al-Sudais. It is unclear whether his visa, questioned by the Department of Immigration, has been issued. Other visas of listed speakers have apparently been denied…The mainstream Muslim community will not be represented at this conference. Those absent from the list of speakers include moderate Muslims such as the ABC’s Waleed Aly, or Melbourne University scholar Professor Abdullah Saeed. Instead, perhaps in an attempt to avoid more visa refusals, the conference plans to video live-stream two American preachers with questionable histories. Sheikh Yasir Qadhi, who taught the ‘Christmas Day Underpants Bomber’ at his Al-Maghrib institute, refuses to openly condemn militant jihad, saying ”My hands are tied, and my tongue is silent.” Sheikh Yusuf Estes advised a group of Muslim men on how to deal with disobedient wives: ”Roll up a newspaper and give her a crack. Or take a yardstick, something like this, and you can hit.”
Former Labor leader Mark Latham has said many low and contemptible things. His attempt to vilify the Opposition’s finance spokesman. Andrew Robb, over his battle with depression is astonishing. Vile.
Along comes Newspoll to keep Julia Gillard back in business, hoping against hope:
JULIA Gillard has regained her lead over Tony Abbott as the nation’s preferred leader and Labor’s primary vote has risen after the Prime Minister used her week-long campaign in western Sydney to pledge action on traffic congestion and foreign worker schemes…Labor’s primary vote had risen three percentage points in the past two weeks to 34 per cent…Ms Gillard’s support as preferred prime minister jumped six points to 42 per cent as support for the Opposition Leader slipped from 40 per cent to 38 per cent.The Coalition’s primary vote fell three points to 44 per cent, with the Greens steady on 11 per cent. Based on preference flows at the 2010 election, this translates into a two-party-preferred lead for the Coalition of 52 per cent to 48 per cent, down from a 10-point gap two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, Essential Media’s poll does not see this big recovery, giving a 2PP result ofLabor 45 per cent to the Coalition 55.
I’d be surprised if many Labor hard-heads not trusted these occasional flickers of life Newspoll claims to detect. But one way or another, the paralysis continues:
Senior Labor figures last night declared the party was now in a state of “anarchy” and that a “three-way stand-off” had emerged between Mr Rudd, Ms Gillard and her senior cabinet backers such as Wayne Swan, Stephen Smith and Stephen Conroy - who sources claimed were seeking any option that would block a Rudd return.Mr Conroy denied he had been calling MPs seeking support for Mr Shorten.
I’ve heard Conroy’s real problem is to get Shorten to put his hand up.
Rob Oakeshott is waiting to decide whether to drop out:
The independent member for Lyne ... had promised he would announce in mid-March whether he would run in this year’s election. But with that deadline up at the end of this week, Mr Oakeshott told The Australian he was now likely to delay any statement until after the federal budget is delivered on May 14…
I doubt the Budget will bring much hope.
Mr Oakeshott also wants to put to bed rumours that have been sweeping Port Macquarie about a “secret deal” between him and Peter Besseling, his good friend, former adviser and the current mayor of Port Macquarie-Hastings.If the whispers are to be believed, Mr Oakeshott and Mr Besseling could both run as independent candidates in Lyne in an attempt to split the conservative vote and cruel the chances of Nationals candidate David Gillespie, who, according to the polls, is the overwhelming favourite…Mr Oakeshott was blunt..., saying: “That’s utter bullshit.”
Prick with a Fork notes a judge has more brains than New York mayor Mike Bloomberg,striking down the mayor’s ban on selling super-sized soft drinks, which he calls “arbitrary and capricious”.
Former Labor minister Gary Johns describes a classic case of the Left’s besetting weakness - to judge by the seeming, not the achieving:
I once watched a former vice-chancellor preening himself in front of a UN cheer-squad audience of academics and public servants in Brisbane on the refugee question. He cited the poem Mending Wall by Robert Frost, which underscored the unkindness of fences as barriers to neighbours. The vice-chancellor spent his address criticising the Howard government’s refugee policy.He cited the ancient proverb “good fences make good neighbours” and Frost’s romantic interpretation of it. In a great flourish the vice-chancellor declared, “Good fences make good neighbours: the hell they do!” and strode from the stage to rapturous applause. There is more wisdom in the western suburbs than in the elite.
Since Labor scrapped those laws lashed by the vice-chancellor we have seen:
- a huge rise in boat people arriving, with a record 17,000 coming last year alone.- at least 1000 boat people lured to their deaths.- boat people sent out from choked detention centres on bridging visas, forbidden to work, to live in empty offices and abandoned houses, sometimes sleeping on the floor.- taxpayers forced to pay $5 billion to handle the influx.- relations with Indonesia damaged by the bungling.- genuine refugees denied places here by queue jumps.- Labor defending itself by demonising legally-arrived foreign workers instead.
Where is that vice-chancellor now with his poem and cheap theatrics?
- 538 – Vitiges, king of the Ostrogoths, ended his siege of Rome, leaving the city in the hands of the victorious Roman general, Belisarius.
- 1881 – Andrew Watson made his debut with theScotland national football team and became the world's first black international football player.
- 1913 – The future capital of Australia was officially named Canberraduring a ceremony officiated by Gertrude, Lady Denman, the wife ofGovernor-General Lord Denman.
- 1933 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt (pictured) broadcast the first of his "fireside chats" to address the nation directly.
- 1971 – The Turkish Armed Forces executed a "coup by memorandum", forcing the resignation of Prime Minister Süleyman Demirel.
- 538 – Vitiges, king of the Ostrogoths ends his siege of Rome and retreats to Ravenna, leaving the city in the hands of the victoriousByzantine general, Belisarius.
- 1550 – Several hundred Spanish and indigenous troops under the command of Pedro de Valdivia defeat an army of 60,000 Mapuche at the Battle of Penco during the Arauco War in present-day Chile.
- 1622 – Ignatius of Loyola and Francis Xavier, founders of the Jesuits, are canonized as saints by the Catholic Church.
- 1689 – The Williamite War in Ireland begins.
- 1811 – Peninsular War: A day after a successful rear guard action, French Marshal Michel Ney once again successfully delayed the pursuing Anglo-Portuguese force at the Battle of Redinha.
- 1868 – Henry O'Farrell attempts to assassinate Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh.
- 1881 – Andrew Watson makes his Scotland debut as the world's first black international football player and captain.
- 1894 – Coca-Cola is bottled and sold for the first time in Vicksburg, Mississippi, by local soda fountain operator Joseph Biedenharn.
- 1912 – The Girl Guides (later renamed the Girl Scouts of the USA) are founded in the United States.
- 1913 – Canberra Day: The future capital of Australia is officially named Canberra. (Melbourne remained temporary capital until 1927 while the new capital is still under construction.)
- 1918 – Moscow becomes the capital of Russia again after Saint Petersburg held this status for 215 years.
- 1921 – İstiklal Marşı was adopted in TBMM(Turkish grand national assembly).
- 1922 – Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan formed The Transcaucasian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic
- 1928 – In California, the St. Francis Dam fails; the resulting floods kill over 600 people.
- 1930 – Mahatma Gandhi leads a 200-mile march, known as the Salt March, to the sea in defiance of British opposition, to protest the British monopoly on salt.
- 1933 – Great Depression: Franklin D. Roosevelt addresses the nation for the first time as President of the United States. This is also the first of his "fireside chats".
- 1934 – Konstantin Päts and General Johan Laidoner stage a coup in Estonia, and ban all political parties.
- 1938 – Anschluss: German troops occupy Austria.
- 1940 – Winter War: Finland signs the Moscow Peace Treaty with the Soviet Union, ceding almost all of Finnish Karelia. Finnish troops and the remaining population are immediately evacuated.
- 1947 – The Truman Doctrine is proclaimed to help stem the spread of Communism.
- 1950 – The Llandow air disaster occurs near Sigingstone, Wales, in which 80 people die when their aircraft crashed, making it the world's deadliest air disaster at the time.
- 1967 – Suharto takes over from Sukarno to become Acting President of Indonesia.
- 1968 – Mauritius achieves independence.
- 1971 – The March 12 Memorandum is sent to the Demirel government of Turkey and the government resigns.
- 1992 – Mauritius becomes a republic while remaining a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.
- 1993 – Several bombs explode in Bombay (Mumbai), India, killing about 300 and injuring hundreds more.
- 1993 – North Korea nuclear weapons program: North Korea says that it plans to withdraw from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and refuses to allow inspectors access to its nuclear sites.
- 1993 – The Blizzard of 1993 – Snow begins to fall across the eastern portion of the US with tornadoes, thunder snow storms, high winds and record low temperatures. The storm lasts for 30 hours.
- 1993 – Janet Reno was sworn in as the United States' first female attorney general.
- 1994 – The Church of England ordains its first female priests.
- 1999 – Former Warsaw Pact members the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland join NATO.
- 2003 – Zoran Đinđić, Prime Minister of Serbia, is assassinated in Belgrade.
- 2004 – The President of South Korea, Roh Moo-hyun, is impeached by its National Assembly: the first such impeachment in the nation's history.
- 2009 – Financier Bernard Madoff plead guilty in New York to scamming $18 billion, the largest in Wall Street history.
- 2011 – A reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant melts and explodes and releases radioactivity into the atmosphere a day after Japan's earthquake.
- 1270 – Charles, Count of Valois, son of Philip III of France (d. 1325)
- 1479 – Giuliano de' Medici, Duke of Nemours, ruler of Florence (d. 1516)
- 1607 – Paul Gerhardt, German hymnist (d. 1676)
- 1613 – André Le Nôtre, French landscape architect (d. 1700)
- 1620 – Johann Heinrich Hottinger, Swiss philologist and theologian (d. 1667)
- 1626 – John Aubrey, English antiquary and writer (d. 1697)
- 1637 – Anne Hyde, wife of James II of England (d. 1671)
- 1647 – Victor-Maurice, comte de Broglie, French general (d. 1727)
- 1672 – Richard Steele, Irish writer and politician (d. 1729)
- 1685 – George Berkeley, Irish theologian (d. 1753)
- 1710 – Thomas Arne, English composer (d. 1778)
- 1713 – Johann Adolph Hass, German clavichord and harpsichord maker (d. 1771)
- 1718 – Joseph Damer, English politician (d. 1798)
- 1781 – Frederica of Baden (d. 1826)
- 1795 – William Lyon Mackenzie, Scottish-Canadian politician and journalist (d.1861)
- 1806 – Jane Pierce, First Lady of the United States (d. 1863)
- 1821 – Sir John Joseph Caldwell Abbott, Canadian statesman (d. 1893)
- 1824 – Gustav Kirchhoff, German physicist (d. 1887)
- 1831 – Clement Studebaker, American automobile executive (d. 1901)
- 1832 – Charles Boycott, British land agent (d. 1897)
- 1835 – Simon Newcomb, Canadian-born American astronomer and mathematician (d. 1909)
- 1837 – Alexandre Guilmant, French organist and composer (d. 1911)
- 1838 – William Henry Perkin, English chemist (d. 1907)
- 1854 – Mahendranath Gupta, Indian author (d. 1932)
- 1858 – Adolph Ochs, American newspaper publisher (d. 1935)
- 1859 – Abraham H. Cannon, American religious figure (d. 1896)
- 1861 – József Konkolics, Hungarian Slovene writer (d. 1941)
- 1863 – Gabriele D'Annunzio, Italian writer (d. 1938)
- 1863 – Vladimir Vernadsky, Russian mineralogist (d. 1945)
- 1864 – William Halse Rivers Rivers, British psychiatrist (d. 1922)
- 1864 – Alice Tegnér, Swedish composer and organist (d. 1943)
- 1874 – Charles Weeghman, American restaurateur and owner of Chicago Cubs (d. 1938)
- 1877 – Wilhelm Frick, German minister of the interior (d. 1946)
- 1878 – Gemma Galgani, Catholic saint and mystic (d. 1903)
- 1880 – Henry Drysdale Dakin, British-born American biochemist (d. 1952)
- 1880 – Nikolaos Georgantas, Greek discus thrower (d. 1958)
- 1881 – Gunnar Nordström, Finnish physicist (d. 1923)
- 1883 – Zoltán Meskó, Hungarian Nazi official (d. 1959)
- 1889 – King Idris I of Libya (d. 1983)
- 1889 – Þórbergur Þórðarson, Icelandic author (d. 1974)
- 1890 – Vaslav Nijinsky, Russian ballet dancer (d. 1950)
- 1890 – William Dudley Pelley, American spiritualist and politician (d. 1965)
- 1890 – Evert Taube, Swedish author and composer (d. 1976)
- 1891 – George W. Mason, American industrialist (d. 1954)
- 1895 – William C. Lee, American Army general (d. 1948)
- 1907 – Arthur Hewlett, British actor (d. 1997)
- 1907 – Dorrit Hoffleit, American astronomer (d. 2007)
- 1908 – Rita Angus, New Zealand painter (d. 1970)
- 1908 – David Saul Marshall Singaporean statesman (d. 1995)
- 1910 – Masayoshi Ohira, Japanese statesman (d. 1980)
- 1911 – Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, Mexican statesman (d. 1979)
- 1912 – Irving Layton, Canadian poet (d. 2006)
- 1912 – Edgar Tafel, American architect (d. 2011)
- 1912 – Paul Weston, American pianist, arranger and conductor (d. 1996)
- 1913 – Yashwantrao Chavan, Indian politician (d. 1984)
- 1913 – Agathe von Trapp, member of the Trapp family singers (d. 2010)
- 1914 – Julia Lennon, mother of John Lennon (d. 1958)
- 1915 – Willibald C. Bianchi, American Army officer and Medal of Honor winner (d. 1945)
- 1917 – Millard Kaufman, American screenwriter (d. 2009)
- 1917 – Googie Withers, British actress (d. 2011)
- 1918 – Elaine de Kooning, American artist (d. 1989)
- 1919 – Mike Stepovich, American attorney and last territorial governor of Alaska
- 1921 – Gianni Agnelli, Italian auto executive (d. 2003)
- 1921 – Ülo Jõgi, Estonian historian and anti-Soviet activist (d. 2007)
- 1921 – Gordon MacRae, American singer and actor (d. 1986)
- 1922 – Jack Kerouac, American writer (d. 1969)
- 1922 – Lane Kirkland, American labor leader (d. 1999)
- 1923 – Hjalmar Andersen, Norwegian speed skater
- 1923 – Norbert Brainin, Austrian violinist (d. 2005)
- 1923 – Clara Fraser, American feminist and activist (d. 1998)
- 1923 – Hanne Hiob, German actress (d. 2009)
- 1923 – Wally Schirra, American astronaut (d. 2007)
- 1923 – Mae Young, American professional wrestler
- 1924 – Claude-Gilles Gosselin, Canadian politician
- 1924 – Donald A. Haggar, American lawyer, businessman, and politician (d. 2013)
- 1924 – Henri Rochon, Canadian tennis player (d. 2005)
- 1925 – Louison Bobet, French cyclist (d. 1983)
- 1925 – Georges Delerue, French composer (d. 1992)
- 1925 – Leo Esaki, Japanese physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
- 1925 – Harry Harrison, American author (d. 2012)
- 1926 – George Ariyoshi, American politician
- 1926 – DeLois Barrett Campbell, American singer (The Barrett Sisters) (d. 2011)
- 1926 – Freddie Williams, Welsh motorcycle racer (d. 2013)
- 1927 – Raúl Alfonsín, Argentine politician (d. 2009)
- 1928 – Edward Albee, American playwright
- 1928 – Thérèse Lavoie-Roux, Canadian politician
- 1928 – Aldemaro Romero, Venezuelan musician (d. 2007)
- 1929 – Win Tin, Burmese journalist
- 1930 – Bronco Horvath, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1930 – Vernon Law, American baseball player
- 1931 – Herbert Kelleher, American airline executive
- 1931 – Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas, American actor (d. 1980)
- 1932 – Jack Davis, American football player (d. 2013)
- 1932 – Andrew Young, American civil rights activist and politician
- 1933 – Barbara Feldon, American actress and model
- 1935 – John Doherty, English footballer (d. 2007)
- 1935 – Valentyna Shevchenko, Ukrainian Chairman of the Presidium of Supreme Soviet of the Ukrainian SSR.
- 1936 – Lloyd Dobyns, American television reporter
- 1936 – Patrick Procktor, English artist (d. 2003)
- 1936 – Eddie Sutton, American college basketball coach
- 1938 – Lew DeWitt, American country singer and songwriter (The Statler Brothers) (d. 1990)
- 1938 – Johnny Rutherford, American auto racer
- 1938 – Dimitri Terzakis, Greek composer
- 1940 – Al Jarreau, American singer
- 1940 – M. A. Numminen, Finnish singer and writer
- 1940 – Joe Unger, American actor
- 1942 – Shabnam Shakeel, Pakistani poet and author (d. 2013)
- 1942 – Jimmy Wynn, American baseball player
- 1943 – Ratko Mladić, Serbian military commander
- 1945 – Sammy Gravano, American organized crime figure
- 1946 – Liza Minnelli, American singer and actress
- 1946 – Frank Welker, American voice actor
- 1946 – Serge Turgeon, Canadian actor and union leader (d. 2004)
- 1947 – Peter Harry Carstensen, German politician
- 1947 – Kalervo Palsa, Finnish artist (d. 1987)
- 1947 – Mitt Romney, American politician, 70th Governor of Massachusetts
- 1948 – Virginia Bottomley, British politician
- 1948 – Kent Conrad, American politician
- 1948 – James Taylor, American singer-songwriter
- 1949 – Rob Cohen, American film director, producer and writer
- 1949 – Moctesuma Esparza, Mexican producer and filmmaker
- 1949 – David Mellor, British QC, politician and broadcaster
- 1949 – Bill Payne, American musician (Little Feat)
- 1950 – Javier Clemente, Spanish football manager
- 1950 – Jon Provost, American actor
- 1950 – Wheeler Winston Dixon, American filmmaker, critic and author
- 1952 – Benjamín Arellano Félix, Mexican drug trafficker
- 1952 – Pierre Roy, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1952 – Naomi Shihab Nye, American poet, songwriter, and novelist
- 1952 – Randy Stonehill, American singer-songwriter
- 1953 – Carl Hiaasen, American journalist and author
- 1953 – Ron Jeremy, American pornographic actor
- 1955 – Nicole Léger, Quebec politician
- 1956 – Steve Harris, English musician (Iron Maiden)
- 1956 – Dale Murphy, American baseball player
- 1957 – Patrick Battiston, French footballer
- 1957 – Marlon Jackson, American singer and actor(The Jackson 5)
- 1957 – Jerry Levine, American actor and director
- 1958 – Phil Anderson, Australian cyclist
- 1958 – Matt Millen, American football player
- 1959 – N. N. Krishnadas, Indian politician
- 1960 – Kipp Lennon, American singer (Venice)
- 1960 – Minoru Niihara, Japanese singer (Loudness and Earthshaker)
- 1960 – Maki Nomiya, Japanese singer (Pizzicato Five)
- 1960 – Courtney B. Vance, American actor
- 1961 – Joseph Facal, Canadian politician
- 1961 – Titus Welliver, American actor
- 1962 – Julia Campbell, American actress
- 1962 – Darryl Strawberry, American baseball player
- 1963 – Joaquim Cruz, Brazilian runner
- 1963 – Ian Holloway, English football manager
- 1963 – Princess Farahnaz Pahlavi of Iran
- 1965 – Steve Finley, American baseball player
- 1965 – Shawn Gilbert, American baseball player
- 1965 – Steve Levy, American sports journalist
- 1965 – Coleen Nolan, British singer (The Nolans)
- 1965 – Liza Umarova, Chechen torch singer and actress
- 1966 – Grant Long, American basketball player
- 1967 – Massimiliano Frezzato, Italian comic writer
- 1976 – Julio Dely Valdes, Panamanian footballer
- 1968 – Tammy Duckworth, American politician, military aviator
- 1968 – Aaron Eckhart, American actor
- 1969 – Graham Coxon, English musician (Blur)
- 1969 – Jake Tapper, American journalist
- 1970 – Dave Eggers, American writer, editor, and publisher
- 1970 – Roy Khan, Norwegian singer (Kamelot and Conception)
- 1970 – John Nemechek, American NASCAR driver (d. 1997)
- 1970 – Ray Prewitt, American actor
- 1970 – Rex Walters, American basketball player
- 1971 – Tony Eveready, American pornographic actor
- 1971 – Isaiah Rider, American basketball player
- 1972 – Hector Luis Bustamante, Colombian actor
- 1972 – James Maritato, American wrestler
- 1974 – Chris Parr, American basketball player
- 1974 – Steve Price, Australia rugby league player
- 1975 – Kelle Bryan, English singer (Eternal)
- 1975 – Annabel Port, English radio presenter
- 1976 – Panagiotis Bahramis, Greek footballer (d. 2010)
- 1976 – Zhao Wei, Chinese actress
- 1977 – Ramiro Corrales, American footballer
- 1978 – Masuimi Max, American model
- 1978 – Casey Mears, American auto racer
- 1978 – Neal Obermeyer, American editorial cartoonist
- 1978 – Claudio Sanchez, American musician (Coheed and Cambria)
- 1978 – Arina Tanemura, Japanese manga artist
- 1979 – Rhys Coiro, American actor
- 1979 – Pete Doherty, English musician (The Libertines and Babyshambles)
- 1979 – Jamie Dwyer, Australian hockey player
- 1979 – Nidia Guenard, American wrestler
- 1979 – Enrico Kern, German footballer
- 1979 – Shaun Rogers, American football player
- 1979 – Edwin Villafuerte, Ecuadorian footballer
- 1980 – John-Paul Lavoisier, American actor
- 1980 – Jens Mouris, Dutch cyclist
- 1980 – Douglas Murray, Swedish ice hockey player
- 1981 – Kenta Kobayashi, Japanese wrestler
- 1981 – Maurizio Lauro, Italian footballer
- 1981 – Holly Williams, American musician
- 1981 – Chiwa Saitō, Japanese voice actress
- 1982 – Samm Levine, American actor
- 1982 – Zach Miner, American baseball player
- 1982 – Tobias Schweinsteiger, German footballer
- 1983 – Atif Aslam, Pakistani singer (Jal)
- 1983 – Mikko Koivu, Finnish ice hockey player
- 1984 – Jaimie Alexander, American actress
- 1984 – Shreya Ghoshal, Indian singer
- 1985 – Stromae, Belgian singer and songwriter
- 1985 – Bradley Wright-Phillips, English footballer
- 1986 – Danny Jones, English singer (McFly)
- 1986 – Ben Offereins, Australian athlete
- 1987 – Jessica Hardy, American swimmer
- 1987 – Teimour Radjabov, Azerbaijani chess player
- 1987 – Chris Seitz, American footballer
- 1987 – Rico Vonck, Dutch darts player
- 1988 – Sebastian Brendel, German canoe racer
- 1988 – Elly Jackson, British singer
- 1988 – Konstantinos Mitroglou, Greek footballer
- 1989 – Tyler Clary, American swimmer
- 1990 – Kai-Fabian Schulz, German footballer
- 1991 – Felix Kroos, German footballer
- 1994 – Christina Grimmie, American singer, songwriter, pianist
- 1994 – Tyler Patrick Jones, American actor
- 1995 – Kanon Fukuda, Japanese singer (S/mileage and Shugo Chara Egg!)
- 1999 – Sakura Oda, Japanese singer (Morning Musume)
- 417 – Pope Innocent I
- 604 – Pope Gregory I
- 1289 – King Demetre II of Georgia (b. 1259)
- 1316 – King Stephen Dragutin of Serbia (b. 1253)
- 1374 – Emperor Go-Kōgon of Japan (b. 1336)
- 1447 – Shah Rukh, ruler of Persia and Transoxonia (b. 1377)
- 1507 – Cesare Borgia, Italian general and statesman (b. 1475)
- 1608 – Koriki Kiyonaga, Japanese warlord (b. 1530)
- 1628 – John Bull, English composer
- 1648 – Tirso de Molina, Spanish writer (b. 1571)
- 1681 – Frans van Mieris, Sr., Dutch painter (b. 1635)
- 1699 – Peder Griffenfeld, Danish statesman (b. 1635)
- 1757 – Giuseppe Galli-Bibiena, Italian architect/painter (b. 1696)
- 1790 – Andreas Hadik, Austro-Hungarian general (b. 1710)
- 1820 – Alexander Mackenzie, Scottish explorer (b. 1764)
- 1832 – Friedrich Kuhlau, German composer (b. 1786)
- 1858 – William James Blacklock, British landscape painter (b. 1816)
- 1872 – Zeng Guofan, Chinese politician and general (b. 1811)
- 1894 – Illarion Pryanishnikov, Russian painter (b. 1840)
- 1898 – Zacharias Topelius, Finnish-Swedish writer (b. 1818)
- 1908 – Edmondo De Amicis, Italian children's writer (b. 1846)
- 1909 – Joe Petrosino, American police lieutenant (b. 1860)
- 1914 – George Westinghouse, American entrepreneur and engineer (b. 1846)
- 1916 – Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, Austrian writer (b. 1830)
- 1925 – Gergely Luthár, Hungarian Slovene writer (b. 1841)
- 1925 – Sun Yat-sen, Chinese revolutionary and politician (b. 1866)
- 1929 – Asa Griggs Candler, American businessman (b. 1851)
- 1930 – William George Barker, Canadian fighter ace (b. 1894)
- 1930 – Alois Jirásek, Czech writer (b. 1851)
- 1935 – Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin, Serbian-American physicist and physical chemist (b. 1858)
- 1937 – Jenő Hubay, Hungarian violinist (b. 1858)
- 1937 – Charles-Marie Widor, French organist and composer (b. 1844)
- 1942 – Robert Bosch, German industrialist (b. 1861)
- 1943 – Gustav Vigeland, Norwegian sculptor (b. 1869)
- 1944 – Artur Gavazzi, Croatian geographer (b. 1861)
- 1945 – Friedrich Fromm, German Army Officer (b. 1861)
- 1946 – Ferenc Szálasi, Hungarian politician (executed) (b. 1897)
- 1947 – Winston Churchill, American novelist (b. 1871)
- 1955 – Charlie Parker, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1920)
- 1973 – Frankie Frisch, American baseball player (b. 1898)
- 1974 – George D. Sax, American entrepreneur (b. 1904)
- 1975 – Olga Hepnarová, Czech mass murderer (b. 1951)
- 1978 – John Cazale, American actor (b. 1935)
- 1978 – Gene Moore, American baseball player (b. 1909)
- 1984 – Arnold Ridley, English playwright and actor (b. 1896)
- 1985 – Eugene Ormandy, Hungarian conductor (b. 1899)
- 1987 – Woody Hayes, American football coach (b. 1913)
- 1989 – Maurice Evans, English-born actor (b. 1901)
- 1990 – Wallace Breem, British author (b. 1926)
- 1991 – Ragnar Granit, Finnish neuroscientist, Nobel laureate (b. 1900)
- 1991 – William Heinesen, Faroese writer, poet and artist (b. 1900)
- 1992 – Hans G. Kresse, Dutch cartoonist (b. 1921)
- 1995 – Juanin Clay, American actress (b. 1949)
- 1998 – Judge Dread, English musician (b. 1945)
- 1998 – Jozef Kroner, Slovak actor (b. 1924)
- 1998 – Beatrice Wood, American artist and ceramist (b. 1893)
- 1999 – Yehudi Menuhin, American-born violinist (b. 1916)
- 2001 – Morton Downey, Jr., American television talk show host (b. 1933)
- 2001 – Robert Ludlum, American author (b. 1927)
- 2001 – Victor Westhoff, Dutch botanist (b. 1916)
- 2002 – Spyros Kyprianou, Cypriot politician (b. 1932)
- 2002 – Jean-Paul Riopelle, Canadian painter and sculptor (b. 1923)
- 2003 – Zoran Đinđić, Prime Minister of Serbia (b. 1952)
- 2003 – Howard Fast, American author (b. 1914)
- 2003 – Andrei Kivilev, Kazakh cyclist (b. 1973)
- 2003 – Lynne Thigpen, American actress (b. 1948)
- 2005 – Bill Cameron, Canadian journalist (b. 1943)
- 2005 – Stavros Koujioumtzis, Greek songwriter (b. 1932)
- 2006 – Victor Sokolov, Russian dissident journalist and priest (b. 1947)
- 2007 – Arnold Drake, American comic book writer and screenwriter (b. 1924)
- 2007 – Hege Nerland, Norwegian politician (b. 1966)
- 2008 – Jorge Guinzburg, Argentine journalist, producer and media host (b. 1949)
- 2008 – Lazare Ponticelli, French soldier (b. 1897)
- 2010 – Miguel Delibes, Spanish novelist (b. 1920)
- 2011 – Olive Dickason, Canadian historian (b. 1920)
- 2011 – Joe Morello, American jazz drummer (Dave Brubeck Quartet) (b. 1923)
- 2011 – Nilla Pizzi, Italian singer (b. 1919)
- 2012 – Hasan Gafoor, Indian Director General of Police of Maharashtra (b. 1949 or 1950)
- 2012 – Michael Hossack, American drummer (Doobie Brothers) (b. 1946)
Holidays and observances
- Arbor Day (China and Taiwan)
- Christian Feast Day:
- Girl Scout Birthday (United States)
- Grækarismessa (Mass of St. Gregory). According to tradition, the oystercatcher, the Faroes' national bird returns this day. This event is celebrated in the capital, Tórshavn(Faroe Islands)
- National Day (Mauritius)
- World Day Against Cyber Censorship (requested by Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International in 2009)
- Youth Day (Zambia)
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Early morning lenticular cloud formation.
Just so everyone knows Labor are about to scaremonger about the quality of our South Western Sydney Local Health District and Campbelltown Hospital. Here are the facts:
1. Labor did nothing in this area.
2. There are no budget cuts to the South West District.
3. We have increased the District budget by almost $77 million to more than $1.3 billion this year.
4. We have employed 104 extra nurses in the district.
5. We have almost 80 extra full time equivalent medical staff working in South Western Sydney hospitals since the election.
6. We are spending $139 million to upgrade Campbelltown Hospital. I don't understand why Labor didn't do this in government.
Labor after two years of losing office are still playing spin politics as opposed to forming policies or admitting to the fact that they had 16 years to fix the mess and they didn't.
Got my ass kicked by 8 year olds in a springroll eating competition. ..totally underestimated those little ninjas...#lol #welldone #springrolls #instadaily #tweegram #kitchenninja
US burger chain Carl's Jr plans to open 300 stores in Australia over the next ten years. Will you welcome a new fast-food chain to the country?http://bit.ly/ZgA9BY
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