Happy birthday and many happy returns Siev Gour. Your birthday, the same day Chavez passed, brings Venezuela hope.
- 961 – The Muslim Emirate of Crete was conquered by theByzantine Empire.
- 1447 – Tomaso Parentucelli became Pope Nicholas V.
- 1836 – Texas Revolution: Mexican forces captured the Alamo(pictured) in San Antonio from the Texans after a 13-day siege.
- 1913 – First Balkan War: The Greek army captured Bizani Fortress, nearIoannina, from the Ottomans.
- 1930 – Organized by the Communist International, hundreds of thousands of people in major cities around the world marched to protest mass unemployment associated with the Great Depression.
- 1975 – The Zapruder film of the assassination of John F. Kennedy was broadcast on television for the first time.
- 12 BC – The Roman Emperor Augustus is named Pontifex Maximus, incorporating the position into that of the Emperor
- 961 – Byzantine conquest of Chandax by Nikephoros Phokas, end of the Emirate of Crete
- 1454 – Thirteen Years' War: Delegates of the Prussian Confederation pledge allegiance to King Casimir IV of Poland who agrees to commit his forces in aiding the Confederation's struggle for independence from the Teutonic Knights.
- 1521 – Ferdinand Magellan arrives at Guam.
- 1788 – The First Fleet arrives at Norfolk Island in order to found a convict settlement.
- 1820 – The Missouri Compromise is signed into law by President James Monroe. The compromise allows Missouri to enter the Union as a slave state, but makes the rest of the northern part of the Louisiana Purchase territory slavery-free.
- 1834 – York, Upper Canada is incorporated as Toronto.
- 1836 – Texas Revolution: Battle of the Alamo – After a thirteen day siege by an army of 3,000 Mexican troops, the 187 Texas volunteers, including frontiersman Davy Crockett and colonel Jim Bowie, defending the Alamo are killed and the fort is captured.
- 1857 – The Supreme Court of the United States rules in the Dred Scott v. Sandford case.
- 1869 – Dmitri Mendeleev presents the first periodic table to the Russian Chemical Society.
- 1882 – The Serbian kingdom is refounded.
- 1899 – Bayer registers aspirin as a trademark.
- 1912 – the Oreo cookie is introduced by Nabisco
- 1921 – Portuguese Communist Party is founded as the Portuguese Section of the Communist International.
- 1930 – International Unemployment Day demonstrations globally initiated by the Comintern
- 1945 – World War II: Cologne is captured by American Troops.
- 1946 – Ho Chi Minh signs an agreement with France which recognizes Vietnam as an autonomous state in the Indochinese Federation and the French Union.
- 1951 – The trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg begins.
- 1953 – Georgy Malenkov succeeds Joseph Stalin as Premier of the Soviet Union and First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
- 1957 – Ghana becomes the first Sub-Saharan country to gain Independence from the British
- 1962 – Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962 begins on the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States.
- 1964 – Nation of Islam's Elijah Muhammad officially gives boxing champion Cassius Clay the name Muhammad Ali.
- 1964 – Constantine II becomes King of Greece.
- 1965 – Premier Tom Playford of South Australia loses power after 27 years in office.
- 1967 – Joseph Stalin's daughter Svetlana Alliluyeva defects to the United States.
- 1968 – The first of the East L.A. Walkouts take place at several high schools.
- 1968 – Three black males are executed by Rhodesia, the first executions since UDI, prompting international condemnation.
- 1970 – Blast at Weather Underground safe house in Greenwich Village kills three.
- 1975 – For the first time, ever, the Zapruder film of the assassination of John F. Kennedy is shown in motion to a national TV audience by Robert J. Groden and Dick Gregory.
- 1975 – Algiers Accord: Iran and Iraq announce a settlement of their border dispute.
- 1981 – After 19 years of presenting the CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite signs off for the last time.
- 1983 – The first United States Football League game is played.
- 1987 – The British ferry MS Herald of Free Enterprise capsizes in about 90 seconds killing 193.
- 1988 – Three Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers are killed by Special Air Service on the territory of Gibraltar in the conclusion of Operation Flavius.
- 1992 – Michelangelo computer virus begins to affect computers.
- 2008 – A Palestinian gunman shoots and kills 8 students and critically injures 11 in the library of the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva, in Jerusalem, Israel.
- 1340 – John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster (d. 1399)
- 1405 – King John II of Castile (d. 1454)
- 1459 – Jakob Fugger, German banker (d. 1525)
- 1475 – Michelangelo, Italian artist and sculptor (d. 1564)
- 1483 – Francesco Guicciardini, Italian statesman and historian (d. 1540)
- 1495 – Luigi Alamanni, Italian poet (d. 1556)
- 1619 – Cyrano de Bergerac, French soldier, poet (d. 1655)
- 1663 – Francis Atterbury, British man of letters (d. 1732)
- 1706 – George Pocock, British admiral (d. 1792)
- 1716 – Pehr Kalm, Swedish explorer and naturalist (d. 1779)
- 1724 – Henry Laurens, American merchant, slave trader, and political leader (d. 1792)
- 1761 – Antoine-Francois Andreossy, French General (d. 1828)
- 1779 – Antoine-Henri Jomini, French general (d. 1869)
- 1785 – Karol Kurpiński, Polish composer (d. 1857)
- 1787 – Joseph von Fraunhofer, German physicist (d. 1826)
- 1806 – Elizabeth Barrett Browning, British poet (d. 1861)
- 1812 – Aaron Lufkin Dennison American watch manufacturer (d. 1895)
- 1817 – Princess Clémentine of Orléans (d. 1907)
- 1818 – William Claflin, 27th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1905)
- 1823 – Charles I of Württemberg, King of Württemberg from 1864 (d. 1891)
- 1831 – Philip Sheridan, American Civil War Union cavalry officer (d. 1888)
- 1834 – George du Maurier British illustrator and writer (d. 1896)
- 1849 – Georg Luger, Austrian inventor (d. 1923)
- 1870 – Oscar Straus, Viennese composer (d. 1954)
- 1871 – Afonso Costa, Portuguese politician (d. 1937)
- 1872 – Ben Harney, American composer and ragtime pianist (d. 1938)
- 1882 – John January, American soccer player (d. 1917)
- 1882 – Guy Kibbee, American actor (d. 1956)
- 1884 – Molla Mallory, Norwegian-born American tennis player (d. 1959)
- 1885 – Ring Lardner, American writer (d. 1933)
- 1886 – Henry Jamison Handy, American breaststroke swimmer, water polo player and filmmaker (d. 1983)
- 1893 – Furry Lewis, American blues guitarist (d. 1981)
- 1895 – Albert Tessier, French Canadian priest and film maker (d. 1976)
- 1900 – Lefty Grove, American baseball player (d. 1975)
- 1900 – Henri Jeanson, French writer and journalist (d. 1970)
- 1903 – Empress Kōjun of Japan (d. 2000)
- 1904 – José Antonio Aguirre, Basque politician (d. 1960)
- 1905 – Bob Wills, American singer (d. 1975)
- 1906 – Lou Costello, American actor and comedian (d. 1959)
- 1909 – Obafemi Awolowo, Nigerian politician (d. 1987)
- 1909 – Stanisław Jerzy Lec, Polish author (d. 1966)
- 1910 – Ejler Bille, Danish sculptor and painter (d. 2004)
- 1913 – Louise Latimer, American actress (d. 1973)
- 1914 – Kiril Kondrashin, Russian conductor (d. 1981)
- 1915 – Mohammed Burhanuddin, Dawoodi Bohra spiritual leader
- 1917 – Donald Davidson, American philosopher (d. 2003)
- 1917 – Will Eisner, American illustrator and cartoonist (d. 2005)
- 1917 – Frankie Howerd, English comedian (d. 1992)
- 1918 – Leslie Charles Smith, English businessman (d. 2005)
- 1920 – Olive Dickason, Canadian historian (d. 2011)
- 1920 – Lewis Gilbert, English film director, producer and screenwriter
- 1921 – Julius Rudel, American orchestra conductor
- 1923 – Herman Leonard, American photographer (d. 2010)
- 1923 – Ed McMahon, American television personality (d. 2009)
- 1923 – Wes Montgomery, American jazz musician (d. 1968)
- 1924 – William H. Webster, American lawyer, former FBI and CIA director
- 1926 – Alan Greenspan, American economist, former Federal Reserve chairman
- 1926 – Andrzej Wajda, Polish film director
- 1927 – William J. Bell, creator and executive producer of soap operas (d. 2005)
- 1927 – Gordon Cooper, American astronaut (d. 2004)
- 1927 – Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian writer, Nobel Prize laureate
- 1927 – Norman Treigle, American bass-baritone (d. 1975)
- 1930 – Lorin Maazel, French-born American conductor
- 1931 – Hal Needham, American stuntman
- 1932 – Marc Bazin, Haitian politician (d. 2010)
- 1932 – Bronisław Geremek, Polish social historian and politician.
- 1933 – Ted Abernathy, American baseball player (d. 2004)
- 1934 – John Noakes, British television presenter
- 1934 – Keith Spicer, Canadian academic, public servant, journalist and writer
- 1935 – Ron Delany, Irish athlete
- 1936 – Marion Barry Jr., American politician
- 1936 – Sylvia Robinson, American singer, musician and record producer (Mickey & Sylvia) (d. 2011)
- 1936 – Choummaly Sayasone, president of Laos
- 1937 – Ivan Boesky, American stock trader
- 1937 – Valentina Tereshkova, Soviet cosmonaut
- 1938 – Keishu Tanaka, Japanese politician
- 1939 – Christopher "Kit" Bond, American politician
- 1939 – Infanta Margarita of Spain
- 1939 – Adam Osborne, British author and computer designer (d. 2003)
- 1939 – Cookie Rojas, Cuban baseball player
- 1940 – Ken Danby, Canadian realist painter (d. 2007)
- 1940 – Joanna Miles, American actress
- 1940 – Willie Stargell, American baseball player (d. 2001)
- 1941 – Peter Brötzmann, German jazz saxophonist
- 1942 – Ben Murphy, American actor
- 1942 – Flora Purim, Brazilian jazz singer (Return to Forever)
- 1944 – Richard Corliss, American film critic
- 1944 – Kiri Te Kanawa, New Zealander opera singer
- 1944 – Mary Wilson, American singer (The Supremes)
- 1945 – Hugh Grundy, British drummer (The Zombies)
- 1945 – John A. MacNaughton, Canadian banker (d. 2013)
- 1946 – David Gilmour, British musician (Pink Floyd, Joker's Wild and Deep End)
- 1946 – Martin Kove, American actor
- 1947 – Kiki Dee, British singer
- 1947 – Dick Fosbury, American athlete
- 1947 – Anna Maria Horsford, American actress
- 1947 – Rob Reiner, American actor, comedian, and film producer
- 1947 – John Stossel, American author and pundit
- 1948 – Stephen Schwartz, American musical theatre lyricist and composer
- 1949 – Shaukat Aziz, Pakistani statesman
- 1949 – Martin Buchan, Scottish soccer player
- 1950 – Hirotaka Suzuoki, Japanese voice actor (d. 2006)
- 1951 – Gerrie Knetemann, Dutch cyclist (d. 2004)
- 1953 – Phil Alvin, American singer and guitarist (The Blasters)
- 1953 – Jan Kjærstad, Norwegian author
- 1953 – Madhav Kumar Nepal, former Prime Minister of Nepal
- 1953 – Carolyn Porco, American planetary scientist
- 1954 – Joey DeMaio, American bass guitarist
- 1954 – Jeff Greenwald, American travel author, photographer, and monologist
- 1954 – Harald Schumacher, German footbal goalkeeper
- 1955 – Alberta Watson, Canadian actress
- 1957 – Yves Bolduc, Canadian doctor and politician
- 1958 – Eddie Deezen, American actor
- 1959 – Tom Arnold, American actor and comedian
- 1960 – Sleepy Floyd, American basketball player
- 1962 – Erika Hess, Swiss alpine ski racer
- 1963 – Suzanne Crough, American actress
- 1963 – D. L. Hughley, American comedian and actor
- 1964 – Paul Bostaph, American drummer (Forbidden, Slayer and Systematic)
- 1964 – Skip Ewing, American country music singer and songwriter
- 1964 – Madonna Wayne Gacy (Stephen Gregory Bier Jr.), American musician
- 1964 – Yvette Wilson, American comedian and actress (d. 2012)
- 1966 – Alan Davies, British comedian and actor
- 1967 – Julio Bocca, Argentine ballet dancer
- 1967 – Connie Britton, American actress
- 1967 – Shuler Hensley, American singer and actor
- 1968 – Moira Kelly, American actress
- 1968 – Michael Romeo, American musician (Symphony X)
- 1969 – Andrea Elson, American actress
- 1969 – Tari Phillips, American basketball player
- 1969 – Amy Pietz, American actress
- 1970 – Chris Broderick, American musician (Megadeth and Jag Panzer)
- 1971 – Darrick Martin, American basketball player
- 1971 – Sean Morley, American professional wrestler
- 1972 – Shaquille O'Neal, American basketball player
- 1972 – Jaret Reddick, American musician (Bowling For Soup and People on Vacation)
- 1973 – Michael Finley, American basketball player
- 1973 – Peter Lindgren, Swedish guitarist (Opeth)
- 1973 – Greg Ostertag, American basketball player
- 1973 – Trent Willmon, American country music artist
- 1974 – Beanie Sigel (Dwight Grant), American rapper
- 1974 – Guy Garvey, British musician (Elbow)
- 1975 – Aracely Arambula, Mexican actress and singer
- 1975 – Yannick Nézet-Séguin, French Canadian conductor
- 1976 – Ken Anderson, American professional wrestler
- 1977 – Giorgos Karagounis, Greek soccer player
- 1977 – Bubba Sparxxx (Warren Anderson Mathis), American rapper
- 1977 – Marcus Thames, American baseball player
- 1978 – Lara Cox, Australian actress
- 1978 – Sage Rosenfels, American football player
- 1979 – Clint Barmes, American baseball player
- 1979 – Érik Bédard, Canadian baseball player
- 1979 – David Flair, American professional wrestler
- 1979 – Rufus Hound, British comedian
- 1979 – Tim Howard, American soccer player
- 1980 – Daniel DeSanto, Canadian actor
- 1980 – Kristina Triska, Swedish tennis player
- 1980 – Emílson Cribari, Brazilian footballer
- 1981 – Ellen Muth, American actress
- 1983 – Andranik Teymourian, Iranian footballer
- 1983 – Tommaso Berni, Italian footballer
- 1984 – Becky, Japanese-British entertainer
- 1984 – Eskil Pedersen, Norwegian politician and leader of the Worker's Youth League
- 1984 – Daniël de Ridder, Dutch footballer
- 1984 – Chris Tomson, American musician (Vampire Weekend)
- 1984 – Edmund Yeo, Malaysian filmmaker
- 1985 – Bakaye Traoré, French-born Malian footballer
- 1986 – Jake Arrieta, American baseball pitcher
- 1986 – Charlie Mulgrew, Scottish football player
- 1986 – Eli Marienthal, American actor
- 1986 – Francisco Cervelli, Italian baseball player
- 1986 – Traphik, American rapper, comedian, and videographer
- 1987 – Kevin-Prince Boateng, Ghanaian/German footballer
- 1987 – José Manuel Flores, Spanish footballer
- 1987 – Hannah Taylor-Gordon, English actress
- 1988 – Agnes Carlsson, Swedish singer
- 1989 – Agnieszka Radwańska, Polish tennis player
- 1990 – Linn Haug, Norwegian snowboarder
- 1990 – Kirk Urso, American soccer player (d. 2012)
- 1991 – Nicole Fox, American model
- 1991 – Lex Luger, American producer
- 1991 – Emma McDougall, English footballer (d. 2013)
- 1991 – Tyler the Creator, American rapper (OFWGKTA)
- 1992 – Momoko Tsugunaga, Japanese actress and singer (Berryz Kobo, ZYX, and Buono!)
- 1992 – Sarah De Bono, Australian singer-songwriter
- 1994 – Nathan Redmond, English footballer
- 1996 – Savannah Stehlin, American actress
- 2001 – Aryana Engineer, Canadian actress
- 766 – Chrodegang of Metz, Frankish bishop of Metz
- 1252 – Saint Rose of Viterbo, Italian saint (b. 1235)
- 1490 – Ivan the Young, Ruler of Tver (b. 1458)
- 1531 – Pedrarias Dávila, Spanish conquistador (b. c. 1440)
- 1627 – Krzysztof Zbaraski, Polish statesman (b. 1580)
- 1658 – Ivan Bunić Vučić, politician and poet from the Republic of Dubrovnik (b. 1591 or 1592)
- 1754 – Henry Pelham, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1694)
- 1758 – Henry Vane, 1st Earl of Darlington, English politician (b. 1705)
- 1764 – Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke, Lord Chancellor of England (b. 1690)
- 1796 – Guillaume Thomas François Raynal, French writer (b. 1713)
- 1836 – Notable figures at the Battle of the Alamo:
- 1842 – Constanze Mozart, former widow of W.A. Mozart (b. 1763)
- 1854 – Charles William Vane, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry, British soldier and politician (b. 1778)
- 1860 – Justus Johann Friedrich Dotzauer, German cellist and composer (b. 1783)
- 1866 – William Whewell, English scientist, philosopher and historian (b. 1794)
- 1867 – Artemus Ward, American comic writer (b. 1834)
- 1881 – Horatia Nelson, daughter of Emma Hamilton and Horatio Nelson (b. 1801)
- 1888 – Louisa May Alcott, American novelist (b. 1832)
- 1895 – Camilla Collett, Norwegian writer and feminist (b. 1813)
- 1899 – Victoria Kaiulani, Hawaiian princess (b. 1875)
- 1900 – Gottlieb Daimler, German engineer and industrialist (b. 1834)
- 1905 – John Henninger Reagan, American Confederate politician (b. 1818)
- 1917 – Valdemar Psilander Danish actor (b. 1884)
- 1932 – John Philip Sousa, American conductor, and composer (b. 1854)
- 1933 – Anton Cermak, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1873)
- 1935 – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., American politician (b. 1841)
- 1935 – Fridolf Rhudin Swedish actor and comedian (b. 1895)
- 1939 – Ferdinand von Lindemann, German mathematician (b. 1852)
- 1941 – Gutzon Borglum, Danish sculptor (b. 1867)
- 1948 – Ross Lockridge, Jr., American novelist (b. 1914)
- 1950 – Albert Lebrun, President of France (b. 1871)
- 1951 – Ivor Novello, Welsh actor, musician, and composer (b. 1893)
- 1951 – Volodymyr Vynnychenko, Ukrainian politician and statesman (b. 1880)
- 1952 – Jürgen Stroop, Nazi SS-leader (b. 1895)
- 1961 – George Formby, British comedian and singer (b. 1904)
- 1964 – King Paul of Greece (b. 1901)
- 1965 – Margaret Dumont, American actress (b. 1889)
- 1967 – John Haden Badley, English author and educator (b. 1865)
- 1967 – Nelson Eddy, American singer and actor (b. 1901)
- 1967 – Zoltán Kodály, Hungarian composer (b. 1882)
- 1969 – Nadya Rusheva, Russian painter (b. 1952)
- 1970 – William Hopper, American actor (b. 1915)
- 1971 – Thurston Dart, English harpsichordist and conductor (b. 1921)
- 1973 – Pearl S. Buck, American writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1892)
- 1974 – Ernest Becker, American anthropologist, Pulitzer Prize author of Denial of Death (b. 1924)
- 1976 – Mary Petty, American illustrator (b. 1899)
- 1976 – Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom, American boxer and actor (b. 1903)
- 1978 – Dennis Viollet, English footballer (b. 1933)
- 1981 – George Geary, English cricketer (b. 1893)
- 1982 – Ayn Rand, Russian-American author (b. 1905)
- 1984 – Billy Collins, Irish-American professional boxer (b. 1961)
- 1984 – Martin Niemöller, German theologian (b. 1892)
- 1984 – Henry Wilcoxon, Dominican actor (b. 1905)
- 1984 – Homer N. Wallin, American vice-admiral (b. 1893)
- 1986 – Georgia O'Keeffe, American artist (b. 1887)
- 1988 – Mairéad Farrell, Irish Republican (b. 1957)
- 1988 – Daniel McCann, Irish Republican (b. 1957)
- 1988 – Seán Savage, Irish Republican (b. 1965)
- 1994 – Melina Mercouri, Greek actress and Minister for Culture of Greece (b. 1920)
- 1997 – Cheddi Jagan, President of Guyana (b. 1918)
- 1997 – Michael Manley, Prime Minister of Jamaica (b. 1924)
- 1998 – Frank Barrett, American baseball player (b. 1913)
- 1999 – Isa ibn Salman Al Khalifah, Emir of Bahrain (b. 1933)
- 2000 – John Colicos, Canadian actor (b. 1928)
- 2001 – Kim Walker, American actress (b. 1968)
- 2001 – Balla Moussa Keïta, Malian actor and comedian (b. 1934)
- 2002 – Bryan Fogarty, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1969)
- 2004 – Frances Dee, American actress (b. 1909)
- 2004 – Ray Fernandez, American wrestler (b. 1957)
- 2005 – Hans Bethe, German-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
- 2005 – Danny Gardella, American baseball player (b. 1920)
- 2005 – Tommy Vance, British radio disc jockey (b. 1943)
- 2005 – Teresa Wright, American actress (b. 1918)
- 2006 – Anne Braden, American civil rights activist (b. 1924)
- 2006 – King Floyd, American singer, songwriter (b. 1945)
- 2006 – Kirby Puckett, American baseball player (b. 1960)
- 2006 – Dana Reeve, American actress and activist, widow of Christopher Reeve (b. 1961)
- 2007 – Jean Baudrillard, French theorist and photographer (b. 1929)
- 2007 – Allen Coage ("Bad News Brown"), American wrestler and judoka (b. 1943)
- 2007 – Ernest Gallo, American winemaker (b. 1909)
- 2007 – Pierre Moinot, French novelist (b. 1920)
- 2008 – Peter Poreku Dery, Cardinal and Archbishop Emeritus of Tamale (b. 1918)
- 2009 – Francis Magalona, Filipino media artist and photographer. (b. 1964)
- 2009 – Susan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwean stateswoman, wife of Morgan Tsvangirai (b. 1959)
- 2010 – Endurance Idahor, Nigerian footballer (b. 1984)
- 2010 – Mark Linkous, American singer (Sparklehorse) (b. 1962)
- 2010 – Betty Millard, American writer, artist, political activist, philanthropist and feminist (b.1911)
Holidays and observances
- Christian Feast Day:
- European day of the Righteous, commemorates those who have stood up against crimes against humanity and totalitarism with their own moral responsibility. ( Europe)
- Foundation Day, the founding of Norfolk Island in 1788. (Territory of Norfolk Island)
- Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Ghana from the United Kingdom in 1957. (Ghana)
Nick Cater’s new blog is up and running. Pay a visit.
Meanwhile, Michael Smith’s blog is posting incredible figures, and not surprisingly.
The Daily Kos refuses to accept the consensus: 13 out of 17 potential finalists of the Web Blog Award’s science category are run by warming sceptics. Shows the mainstream media has failed to provide an outlet for an important debate.
CRISIS meetings of Liberal MPs are underway to determine the fate of Premier Ted Baillieu.The Herald Sun has learned that several meetings have been called to discuss the future of the Government.
Mr Shaw will become an independent and sit on the cross-benches, which will leave the Coalition with 44 seats, the ALP with 43 and Mr Shaw with the remaining seat…Last year, Shaw came under strife after being accused of using an obscene gesture in parliament and for using a tax-payer funded car for his private business, both of which he denied.Police said on Wednesday that they were still investigating allegations of misconduct in public office by the Frankston MP and it ‘would be inappropriate to comment further.’
Ted Baillieu is still Premier. Geoff Shaw’s belated statement:
This morning I advised the Premier of Victoria of my resignation from the Parliamentary Liberal Party, effective immediately.As always my focus is on how I can best represent the people of Frankston and at the moment I believe that is from the cross bench.Labor left Victoria in a mess and Victorian’s elected a Coalition Government to fix the problems and build for the future. While the government has made significant progress in that direction, I believe my actions reflect the general loss of confidence Victorians are feeling in the leadership of the government.
It is suggested that Shaw is telling Liberals he’d rejoin the party if they replaced Baillieu.
It would be suicidal if a new Premier was seen to be the pick of a man facing the allegations Shaw now confronts.
Isobel Redmond in South Australia, Ted Baillieu (almost) in Victoria and now Terry Mills in the Northern Territory are making Julia Gillard’s feat of hanging on look even more impressive:
Sky News says Chief Minister Terry Mills will face a challenge in the morning, with Country Liberal MPs meeting on Tuesday night to decide which of them will be the challenger.
Former federal MP Dave Tollner is the tip.
But sad for Mills. Good enough to win a surprise victory, but not rated enough by his colleagues to actually govern,
Bad tip. Mills does a Gillard. He’s still Chief Minister.
Is the new Deputy Chief Minister - Willem Rudolf Westra van Holthe - the most exotically named politician in Australia, after, of course, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells?
This will split the NT’s ethnic Dutch vote in any future CLP leadership wrangle, with John Elferink also in the hunt.
Reader John says the police spokesman of the South Australian Opposition, Dan van Holst Pellekaan, might run close for most exotically named. Another Dutchman is the Pelican.
How many exactly? Which?
MARK COLVIN [host of ABC’s PM]: Anybody who’s covered politics in a successful communist country, as there used to be rather a lot of them, would know that speeches can be quite long.
ABC host Jon Faine today announced “very sad news”: Hugo Chavez is dead.
Other ABC stars, such as Phillip Adams, will mourn for their ”inspiration”..
Some modest good news for the economy:
AUSTRALIA’S resource-rich economy grew in the fourth quarter of 2012, supported in part by a recovery in commodity exports amid early signs that hefty interest-rate cuts through the year were starting to spur activity.The government statistician said Wednesday that gross domestic product rose 0.6 per cent in the fourth quarter from the third, and gained 3.1 per cent from the year-earlier period. Economists expected growth of 0.6 per cent on quarter and 3.0 per cent from a year earlier. Third-quarter growth was revised upwards to 0.7 per cent from 0.5 per cent.
UPDATE: A News Ltd cameraman managed to sneak a camera into Labor’s Caucus as it discussed Gillard’s new campaign against foreign workers.
(Thanks to reader James.)
I agree. It’s a bizarre priority if you want to demonise foreigners:
THE Coalition has accused Julia Gillard of preferring migrants who arrive “illegally on boats and go on to welfare” to skilled workers who arrive the “right way”, get jobs and pay taxes.In the wake of the Prime Minister’s announcement of a crackdown on 457 temporary working visas, opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison said the move showed Ms Gillard and Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor didn’t understand the importance of skilled migration.
And where’s the evidence that the 457 program - administered by Labor itself for more than five years - isn’t working?
Business Council of Australia chief executive Jennifer Westacott also called on the government to produce evidence the 457 regime was not working properly, warning against hitting employers with further red tape.Ms Gillard said there was “community concern” about the level of 457 visas and [Immigration Minister Brendan] O’Connor said there was evidence of rorting but his department could not act on it.
Farcical. Julia Gillard moves to Rooty Hill, allegedly to meet the locals. Instead:
On Monday night, Sky presenter Paul Murray captured a fleeting 23 seconds of footage on his mobile phone of Gillard and her entourage speed-walking through the RSL’s Zest Wok n’ Grill and disappearing into a private dining room.Murray pointed out the prime minister had bypassed the opportunity to mingle with a couple of dozen locals dining in the bistro. Instead she chose a closed-door private dining room with a group of women he said looked just like her and were wearing the same glasses.He wasn’t far wrong. The five women handpicked by Gillard to feast on “vegetable tarte tatin” and Alaskan king crab were “mummy bloggers” who had previously dined with the PM at Kirribilli house in December, and none of whom appears to live anywhere near Rooty Hill.
Gillard wants to win the votes of people she’s too scared to meet.
Woogsworld, one of Gillard’s mummyblogger guests, dares what Gillard doesn’t and ducks out of their dinner to see what the cute locals eat out West:
But she quickly scoots back to dine in Gillard’s hidey-hole:
Says it all about Gillard’s visit, really.
Blessed by a cabinet of remarkable talent, [Bob] Hawke devised an effective governing strategy for Labor…It is commonplace these days to say the main difference between the Hawke-Keating era and the Rudd-Gillard era lies in economic reform, with contemporary Labor having lost the pro-market reformism of Hawke and Keating. Yet this is not the main difference.The real difference is more fundamental - it lies in governing strategy and core mission. Hawke knew that running his government properly was essential in order to run the country properly and both were inexorably linked.He implemented an orthodox system of cabinet government and decision-making. As PM he set the direction and delegated to his ministers… They ran an accord with the trade unions based on trade-offs that assisted economic policy and made the unions an electoral plus rather than a negative for Labor.All such conditions have been either non-existent or extremely rare in the Rudd-Gillard period.The Hawke government was firmly pro-business and pro-finance to drive economic growth… He ... sought to bring the nation together and diminish union-business conflict, shunned old-fashioned class rhetoric, ditched the entire Labor toolbox of protection, regulation and government ownership, promoted share ownership…Hawke and Keating won elections not because of populist gimmicks about putting foreign workers at the back of the queue but because they proved they were best able to manage the difficult economic challenges of the 1980s....By contrast, the current Labor generation, both before and after its 2007 election victory, was intellectually and politically weak....Like Hawke, it was focused on winning; unlike Hawke, it was inept at governing. Rudd-Gillard Labor was too complacent about its ability, too blind to its defects, too fixated on its alleged superiority at short-run, media-driven daily tactics while unable to decide its priorities or grasp what really mattered.
Janet Albrechtsen nominates five Liberals deserving of promotion in an Abbott Government. Tony Abbott has depth in his backbench. He would be wise to use it after the election.
Overlooked by Albrechtsen is Mal Brough, the former Indigenous Affairs Minister who is very likely to replace Peter Slipper. She may have undersold Christian Porter, too.
A Labor giant cannot believe this Labor government could be so reckless and desperate in its search for more billions to spend:
A KEY architect of Australia’s $1.4 trillion superannuation system has vowed to fight any moves to increase taxes on the nation’s retirement savings…Former ACTU national secretary Bill Kelty ... warned the retrospective tax changes would revoke a “covenant” with people who had been encouraged by government to set aside funds for their retirement…“That will destroy the integrity of superannuation, undermine this nation (as) in no other way,” he told the congress of the Urban Development Institute of Australia yesterday.[Gary] Weaven, a former ACTU leader who chairs Industry Funds Management, told The Australian last month it was “time for a pause” in the constant changes to super tax rules…[Nick] Sherry, superannuation minister during the Rudd government, said last month the “appropriate” tax regime was already in place, while former Labor finance minister Peter Walsh likened a tax hit on super to “class warfare”.
That the government should have run out of money even in a mining boom is a disgrace:
The leading business group warns Australia is heading into a long-term budget crisis driven by Labor’s failure to rein in spending and by expensive promises from both major political parties.The Business Council of Australia wants the federal government, which has delivered $170 billion in budget deficits over the past four years, to generate surpluses of about 1 to 2 per cent of gross domestic product, or more than $30 billion a year…Deloitte Access Economics research commissioned by the Business Council predicts that without cutting spending as the population ages, federal and state budget deficits will rise above 5 per cent of GDP by 2050, or $70 billion a year in today’s terms… The Deloitte Access research calculates the government has spending plans of about $49 billion over the four-year budget forecasts that aren’t covered by new revenue or savings.
Spending in the general government sector (across all levels of government) has been growing at an average of more than 4% per year (inflation adjusted) since 1972 and is now at nearly 35% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
The problems - exacerbated by this recklessly spendthrift government:
First, ... Australia’s ageing population will result in slower rates of economic growth as the proportion of the overall population participating in the workforce falls.Second, our expectations for government-provided goods and services are growing. Over the next 40 years, health and aged care costs are expected to grow faster than GDP… Compounding these pressures are community expectations that government will provide new services (National Broadband Network, National Disability Insurance Scheme, etc.) or substantially reform existing services with more spending (Gonski education reform).Third… The boom in government revenue up to 2007–08 has not resumed following the abatement of the global financial crisis, with revenue growth averaging just 1% a year over the three years to 2010–11. Slow revenue growth is likely to continue for some years, particularly if the prices of Australia’s commodity exports fall.
The scale of the fix needed:
To reduce government expenditure to 30% of GDP, a reduction in government spending of about 4.5% of GDP would be needed (approximately $63 billion per year in savings based on 2011 data)
That’s almost two NBNs a year in savings needed. Think any party going into this election dare talk about a cure that painful?
(Thanks to reader Peter.)
In 2008, Britian’s Met Office noted a 10-year pause, or sharp slowing, in the warming trend and asked this question in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’ annualState of the Climate:
No, it decided. Global warming models wouldn’t be clearly wrong until the pause lasted 15 years:
Observations indicate that global temperature rise has slowed in the last decade… The simulations rule out (at the 95% level) zero trends for intervals of 15 yr or more, suggesting that an observed absence of warming of this duration is needed to create a discrepancy with the expected present-day warming rate.
On all data sets below, the different times for a slope that is at least very slightly negative ranges from 4 years and 7 months to 16 years and 1 month.1. For GISS, the slope is flat since May 2001 or 11 years, 9 months. (goes to January)2. For Hadcrut3, the slope is flat since March 1997 or 15 years, 11 months. (goes to January)3. For a combination of GISS, Hadcrut3, UAH and RSS, the slope is flat since December 2000 or an even 12 years. (goes to November)4. For Hadcrut4, the slope is flat since November 2000 or 12 years, 3 months. (goes to January)5. For Hadsst2, the slope is flat since March 1997 or 15 years, 11 months. (goes to January)6. For UAH, the slope is flat since July 2008 or 4 years, 7 months. (goes to January)7. For RSS, the slope is flat since January 1997 or 16 years and 1 month. (goes to January) RSS is 193/204 or 94.6% of the way to Ben Santer’s 17 years.
But when Brozek checks for statistically significant warming, the warming pause extends by every measure to more than 15 years:
For RSS the warming is not significant for over 23 years…For UAH the warming is not significant for over 19 years…For Hadcrut3 the warming is not significant for over 19 years…For Hadcrut4 the warming is not significant for over 18 years…For GISS the warming is not significant for over 17 years...
Once warmists said 15 years of no statistically significant warming invalidated their models. Draw your own conclusions.
Cut & Paste gives the ABC’s pause-denier Dr Karl a lesson that must this time get througheven to him.
When will the ABC demand its science presenter stop giving ABC listeners false information? Why is Dr Karl not punished for errors as Alan Jones was?
Mathew Guy insists he did the developers no favors, and no one can show otherwise. Trouble is, no businessman pays $10,000 for nothing, which makes this kind of thing so potentially dangerous:
Premier Ted Baillieu was promoted as the special guest at a boardroom lunch organised by the Liberal Party fund-raisers responsible for Planning Minister Matthew Guy’s secret dinners with property developers.
Sources said developers and business figures were offered attendance at an August 30, 2012, lunch with Mr Baillieu if they agreed to pay $10,000 a year to become a member of the Team 200 Patrons’ Panel fund-raising club…Controversy over the Liberal Party’s fund-raising activities has emerged after Mr Guy’s dinners with developers - who had paid Team 200 $10,000-a-year and, in some cases, had projects requiring his direct intervention or approval - was revealed on Tuesday.
One fascinating thought. This news broke just when Premier Ted Baillieu was deep in strife over a messy cover-up of few know quite what. Guy is the Premier’s chief rival. Is retaliatory leaking going on?
When even Ross Gittins says Labor is ”quite dishonest” you can be certain it is. His evidence: the scare-mongering over the cost of Tony Abbott’s policies. Just for instance:
The most glaring omission from Labor’s calculation of the hip-pocket effect of all this is its failure to acknowledge the saving households would make from the abolition of the carbon tax.
The end of day descends upon Yosemite Valley on a cold winter's eve sunset. Valley View, winter style. I took this shot between instructing while with the Aperture Academy a week ago. — atYosemite - Valley View.
At 2RPH Digital Radio reading service in Glebe with Jono Coleman , while we both warm up to help support the stations 30th Birthday in April. Providing reading services to the blind and vision impaired, 2RPH is very worthy of all our support.Bruce Goldberg you should get the australian radio forum to help spread the good word on these guys!...:) — with JONO COLEMAN doing his bit in the studio.
Satan (played by comedien & actor Mehdi Ouazzani) in The Bible Series. He's been seen so far in the background but will make a more official appearance on the 3rd Sunday episodes airing of mini-series and continues to be in the 4th and 5th Sundays. But keep watching close, you may still see him in the background and shadows next Sunday...you never know...just like in real life, he shows up, sometimes a blurred image in the background or among the crowd, hooded and partly hidden, and then shows himself outright, like he does in episodes with Jesus.
Mehdi Quazzani was born in Ouazzane, Morocco and now lives in Casablanca, Morocco. -- Anna Kasper — with Mehdi Ouazzani in Ouarzazate, Morocco.
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Camels are the poster animals for the desert, but researchers now have evidence that these shaggy beasts once lived in the Canadian High Arctic, after finding the fossil remains of a 3.5-million-year-old camel on Ellesmere Island in Canada's northernmost territory, Nanavut.http://oak.ctx.ly/r/2rsj
A promising, blessed life cut short by drugs and related tragedy .. no wonder she was begging for it to be better .. but *anything* looks bad and no one was born who wasn't loved by God. We shouldn't ask for a little. Want it all. Carpe Diem. It is better to thank God for his blessings than lament what wasn't asked for. - ed
Have a read of this week's blog on the increasingly blurry line between safety and surveillance: http://
I distrust the civil liberties lobby. I accept there is truth that invasion of privacy can lead to bad things, like abuse of power. Instead, what I see more often is that bad people are excused bad things because it is too hard to collect evidence. There is no excuse for speeding. It is true that speeding is not as bad as drink driving or drug driving. Or suicidal driving. But in terms of fining a speeder .. it is a victimless crime .. those that can't afford it won't speed. - ed
Caution, in order to protect any remaining cache, remove this virus quickly. Independent and Green programs will no longer be protected after this virus is uninstalled. They may claim to be aligned conservative, but that is merely their programming, and a quick test will show they are cache hungry.
As reported earlier, Israeli sources report says Obama wants a detailed Israeli withdrawal plan from Netanyahu during his upcoming visit to Israel.
Well, Bibi is ready:
A good congressman is worth any price. A bad congressman is paid too much with minimum wage. It isn't solely a GOP/Dem thing. You'd think you'd know who is good and who is bad .. and you do, but not by examining their promises. It is too late when you judge their performance .. and anyway, the length of time Kennedy's get in office you have to assume that judging peoples time in office isn't happening. I think it is a mistake to give high office to someone who obtains it through corruption, whose friends are shadowy figures and who has no track record to point to. - ed
Praying in tongues is a weapon that God has given us to break down every barrier preventing us from living the victorious life.
When you don’t know what to pray any more, pray in the Holy Spirit and allow Him to intercede for you (Rom 8:26). He knows exactly what the problem is and what the best solution is. He will not just plead for you in harmony with God’s will, but He will also rest your weary soul (Isa 28:11–12)!
My friend, allow the Holy Spirit to intercede for you, and see God cause everything to work together for good in every area of your life (Rom 8:28)!