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On This Day in History

16th May



1891 - Henry Lawson's iconic poem, "Freedom On the Wallaby", is published for the first time.

1929 - The first Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are awarded, with the movie ‘Wings’ winning Best Picture.

1939 - The Royal Commission to inquire into the causes of, and measures taken to prevent, the bushfires of January 1939 presented its final report to Parliament.

1968 - Official visit to the Victorian Parliament of the Emperor of Ethiopia, His Imperial Majesty, Haile Salassie I.

1981 - ‘Bette Davis Eyes’ by Kim Carnes hits number one on the music charts and stays there for 9 weeks.

1986 - The movie ‘Top Gun’ starring Tom Cruise premieres.

1990 - Jim Henson, the creator of the 'Muppets', dies.

2002 - Alec Campbell, the final surviving Australian participant of the First World War Gallipoli campaign during the First World War, died. Having lied about his age in order to join the Army without parental permission, he served as a stores carrier for the last two months of the fighting at Gallipoli. He was invalided home and discharged in 1916.

2013 - Bill Gates becomes the world's richest man with $72.7 billion again after losing the position in 2008. He lost this position again in 2014.

2019 - Former Australian Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, died.

2019 - The first sod is turned for the new Dimboola Library by the Honourable Adem Somyurek, Minister for Local Government.




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