Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Today in History

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Today in History

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TODAY is Friday, May 8, the 128th day of 2009. There are 237 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

* 1789 - Supply ship Sirius returns to Sydney from Cape Town with provisions.

* 1876 - Death of Truganini, formerly believed to be the last Tasmanian Aborigine, but now a symbol of the struggle and survival of the island state's indigenous population.

* 1901 - Federal Labor Party is founded in Australia with JC Watson as leader.

* 1907 - Carlton and United Breweries is formed from the union of six major Melbourne breweries.

* 1916 - Forces from Australia and New Zealand arrive in France during World War I.

* 1942 - Battle of the Coral Sea ends when a US fleet turns back a Japanese invasion force heading for Port Moresby.

* 1943 - Twenty-five Australian defence personnel die when their bus collides with a train at a level crossing near Wodonga, Victoria.

* 1948 - Margaret McIntyre becomes first woman elected to Tasmanian parliament.

* 1970 - Up to 200,000 Australians participate in demonstrations against the Vietnam War. …

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