1988: Formation of Burma’s National League for Democracy by Aung San Suu Kyi

The Nobel Prize website explains that Peace Prze Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is "the daughter of the legendary liberation movement leader Aung San. Following studies abroad, she returned home in 1988. From then on, she led the opposition to the military junta that had ruled Burma since 1962. She was one of the founders… Read More »1988: Formation of Burma’s National League for Democracy by Aung San Suu Kyi

1983: Death of John Pat in Roebourne Prison WA, prompting the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

Noel Olive explains in the Australian Dictionary of Biography: "On 28 September 1983 several members of the Roebourne police force attended a meeting of the Western Australian Police Union of Workers at Karratha. They adjourned to the local golf club for drinks, and then proceeded to the Top Bar of the Victoria Hotel at Roebourne.… Read More »1983: Death of John Pat in Roebourne Prison WA, prompting the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

1869: Birth of Mahatma Gandhi

"Gandhi constantly highlighted the gap between what we do, and what we are capable of doing. On this International Day, I urge each and every one of us to do everything in our power to bridge this divide as we strive to build a better future for all." UN Secretary-General António Guterres

1997: First Sea of Hands, Canberra

The first Sea of Hands was held on the 12 October 1997, in front of Parliament House, Canberra. Hands in the colors of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags were signed by people to show their support for reconciliation and native title. At the time it was the largest public art installation in Australia.… Read More »1997: First Sea of Hands, Canberra

2001: Sinking of refugee boat SIEV X

On 19 October 2001, 353 people, mostly women and children, drowned on the high seas trying to reach Australia in a small, dilapidated, grossly overloaded fishing boat that would later come to be known as Suspected Illegal Entry Vessel (SIEV) X. There were 45 who survived the sinking, of whom seven eventually settled in Australia.… Read More »2001: Sinking of refugee boat SIEV X

1834: Battle of Pinjara, WA

One hundred years after the Battle of Pinjarra, someone writing under the nome de plume 'Cygney' recounted the story in The West Australian newspaper. What do you make of this 1934 account of the battle?