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From the Archives, 1971: Henry Ford II jets into Sydney

From the Archives, 1971: Henry Ford II jets into Sydney

Fifty years ago, Henry Ford II, America's biggest industrial boss, landed in Sydney with his wife, Christina, on a business tour of the South Pacific and the Far East.

  • by Lenore Nicklin

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From the Archives, 1991: Saddam sets Gulf ablaze

From the Archives, 1991: Saddam sets Gulf ablaze

The US had accused Iraq of "environmental terrorism" after millions of barrels of Kuwaiti crude flooded into the Persian Gulf.

  • by Tony Walker
From the Archives, 1981: PM opens Australian Institute of Sport

From the Archives, 1981: PM opens Australian Institute of Sport

40 years ago, PM Malcolm Fraser formally inaugurated the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. "Our decline as a sporting nation," he said, "is about to be arrested."

  • by Staff reporter
From the Archives, 1951: Two 'flu cases; plane quarantined at Darwin

From the Archives, 1951: Two 'flu cases; plane quarantined at Darwin

In the midst of an influenza epidemic ravaging Europe, sixty Dutch migrants were placed into quarantine on arrival in Australia.

  • by Staff reporter
From the Archives, 1971: Archibald winner waited 25 years

From the Archives, 1971: Archibald winner waited 25 years

In 1945, when artist Eric Smith was runner-up in the Archibald Prize, he thought "I'll win it next year". A quarter of a century later, it finally happened.

  • by Lenore Nicklin
From the Archives, 1991: 'Biggles' fly-past backfires on Gower

From the Archives, 1991: 'Biggles' fly-past backfires on Gower

30 years ago, two England cricketers left the ground during a tour match, only to re-appear in a pair of Tiger Moth aircraft and perform a fly-past.

  • by Phil Wilkins
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From the Archives, 1981: The Iran hostage crisis

From the Archives, 1981: The Iran hostage crisis

40 years ago, 52 American hostages were released by Iran after protracted negotiations and an abortive rescue attempt..

  • by Staff
From the Archives, 1966: Too many exits for PM in his last five-act drama

From the Archives, 1966: Too many exits for PM in his last five-act drama

Fifty-five years ago, a weary Sir Robert Menzies told cabinet he would resign after 16 years as Prime Minister. "In short, I am tired," he said.

  • by Peter Bowers
From the Archives, 1957: Minister denies Aboriginal people cleared from SA atomic test site

From the Archives, 1957: Minister denies Aboriginal people cleared from SA atomic test site

The federal minister for supply, Howard Beale, denied that Aboriginal people had been cleared from Maralinga in preparation for atomic tests.

  • by Staff reporter
From the Archives, 1981: Not the news but vigorous satire

From the Archives, 1981: Not the news but vigorous satire

Forty years ago, Australian-raised actress Pamela Stephenson was creating a furore with her incisive impersonations on the satirical Not The Nine O'Clock News.

  • by Carolyn Parfitt
From the Archives, 1951: Power Without Glory libel case

From the Archives, 1951: Power Without Glory libel case

On this day seventy years ago author Frank Hardy was in Melbourne's City Court charged with the criminal libel of Ellen Wren, allegedly "Nellie West" in his 1950 novel Power Without Glory. Ellen was the wife of prominent and controversial Melbourne Catholic businessman John Wren, whose empire and perceived influence on Labor was the barely disguised subject of the novel. Hardy faced 26 years' jail. The trial lasted nine months. Hardy was acquitted on June 19, 1951.

  • by Staff writer