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21 May in Australian History

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Here are some of the events that happened on this day in Australian history. Please feel free to add others that you know of in the comments section.

  • 1912 – The steamship SS Koombana sinks off Port Hedland during a cyclone killing the 126 passengers.
  • 1962 – The Commonwealth Electoral Act 1962 received assent, granting all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people the option to enrol and vote in federal elections.
  • 1972 – Hungarian-born Australian Lazlo Toth attacked Michelangelo’s Pietà with a hammer.
  • 1975 – Rugby league footballer and boxer Anthony Mundine is born.
  • 1999 – Eight decaying bodies are found in barrels in a disused bank vault north of Adelaide, marking the beginning of the Snowtown murders case.

International Observances.

  • Afro-Colombian Day (Colombia)
  • Circassian Day of Mourning (Circassians)
  • Day of Patriots and Military (Hungary)
  • Independence Day, celebrates the Montenegrin independence referendum in 2006, celebrated until the next day. (Montenegro)

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