1967 … the year that I was born …I liked this idea from Big Blueberry Eyes but didn’t really ‘get’ much from the US version so here is an edited Aussie one courtesy of Wikipedia and moi:
Prime Minister Harold Holt disappears while swimming in heavy surf at Cheviot Beach, near Portsea, Victoria (December 17).
Gough Whitlam defeats Dr Jim Cairns and Frank Crean to replace the retiring Arthur Calwell as leader of the federal Australian Labor Party
Indigenous Australians are given the right to be counted in the national census after a national referendum and legislation changing citizenship laws, but voters reject a third referendum question about breaking the nexus between the sizes of the Senate and the House of Representatives (27 May).
Harry Chan MLC becomes the Mayor of Darwin, becoming the first Australian of Asian descent to hold such an office
Ronald Ryan becomes the last man hanged in Australia, executed for the murder of a prison guard, which he committed while escaping from prison in December 1965. He was hanged on 3 February 1967.
The postcode system of postal address coding is introduced throughout Australia (July)
Federal Cabinet decides to drop the word 'British' from the cover of Australian passports, and agrees that it will have to amend the Nationality and Citizenship Act to change the designation 'British subject' on the inside of passports (August)
Folk-pop group The Seekers are named Australians Of The Year
The NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service is established
Sydney is rocked by a series of brutal underworld killings as rival gangs battle for control of the city's lucrative gambling and prostitution rackets
Australian Roman Catholic bishops publicly declare their opposition to the war in Vietnam (12 April)
Joan Lindsay's Picnic at Hanging Rock is published
This Day Tonight, Australia's first national nightly TV current affairs program, premieres on ABC-TV, hosted by Bill Peach (10 April)
South Sydney defeats Canterbury Bankstown 12-10 in the Grand Final of the NSWRL competition
Red Handed wins Melbourne Cup.
Births of note:
17 April — Barnaby Joyce, politician
20 June — Nicole Kidman, actress
8 September — James Packer, businessman
16 December — Miranda Otto, actress