Key Events in History for Your Wedding Speech

Welcome to the key events section on hitched.com.au. Looking at the key events from the year the bride or groom were born, or that other major events in their life took place, can be a great starting point for a speech – read on to see what you can find.

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Key Events from the Year 1960

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  • Johnny Cash plays his first free ‘behind bars’ gig
  • John Reynolds sets age of solar system at 4,950,000,000 years
  • Neale Fraser wins the Men’s Singles at Wimbledon
  • Michael Hutchence was born
  • Frank Macfarlane Burnett is the inaugural winner of Australian of the Year

Key Events from the Year 1961

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  • Oral contraceptives first go on sale in Australia
  • Australia defeats England 2-1 in the Ashes
  • Former Prime Minister Earle Page dies
  • The Beatles appear at the Cavern Club for the first time
  • Sam Backo, Indigenous Australian rugby league footballer, is born

Key Events from the Year 1962

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  • The Australian Ballet is founded
  • Australia wins 38 gold medals at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games, in Perth
  • Steve Irwin, wildlife expert, is born
  • Baz Luhrmann, film director and producer, is born
  • 8 out of 9 of the planets align for the first time in 100 years

Key Events from the Year 1963

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  • John Carew Eccles shares the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • Margaret Court becomes the first Australian to win the Wimbledon Ladies’ Singles
  • Elle Macpherson, model, is born
  • The Boeing 727 jet flies for the first time
  • President Kennedy is assassinated

Key Events from the Year 1964

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  • Cyclone Dora strikes north west Queensland
  • Gladesville Bridge – the world’s longest concrete arch at the time – opens
  • Pulitzer Prize cancelled as the committee declare no work is good enough
  • Rolling Stones embark on their first tour as a headline act
  • Queen Elizabeth II orders the Beatles to attend her birthday party

Key Events from the Year 1965

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  • The Kinks and the Rolling Stones tour Australia
  • The Australian Conservation Foundation is formed
  • Margaret Court wins the Australian Women’s Singles tennis for the sixth year in a row
  • Prince Philip opens the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra
  • Health warnings on cigarette packs become necessary in the US

Key Events from the Year 1966

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  • Frank Sinatra marries Mia Farrow
  • Robert Menzies, Australia’s longest serving Prime Minister, retires
  • NSW repeals the Sunday Observance Act
  • Australian Currency is decimalised
  • Bob Dylan makes his first tour of Australia

Key Events from the Year 1967

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  • Elvis Presley marries Priscilla
  • Australia Square Tower is completed
  • Nicole Kidman, actress, is born
  • New Australian $5 note goes into circulation
  • The world’s first heart transplant is performed

Key Events from the Year 1968

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  • Australia’s population estimated to have reached 12 million
  • Boeing 747 takes its first flight
  • The epidural is invented
  • Hugh Jackman is born
  • Kylie Minogue is born

Key Events from the Year 1969

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  • First man walks on the moon
  • Test tube fertilisation of human eggs takes place
  • Pele scores his 1,000th goal
  • Concorde flies for the first time
  • Woodstock took place for the first time

Key Events from the Year 1970

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  • Germaine Greer publishes The Female Eunuch
  • Jimi Hendrix dies
  • Paul McCartney files a lawsuit to dissolve the Beatles
  • IBM introduce floppy disks
  • The first computer chess tournament takes place

Key Events from the Year 1971

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  • Neville Bonner becomes the first Indigenous Australian to become a member of Australian Parliament
  • The film ‘Walkabout’ is released
  • Dannii Minogue is born
  • Nonuplets are born in Australia
  • Men drive on the moon in a ‘moon rover’

Key Events from the Year 1972

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  • Douglas Nicholls in the first Indigenous Australian to be knighted
  • Health warnings become compulsory on cigarette packets in Australia
  • Kerry Anne Wells earns Australia’s first Miss Universe crown
  • Controversial soap opera Number 96 makes its debut on television
  • The Godfather film is released

Key Events from the Year 1973

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  • The Wrest Point Casino Hotel opens in Hobart, Australia’s first Casino
  • Sydney Opera House is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II
  • Former Prime Minister Arthur Fadden dies
  • The disposable lighter is invented
  • The longest solar eclipse is visible from the Sahara Desert

Key Events from the Year 1974

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  • 1974 is Australian’s wettest year on average since 1890
  • Mungo Man, a 40,000, year old skeleton is discovered at Mungo Lake
  • Australian road signs switch from imperial to metric
  • Cyclone Darcy and Cyclone Wanda both occur this year
  • The Australian team makes its first World Cup appearance in the 1974 FIFA World Cup

Key Events from the Year 1975

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  • Mount Everest is climbed by a woman for the first time
  • John Cornforth shares the Nobel Prize for Chemistry
  • Malcolm Fraser is installed as ‘Caretaker Prime Minister’
  • Graham Kennedy was fired for using the F word during a live ad on his show
  • Natalie Imbruglia is born

Key Events from the Year 1976

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  • Mark Webber is born
  • Apple Computers is founded by Steve Jobs
  • The Viking 1 Probe lands on Mars
  • The first commercial flight on Concorde takes place
  • Random Breath Testing is introduced in Victoria

Key Events from the Year 1977

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  • Elvis Presley dies aged 42
  • The Queen celebrates her Silver Jubilee
  • Australia’s first 7-Eleven convenience store opens
  • Star Wars breaks all box office records
  • US space shuttle prototype ‘Enterprise’ flies for the first time

Key Events from the Year 1978

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  • The world’s first test tube baby is born
  • Space Invaders is launched – it’s the world’s first ever video arcade game
  • Grease, starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, is released
  • Robert Menzies dies
  • The inaugural Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade is held in Oxford Street

Key Events from the Year 1979

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  • The Sony Walkman is launched
  • The American space station ‘Skylab’ crashes in Western Australia
  • The Australian Federal Police is established
  • Mother Teresa wins the Nobel Peace Prize
  • John Wayne dies

Key Events from the Year 1980

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  • Australia’s first test tube baby is born in Melbourne
  • Homosexuality is decriminalised in Victoria
  • Former Prime Minister John McEwen dies
  • John Lennon is assassinated
  • Philips launch the ‘Compact Disc’

Key Events from the Year 1981

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  • Good Morning Australia premieres on Network 10
  • Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer
  • NASA Space Shuttle takes its maiden flight
  • IBM launches their first personal computer
  • BMW develop their first in-car computer

Key Events from the Year 1982

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  • Michael Jackson releases ‘Thriller’
  • Australia experiences one of its worst ever droughts
  • Queen Elizabeth II opens the new building of the National Gallery of Australia
  • Elvis’s home, Graceland, is opened to the public
  • Random Breath Testing is launched in NSW

Key Events from the Year 1983

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  • The Sydney Entertainment Centre opens
  • Madonna releases first album
  • Miranda Kerr is born
  • Holly Valance is born
  • Frank Forde, former Australian Prime Minister, dies

Key Events from the Year 1984

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  • The Apple Macintosh goes on sale
  • The CD-ROM is invented
  • Medicare comes into effect in Australia
  • The $1 coin is introduced
  • A 115g jar of Vegemite is the first item in Australia to be electronically scanned at a checkout

Key Events from the Year 1985

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  • AM Stereo starts broadcasting
  • TV soap Neighbours is launched
  • Melbourne celebrates its 150th year anniversary
  • Capital Gains Tax is implemented
  • The first Formula One Australian Grand Prix takes place in Adelaide

Key Events from the Year 1986

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  • Crocodile Dundee is released in Australia
  • The Parramatta Stadium opens
  • Fuji introduces the disposable camera
  • Charlene and Scott got married in Neighbours (Kylie and Jason!)
  • The Chernobyl disaster happens

Key Events from the Year 1987

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  • The first mobile phone call was made in Australia
  • Kylie Minogue enters the charts with ‘I Should Be So Lucky'
  • 3D video games were invented
  • World population reaches 5 billion
  • Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Key Events from the Year 1988

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  • Australia celebrates its bicentennial year
  • Digital cell phones are invented
  • Home and Away is launched
  • Crocodile Dundee II is released
  • Australia celebrates its bicentennial day on Australia Day

Key Events from the Year 1989

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  • The Nintendo Game Boy is created
  • Gaby Kennard becomes the first Australian woman to fly around the world non-stop
  • Australia regain the Ashes on British soil for the first time in 40 years
  • Barbie – the doll – turned 30
  • A 300m diameter asteroid misses Earth by 500,000km

Key Events from the Year 1990

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  • Opera singer Dame Joan Sutherland announces her retirement
  • Treasurer Paul Keating declares that Australia is experiencing a recession
  • Tim Berners Lee publishes a formal proposal for the World Wide Web
  • Liam Hemsworth is born
  • The first issue of the Herald Sun, with morning and evening editions, is published

Key Events from the Year 1991

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  • The first Starbucks coffee shop is opened
  • Freddie Mercury dies
  • The University of South Australia is founded
  • Paul Keating becomes the new Prime Minister of Australia
  • Steele Sidebottom is born

Key Events from the Year 1992

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  • Prime Minister Paul Keating breaks royal protocol by placing a hand on Queen Elizabeth II’s back during her visit to Australia
  • The first ‘Big Day Out’ festival is held in Sydney, headlined by Nirvana and the Violent Femmes
  • The first World Ocean Day is celebrated
  • Best-selling Sega Genesis game Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was released worldwide
  • Queen Elizabeth II describes this year as as ‘annus horribilis’

Key Events from the Year 1993

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  • Sydney is selected to be the site of the 2000 Summer Olympics
  • The ‘birthday cake interview’ with John Hewson on A Current Affair takes place
  • Shane Warne delivers what has been described as ‘the ball of the century’ to Mike Gatting in the Ashes
  • The public are allowed inside Buckingham Palace for the first time
  • Two members of One Direction are born

Key Events from the Year 1994

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  • Muriel’s Wedding is released
  • The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is released
  • Major bush fires destroy homes in coastal NSW
  • Harry Styles of One Direction is born
  • A man fired two blank shots at Prince Charles from a starting pistol in Sydney

Key Events from the Year 1995

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  • The Australian Grand Prix is moved from Adelaide to Melbourne, sparking protests
  • Qantas is privatised
  • Telecom Australia changes its name to Telstra
  • Babe, filmed in NSW, is released
  • Isabel Letham, Australia’s first surfer, dies aged 95
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