Today in Australian History (Part 3)

Australian States & Territories: Christmas Island - Cocos (Keeling) Islands - New South Wales - Norfolk Island - Northern Territory - Queensland - South Australia - Tasmania - Victoria - Western Australia

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 462

1951-09-01 - US, Australia & New Zealand sign ANZUS treaty
1951-09-02 - Australia, NZ & US sign ANZUS-pact
1951-12-27 - 40th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Sydney (3-2)
1952-01-03 - Australia beat W Indies by one wicket at the MCG, last stand 38
1952-10-03 - 1st British nuclear test at Monte Bello Island in Australia
1952-12-31 - 41st Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Adelaide (4-1)
1953-06-13 - Alec Bedser takes 14-99 (7-55 & 7-44) v Australia
1953-10-14 - Great Britain performs nuclear test at Emu Field, Australia
1953-10-26 - Great Britain performs nuclear test at Emu Field Australia
1953-12-31 - 42nd Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Melbourne (3-2)
1954-03-08 - Herb McKinley sets quarter mile record of 0:46.8 in Melbourne, Australia
1954-04-24 - Australia & USSR break diplomatic relations
1954-12-28 - 43rd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Sydney (3-2)
1955-05-19 - Atkinson & Depeiaza make 347 stand for 7th wkt WI v Australia
1955-06-15 - Australia score 8-758 v West Indies at Kingston, their best ever
1955-11-03 - Australia takes control of Cocos Islands
1955-11-23 - British transfer Cocos (Keeling) Is in Indian Ocean to Australia
1955-12-28 - 44th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (5-0)
1956-05-16 - Great Britain performs nuclear Test at Monte Bello Is Australia
1956-05-16 - Laker takes 10-88 for Surrey v Australians at the Oval
1956-07-27 - Jim Laker takes 9-37 in Australia's 1st innings at Manchester
1956-07-31 - Laker takes 10-53 in Australia's 2nd innings, 19-90 for match
1956-09-10 - Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga, Australia
1956-09-17 - Television is first broadcast in Australia.
1956-10-04 - Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga Australia
1956-10-11 - 1st Pakistan v Australia Test 95 runs scored on 1st day
1956-10-11 - Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga Australia
1956-10-17 - Pakistan defeat Australia by nine wickets at 1st attempt
1956-10-22 - Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga Australia
1956-12-08 - 16th Olympic games close at Melbourne, Australia
1956-12-27 - 45th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Adelaide (5-0)
1957-09-14 - Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga, Australia
1957-09-25 - Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga Australia
1957-10-09 - Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga Australia
1957-12-28 - 46th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Melbourne (3-2)
1958-02-22 - Australian swimmer Jon Konrads sets 6 world records in 2 days
1958-10-01 - Britain transfers Christmas Island (south of Java) to Australia
1958-12-31 - 47th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Brisbane (3-2)
1959-01-30 - Australia 1-200 1st day 4th Test v England, Adelaide Oval
1959-02-05 - Australia regain the Ashes with a 10 wicket victory at Adelaide
1959-03-17 - Australia & USSR restore diplomatic relations
1959-08-31 - 48th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (3-2)
1959-09-23 - 1959 The M/S Princess of Tasmania Australia's first passenger RO/RO diesel ferry makes maiden voyage across Bass Strait.
1959-12-20 - Jasu Patel takes 9-69, India v Australia at Kanpur
1960-12-28 - 49th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Sydney (4-1)
1961-07-08 - Fred Trueman takes 5-0 in 24 balls to rip through Aussies
1961-08-01 - Benaud rips through England team for Aussie win at Old Trafford
1961-12-28 - 50th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Melbourne (5-0)
1962-09-15 - Australia's 1st entry in America's Cup yacht race (US wins)
1962-09-28 - Paddington tram depot fire destroys 65 trams in Brisbane, Australia.
1962-12-28 - 51st Davis Cup: Australia beats Mexico in Brisbane (5-0)
1963-01-12 - Spin bowler Bobby Simpson takes 5-57 for Australia v England
1963-09-18 - USSR orders 58.5 million barrels of cereal from Australia
1963-12-29 - 52nd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Adelaide (3-2)
1964-02-10 - Australian destroyer HMAS Voyager sinks after colliding with aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne, killing 82
1964-04-03 - Beatles hold top 6 spots on Sydney Australia record charts
1964-05-30 - Beatles 1961 record of "Cry for a Shadow" is #1 in Australia
1964-07-28 - England all out 611 in reply to Australia's 8-656 Match a draw
1964-09-28 - 53rd Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Cleveland (3-2)
1964-10-26 - Eric Edgar Cooke becomes last person in Western Australia to be executed.
1965-03-01 - Australia suspends champ swimmer Dawn Fraser for 10-yrs for misconduct
1965-04-29 - Australian government announces it would send troops to Vietnam
1965-07-14 - Australian Ronald Clarke runs world record 10k (27:39.4)
1965-12-29 - 54th Davis Cup: Australia beats Spain in Sydney (4-1)
1966-01-26 - The Beaumont Children go missing from Glenelg Beach near Adelaide, South Australia.
1966-02-14 - Australian currency is decimalised, and decimal currency postage stamps introduced
1966-03-27 - Anti Vietnam war demonstrations in US, Europe & Australia
1966-10-15 - Australia bans Troggs' "I Can't Control Myself" as "terribly obscene"
1966-12-28 - 55th Davis Cup: Australia beats India in Melbourne (4-1)
1967-02-03 - Ronald Ryan, the last person to be executed in Australia, is hanged in Pentridge Prison, Melbourne.
1967-05-27 - Australians vote in favor of a constitutional referendum granting the Australian government the power to make laws to benefit Indigenous Australians and to count them in the national census.
1967-05-29 - Australian Paul McManus water skis barefoot for 1:30:19
1967-12-17 - Harold Holt, Prime Minister of Australia, vanishes in mysterious circumstances while swimming near Melbourne.
1967-12-19 - Prime Minister of Australia Harold Holt is officially presumed dead.
1967-12-28 - 56th Davis Cup: Australia beats Spain in Brisbane (4-1)
1968-01-31 - Nauru (formerly Pleasant Island) declares independence from Australia
1968-06-24 - Australia all out for 78 v England at Lord's
1968-10-14 - A 6.8 earthquake wrecked the Australian town of Meckering, and also ruptured all major roads and railways nearby.
1968-12-28 - 57th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Adelaide (4-1)
1969-01-29 - Sheahan & Connolly hang on for exciting draw Australia v West Indies
1969-06-02 - Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne slices US destroyer USS Frank E Evans in half, killing 74 (South Vietnam)
1969-06-30 - Derek Clayton of Australia sets Marathon record at 2:08:34
1969-12-14 - Bishen Bedi takes 7-98 (career-best) v Australia at Calcutta
1970-01-22 - Test debut of Barry Richards, South Africa v Australia, Cape Town
1970-01-23 - Australia's 1st amateur radio satellite (Oscar 5) launched (California)
1970-02-06 - Graeme Pollock completes 274 v Australia at Durban
1970-03-10 - South Africa complete 4-0 series drubbing of Australia
1970-04-21 - The Principality of Hutt River (previously Hutt River Province) secedes from Australia - it remains unrecognised by Australia or other nations
1970-09-03 - Bill Halley & Comets reject $30,000 for 15 date tour of Australia
1971-01-05 - 1st one-day international, Australia v England at the MCG
1971-01-14 - John Snow takes 7-40 for England to beat Australia by 299 runs
1971-10-02 - Homing pigeon averages 133 KPH (record) in 1100-km Australian race
1972-08-24 - Dennis Amiss scores 1st one-day int century, 103 v Australia
1972-12-05 - Australia Labour party wins parliamentary election
1973-02-16 - WI v Australia at Kingston, 1st time since 1955 without Sobers
1973-12-01 - Australia grants self-government to Papua New Guinea
1973-12-02 - 62nd Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Cleveland (5-0)
1974-12-25 - Cyclone Tracy virtually destroys Darwin, Australia
1975-01-09 - Australia beat England by 171 runs in 4th Test to regain Ashes
1975-01-19 - Triple J begins broadcasting in Sydney, Australia.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 1,027

1928-08-08 - Don Burrows, Australian musician
1928-08-10 - Gus Mercurio, American-born Australian actor
1928-08-12 - Charles Blackman, Australian artist
1929-02-09 - Clement Meadmore, Australian-born sculptor (d. 2005)
1929-02-16 - Peter NF Porter, Australian/British author/poet (Chair of Babel)
1929-02-27 - Jack Gibson, Australian rugby league footballer and coach (d. 2008)
1929-03-28 - Paul England, Australian racing driver
1929-06-10 - Ian McCahon Sinclair, Australian politician
1929-10-01 - Ken Arthurson, Australian rugby league identity
1929-10-31 - Eddie Charlton, Australian snooker player (d. 2004)
1929-12-09 - Robert J L Hawke, (Lab), PM Australia (1983-91)
Actor Rod TaylorActor Rod Taylor (1930-01-11) 1930-01-11 - Rod Taylor, Sydney, New South Wales, Australian actor (The Birds, Time Machine)
1930-01-11 - Ron Mulock, Australian politician
1930-02-28 - Bruce Dawe, Australian poet
1930-03-30 - Rolf Harris, Australian/British cartoonist
1930-05-16 - Brian Davies, Brisbane, Australia, Rugby League player, (d. 2012)
1930-05-21 - Malcolm Fraser, PM of Australia (Liberal, 1975-83)
1930-08-02 - Vali Myers, Australian painter (d. 2003)
1930-09-29 - Richard Bonynge, Sydney Australia, conductor (Aust Orch Sydney-1976)
1930-10-01 - Frank Gardner, Australian racing driver
1931-01-04 - Sir William Deane, Governor-General of Australia 1996-2001
1931-01-05 - Joan Coxsedge, Australian politician
1931-01-11 - Betty Churcher, director of the National Gallery of Australia
1931-01-14 - Frank Costigan, Australian lawyer
1931-01-30 - Shirley Hazzard, Australian author (Transit of Venus)
1931-03-05 - Barry Tuckwell, Melbourne Australia, horn player (London Symph Orch 1955-68)
Media Mogul Rupert MurdochMedia Mogul Rupert Murdoch (1931-03-11) 1931-03-11 - Rupert Murdoch, Australia, publisher (NY Post)/CEO (FOX-TV)
1931-07-23 - Richard Searby, deputy-chairman (News Corp Ltd-Australia)
1931-09-13 - Marjorie Jackson, Australia, sprinter (Olympic-gold-1952) [or Feb 13]
1932-01-07 - Joe Berinson, Australian politician
1933-01-01 - Norman Yemm, Australian actor
1933-01-02 - Ed Casey, Australian politician (d. 2006)
1933-07-27 - Ted Whitten, Australian rules footballer (d. 1995)
1933-08-14 - Bryce Courtenay, Johannesburg, South Africa, Australian novelist (The Power of One), (d. 2012)
1933-09-14 - Zoe Caldwell, Australia, actress (Prime of Miss Jean Brodie)
1933-12-19 - Kevan Gosper, Australian athlete
1933-12-26 - Ugly Dave Gray, Australian television personality
1934-01-06 - Harry M. Miller, Australian entrepreneur
1934-02-14 - Marlene Matthews, Australia, sprinter (Oly-2 bronze-1956)
1934-02-15 - Graham Kennedy, Australian actor (d. 2005)
1934-02-17 - Barry Humphries, Australia TV host (Dame Edna Everage)
1934-03-08 - Ron Taylor, Sydney Australia, cinematographer (Those Amazing Animals), (d. 2012)
1934-03-20 - David Malouf, Australian author
1934-06-20 - Brian Barder, British high commissar (Australia)
1934-09-11 - Norma Croker, Australian sprinter
1934-09-15 - Fred Nile, Australian politician
1934-10-09 - Jill Ker Conway, Australian-American author
1935-01-09 - Brian Harradine, Australian independent Senator
1935-03-05 - Philip K Chapman, Melbourne Australia, astronaut (Apollo 14 support)
1935-03-10 - Graham Farmer, Australian rules footballer
1935-05-25 - Victoria Shaw, Australian-born American actress (d. 1988)
1935-07-24 - Pat Oliphant, Australia, cartoonist (7 Pres: The Art of Oliphant)
1935-08-08 - John Laws, Australia radio personality
1935-10-07 - Thomas M Keneally, Australian writer (Schindler's List)
1935-11-18 - Rodney Hall, Australian author
1936-01-07 - Ben Cropp, Australian shark hunter and photographer
1936-01-08 - Robert May, Baron May of Oxford, Australian-born British scientist
1936-01-10 - Burnum Burnum, Australian Aboriginal activist, actor, author and dreamer (d. 1997)
1936-02-27 - Ron Barassi, Australian rules footballer
1936-04-02 - Jack Brabham, Australian race car driver (world champ 1966)
1936-07-25 - Glenn Murcutt, Australian architect
1936-11-16 - John Moore, Australian politician
1936-11-21 - Victor Chang, Australian physician (d. 1986)
1937-01-16 - Lorraine Bayly, Australian actress
1937-02-04 - John Devitt, Australia, 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-gold-1960)
1937-02-21 - Ron Clarke, Australia, runner (held 19 world records)
1937-06-01 - Colleen McCullough, Wellington, Australian author (Tim, Indecent Obsession)
1937-06-11 - Robin Warren, Australian pathologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine
1937-09-04 - Dawn Fraser, NSW Australia, 100m freestyle (Olympic-gold-1956, 60, 64)
1937-11-13 - Kamahl, [Kamalesvaran], Australian singer (Elephant Song)
1937-12-17 - Kerry Packer, Australian businessman (d. 2005)
1938-01-06 - Prof Adrienne Clarke, Australian botanist, Lieutenant Governor of Victoria
1938-01-12 - Lewis Fiander, Australian actor
1938-02-25 - Herb Elliott, Australia, 1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1960)
1938-04-20 - Betty Cuthbert, Australia 100m/200m/400m dash (Olympic-gold-1956, 64)
1938-06-12 - Tom Oliver, Australian actor
1938-06-18 - Kevin Murray, Australian rules footballer
1938-06-19 - Ian Smith, Australian actor
1938-06-28 - Robert Hughes, Sydney, Australia, art critic, (d. 2012)
1938-07-28 - Robert Hughes, [Studley Forrest], Australia, writer/critic (Barcelona)
1938-08-07 - Helen Caldicott, Melbourne Australia, physician/anti-war activist
1938-11-26 - Rodney Jory, Australian physicist
1938-12-04 - Yvonne Minton, Australian soprano
1939-01-03 - Janice Crosio, Australian politician
1939-01-06 - Murray Rose, Nairn Scotland, Australian Olympic swimmer (4x oly gold), (d. 2012)
1939-01-29 - Germaine Greer, Melbourne Australia, feminist/author (Female Eunich)
1939-04-12 - Johnny Raper, Australian rugby league footballer
1939-05-12 - Reg Gasnier, Australian rugby league footballer
1939-07-12 - Phillip Adams, Australian broadcaster and journalist
1939-07-26 - J W Howard, Prime Minister of Australia
1939-08-12 - Pam Ryan-Kilborn, Australia, hurdler (Olympic-silver-1968)
1939-09-05 - George Lazenby, Goulburn Australia, actor (OHMSS-James Bond)
1939-10-07 - Clive James, Australian television presenter and writer
1939-10-08 - Paul Hogan, Australia, actor (Crocodile Dundee, Lightning Jack)
1939-12-30 - Glenda Adams, Australian author (d. 2007)
1940-01-05 - Athol Guy, Australian singer, member of The Seekers
1940-02-27 - Bill Hunter, Australian actor
1940-03-28 - Tony Barber, Australian television personality
1940-06-23 - Diana Trask, Australia, singer (Sing Along With Mitch)
1940-08-31 - Jack Thompson [John Payne], Sydney, New South Wales, Australian actor (Breaker Morant, The Man from Snowy River)

Famous Weddings

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 201 - 294 of 294

2005-01-08 - Campbell McComas, Australian impersonator and broadcaster (b. 1952)
2005-01-11 - Miriam Hyde, Australian composer (b. 1913)
2005-01-17 - Charlie Bell, Australian fast food executive (b. 1960)
2005-01-24 - June Bronhill, Australian singer (b. 1929)
2005-03-04 - Una Hale, Australian soprano (b. 1922)
2005-03-15 - Bob Bellear, Australian judge (b. 1944)
2005-03-26 - Paul Hester, Australian drummer (Split Enz and Crowded House) (b. 1959)
2005-04-19 - Clement Meadmore, Australian sculptor (b. 1929)
2005-04-23 - Al Grassby, Australian immigration minister (b. 1928)
2005-05-25 - Graham Kennedy, Australian television personality (b. 1934)
2005-07-17 - Joe Vialls, Australian writer (b. 1944)
2005-12-02 - Van Tuong Nguyen, Australian drug smuggler (hanged) (b. 1980)
2005-12-05 - Kevin "Big Kev" McQuay, Australian businessman (b. 1949)
2005-12-26 - Kerry Packer, Australian businessman (b. 1937)
2006-01-01 - Dawn Lake, Australian TV comedienne (b. 1927)
2006-01-03 - Steve Rogers, Australian rugby league footballer (b. 1954)
2006-01-09 - Andy Caldecott, Australian motorcycle racer (b. 1964)
2006-03-22 - Kurt von Trojan, Australian science fiction author (b. 1937)
2006-03-28 - Kevin Pro Hart, Australian artist (b. 1928)
2006-05-06 - Grant McLennan, co-founder of Australian band The Go-Betweens (b. 1958)
2006-05-07 - Richard Carleton, Australian news reporter (b.1943)
2006-08-15 - Rick Bourke, Australian rugby league player
2006-08-16 - Alex Buzo, Australian playwright and author (b. 1944)
2006-09-04 - Colin Thiele, Australian author and educator (b. 1920)
Naturalist and TV Star Steve IrwinNaturalist and TV Star Steve Irwin (2006-09-04) 2006-09-04 - Steve Irwin, Australian naturalist and television personality attacked and killed by a stingray (b. 1962)
2006-09-08 - Peter Brock, Australian racecar driver (b. 1945)
2006-09-14 - Esme Melville, Australian actress (b. 1918)
2006-10-03 - Peter Norman, Australian track star (b. 1942)
2006-11-11 - Belinda Emmett, Australian actress (b. 1974)
2006-12-21 - Scobie Breasley, Australian jockey (b. 1914)
2007-01-01 - Leonard Fraser, Australian serial killer (b. 1951)
2007-01-02 - Richard Newton, Australian-born technology pioneer and professor (b. 1951)
2007-01-04 - Ben Gannon, Australian theatre film and television producer (b. 1952)
2007-01-12 - Sir James Killen, Australian politician (b. 1925)
2007-02-13 - Elizabeth Jolley, Australian writer (b. 1923)
2007-02-28 - Billy Thorpe, Australian musician (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs) (b. 1946)
2007-04-12 - Kevin Crease, Australian TV anchor (b. 1936)
2007-04-21 - Lobby Loyde, Australian guitarist and songwriter (b. 1941)
2007-07-11 - Glenda Adams, Australian author (b. 1939)
2007-07-12 - Stan Zemanek, Australian radio personality (b.1947)
2007-07-27 - Lucky Grills, Australian actor (b. 1928)
2007-10-01 - Chris Mainwaring, Australian rules footballer (b. 1965)
2007-10-23 - John Ilhan, Australian entrepreneur, Crazy John's mobile phones (b. 1965)
2007-11-02 - Charmaine Dragun, Australian journalist (b. 1978)
2007-11-06 - George Grljusich, Australian sports broadcaster (b. c1939)
2007-11-27 - Bernie Banton, Australian asbestos campaigner (b. 1946)
2007-12-03 - James Kemsley, Australian cartoonist and actor (b. 1948)
2008-01-05 - Clinton Grybas, Australian sports commentator (b. 1975)
2008-01-08 - George Moore, Australian champion jockey (b. 1923)
Actor Heath LedgerActor Heath Ledger (2008-01-22) 2008-01-22 - Heath Ledger, Australian actor (b. 1979)
2008-02-25 - Ashley Cooper, Australian race car driver (b. 1980)
2008-04-08 - John Button, Australian politician (b. 1933)
2008-04-30 - John Cargher, Australian radio broadcaster (b. 1919)
2008-05-09 - Jack Gibson, Australian rugby league footballer and coach (b. 1929)
2008-05-10 - Jessie Jacobs, Australian Actress (b. 1990)
2008-06-22 - Jane McGrath, British-born Australian cancer support campaigner (b. 1966)
2008-07-25 - Jeff Fehring, Australian rules footballer (b. 1955)
2008-08-05 - Reg Lindsay, Australian country and western singer/songwriter (b. 1929)
2008-08-12 - Christie Allen, British-Australian pop singer (b. 1954)
2008-08-27 - Mark Priestley, Australian actor (b. 1976)
2008-09-12 - Bob Quinn, Australian rules footballer (b. 1915)
2008-09-23 - Peter Leonard, Australian journalist (b. 1942)
2008-12-08 - Kerryn McCann, Australian athlete (b. 1967)
2009-01-13 - Nancy Bird Walton, Australian aviator (b. 1915)
2009-02-07 - Brian Naylor (broadcaster), Australian television presenter (b. 1931)
2009-05-15 - Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Australian actor (b. 1923)
2009-08-21 - Dean Turner, Australian musician (b. 1972)
2009-10-22 - Don Lane, American-born Australian television personality (b. 1933)
2009-12-30 - Rowland S. Howard, Australian guitarist (The Birthday Party) (b. 1959)
2010-01-08 - Monica Maughan, Australian actor (b. 1933)
2010-04-19 - Carl Williams, Australian criminal (b. 1970)
2010-05-25 - Alan Hickinbotham, Australian businessman, football player, & football coach (b. 1925)
2010-06-07 - Adriana Xenides, Australian TV personality (b. 1956)
2010-07-09 - Jessica Anderson, Australian novelist (b. 1916)
2010-09-23 - Malcolm Douglas, Australian conservationist (b. 1941)
2010-10-10 - Dame Joan Sutherland, Australian operatic soprano (b. 1926)
2010-11-22 - Frank Fenner, Australian microbiologist (b. 1914)
2010-12-07 - Gus Mercurio, American-born Australian actor (b. 1928)
2011-03-19 - Kym Bonython, Australian radio broadcaster, jazz musician, speedway promoter (b. 1920)
2011-04-17 - Eric Gross, Austrian-Australian composer (b. 1926)
2011-05-08 - Lionel Rose, Australian boxer (b. 1948)
2011-05-16 - Bob Davis, Australian rules footballer (b. 1928)
2011-07-13 - Allan Jeans, Australian football player and coach (b. 1933)
2011-07-17 - David Ngoombujarra, Australian actor (b. 1967)
2011-07-26 - Margaret Olley, Australian artist (b.1923)
2011-09-17 - Colin Madigan, Australian architect (b. 1921)
2012-03-20 - Jim Stynes, Irish Australian rules footballer, dies from cancer at 45
2012-04-15 - Murray Rose, Australian Olympic gold winning swimmer, dies from leukemia at 73
2012-08-06 - Robert Hughes, Australian art critic, dies at 74
2012-09-09 - Ron Taylor, Australian shark expert and cinematographer, dies from myeloid leukemia at 78
2012-11-14 - Brian Davies, Australia Rugby League player, dies at 82
2012-11-22 - Bryce Courtenay, South African-born Australian novelist, dies from stomach cancer at 79
2013-04-04 - Ian Walsh, Australian rugby league player, dies at 80
2013-12-08 - John Cornforth, Australian-British chemist and Nobel laureate, dies at 96


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