1899 - Frank Macfarlane Burnet, biologist and Nobel Prize winner was born in Traralgon, Victoria.
1901 - the Flag of Australia and Australian Red Ensign are adopted by the Government of Australia as official flags, following a national design competition. The flag first flown from the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne.
1939 - Australia follows Britain and declares war on Germany.
1996 - Australian National Flag Day was proclaimed to commemorate the first flying of the Australian flag.