Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Australia in the 1970s
"Let It Be" by The Beatles. "Let It Be" was the #1 song in Australia for 1970 and ironically at that time, Paul McCartney was in court seeking the dissolution of The Beatles.
John Gorton. Sir John Grey Gorton of the Liberal Party held office from January 1968 until March 1971. He is the 19th Prime Minister of Australia.
Baghdad Note. Baghdad Note won in 1970. Rain Lover won in both 1968 and 1969. Silver Knight, in 1971 and Piping Lane took home the cup in 1972.
|Tragedy struck in October of 1970, when part of a major bridge construction collapsed. Can you name that bridge?||Australia in 1970
West Gate Bridge. 1970 saw a span of the West Gate Bridge in Melbourne collapse killing 35 of its workers. Construction was finally completed in 1978.
Pope Paul VI. Pope Paul VI was the very first Pope to visit Australia in 1970 and the author was lucky enough to witness this, when he travelled right past my grandparent's house on route to the Camperdown Childrens Hospital!
The landing of Captain James Cook at Botany Bay. In 1970, we commemorated the anniversary of the landing at Botany Bay, by Captain James Cook, thus claiming the east coast for the British. 1788 saw the arrival of the First Fleet, 1790, the second and Federation was in 1901.
|Can you name the transcontinental train service that made its first run in 1970?||Australia in 1970
The Indian-Pacific. The Indian-Pacific successfully completed its first journey across Australia in 1970. It travelled from Sydney to Perth, covering 3,961 kilometres in 65 hours.
|1970, saw a British rock and roller visit our shores to star in a movie about one of our legendary bushrangers. Who was it?||Australia in 1970
Mick Jagger. Mick Jagger played the lead role in the film "Ned Kelly". A puzzling choice but "such is life" !
Cardinal Norman Gilroy. Cardinal Norman Gilroy was Australian Of The Year in 1970. Lord Richard Casey had that honour bestowed upon him in 1969 and Evonne Goolagong, in 1971. Barry Crocker won the Gold Logie in 1970.
|What was Australia's estimated population in 1970, rounded to the nearest million?||Australia in 1970
13, 000, 000. We had an estimated population of 12,663,469 in 1970. Rounded to the nearest million, that makes it 13,000,000.
"Eagle Rock" by Daddy Cool. "Eagle Rock" was the #1 song in Australia for 1971, occupying the position nationally, for 10 weeks. Ironically, a cover version of the song "Daddy Cool", a tune off their debut album, was released by studio group Drummond, knocking "Eagle Rock" off its perch.
Vietnam. The last battalion left Nui Dat on 7 November 1971, marking the end of almost ten years of military involvement by Australian troops.
Evonne Goolagong. Evonne Goolagong was bestowed that honour in 1971. Clifton Pugh won the Archibald Prize for his portrait of Sir John McEwan, David Williamson's play "Don's Party" made its debut and Gerard Kennedy won the Gold Logie in 1971.
|In which sport was a shorter version introduced in Australia in 1971?||Australia in 1971
Cricket. The first one-day cricket match was held in Melbourne in 1971.
|Which natural resource was discovered off Western Australia in 1971?||Australia in 1971
Natural gas. In 1971, large natural gas fields were discovered approximately 130 kilometres off the coast of Western Australia.
Daylight Saving. Daylight Saving was formally trialled in 1971 and is now observed each year between the months of October and March, with the exception of Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland.
|Another long running television variety program made its debut in 1971. Can you name it?||Australia in 1971
Hey Hey It's Saturday. "Hey Hey It's Saturday" began life as a Saturday morning cartoon show for kids, in 1971. It ran for 28 years, ending in November 1999.
Johnny Farnham. Johnny Farnham held the crown for five consecutive years from 1969. Finally relinquishing the title to Jamie Redfern in 1974.
|Can you name the long running childrens' variety television show that premiered in 1971?||Australia in 1971
Young Talent Time. "Young Talent Time" began its 18 year run in April, 1971.
|Prime Minister John Gorton was deposed by a party room vote in March of 1971. Who was his successor?||Australia in 1971
William McMahon. Following a nine day leadership struggle, a vote of no confidence by his party ends in a tie. Gorton, conceding that he had lost the confidence of the party, casts the deciding vote against himself. Therefore, literally 'resigning' from office.
"Puppy Love" by Donny Osmond. 1972 saw "Puppy Love" as our #1 song for the year.
|Can you remember the slogan to that highly successful Labor Party election campaign in 1972?||Australia in 1972
"It's Time". "It's Time" was the slogan and theme to Gough Whitlam's election campaign in 1972.
Gough Whitlam. In December 1972 Edward Gough Whitlam won the federal election.
|In 1972, which 'dinky-di' film was released, starring Barry Crocker?||Australia in 1972
The Adventures of Barry McKenzie. The movie "The Adventures of Barry McKenzie", based on a comic strip written by Barry Humphries, made its cinematic debut in Australia in 1972.
|1972 saw the premiere of which controversial rock musical stage show?||Australia in 1972
Jesus Christ Superstar. "Jesus Christ Superstar" began a successful two year run in Australia in 1972.
Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme. The Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme was finally completed in 1972. It is considered to be one of the most complex integrated water and hydro-electric power schemes in the world.
Imperial to metric. 1972 saw the official implementation of the celsius scale for temperature measurement in Australia.
|A long running television music show came to an end in 1972. Can you name it? ||Australia in 1972
Bandstand. Premiering in 1958, (Australian) Bandstand completed its popular run in August, 1972. (Not to be confused with 'American Bandstand', which ran from 1952-1989).
|1972 was the year that "Australian television lost its virginity". How?||Australia in 1972
"Number 96" premieres. 1972 was indeed the year that "Number 96" begins its controversial five year run.
|While Australia's population steadily increased to well over the 13 million mark, 1972 saw a young athlete named as Australian of the Year. Who was it?||Australia in 1972
Shane Gould. Shane Gould took the honour in 1972. Evonne Goolagong was Australian of the Year in 1971. Rugby player Mark Ella was given the (more recently introduced) Young Australian of the Year award in 1982 and distance runner Robert de Castella in 1983.
Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Old Oak Tree - Dawn. "Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Old Oak Tree" by Dawn, spent seven weeks occupying the number one position in 1973. Incidentally, the song was inspired by a story from a 1971 article in The New York Post. It was actually a white handkerchief tied around a tree, but they made it a yellow ribbon because it made for a better song.