January 04

This Day in History

1999

Single European currency debuts

For the first time since Charlemagne's reign in the ninth century, Europe is united with a common currency when the "euro" debuts as a financial unit in corporate and investment markets. Eleven … (more...)

1988

Fiery prison riot in WA causes AUD1.8mil in damages

A group of prisoners at the Fremantle prison in Western Australia rioted on this day, setting fire to parts of the prison as a means of diversion in order to stage a mass escape. Their escape plans … (more...)

1688

First Englishman sets foot on Australian soil

The first Englishman to land on Australian soil (Jan. 4, 1688) was explorer William Dampier who arrived when his ship, the Cygnet, was forced to stop for maintenance in the north-west region of the … (more...)