8 May 1963: Graham Kennedy (In Melbourne Tonight)

8 May 1976: Oliver Tobias (Luke’s Kingdom)

8 May 1982: Ian Rawlings, Pat McDonald, Peter Phelps (Sons And Daughters)

8 May 1999: Kristy Wright (Home And Away) and mother Kerri Allison

8 May 2004: Simone McAullay and Ditch Davey (Blue Heelers)

8 May 2010: Luke Mitchell (Home And Away), Esther Anderson (Home And Away), Erik Thomson (Packed To The Rafters), Melissa Doyle (Sunrise), Matt Preston (MasterChef Australia), Hugh Sheridan (Packed To The Rafters), Rebecca Gibney (Packed To The Rafters), Ray Meagher (Home And Away), Rebecca Breeds (Home And Away), Luke Jacobz (Home And Away), Jessica Marais (Packed To The Rafters), James Stewart (Packed To The Rafters)

8 May 1970: The celebration of “Australia Day” at Expo 70 in Osaka, Japan, is covered in a two-hour special broadcast live on ABC in all Australian states via satellite. Hosted by Bill Peach, the telecast includes performances from Judy Stone, The Young Australians, The Don Burrows Septet, Darryl Stewart, Greg Anderson and the Royal Australian Naval Band.

Dearest Enemy

8 May 1989: The premiere of sitcom Dearest Enemy, starring Grigor Taylor and Linden Wilkinson, on ABC.

8 May 1989: Media Watch with Stuart Littlemore begins on Monday nights on ABC, presenting analysis on various aspects of the media but predominantly on journalism.

8 May 1991: ABC screens telemovie Act Of Necessity, featuring Angie Milliken, Mark Owen-Taylor and Lauren Hewett. The Film Australia production tells the story of a couple who believe that their daughter’s cancer has been caused by chemicals in the water supply.

8 May 1992: ABC presents the long-awaited debut of its new big-budget children’s series Lift Off, featuring a combination of live action, puppetry and animation.

8 May 1996: The AFL Centenary Game (Seven) between Essendon and Geelong at the MCG marks the 100th anniversary of the first official round of football and features the two teams running out on the field in uniforms styled on yesteryear.

8 May 1997: The Nine Network covers the official opening ceremony of Melbourne’s Crown Casino, with a one-hour special hosted by Eddie McGuire.

8 May 2002: ABC debuts cooking series James Can Cook with James Reeson.

8 May 2003: The Seven Network debuts sketch comedy series Big Bite, with cast including Andrew O’Keefe, Chris Lilley, Kate McCartney, Rebecca De Unamuno and Andrew Dyer.

8 May 2004: SBS debuts Countdown To Eurovision hosted by Des Mangan. Over seven nights, each half-hour episode features guest panellists as they discuss the songs from the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Istanbul.

8 May 2005: The Nine Network debuts new celebrity reality show Celebrity Circus, with contestants including Dieter Brummer, Dylan Lewis, Cameron Daddo, Toni Pearen, Ricki-Lee Coulter , Kimberley Davies, Vadim Dale and Kerri Pottharst.

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