On this Day

1854 The first Cobb and Co coach leaves Melbourne for Bendigo, Victoria.

1854 The first Cobb and Co coach leaves Melbourne for Bendigo, Victoria.

1966 Prince Charles arrives in Australia to attend Geelong Grammar School.

2008 The Australian government says it will issue its first formal apology to its indigenous people on February 13, a milestone that could ease tensions with a minority whose mixed-blood children were once taken away on the premise that their race was doomed.

TODAYS BIRTHDAYS

PHIL COLLINS

BRITISH SINGER-SONGWRITER

(1951)

British singer Phil Collins is an icon of the 1980s, having sold over 100 million albums worldwide with his band Genesis and as a solo artist. At 13, Collins left Chiswick Grammar to take up a role in a West End production of Oliver! When he was 19, the musician scored his big break after joining pop rockers Genesis as their drummer and backup vocalist. He released six albums with the band before becoming lead singer and primary songwriter in 1975. Collins profile skyrocketed soon after, prompting him to venture out on his own with his debut solo record Face Value (1981). Hes had eight number one singles throughout his career, from his first You Cant Hurry Love, to Sussudio, A Groovy Kind of Love and Another Day in Paradise. Among his dozens of accolades, Collins has won seven Grammys, an Oscar, two Golden Globes, a swag of Brit Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in

1999. Collins announced his retirement in 2011.

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