Good morning Bendigo! 13.01.14

Good morning Bendigo! 

TODAY'S WEATHER

Max 39. Sunny.

For more detailed weather news click here. 

TRAINS

Trains have been replaced by coaches until January 16 while works are done on the Bendigo to Melbourne rail line. 

NEWS OVERNIGHT

Car crashes into a tree in Knowsley

A 70-YEAR-OLD man is in hospital with broken ribs after his car crashed into a tree in Knowsley.

The man from Carapooee West crashed into a tree on Sunday on the Derrinal-Crosby Road which caused the tree to fall on his car.

Heathcote Police Sergeant John Olver said initial reports said there was a man trapped in the car but he was out when they got there.

"We got the call at 10.10am," he said.

Victoria to quash gay sex convictions

Victorian men prosecuted for having gay sex will be able to apply to have their convictions erased under laws before state parliament this year.

Gay rights advocates welcomed the move, saying it will help end the stigma and shame endured by hundreds of men based on discriminatory laws more than 30 years ago.

Denis Napthine made the announcement to delete gay criminal records as he became the first Victorian premier to open Melbourne's 26th annual Midsumma carnival, which drew thousands of revellers to celebrate gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex (GLBTI) culture on Sunday.

THE HIT LIST

GALLERY: PETstock Bendigo Pacing Cup, 2014

GALLERY: Police investigate Lake Eppalock hit-run

BABIES GALLERY: Meet our latest arrivals

Nek nomination craze 'disturbing'

GALLERY: Oceania Masters Athletics championships, day seven

THE DAILY QUIZ

1.   Gemma Adams and Tania Nicol were victims murdered near which town?

2.   Which No 1 contained the line, “They’re going to crucify me”?

3.   Which middle name is shared by David Beckham and Kevin Keegan?

4.   Which former “A-team” actor featured in “Celebrity Big Brother “ in 2007?

5.   Caitlin McClatchey won Commonwealth Gold in which sport?

DID YOU KNOW?

Oak trees don't produce acorns until they are 50 years old. 

BIRTHDAYS

If today is your big day, happy birthday! 

You share a birthday with Antoinette Bourignon, Flemish mystic (1616-1680); Prosper Jolyot de Crebillion, French dramatist (1674-1762); Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, New Zealand-born former Queensland premier (1911-2005); Paul Kelly, Australian singer/songwriter (1955-); Julia Louis-Dreyfus, US actress (1961-); Graham "Suggs" McPherson, British singer of Madness fame (1961-); Mark Bosnich, Australian goalkeeper (1972-); Orlando Bloom, British actor (1977-); Liam Hemsworth, Australian actor (1990-).

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1419 - English force captures French city of Rouen.

1759 - Marquis of Tavora and his wife are executed in Portugal.

1822 - Liberal Constitution is adopted in Greece.

1842 - At the end of an attempted retreat from Kabul, a British force of 9,000 men is massacred in the Khyber Pass.

1864 - Death of Stephen Foster, American composer of songs such as Swanee River.

1893 - Britain's Independent Labour Party, precursor to the current Labour Party, holds its first meeting.

1994 - Italian Premier Carlo Ciampi resigns, opening the way for parliamentary elections that oust the scandal-scarred parties that have dominated Italy for five decades.

1996 - Artillery fire is traded by nominally allied Croat and Muslim forces in Bosnia.

2011 - The worst floods in recent memory strike mountain towns north of Rio de Janeiro, with torrential rains unleashing mudslides in the pre-dawn hours burying Brazilians alive as they slept.

2012 - Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia carrying more than 4000 people strikes rocks and keels over off Italy's west coast. A total of 32 people die.

2013 - A Cairo appeals court overturns Hosni Mubarak's life sentence and orders a retrial of the former Egyptian president for failing to prevent the killing of hundreds of protesters during the 2001 uprising that toppled his regime.

JOKE OF THE DAY

I used to be in a band called The Subliminal Messages.

Our songs weren't great, but we sold loads of merchandise.

Got a better joke? Any tips on what we should be heading out to today? Email merran.reed@fairfaxmedia.com.au 

Have a great day, 

Merran 

Daily quiz answers: 
1. Ipswich
2. The Ballad of John & Yoko
3. Joseph
4. Dirk Benedict
5. Swimming (freestyle)

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