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Key events in the life of 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin

Key events in the life of 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin

With BC-AS-GEN--Australia-Obit-Crocodile HunterBy The Associated Press
Some key dates in the life of Steve Irwin, the television presenter known around the world as "The Crocodile Hunter," who died Monday:
_Feb. 22, 1962 _ Stephen Robert Irwin born to Lyn and Bob Irwin near Melbourne in Australia's southern Victoria state. A few years later his father, a wildlife enthusiast, moved the family to Queensland state and started a small reptile park at Beerwah on the Sunshine Coast.
_Feb. 22, 1968 _ Irwin received a 3.6-meter-long (12-foot-long) scrub python for his 6th birthday, kicking off a lifelong fascination with reptiles.
_ 1980s _ Volunteered for the Queensland government's crocodile relocation program, trapping problem crocodiles and removing them from populated areas.
_1991: Irwin took over the park when his parents retired and began building Australia Zoo into a tourist icon.
_1991 _ Irwin meets Terri Raines, a tourist from Eugene, Oregon, whom he marries six months later. The footage from their honeymoon becomes the first episode of "The Crocodile Hunter," which airs in Australia.
_1992 _ "The Crocodile Hunter" is picked up by the U.S. Discovery Network and shown worldwide.
_ 2001 _ Irwin makes a cameo appearance in the Eddie Murphy film "Dr. Dolittle 2," in which he attempts to wrestle an alligator and loses an arm.
_ 2002 _ Irwin releases his first feature film "The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course," an Australian production set in the Outback in which he mistakes CIA agents for poachers and sets about trying to stop them from catching a crocodile that has swallowed a tracking device.
_ Oct. 2003 _ Prime Minister John Howard invites Irwin to lunch with U.S. President George W. Bush at the prime minister's official residence at Canberra.
_ Jan. 2004 _ Irwin provokes an international outcry after being filmed holding his 1-month-old son, Bob, while feeding a snapping crocodile. Local authorities and children's rights groups say the incident is tantamount to child abuse. Irwin responds by saying he was in "absolute and complete control."
_ June 2004 _ Irwin was investigated for a possible criminal breach of wildlife laws after allegedly clowning around with whales and penguins while filming a documentary in Antarctica. He was cleared of wrongdoing, escaping a possible 1 million Australian dollar (US$769 million; euro600 million) fine and two years in prison.
_ Sept. 4, 2006 _ Irwin is fatally stabbed in the chest by a stingray barb while filming a television segment on Australia's Great Barrier Reef.


Updated : 2021-10-19 04:26 GMT+08:00