Today in History

Today in History - 11 July

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On this day in 1979 America's first space station re-entered earth's atmosphere.

Today in History - 10 July

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On this day in 1967 New Zealand currency was official changed from pounds sterling.

Today in History - 4 July

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On this day in 1868 Te Kooti captured his captors.

Today in History - 3 July

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On this day in 1941 'Country Lads' became the first film released by the National Film Unit.

Today in History - 2 July

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On this day in 1938 electric traction trains were introduced to Wellington.

Today in History - 1 July

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On this day in 1862 Lyttleton opened its electric telegraph line.

Today in History - 30 June

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On this day in 1939 the 'New Zealand Listener' was first published as the official journal of the government's Broadcasting Service.

Today in History - 29 June

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On this day in 1862, the steamer White Swan wrecked off the Wairarapapa coast.

Today in History - 28 June

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On this day in 1919 the Treaty of Versailles was signed, officially ending World War One.

Today in History - 27 June

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On this day in 1942, the German-surrounded New Zealand Division launched a spectacular breakout.

Today in History - 26 June

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On this day in 1918 the steamer 'Wimmera' stuck a German mine just off the North Island.

Today in History - 23 June

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On this day in 1973, the ICJ ruled that the French could not engage in nuclear tests in our area of the Pacific.

Today in History - 22 June

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On this day in 1954, teenagers Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme murdered Pauline's mother in Christchurch's Victoria Park. The event inspired the Peter Jackson film 'Heavenly Creatures'.

Today in History - 21 June

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On this day in 1964 the Beatles touched down in Wellington.

Today in History - 19 June

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On this day in 1937 Wellington Railway Station opened to the public.

Today in History - 18 June

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On this day in 1896 Minnie Dean was tried for infanticide.

Today in History - 17 June

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On this day in 1843 the 'Wairau Incident' occurred.

Today in History - 16 June

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On this day in 1873, the Collegiate Union became Canterbury College.

Today in History - 15 June

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On this day in 1839 Captain William Hobson was officially appointed by Queen Victoria to be Lieutenant Governor General of New Zealand.

Today in History - 14 June

Today in History - 14 June

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On this day in 1982, the war in the Falkland Islands between Great Britain and Argentina came to an end.

Today in History - 13 June

Today in History - 13 June

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On this day in 1908, the first game of rugby league to be played in New Zealand kicked off at 3pm sharp.

Today in History - 12 June

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On this day in 1942 the first contingent of the US Marine Corps arrived in New Zealand.

Today in History - 11 June

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On this day in 1901, John Logan Campbell gifted Cornwall Park in Auckland to the people of New Zealand.

Today in History - 10 June

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On this day in 1886, Mt Tarawera erupted, destroying several villages.

Today in History - 9 June

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Today is International Archives Day.

Today in History - 8 June

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On this day in 1987, The New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act was enacted, which established the New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone.

Today in History - 7 June

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On this day in 1940, Flying Officer Edgar 'Cobber' Kain died while performing a low-level aerobatic display as he was leaving the aerodrome at Echimenes, France.

Today in History - 6 June

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On this day in 1968, former Prime Minister and long-standing Labour MP Walter Nash was honoured with a state funeral in Wellington.

Today in History - 5 June

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On this day in 1866 Te Kooti was deported to the Chatham Islands.

Today in History - 4 June

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On this day in 1943 the Hyde rail disaster occurred.

Today in History - 3 June

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On this day in 2012, Deputy Prime Minister Sir Brian Talboys died.

Today in History - 31 May

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On this day in 1902 the South African war ended.

Today in History - 30 May

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On this day in 1959, the Auckland Harbour Bridge was officially opened.

Today in History - 29 May

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On this day in 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the top of Everest.

Today in History - 28 May

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On this day in 1866, Richard Burgess, Thomas Kelly, Philip Levy and Joseph Sullivan, lay in wait for Edwin Fox, a gold buyer they planned to rob. It didn't work out that way.

Today in History - 27 May

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On this day in Amy Maud Bock, New Zealand's most notorious female con-artist, was convicted on two counts of false pretences and one of forgery.

Today in History - 26 May

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On this day in 1940 the Battle of Dunkirk began.

Today in History - 25 May

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On this day in 1900, Kapiti Island was proclaimed a reserve.

Today in History - 24 May

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On this day in 1968, an earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale struck the West Coast and devastated the settlement at Inangahua Junction.

Today in History - 23 May

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On this day in 1883, Auckland University opened.

Today in History - 22 May

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On this day in 1960, the Great Chilean Earthquake struck at 15.11 local time.

Today in History - 21 May

Today in History - 21 May

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On this day in 1917, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission was founded.

Today in History - 20 May

Today in History - 20 May

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On this day in 1941 the Battle of Crete began.

Today in History - 19 May

Today in History - 19 May

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On this day in 1846, guided by Kehu of Ngati Tumatakokiri, explorers Charles Heaphy and Thomas Brunner reached Mawhera Pa on their second major West Coast exploration.

Today in History - 18 May

Today in History - 18 May

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On this day in 1937, René Shadbolt, Isobel Dodds and Millicent Sharples were due to leave for the Spanish Civil War, buit were held up by police.

Today in History - 17 May

Today in History - 17 May

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On this day in 1922, Catholic Bishop James Liston was found not guilty of sedition.

Today in History - 16 May

Today in History - 16 May

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On this day in 1969, the Thirtieth Military Advisers Conference began in Bangkok.

Today in History - 15 May

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On this day in 1920, Charles Mackay's 11 year spell as Whanganui mayor was brought to an abrupt end after he shot poet Richard D'Arcy Cresswell.

Today in History - 14 May

Today in History - 14 May

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On this day in 1907 Plunket New Zealand was formed.

Today in History - 13 May

Today in History - 13 May

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On this day in 1947 Mabel Howard became the first woman cabinet minister in New Zealand.

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