Today in History
On this day in 1955 the electrification of the Wellington to Upper Hutt train line was completed.
On this day in 1952, New Zealand's first female Olympic medallist, Yvette Williams (now Corlett) won gold in the long jump with an Olympic-record leap of 6.24m.
On this day in 1956 the Roxburgh hydro-electric power station opened.
On this day in 1969 we walked on the moon.
On this day in 1891, NZ's sixth Premier died.
On this day in 1924 Flock House was opened near Bulls.
On this day in 1855, New Zealand's first postage stamps went on sale.
Today is International Justice Day.
On this day in 1965, the New Zealand 161 Battery, stationed at Bien Hoa air base near Saigon, opened fire on a Viet Cong position in support of the American 173rd Airborne Brigade.
On this day in 1992, the former President of the Republic of Nauru Hammer DeRoburt died.
On this day in 1950 Sir Apriana Ngata passed.
On this day in 1979 America's first space station re-entered earth's atmosphere.
On this day in 1967 New Zealand currency was official changed from pounds sterling.
On this day in 1868 Te Kooti captured his captors.
On this day in 1941 'Country Lads' became the first film released by the National Film Unit.
On this day in 1938 electric traction trains were introduced to Wellington.
On this day in 1862 Lyttleton opened its electric telegraph line.
On this day in 1939 the 'New Zealand Listener' was first published as the official journal of the government's Broadcasting Service.
On this day in 1862, the steamer White Swan wrecked off the Wairarapapa coast.
On this day in 1919 the Treaty of Versailles was signed, officially ending World War One.
On this day in 1942, the German-surrounded New Zealand Division launched a spectacular breakout.
On this day in 1918 the steamer 'Wimmera' stuck a German mine just off the North Island.
On this day in 1973, the ICJ ruled that the French could not engage in nuclear tests in our area of the Pacific.
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'.
On this day in 1964 the Beatles touched down in Wellington.
On this day in 1937 Wellington Railway Station opened to the public.
On this day in 1896 Minnie Dean was tried for infanticide.
On this day in 1843 the 'Wairau Incident' occurred.
On this day in 1873, the Collegiate Union became Canterbury College.
On this day in 1839 Captain William Hobson was officially appointed by Queen Victoria to be Lieutenant Governor General of New Zealand.
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On this day in 1982, the war in the Falkland Islands between Great Britain and Argentina came to an end.
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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.
On this day in 1942 the first contingent of the US Marine Corps arrived in New Zealand.
On this day in 1901, John Logan Campbell gifted Cornwall Park in Auckland to the people of New Zealand.
On this day in 1886, Mt Tarawera erupted, destroying several villages.
Today is International Archives Day.
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.
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.
On this day in 1968, former Prime Minister and long-standing Labour MP Walter Nash was honoured with a state funeral in Wellington.
On this day in 1866 Te Kooti was deported to the Chatham Islands.
On this day in 1943 the Hyde rail disaster occurred.
On this day in 2012, Deputy Prime Minister Sir Brian Talboys died.
On this day in 1902 the South African war ended.
On this day in 1959, the Auckland Harbour Bridge was officially opened.
On this day in 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the top of Everest.
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.
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.
On this day in 1940 the Battle of Dunkirk began.
On this day in 1900, Kapiti Island was proclaimed a reserve.
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.