Today in History
On this day in 1943, Flying Officer Lloyd Allan Trigg from Houhara, Northland, was killed in action while on anti-submarine duties.
On this day in 1915, the Wellington Battalion captured Chunuk Bair.
On this day in 1948, Helen Keller visited the Girls Training Centre in Burwood.
On this day in 1891, Sir William Slim was born.
On this day in 1914, Governor Lord Liverpool announced to New Zealand that World War I had broken out.
On this day in 1923 the Otira Tunnel opened.
On this day in 1893 William Lang of Thames was injured in the Moanataiari Mine.
On this day in 1943, the American C-87 Liberator Express aircraft set off from Whenuapai Aerodrome for Australia only to crash to the ground minutes later.
On this day in 1919 New Zealand artist Colin John McCahon was born.
On this day in 1856, Christchurch was established as a chartered city.
In 1979, 'carless days' were all the rage. Literally.
On this day in 1952, fire ripped through the Hope Gibbons Building in Wellington.
On this day in 1893, the Women's Suffrage Petition was presented to New Zealand's Parliament.
On this day in 1929, New Zealand was amongst the nations that signed a new Geneva Convention.
On this day in 1865 the capital moved from Auckland to Wellington.
On this day in 1981, protestors against racism and apartheid in South Africa stormed the Hamilton Rugby Grounds.
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.