Today in History

Today in History - 11 August

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On this day in 1943, Flying Officer Lloyd Allan Trigg from Houhara, Northland, was killed in action while on anti-submarine duties.

Today in History - 8 August

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On this day in 1915, the Wellington Battalion captured Chunuk Bair.

Today in History - 7 August

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On this day in 1948, Helen Keller visited the Girls Training Centre in Burwood.

Today in History - 6 August

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On this day in 1891, Sir William Slim was born.

Today in History - 5 August

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On this day in 1914, Governor Lord Liverpool announced to New Zealand that World War I had broken out.

Today in History - 4 August

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On this day in 1923 the Otira Tunnel opened.

Today in History - 3 August

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On this day in 1893 William Lang of Thames was injured in the Moanataiari Mine.

Today in History - 2 August

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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.

Today in History - 1 August

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On this day in 1919 New Zealand artist Colin John McCahon was born.

Today in History - 31 July

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On this day in 1856, Christchurch was established as a chartered city.

Today in History - 30 July

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In 1979, 'carless days' were all the rage. Literally.

Today in History - 29 July

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On this day in 1952, fire ripped through the Hope Gibbons Building in Wellington.

Today in History - 28 July

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On this day in 1893, the Women's Suffrage Petition was presented to New Zealand's Parliament.

Today in History - 27 July

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On this day in 1929, New Zealand was amongst the nations that signed a new Geneva Convention.

Today in History - 26 July

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On this day in 1865 the capital moved from Auckland to Wellington.

Today in History - 25 July

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On this day in 1981, protestors against racism and apartheid in South Africa stormed the Hamilton Rugby Grounds.

Today in History - 24 July

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On this day in 1955 the electrification of the Wellington to Upper Hutt train line was completed.

Today in History - 23 July

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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.

Today in History - 22 July

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On this day in 1956 the Roxburgh hydro-electric power station opened.

Today in History - 21 July

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On this day in 1969 we walked on the moon.

Today in History - 20 July

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On this day in 1891, NZ's sixth Premier died.

Today in History - 19 July

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On this day in 1924 Flock House was opened near Bulls.

Today in History - 18 July

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On this day in 1855, New Zealand's first postage stamps went on sale.

Today in History - 17 July

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Today is International Justice Day.

Today in History - 16 July

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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.

Today in History - 15 July

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On this day in 1992, the former President of the Republic of Nauru Hammer DeRoburt died.

Today in History - 14 July

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On this day in 1950 Sir Apriana Ngata passed.

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.