Auckland in History

Historical Events

  • 1863-02-07 HMS Orpheus sinks off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand, killing 189.
  • 1865-07-26 The capital of New Zealand moves from Auckland to Wellington
  • 1874-11-17 Emigrant ship Cospatrick catches fire & sinks off Auckland, NZ
  • 1888-10-20 Chicago & All America baseball teams play exhibition in Auckland, NZ
  • 1920-07-16 15th Davis Cup: USA beats Australasia in Auckland (5-0)
  • 1933-04-01 Hammond scores 336* v NZ at Auckland, 47 fours 10 sixes
  • 1937-12-29 Pan Am starts service between San Francisco and Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1950-02-04 4th British Empire Games open in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1950-02-11 4th British Empire Games close in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1953-12-24 Wellington-Auckland (NZ) express train swept away in flood kills 166
  • 1959-05-30 The Auckland Harbour Bridge is officially opened in Auckland, New Zealand.
  • 1963-07-20 Riots break out at Mt Eden Prison, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1976-01-25 Surinder Amarnath scores 124 on Test debut Ind v NZ Auckland
  • 1985-01-25 Test debut of Wasim Akram, v New Zealand at Auckland (2-105)

CommunicationThe Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior

1985-07-10 French agents blow up Greenpeace boat Rainbow Warrior in Auckland harbour, New Zealand

  • 1987-06-20 1st Rugby World Cup: New Zealand beats France 29-9 in Auckland
  • 1990-01-24 14th Commonwealth Games open in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1990-02-03 14th Commonwealth Games close in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1991-05-29 "Les Miserables" opens at Aotea Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1996-03-03 Auckland beat Wellington by 9 wickets to win Shell Trophy Final
  • 1997-03-03 The tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, Sky Tower in downtown Auckland, New Zealand, opens after two-and-a-half years of construction.
  • 2000-03-02 America's Cup: Team New Zealand defeats Prada Challenge 5-0 to win in Auckland
  • 2003-03-02 America's Cup: Alinghi defeats Team New Zealand 5-0 to win in Auckland
  • 2004-08-15 Bay of Plenty defeat Auckland 33-26 in Rugby Union to win NZ's Ranfurly shield for the first time in the shield's 102 year history and after 28 unsuccessful challenges
  • 2011-10-23 7th Rugby World Cup: New Zealand beats France 8-7 in Auckland
  • 2016-03-02 Longest non-stop scheduled commercial flight by distance, Emirates A380 flies 14,200km (8,824 miles) Dubai to Auckland in 17 hours, 15 minutes

Famous Birthdays

  • 1914-02-03 Felix Kelly, New Zealand-born British artist, born in Auckland (d. 1994)

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1919-07-20 Edmund Hillary, Explorer and Mountaineer (1st to scale Mt Everest with Tenzing Norgay), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2008)

Mountaineer and Explorer Edmund Hillary
Mountaineer and Explorer
Edmund Hillary
  • 1934-10-22 Donald McIntyre, Bass-Baritone (Wotan-Das Rheingold), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1935-07-10 Wilson Whineray, All Black (1957-65), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2012)
  • 1942-07-17 Gale Garnett, singer (We'll Sing in the Sunshine), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1950-11-11 Rex Samuel Sellers, Tornado class sailor (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1951-06-10 Vicky Latta, equestrian 3 day event (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1955-08-27 Roderick Hopkins Davis, yachting Star class (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1957-05-30 Allison Roe, marathoner (NYC-1981), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1957-08-02 Stephen Kelly Petterson, Smallbore rifle (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1957-09-20 Alannah Currie, rock xylophone/vocalist (Thompson Twins), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1959-03-17 Brian Douglas Jones, tornado class sailor (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1960-05-14 Frank Nobilo, New Zealand golfer, born in Auckland
  • 1961-10-22 Donna Wynd, 1k sprint cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1962-01-05 Donald John Cowie, yachting Star class (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1962-02-28 Chunli Li, table tennis player (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand

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1963-03-16 Kevin Smith, New Zealand actor (Ares-Hercules), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2002)

  • 1963-11-03 Stephen Corkin, judoka (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1965-03-31 Patty Fendick, tennis star (1989 Auckland), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1965-08-22 Patricia Hy-Boulais, Cambodia, tennis star (1994 Auckland doubles)
  • 1967-03-30 Julie Richardson, tennis star (1992 Futures-Canberra), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1967-05-23 Craig John Monk, finn class sailor (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1967-08-30 Barbara Anne Kendall, mistral sailor (Oly-g/s-92, 96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1967-10-21 Gavin Brian Lovegrove, javelin (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand

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1968-03-29 Lucy Lawless, New Zealand actress (Xena: Warrior Princess) and singer, born in Auckland, New Zealand

Actress & Singer Lucy Lawless
Actress & Singer
Lucy Lawless
  • 1969-01-19 Andrew Murray Stone, Open 470 sailor (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1969-09-06 Douglas Pirini, decathlete (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1969-09-22 Nicole Bradtke, Australian tennis star (1995 Auckland), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1969-10-16 Darren McKenzie-Potter, cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1970-07-19 Rhona Susan Robertson, badminton player (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1970-12-30 Gus Nketia, 100m sprint (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1971-05-13 Hamish Pepper, laser single handed sailor (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1971-08-26 Sharon Tina Jenkins, badminton player (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1971-10-31 Phillip Tataurangi, New Zealand golfer, born in Auckland
  • 1971-12-12 Toni Hodgkinson, 800m (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1972-01-07 Aaron John Mcintosh, sailboard sailor (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1972-10-27 John Steel, 100m/200m swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1973-04-08 Walter Nicholas Henry Tongue, 50m/100m swimmer (Oly-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1973-10-15 Susannah Kate Pryde, road race cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1973-12-28 Garth John Da Silva, heavyweight boxer (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand

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1975-05-12 Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby union player and the youngest ever All Black, born in Auckland (d. 2015)

Rugby Union Superstar Jonah Lomu
Rugby Union Superstar
Jonah Lomu
  • 1976-03-14 Sarah Elizabeth Ulmer, 3k ind pursuit cyclist (Oly-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1976-05-09 Faye Johnstone, archer (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand

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1987-06-06 Daniel Logan, New Zealand actor (Boba Fett-Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones), born in Auckland

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1996-11-07 Lorde [Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor], New Zealand singer (Royals), born in Auckland, New Zealand

Singer Lorde
Singer
Lorde