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 foreign intelligence agents blow up the Greenpeace boat Rainbow Warrior in Auckland harbor, New Zealand to prevent it interfering with French nuclear tests in the South Pacific. Dutch photographer Fernando Pereira is killed.

  • 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
  • 1961-08-09 John Key, New Zealand politician, Prime Minister (2008-2016), 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