Today in New Zealand History (Part 2)

New Zealand: Auckland - Christchurch - Dunedin - Maori - Tokelau - Wellington

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Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 215

1954-09-20 - New Zealand's Special Committee on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents reports just ten days after concluding hearings.
1955-11-09 - NZ all out for 70 v Pakistan at Dacca
1957-06-25 - 2nd Rugby League World Cup: New Zealand beats Great Britain 29-21
1958-06-20 - NZ all out 47 v England at Lord's, Laker 4-13, Lock 5-17
1959-05-30 - The Auckland Harbour Bridge is officially opened in Auckland, New Zealand.
1960-06-25 - South Africa beats New Zealand 13-0 in the first rugby test of the series in Johannesburg
1962-01-01 - Western Samoa gains independence from New Zealand Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II becomes co-chief of Western Samoa
1963-07-03 - In New Zealand, a National Airways Corporation Dakota DC-3 crashes in the Kaimai Ranges; all 23 passengers and crew are killed in what is still New Zealand’s worst internal civil aviation accident
1963-07-20 - Riots break out at Mt Eden Prison, Auckland, New Zealand
1964-04-13 - New Zealand Colin Bosher shears a record 565 sheep in 1 work day
1965-03-07 - Bruce Taylor takes 5-86 in debut innings for NZ after ton
1965-03-20 - Venkataraghavan takes 8-72 v NZ at Delhi
1965-07-09 - John Edrich completes 310* v NZ in 532 minutes, 52 fours 5 sixes
1965-08-04 - Cook Islands enters into free association with New Zealand
1967-04-19 - 71st Boston Marathon: Dave McKenzie of New Zealand 1st man in 2:15:45 and Bobbi Gibb of United States 1st woman in 3:27:17
1967-12-24 - Pirate Radio Pegasus starts broadcasting off New Zealand
1968-04-10 - Ferry Wahine sinks in Wellington harbour, New Zealand on route from Lyttelton (51 killed)
1971-08-18 - New Zealand Prime Minister Keith Holyoake announces in Parliament that New Zealand’s combat force would be withdrawn from Vietnam before the end of the year, coinciding with a similar announcement by the Australian government
1973-02-10 - Mushtaq Mohammad follows up 201 to take 5-49 v NZ Dunedin
1973-06-28 - New Zealand ship HMNZS Otago sails for Mururoa test zone after France’s refusal to accept an International Court of Justice injunction against its atmospheric nuclear testing; NZ Prime Minister Norman Kirk told the crew of the Otago that their Mururoa mission was an ‘honourable’ one
1974-01-01 - With effect from this date the New Zealand government terminates all tariff preferences previously granted to South Africa
1974-01-24 - 10th British Commonwealth Games open in Christchurch, New Zealand
1974-02-02 - 10th British Commonwealth Games close in Christchurch, New Zealand
1974-07-07 - New Zealand imposes a blanket ban on sports teams from South Africa
1974-10-19 - Niue becomes self-govering, in association with New Zealand
1976-01-25 - Surinder Amarnath scores 124 on Test debut Ind v NZ Auckland
1976-01-28 - Erapalli Prasanna takes 8-76 to rip through NZ at Eden Park
1976-02-13 - Peter Casserly of NZ hand-sheers record 353 lambs in 9 hours
1976-06-30 - John Walker of NZ sets record for 2000 m, 4:51.4
1976-07-17 - 21st modern Olympic games opens in Montreal: 25 African teams (later rising to 33 nations) boycott the games due to New Zealand playing rugby in apartheid South Africa
1976-09-09 - New Zealand government establishes the country’s first centralised electronic database through the Wanganui Computer Act, raising questions about the state’s ability to gather information on its citizens
1976-10-09 - Peter Petherick takes hat-trick on debut NZ v Pak Javed 1st wkt
1979-11-28 - Air New Zealand DC-10 crashes into Mt Erebus on Antarctica kills 257
1981-02-03 - Australia beats NZ 3-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup
1981-04-20 - 10th Boston Women's Marathon won by Allison Roe of NZ in 2:26:46
1981-04-20 - 85th Boston Marathon: Toshihiko Seko of Japan 1st man in 2:09:26 and Allison Roe of New Zealand 1st woman in 2:26:46
1981-07-25 - Anti-apartheid protesters in Hamilton, New Zealand, force the cancellation of a rugby test between New Zealand's All Blacks and South Africa’s Springboks by invading the pitch during the game.
1981-07-29 - Anti-apartheid protesters against the Springbok rugby tour are confronted by police who use batons to stop them marching to South Africa’s Consul, New Zealand.
1981-08-16 - Highest score in World Cup soccer match (New Zealand-13, Fiji-0)
1983-02-13 - Australia beats NZ 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
1984-02-05 - NZ beat England (82 & 93) by an innings in 3 days
1984-04-16 - 13th Boston Women's Marathon won by Lorraine Moller of NZ in 2:29:28
1984-04-16 - 88th Boston Marathon: Geoff Smith of Great Britain 1st man in 2:10:34 and Lorraine Moller of New Zealand 1st woman in 2:29:28
1985-02-04 - Naval exercises canceled when US refuses to tell NZ of nuclear weapons
The Rainbow Warrior sunk in Auckland harbourThe Rainbow Warrior sunk in Auckland harbour

1985-07-10 - French agents blow up Greenpeace boat Rainbow Warrior in Auckland harbour, New Zealand
1986-06-27 - US informs NZ it will not defend it against attack
1986-07-09 - The New Zealand parliament passes the Homosexual Law Reform Bill legalising consensual sex between men aged 16 and older
1986-10-01 - New Zealand's Labour Government introduces a Goods and Services Tax (GST), adding 10% to the cost of most goods and services
1987-06-08 - New Zealand's Labour government legislates against nuclear weapons and nuclear powered vessels in NZ. Only nation to legislate against nuclear power
1987-06-20 - 1st Rugby World Cup: New Zealand beats France 29-9 in Auckland
1987-08-01 - In New Zealand, the Maori Language Act comes into force, making te reo Māori an official language of New Zealand; it can now be used in some legal proceedings.
1988-07-01 - In New Zealand, Bastion Point land returned to the local Maori iwi (tribe), Ngāti Whātua
1988-09-09 - US Stars & Stripes H3 defeats NZ's KZ-1 at the 27th America's Cup: NZ appeal in court but eventually lose
1988-10-09 - 9th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats New Zealand 25-12
1989-03-28 - New Zealand wins America's Cup over Stars & Stripes, in a NY court
1989-09-19 - Appeals court restores America's Cup to US after NY Supreme Court gave it to NZ (NZ protested US's use of a catamaran)
1989-12-21 - New Zealand is the first country to set a formal inflation target (0-2%) for how much prices should rise each year. Similar targets are subsequently adopted by most developed countries.
1990-01-24 - 14th Commonwealth Games open in Auckland, New Zealand
1990-02-03 - 14th Commonwealth Games close in Auckland, New Zealand
1990-02-23 - Ian Smith 173* NZ v India, 136 balls, world record for no 9 bat
Royal Navy sailors lining up for their daily rum rationRoyal Navy sailors lining up for their daily rum ration
1990-02-27 - Final day of the rum ration in the Royal New Zealand Navy
1990-06-29 - World's first female diocesan Anglican bishop, Dr Penny Jamieson, appointed, New Zealand
1990-11-13 - In Aramoana, New Zealand, Resident David Gray shoots dead 13 people, in the Aramoana Massacre.
1991-01-15 - Australia beat NZ 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
1991-02-02 - Aravinda De Silva scores 267 v NZ at Wellington
1991-05-29 - "Les Miserables" opens at Aotea Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand
1991-10-01 - New Zealand's Resource Management Act 1991 commences.
1992-03-21 - Pakistan scores 6-264 to overhaul NZ in exciting World Cup semi
1993-08-10 - An earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter Scale hits the South Island of New Zealand.
1994-04-26 - 1st multi-racial election in South Africa begins [3 days] Dr Nomaza Paintin in NZ is 1st black South African to vote
1995-02-13 - West Indies beat NZ by innings & 332, Courtney Walsh 13-55
1995-05-13 - New Zealand beats US for the America's Cup
1995-06-24 - 3rd Rugby World Cup: South Africa beats New Zealand 15-12 in Johannesburg
1995-11-26 - New Zealand score 8-348 in 49 overs v India in Nagpur ODI
1996-03-11 - Chris Harris scores 130 in losing NZ side v Australia, World Cup
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.
1999-11-27 - The left-wing Labour Party takes control of the New Zealand government with leader Helen Clark becoming the first elected female Prime Minister in New Zealand's history.
2000-01-01 - Gisbourne, New Zealand population 32,754 is first city in the world to welcome in the new millennium
2000-03-02 - America's Cup: Team New Zealand defeats Prada Challenge 5-0 to win in Auckland
2000-11-25 - 12th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats New Zealand 40-12
2003-03-02 - America's Cup: Alinghi defeats Team New Zealand 5-0 to win in Auckland
2003-11-22 - 5th Rugby World Cup: England beats New Zealand 20-17 at Sydney
Film Director Peter JacksonFilm Director Peter Jackson 2003-12-01 - "The Return of the King", 3rd and final film in the Lord of the Rings series, directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in Wellington New Zealand
2004-04-28 - Shrek the sheep from Tarra New Zealand, is finally shorn live on tv after 6 years avoidance, the fleece weighed 27 kg (60 lb)
2004-06-12 - A 1.3 kilogram chondrite type meteorite strikes a house in Ellerslie, New Zealand causing serious damage but no injuries.
2004-11-11 - New Zealand Tomb of the Unknown Warrior dedicated at the National War Memorial, Wellington.
2004-11-27 - New Zealand's All Blacks thump Six Nations Rugby Union Champions France 45-6 in Paris
2005-04-29 - New Zealand's first civil union takes place.
2006-04-06 - NZSL (New Zealand sign language) is made an official language of New Zealand
2006-05-16 - A large earthquake (7.4 on the Richter scale) occurs near New Zealand.
2006-08-04 - Dame Silvia Cartwright steps down as the Governor-General of New Zealand and is replaced by The Honourable Anand Satyanand, who is sworn in on 23 August.
2006-11-11 - The New Zealand war memorial monument was unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in London, United Kingdom, commemorating the loss of soldiers from the New Zealand Army and the British Army.
2007-07-03 - America's Cup: Alinghi defeats Team New Zealand 5-2 to win in Spain
2007-10-15 - 17 Activists in Aotearoa New Zealand arrested in the country's first post 9/11 anti-terrorism raids across the country.
2008-11-22 - 13th Rugby League World Cup: New Zealand beats Australia 34-20
2009-07-15 - A 7.9 Magnitude earthquake registers 160km west of Invercargill, New Zealand, creating a small tsunami.
2010-09-04 - Canterbury earthquake: a 7.1 magnitude earthquake which struck the South Island of New Zealand at 4:35 am causing widespread damage and several power outages.
2011-02-22 - An earthquake measuring 6.3 in magnitude strikes Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 181 people
2011-06-13 - Christchurch, New Zealand is hit by another strong earthquake measuring magnitude 6.3
2011-10-23 - 7th Rugby World Cup: New Zealand beats France 8-7 in Auckland

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 171 of 171

1969-10-10 - Scott Anthony Murray Nelson, Geelong Australia, NZ 20k walker (Oly-96)
1970-02-09 - Grant Moorhead, New Zealand golfer, born in New Plymouth
1970-07-22 - Craig Baird, New Zealander racing driver
1971-02-15 - Ray Sefo, New Zealand kick boxer
1971-05-18 - Daniel Gowing, Germany, NZ judoka (Olympics-96)
1971-07-18 - Sarah McLeod, New Zealand actress
1971-10-31 - Phillip Tataurangi, New Zealand golfer, born in Auckland
1972-03-29 - Paul Michael Kent, Australia, NZ breastroker (Olympics-96)
1972-06-07 - Karl Urban, New Zealand actor
1972-08-18 - Loraine Lambert, Ipswich Queensland, golfer (NZ champ 1991, 92)
1972-12-16 - Angela Bloomfield, New Zealand actress
1974-01-10 - Jemaine Clement, New Zealand actor
1974-10-02 - Mark Porter, New Zealand racing driver (d. 2006)
1974-10-09 - Kieren Hutchison, New Zealand actor
1975-01-02 - Reuben Thorne, New Zealand rugby union player
1975-01-05 - Kylie Bax, New Zealand model
1975-05-12 - Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby union footballer, born in Auckland (d. 2015)
1975-09-08 - Larenz Tate, American Actor
1975-12-13 - Sarah Brady, Miss Universe-New Zealand (1996)
1976-02-12 - Christian Cullen, New Zealand rugby union footballer
1976-06-25 - Marina Alofagia McCartney, Miss New Zealand Universe (1997)
1976-06-29 - Bret McKenzie, New Zealand musician
1976-12-03 - Byron Kelleher, New Zealand rugby union footballer
1977-01-22 - Jono Gibbes, New Zealand rugby union footballer
1977-10-07 - Meighan Desmond, New Zealand actress
1977-10-18 - Ryan Nelsen, New Zealand footballer
1977-11-28 - Greg Somerville, New Zealand rugby union footballer
1978-03-18 - Dionne Bainbridge, Brisbane QLD Aust, NZ 200m swimmer (Olympics-96)
1978-05-29 - Adam Rickitt, British/New Zealand actor
1978-07-06 - Kevin Senio, New Zealand rugby player
1978-07-12 - Claire Chitham, New Zealand actress
1978-09-05 - Chris Jack, New Zealand rugby union footballer
1978-09-21 - Doug Howlett, New Zealand rugby union footballer
1978-11-17 - Zoë Bell, New Zealand actress
1979-03-04 - Ben Fouhy, New Zealand flatwater canoeist
1979-03-20 - Keven Mealamu, New Zealand rugby player
1979-09-26 - Fuifui Moimoi, New Zealand (Tongan) rugby league footballer
1979-11-20 - Maree Bowden, New Zealand netball player (Silver Ferns)
1980-02-29 - Clinton Toopi, New Zealand rugby league footballer
1980-03-14 - Ben Herring, New Zealand rugby union footballer
1980-07-22 - Scott Dixon, New Zealand racing driver
1980-07-31 - Mils Muliaina, New Zealand and Waikato rugby player
1980-11-04 - Jerry Collins, New Zealand rugby union footballer, born in Apia, Samoa
1980-12-31 - Richie McCaw, New Zealand rugby player
1981-01-05 - Corey Flynn, New Zealand rugby union footballer
1981-04-02 - Bethany Joy Lenz-Galeotti, American actress
1981-06-18 - Teresa Cormack, New Zealand murder victim (d. 1987)
1982-02-10 - Iafeta Paleaaesina, New Zealand rugby league player
1982-03-05 - Daniel Carter, New Zealand Rugby player
1982-05-21 - Ma'a Nonu, New Zealand rugby union player and All Black (2003-), born in Wellington, New Zealand
1982-08-26 - David Long, New Zealand musician
1983-05-31 - Dustin Wells, New Zealand footballer
1984-02-21 - Andrew Ellis, New Zealand rugby union player
1984-04-02 - Meryl Cassie, New Zealand actress
1984-05-28 - Beth Allen, New Zealand actress
1984-06-27 - Emma Lahana, New Zealand actress
1985-02-25 - Benji Marshall, New Zealand rugby player
1985-08-03 - Sonny Bill Williams, New Zealand rugby league footballer
1986-04-20 - Cameron Duncan, New Zealand director (d. 2003)
1986-07-16 - Calum Gittins, New Zealand actor
1986-11-18 - Nic Sampson, New Zealand actor
1987-04-10 - Hayley Westenra, New Zealand soprano
1987-04-26 - Jessica Lee Rose, American-born New Zealand actress, famous YouTube star lonelygirl15
Actor Daniel LoganActor Daniel Logan (1987-06-06) 1987-06-06 - Daniel Logan, Auckland, New Zealand actor (Boba Fett-Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones)
1987-09-01 - Dann Hume, New Zealand musician (Evermore)
1989-09-15 - Chetan Ramlu, New Zealand musician
1990-03-24 - Keisha Castle-Hughes, Australian-born New Zealand actress
1991-01-04 - Olivia Tennet, New Zealand actress
1994-11-27 - Shrek the sheep, New Zealand sheep that held world record for biggest shorn fleece, born at Bendigo Station, Otago (d. 2011)
1996-11-07 - Lorde [Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor], Auckland, New Zealand Singer (Royals)
1997-04-24 - Lydia Ko, New Zealand professional golfer, born in Seoul, South Korea

Famous Weddings

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 102 of 102

2015-06-05 - Jerry Collins, Samoan-born New Zealand rugby player (All Blacks), dies in a car crash at 34
2015-08-03 - Les Munro, New Zealand WWII pilot (Dambusters), dies at 96

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