Events In History
19 October 1966New Zealand’s day with LBJ
President Lyndon Johnson's 24-hour visit was aimed at shoring up support for the war in Vietnam. Protesters were outnumbered by enthusiastic crowds. Read more...
29 March 1959Evangelist Billy Graham arrives for 11-day crusade
In the first half of 1959 Billy Graham and his associate evangelists Leighton Ford, Grady Wilson and Joseph Blinco held crusades in New Zealand and Australia which attracted large audiences. Read more...
21 January 1889American acrobat parachutes from balloon
‘Professor’ Thomas Baldwin descended by parachute from a balloon floating high above South Dunedin. Read more...
17 April 1820General Gates sent to Sydney under guard
The American sealer General Gates – named for a War of Independence general and commanded by Captain Abimileck Riggs – had sailed from Boston in October 1818. Read more...
The sinking of the Greenpeace protest ship Rainbow Warrior in Auckland in July 1985 shocked the nation. The incident galvanised an anti-nuclear movement that had emerged in opposition to both French nuclear tests at Mururoa and American warship visits to New Zealand.
Page 4 – Nuclear-free legislation
Labour leader David Lange tried to work with the Americans, but their 'neither confirm nor deny' policy made a middle ground virtually impossible to find.
Temperance was one of the most divisive social issues in late-19th and early-20th century New Zealand. Social reformers who argued that alcohol fuelled poverty, ill health, crime and immorality nearly achieved national prohibition in a series of hotly contested referendums.
- Page 5 - The decline of prohibitionAlcohol remained an important issue after the war, and the prohibitionists slogged it out with the liquor trade throughout the 1920s.
- bay of islands
- samuel marsden
- john butler
- vietnam war
- cyril newall
- home front
- war brides
- edmund hillary
- scott base
- milk bars
- eleanor roosevelt
- auckland city
- nuclear ships
- wellington city
- richard byrd
- air transport
- nuclear free
- cold war
- international relations
- david lange