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TODAY IN HISTORY
1888, First British rugby tourists take the field
Catholic missionaries arrive at Hokianga
French Bishop Jean Baptiste François Pompallier arrived at Hokianga. His party celebrated their first mass three days later.
Pioneer aviators vanish over the Tasman
New Zealanders George Hood and John Moncrieff disappeared during a ‘gallant if somewhat ill-organised attempt’ to complete the first flight across the Tasman Sea.
This Week in History
Prince of Wales arrives for New Zealand tour
New Zealand ship torpedoed in Tasman Sea
Moehanga becomes first Māori to visit England
First British rugby tourists take the field
Assault on Gate Pā
Pai Mārire defeated at Sentry Hill, Taranaki