1853, New Zealand Constitution Act comes into force
J.W.H. Scotland flew a Caudron biplane from Invercargill to Gore, completing the first cross-country flight in New Zealand. Read more...
Eighteen months after winning the long jump gold medal at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, Williams set a new world record of 20 feet 7 1/2 inches (6.29 m) at an athletics meeting in Gisborne.