20 May

New Zealand's first sheep released

1773 New Zealand's first sheep released

During his second voyage to New Zealand in 1773, James Cook released a ewe and a ram in Queen Charlotte Sound. They survived only a few days – an inauspicious start to this country’s long association with sheep. Read more...
Loss of the <em>City of Dunedin</em> with all hands

1865 Loss of the City of Dunedin with all hands

The paddle steamer City of Dunedin left Wellington at around 5 p.m. on Saturday 20 May. It was never heard from again and no trace was ever found of its 25 crew and at least 22 passengers. Read more...
German paratroops assault Crete

1941 German paratroops assault Crete

The Battle for Crete raged for 12 days before the Allies were driven off the island. Casualties were high on both sides. More than 650 New Zealanders were killed and 2000 taken prisoner. Read more...