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Events on this Day – 28 June


Elizabeth Robinson of Christchurch was the first woman to register as a pharmacist under a registration system established by the Pharmacy Act 1880.

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife Sophie in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914 eventually led to the outbreak of the First World War.

Bill Massey’s was the 17th signature on the treaty, the implementation of which formally ended the war between the Allies and Germany.


Alexander Turnbull’s ‘most generous bequest to the people of New Zealand’ was officially opened at the bottom of Bowen St in Wellington.


Prime Minister Norman Kirk told the 242 crew of HMNZS Otago that their Mururoa mission was an ‘honourable’ one – they were to be a ‘silent accusing witness with the power to bring alive the conscience of the world’.