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Events on this Day – 5 April

New Zealand’s first overseas diplomatic post was created when Isaac Featherston was appointed as agent-general in London.
The champion racehorse Phar Lap was New Zealand-born and bred, but never raced in this country. He won 37 of his 51 races and 32 of his last 35, including the 1930 Melbourne Cup. In the gloom of the great Depression, Phar Lap’s exploits thrilled two countries.