August 21 in history

On August 21:

1770 James Cook formally claimed east Australia for Great Britain and called it New South Wales.

1920 Christopher Robin Milne, who inspired his father to write the Pooh Bear stories, was born.

The real stuffed toys owned by Christopher Robin Milne and featured in the Winnie-the-Pooh stories.
1930 Princess Margaret was born.
1938 Kenny Rogers was born.

1958 Auckland became the first New Zealand city to introduce the Barnes Dance, stopping all traffic to enable pedestrians to cross in all directions at once.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

2 Responses to August 21 in history

  1. rayinnz says:

    And, as mentioned on “Morning TV” this today, Timaru has just (12 months ago) introduced a “Barnes Dance” in their main intersection
    They will do anything to keep up with Dunedin, who of course no longer have the afore mentioned dance

    But Dunedin do have a handy system of distinct sounds so you know which set of lights will allow you to walk


  2. homepaddock says:

    Ray – the sounds might work for locals but I’ve seen several near-accidents when pedestrians, who presumably come from somewhere else, try to cross diagonally and find cars coming at them.


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