September 5 in history

On September 5:

1839 The first Opium War  began in China.

1850 Jack Daniel, the man behind Jack Daniels whiskey, was born.

1939: Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage declared New Zealand’s support for Britain from bed where he was recovering from an oepration for colon cancer.

I am satisfied that nowhere will the issue be more clearly understood than in New Zealand – where, for almost a century, behind the sure shield of Britain, we have enjoyed and cherished freedom and self-government. Both with gratitude for the past and confidence in the future, we range ourselves without fear beside Britain. Where she goes, we go. Where she stands, we stand. We are only a small and young nation, but we are one and all a band of brothers and we march forward with union of hearts and wills to a common destiny.

1939 Australian actor George Lazenby, who played James Bond inOn Her Majesty’s Secret Service,  was born.

1940 US actor Racquel Welch was born.

1944 Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg formed Benelux.

19 45 Scottish singer Al Stewart was born.

1946 singer Freddie Mercury was born.

Sourced from Wikipedia & NZ History Online.

One Response to September 5 in history

  1. Paul Corrigan says:

    Good on ya about Savage’s speech. It’s often mistakenly reported that he made it on September 3, the day of the declaration of war. All matters concerning that (the declaration) were handled by Peter Fraser, the acting PM, and the Governor-General, Lord Galway.


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