Happy birthday Bunny Wailer – 63 today.
Italy versus Cambridge – Quote Unquote on cultural differences.
KASS Music Gem(s) of the Day and Their Antipodes: Top of the Pops, 1951/2009 Lindsay Perigo at SOLO demonstrates how music has degenerated in his lifetime.
The end of the road – Rivetting Kate Taylor’s been tiki touring.
Getting stuff done – Lindsay Mitchell on being motivated by laziness.
Fonterra lets out groans – Cactus Kate doesn’t have an issue with foreign ownership of NZ dairy farms.
I’m still standing – Kismet Farm is dealing with chemotherapy and home renovations.
Revolution Is In The Air – the latest in NOt PC’s regular posts on works of art.
Just at thought but – Inquiring Mind wonders how far anti-whalers carry their opposition to things Japanese.
Happy birthday Haley Hayley Westenra – 23 today.
It’s 42 years since New Zealand’s worst maritime disaster – the sinking of the Wahine with the loss of 52 lives plus another who died later as a result of injuries.
When I was learning to scuba dive a decade later the instructor emphasised the importance of gripping our buoyancy vests by the neck and pulling them down as we jumped into the water. He ensured we remembered by telling us that some of the Wahine passengers had died of broken necks caused by the force of life jackets lifting when they hit the water.
The human story behind the numbers is portrayed realistialcly and sensitively in David Hill’s novel No Safe Harbour.
PM of NZ posts on Cyclone Giselle which caused the storm which sank the ferry, caused other deaths and widespread damage.
Keeping Stock posts Lest We Forget.
The fiscal rectitude imposed on government departments is one of the major contributors to the fiscal deficit being lower than forecast.
Finance Minister Bill English said:
“Despite underlying tax revenue coming in almost $700 million below forecast, the operating deficit before gains and losses was lower than the forecast $5.1 billion deficit – due ongoing control over spending and some one-off factors.
Lower than forecast isn’t low enough, but it’s a long way better than it would have been had the government not been resolute about cutting the fat from the public service and demanding better value for the money it spends.
Lower tax revenue than expected is a reflection of the recession and a large part of the shortfall will have been from farmers.
Farm accounts for the last financial year are generally pretty gloomy.
The improved milk payout ought to make this year’s books brighter for dairy farmers. But sheep and beef returns are still unimpressive, crop prices haven’t been spectacular and the drought in the North Island and dry conditions further south will be taking its toll too.
On April 10:
879 Louis III became King of the Western Franks.
1407 The lama Deshin Shekpa visitsedthe Ming Dynasty capital at Nanjing where he was awarded with the title Great Treasure Prince of Dharma.
1500 Ludovico Sforza was captured by the Swiss troops at Novara and handed over to the French.
1710 The first law regulating copyright was issued in Great Britain.
1741 War of the Austrian Succession: Prussia defeated Austria in the Battle of Mollwitz.
1794 Matthew C. Perry, American commodore, was born.
1815 The Mount Tambora volcano begins its peak eruption period that lasted until July 15.
1816 The United States Government approved the creation of the Second Bank of the United States.
1821 Patriarch Gregory V of Constantinople was hanged by the Turks from the main gate of the Patriarchate and his body was thrown into the Bosphorus.
1826 The 10,500 inhabitants of the Greek town Messolonghi start leaving the town after a year’s siege by Turkish forces. Very few of them survive.
1829 William Booth, English founder of the Salvation Army, was born.
1847 Joseph Pulitzer, American journalist and publisher, was born.
1858 The original Big Ben, a 14.5 tonne bell for the Palace of Westminster was cast in Stockton-on-Tees by Warner’s of Cripplegate. It cracked during testing and was recast into the 13.76 tonne bell by Whitechapel Bell Foundry and is still in use to date.
1864 Archduke Maximilian of Habsburg was elected emperor of Mexico.
1865 American Civil War: A day after his surrender to Union forces, Confederate General Robert E. Lee addressed his troops for the last time.
1866 The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) wass founded in New York City by Henry Bergh.
1868 At Arogee in Abyssinia, British and Indian forces defeated an army of Emperor Theodore. While 700 Ethiopians were killed and many more injured, only two of the British/Indian troops died.
1869 José Martí founded the Cuban Revolutionary Party.
1874 The first Arbor Day was celebrated in Nebraska.
1912 The RMS Titanic left port in Southampton for her first and only voyage.
1916 The Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) was created in New York City.
1919 Mexican Revolution leader Emiliano Zapata was ambushed and shot dead by government forces in Morelos.
1925 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was first published in New York City, by Charles Scribner’s Sons.
1932 Omar Sharif, Egyptian actor, was born.
1933 New Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps was created.
1941 Paul Theroux, American author, was born.
1947 Bunny Wailer, Jamaican musician, was born.
1953 Warner Brothers premiered the first 3-D film, entitled House of Wax.
1959 Akihito, future Emperor of Japan, married Michiko.
1963 129 people died when the submarine USS Thresher sank at sea.
1968 The ferry Wahine sank with the loss of 52 lives (plus a 53rd victim who died in 1990 from injuries sustained in the wreck), this was New Zealand’s worst modern maritime disaster..
1971 Ping Pong Diplomacy: In an attempt to thaw relations with the United States, the People’s Republic of China hosted the U.S. table tennis team for a weeklong visit.
1972 Oberdan Sallustro was executed by communist guerrillas 20 days after he was kidnapped in Buenos Aires.
1979 Red River Valley Tornado Outbreak: A tornado landed in Wichita Falls, Texas killing 42 people.
1987 Hayley Westenra, New Zealand soprano, was born.
1991 Italian ferry Moby Prince collided with an oil tanker in dense fog off Livorno, Italy killing 140.
1991 – A rare tropical storm developed in the Southern Hemisphere near Angola; the first to be documented by satellites.
1998 The Belfast Agreement was signed.
2007 Abortion was legalized in Portugal.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia