El 9 de julio


It’s Independence Day in Argentina – the anniversary of the declaration of independence in 1816.

That date is commemorated in many ways. Several cities have named streets after the date – 9 de julio – including Argentina’s, and the world’s, widest avenue, in Buenos Aires.

Like all countries with Latin heritage, Argentina knows how to celebrate. The clip below is of part of the celebrations for the bicentennial of the country’s May Revolution.

Hat tip for the video: Mama in Macondo

Gore knows how to organise a party


Auckland should take a lesson from the south.

While our biggest city can’t make a decision about where to hold a party, the small town of Gore is hosting rural New Zealand’s premiere contest and will be serving dinner to more than 1300 people tomorrow night.

It’s the finale of the National Bank Young Farmer competition.

The seven contestants have been through district and regional competitions and have been in Gore since Wednesday using brains and brawn in a contest of intellectual and physical skill. Their intelligence, fitness, personalities, farming and general knowledge, ingenuity and public speaking skills are being tested.

The contest is a showcase of Young Farmers and farming.

One of its strengths is that it moves around the country and host towns go to great effort to involved the community and ensure that each contest is better than the previous one.

Whoever, wins tomorrow, the locals can be satisfied that Gore hosted a great show.

Jamie Mackay broadcast today’s Farming Show from  the practical competition. One of those he interviewed was Kate Taylor who’s in charge of media liaison and is blogging about the contest.

The show will be broadcast on TVNZ6 at 7.30 tomorrow and highlights will screen on TV1 at 10pm.



Just discovered the Herald has a weekly news quiz.

7/10 .

Got the ones on oil wells, World Cup and the anti-whaling  sentence wrong.

North Otago vs Southland


North Otago’s experience with Ranfurly Shield challenges is not a happy one.

The Oamaru Mail records:

1938  lost to Otago 12-0; 1946 lost to Southland `5-3; 1947 lost to Otago 42 -3; 1971 lost to Canterbury 14-0; 1973 lost to Malborough 26 -9; 1974 lost to South Canterbury 9-3; 1983 lost to Canterbury 88-0; 1993 lost to Auckland 139 -5; 2000 lost to Waikato 95-17; 2003 lost to Canterbury 85-24; 2008 lost to Auckland 113 -3.

Even the most ardent North Otago fans aren’t expecting miracles when the team meets Southland at Rugby Park tonight but they are expecting fun.

One of our staff manages the North Otago team and presented one of our Southland staff with a North Otago jacket when he was up here on Wednesday. The Southlander has promised to wear it, though he’ll also be wearing his Stags’ hat and scarf.

The whole Southland province has embraced its shield win with enthusiasm and there’s a sell-out crowd for tonight’s game. Regardless of the result, rugby may really be the winner.

UPDATE: The ODt interviews Doug Grant who played for North Otago in the 1971 shield challenge against a Canterbury team fielding 11 All Blacks with another in the reserves.

Party Central moving south


The Waitaki District Council is thrilled with the invitation from the government to be the venue for the Rugby World Cup’s Party Central.

Council spokesperson, Gloria Fiesta said the District had no concerns about entertaining and accommodating tens of thousands of visitors.

“We’ve watched how they’ve done it up north and seen what a mess they’ve made of it, so we’ll just do the opposite of that,” she said.

“We’ll make a decision on the venue, make sure it’s up to scratch and be ready and waiting with smiles on our faces when the rugby fans hit town,” she said.

“We’ll consult our friends in Dunedin if we need advice. They’ve got a whole stadium half built while those Aucklanders have been faffing round deciding and undeciding.”

Ms Fiesta admitted that dealing with hordes of partying fans wouldn’t be without its challenges but was sure crowd control wouldn’t be a problem.

“We’ve survived the Indie Undie 500 passing through and we’ll have a few practice runs with penguins and sheep to  get ourselves accustomed to big numbers.”

Council staff had been investigating possible venues since receiving a confidential missive from the Beehive a few weeks ago.

“The Minister was running out of patience with Auckland and asked us to be ready to move if their plans fell over. Parkside Quarry at Weston and Elephant Rocks both provide natural amphitheatres which would make wonderful party venues. If they’re considered too far from town we’ll do something with the Historic Precinct.

“Those buildings have been there for more than 100 years, there’s nothing rugby fans could throw at them that won’t have been thrown before.”

Ms Fiesta said the town had several hundred commercial beds and would augment them with homestays, school hostels, old people’s homes and wool sheds.

“These people are here not just for the rugby but to experience our culture and you don’t get much more cultural than a wool shed,” she said.

July 9 in history


On July 9:

455 Roman military commander Avitus was proclaimed emperor of the Western Roman Empire.

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1357  Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor assisted in laying the foundation stone of Charles Bridge in Prague.


1540 Henry VIII  annulled his marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves.

1541 Estevão da Gama left Massawa, leaving behind 400 matchlock men and 150 slaves under his brother Christovão da Gama, with orders to help the Emperor of Ethiopia defeat Ahmad ibn Ibrihim al-Ghazi who had invaded his Empire.

1755  French and Indian War: Braddock Expedition – British troops and colonial militiamen were ambushed and defeated by French and Native American forces.

Route of the Braddock Expedition

1764 Ann Radcliffe, English writer, was born (d. 1823).

1789  In Versailles, the National Assembly reconstituted itself as the National Constituent Assembly and began preparations for a French constitution.


1790 Russo-Swedish War: Second Battle of Svensksund – the Swedish Navy captured one third of the Russian fleet.

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1793 The Act Against Slavery was passed in Upper Canada and the importation of slaves into Lower Canada prohibited.

1807 The Treaties of Tilsit were signed by Napoleon I and Alexander I.


1810 Napoleon annexed the Kingdom of Holland as part of the First French Empire.

1815  Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Prince de Benevente became Prime Minister of France.

1816 Argentina declared independence from Spain.

Map of Argentina colored by Argentina's flag

1836 Henry Campbell-Bannerman, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1908).

1850 President Zachary Taylor died and Millard Fillmore became the 13th President of the United States.


1863  American Civil War: the Siege of Port Hudson ended.

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1867 An unsuccessful expedition led by E.D Young sets out to search for Dr David Livingstone.

1868  The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified guaranteeing African Americans full citizenship and all persons in the United States due process of law.

1896 William Jennings Bryan delivered his Cross of Gold speech advocating bimetalism at the 1896 Democratic National Convention.


1900 Queen Victoria gave royal assent to an Act creating the Commonwealth of Australia thus uniting separate colonies on the continent under one federal government.

1901 Dame Barbara Cartland, English novelist, was born (d. 2000).

 1916 Sir Dean Goffin, New Zealand composer, was born (d. 1984).

 1916  Sir Edward Heath, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born (d. 2005).


1918 Great train wreck of 1918: in Nashville, Tennessee, an inbound local train collided with an outbound express killing 101 and injuring 171 people, making it the deadliest rail accident in United States history.


1922  Johnny Weissmuller swam the 100 meters freestyle in 58.6 seconds breaking the world swimming record and the ‘minute barrier’.

1925 Charles E. Wicks, Professor, co-author of Fundamentals of Momentum, Heat, and Mass Transfer, was born.

1927   Ed Ames, American singer and actor, was born.

1927  Susan Cabot, American actress (d. 1986).

1929 Lee Hazlewood, American country singer, songwriter and producer, was born (d. 2007).

1932 Donald Rumsfeld, 13th & 21st United States Secretary of Defense, was born.

1932  The state of São Paulo revolted against the Brazilian Federal Government, starting the Constitutionalist Revolution.


1933 Oliver Sacks, British neurologist and author, was born.

1943 World War II: Operation Husky – Allied forces perform an amphibious invasion of Sicily.


1944 World War II: Battle of Normandy – British and Canadian forces captured Caen, France.


1944  World War II: Battle of Saipan – Americans took Saipan.


1944 – World War II: Finland won the Battle of Tali-Ihantala, Red Army withdrewsits troops from Ihantala and dug into defensive position, which ended the Vyborg–Petrozavodsk Offensive.


1945 Dean R. Koontz, American author, was born.

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1946 Bon Scott, Australian singer (AC/DC), was born.

1947 O.J. Simpson, American football player, actor, was born.

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1948 Pakistan issued its first set of Postage stamps, bearing images of the Constituent Assembly, the Jinnah International Airport (Quaid-e-Azam International Airport), and the Shahi Fort.

1955 The Russell-Einstein Manifesto was released by Bertrand Russell in London.

1956 Tom Hanks, American actor, was born.

1958 Lituya Bay was hit by a mega-tsunami – a wave recorded at 524 meters high, making it the largest wave in history.


1959 Jim Kerr, Scottish singer (Simple Minds), was born.

1962  Starfish Prime high-altitude nuclear test conducted by the United States of America.


1962 Andy Warhol’s  Campbell’s Soup Cans exhibition opened at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles.

1975  The National Assembly of Senegal passed a law that paved the way for a (highly restricted) multi-party system.

1979  A car bomb destroyed a Renault motor car owned by famed “Nazi hunters” Serge and Beate Klarsfeld at their home in France. A note purportedly from ODESSA claimed responsibility.

1982 Pan Am Flight 759 crashed in Kenner, Louisiana killing all 145 people on board and eight others on the ground.

1984 York Minster was struck by a lightning bolt and the resulting fire ravaged most of the building.


1986 The New Zealand Parliament passed the Homosexual Law Reform Act legalising homosexuality.

Homosexual Law Reform Bill passed

1989 Two bombs exploded in Mecca, killing one pilgrim and wounding 16 others.

1991  South Africa was readmitted into the Olympic movement after 30 years of exclusion.

1995  The Navaly church bombing was carried out by the Sri Lankan Air Force killing 125 Tamil civilian refugees.

1999  Days of student protests began after Iranian police and hardliners attack eda student dormitory at the University of Tehran.

2002 The African Union was established in Addis Ababa, with the first chairman is Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa.

2006  At least 122 people were killed after a Sibir Airlines Airbus A310 passenger jet, carrying 200 passengers veered off the runway while landing in wet conditions at Irkutsk Airport in Siberia.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

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