Today, when a quarter of New Zealand’s population was born elsewhere, we have the opportunity to ensure that our newest New Zealanders are welcomed, are valued, and are enabled to take their place amongst us. We want every New Zealander, whatever their origins, to live the life they would best imagine for themselves and their descendants. – Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae who celebrates his 64th birthday today.
1770 – James Bruce discovered what he believed to be the source of the Nile.
1805 Fanny Mendelssohn, German composer and pianist, was born (d. 1847).
1840 Claude Monet, French painter, was born (d. 1926).
1878 – Julie Manet, French painter, was born (d. 1966).
1889 – Pioneering female journalist Nellie Bly (aka Elizabeth Cochrane) began a successful attempt to travel around the world in less than 80 days.
1896 – Mamie Eisenhower, First Lady of the United States was born, (d. 1979)
1908 Joseph McCarthy, U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, was born (d. 1957).
1918 – Czechoslovakia became a republic.
1919 Veronica Lake, American actress, was born (d. 1973).
1921 – The Communist Party of Spain was founded.
1921 – Brian Keith, American actor, was born. (d. 1997).
1922 – The BBC began radio service.
1922 – Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Egyptian UN Secretary-General, was born
1923 – Kentaro Suzuki completed his ascent of Mount Iizuna.
1935 King Hussein of Jordan was born (d. 1999).
1940 – Coventry was heavily bombed by Luftwaffe bombers. Coventry Cathedral was almost completely destroyed.
1941 – World War II: The aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal sank after torpedo damage from U-81 sustained on November 13.
1947 P. J. O’Rourke, American writer, was born.
1948 Prince Charles was born.
1952 – The first regular UK singles chart published by the New Musical Express.
1954 – Lieutenant General Sir Jerry Mateparae, Governor General of New Zealand, was born.
1954 – Condoleezza Rice, former United States Secretary of State, was born.
1957 – The Apalachin Meeting outside Binghamton, New York was raided by law enforcement, and many high level Mafia figures were arrested.
1959 Paul McGann, British actor, was born
1965 – Vietnam War: The Battle of the Ia Drang began – the first major engagement between regular American and North Vietnamese forces.
1967 – The Congress of Colombia, in commemoration of the 150 years of the death of Policarpa Salavarrieta, declared this day as “Day of the Colombian Woman”.
1969 – NASA launched Apollo 12, the second manned mission to the surface of the Moon.
1970 – Soviet Union enters ICAO, making Russian the fourth official language of organisation.
1970 – Southern Airways Flight 932 crashed in the mountains near Huntington, West Virginia, killing 75, including members of the Marshall University football team.
1971 Adam Gilchrist, Australian cricketer, was born.
1971 – Enthronment of Pope Shenouda III as Pope of Alexandria.
1973 – The passage of the Social Security Amendment Act introduced theDomestic Purposes Benefit to New Zealand’s social welfare system.
1975 – Spain abandoned Western Sahara.
1982 – Lech Wałęsa, the leader of Poland’s outlawed Solidarity movement, was released after 11 months of internment.
1984 – Zamboanga City mayor Cesar Climaco, a prominent critic of the government of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, was assassinated in his home city.
1990 – After German reunification, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of Poland sign a treaty confirming the Oder-Neisse line as the border between Germany and Poland.
1991 – Cambodian Prince Norodom Sihanouk returned to Phnom Penh after 13 years of exile.
1991 – In Royal Oak, Michigan, a fired United States Postal Service employee went on a shooting rampage, killing four and wounding five before committing suicide.
1995 – A budget standoff between Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Congress forced the federal government to temporarily close national parks and museums and to run most government offices with skeleton staffs.
2001 – War in Afghanistan: Afghan Northern Alliance fighters took over Kabul.
2002 – Argentina defaulted on an $805 million World Bank payment.
2003 – Astronomers Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz discovered 90377 Sedna, a Trans-Neptunian object.
2008 – – The first G-20 economic summit opened in Washington, D.C.
2007 – The last direct-current electrical distribution system in the United States was shut down in New York City by Con Edison.
2010 –Germany’s Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing won Formula One’s Drivers Championship to become the sport’s youngest champion.
2012 – Israel launched a major military operation in the Gaza Strip, as hostilities with Hamas escalated.
2017 – A gunman killed four people and injured 12 others during a shooting spree across Rancho Tehama Reserve, California. He had earlier murdered his wife in their home.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia
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Rural health service gains outlined in plan – John Gibb:
Moves to create a “virtual campus” for rural health training would also improve health services in New Zealand’s rural towns, including those in Otago, Dr Garry Nixon says.
Dr Nixon, who is University of Otago associate dean rural and works at Dunstan Hospital in Clyde, makes the point in an article on the national “virtual campus proposal”, recently published in the New Zealand Medical Journal.
The article’s co-authors include colleagues at Auckland University and AUT. . .
Dairy farm open day attracts hundreds – John Gibb:
Many more people flocked to an Outram dairy farm open day at the weekend than had visited last year, farmer Duncan Wells said yesterday.
Farmers Duncan and Anne-Marie Wells own Huntly Rd Dairies, which attracted about 140 visitors during a Fonterra Open Gates event last year.
But yesterday, attendance rose more than threefold and about 430 people visited during the latest dairy farm awareness-raising event, Mr Wells said. . .
Philmy Chite splits his years into two.
One half of the year he’s focuses on his taxi business in the Solomon Islands. The other half of the year he’s in Hawke’s Bay, picking apples.
Chite landed back in Hastings this week with a group of 16 others from the Solomon Islands as part of the RSE (Recognised Seasonal Employer) scheme.
It’s the sixth year in a row he’s done it, and he loves it. . .
New Zealand agritech companies are creating world-first technology to help feed the world and lead the way in their industry, AgritechNZ chief executive Peter Wren-Hilton says.
Technology is making life easier, from eco-friendly cars to faster software and tech improvements are benefitting Kiwis in everyday life, he says.
“The same goes for agritech innovation such as crop protection and plant biotechnology which is improving the lives of farmers and consumers around New Zealand. . .
Anchor™ Light Proof™ milk bottles will soon be appearing on farms across New Zealand, but you won’t find them in the fridge.
Fonterra has teamed up with Kiwi-owned start up, Future Post™, to turn milk bottles and other soft plastics into fence posts for kiwi farms.
Fonterra Brands New Zealand’s (FBNZ) Sustainability and Environment Manager, Larisa Thathiah, says the posts are an innovative new way for farmers to improve their on-farm sustainability.
“This partnership provides farmers with an environmentally-friendly fencing option, made from the packaging of our farmers’ milk, which is pretty special,” says Larisa. . .
A small yet significant victory occurred on Tuesday as Government announced formal regulatory changes, which will mean that hemp seed products will be legal for sale and consumption as from 12 November 2018.
This change in legislation means that in addition to hemp seed oil (which has been legal since 2003) items such as de-hulled hemp seed, hemp seed protein powder, hemp seed beverages and hemp seed snack bars will now all be able to be legally sold for human consumption in New Zealand. . .
A dairy farm owned by two former regional Sharemilker of the Year winners has been placed on the market for sale as part of a plan to diversify their rural business interests.
The 140.6-hectare farm located some 19 kilometres south-west of Opotiki in the Eastern Bay of Plenty is owned by 2001 Bay of Plenty Sharemilker of the Year title winners Dean and Sharyn Petersen. It is one of three dairy and diary-support farms the Petersen’s own in the region.
The property sustains milking of 320 cows on a De Laval system – averaging 119,620 kilogrammes of milk solids per season over the past four years, as well as producing a substantial maize silage tonnage annually for stock feed. . .