Each day’s blog has started with a history post for more than 10 years.
It doesn’t take long to do each one but not very much time every day adds up and it is time I need/want to spend on other things.
If you’ve ever wondered whether your relatives signed the petition seeking women’s suffrage, you can now check on the NZ History website.
This database is a digitised version of the main suffrage petition submitted to Parliament in 1893. . .
The ‘more’ link goes to a page where extra information can be added. Members of the public are encouraged to submit further information via community contributions or you can email us at email@example.com . . .
Note that some places are under-represented on this database as women may have signed smaller regional petitions which have not survived. Read more about the petitions here. . .
We are grateful to Archives New Zealand and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs for making the original petition transcripts available to us.
The site has the names and addresses of about 24,000 people age 21 or older who signed the petition.
I couldn’t find any of my ancestors there but I’m not sure exactly when they arrived in New Zealand and those I know of lived in smaller centres not cities.
Hat Tip: TV3
My grandfather was nominally a Presbyterian. However, although he rarely attended church he wouldn’t attend the marriage of one of his sons because he was marrying a Catholic.
Last night’s Sunday Theatre Tangiwai was a reminder of the religious bigotry that was common in the 1950s.
The story of Nerissa Love and her fiancée New Zealand cricketer Bob Blair was a moving portrayal of one of our country’s greatest tragedies and it was also a reminder of how good television can be.
If you didn’t see the film last night, the link above will take you to it.
Jacqueline Smith tells the story behind the film here.
The Tangiwai blog is collecting personal stories of the disaster.
NZ History tells the story of the Boxing Day cricket test.
On January 22:
1521 Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, opened the Diet of Worms.
1561 Sir Francis Bacon, English philosopher, was born (d. 1626).
1824 – Ashantis defeated British forces in the Gold Coast.
1840 The New Zealand Company’s first settler ship, the Aurora, arrived at Petone, marking the official commencement of the settlement that would eventually become Wellington.
1889 Columbia Phonograph was formed in Washington, D.C.
1899 Leaders of six Australian colonies met in Melbourne to discuss confederation.
1901 Edward VII was proclaimed King after the death of his mother, Queen Victoria.
1905 Bloody Sunday in St. Petersburg, beginning of the 1905 revolution.
1906 SS Valencia ran aground on rocks on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, killing more than 130.
SS Valencia shipwreck, seen from one of the rescuing ships
1924 Ramsay MacDonald became the first Labour Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
1931 Sir Isaac Isaacs was sworn in as the first Australian-born Governor-General of Australia.
1934 Graham Kerr, British-born, New Zealand chef, was born.
1940 John Hurt, English actor, was born.
1941 British and Commonwealth troops captured Tobruk from Italian forces during Operation Compass.
1946 Iran: Qazi Muhammad declared the independent people’s Republic of Mahabad at Chuwarchira Square in the Kurdish city of Mahabad. He was the new president; Hadschi Baba Scheich was the prime minister.
1946 – Creation of the Central Intelligence Group, forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency.
1957 The New York City “Mad Bomber”, George P. Metesky, was arrested and charged with planting more than 30 bombs.
1959 Knox Mine Disaster: Water breaches the River Slope Mine near Pittston City, Pennsylvania in Port Griffith; 12 miners are killed.
1960 Michael Hutchence, Australian singer (INXS), was born (d. 1997).
1965 Steven Adler, American drummer (Guns N’ Roses), was born.
1968 Apollo 5 lifted off carrying the first Lunar module into space.
1973 The Supreme Court of the United States delivered its decision in Roe v. Wade, legalizing elective abortion in all fifty states.
1984 The Apple Macintosh, the first consumer computer to popularize the computer mouse and the graphical user interface, was introduced during Super Bowl XVIII with its famous “1984″ television commercial.
1987 Pennsylvania politician R. Budd Dwyer shot and killed himself at a press conference on live national television, leading to debates on boundaries in journalism.
1992 Space Shuttle programme: STS-42 Mission – Dr. Roberta Bondar became the first Canadian woman in space.
1999 Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons were burned alive by radical Hindus while sleeping in their car in Eastern India.
2002 Kmart Corp beccame the largest retailer in United States history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.
On October 1:
331 BC Alexander the Great defeated Darius III of Persia in the Battle of Gaugamela.
959 Edgar the Peaceable became king of all England.
1795 Belgium was conquered by France.
1800 Spain ceded Louisiana to France via the Treaty of San Ildefonso.
1811 The first steamboat to sail the Mississippi River arrived in New Orléans, Louisiana.
1814 Opening of the Congress of Vienna, intended to redraw the Europe’s political map after the defeat of Napoléon the previous spring.
1827 The Russian army under Ivan Paskevich stormed Yerevan, ending a millennium of Muslim domination in Armenia.
1843 The News of the World tabloid began publication in London.
1847 German inventor and industrialist Werner von Siemens founded Siemens AG & Halske.
1854 The watch company founded in 1850 in Roxbury by Aaron Lufkin Dennison relocated to Waltham, Massachusetts, to become the Waltham Watch Company, a pioneer in the American System of Watch Manufacturing.
1869 Austria issued the world’s first postcards.
1880 First electric lamp factory opened by Thomas Edison.
1887 Balochistan conquered by the British Empire.
1891 Stanford University opened.
1898 Czar Nikolay II expelled Jews from major Russian cities.
1898 The Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration was founded under the name k.u.k. Exportakademie.
1903 Baseball: The Boston Americans played the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first game of the modern World Series.
1908 Ford put the Model T car on the market at a price of US$825.
1910 Los Angeles Times bombing: A large bomb destroyed the Los Angeles Times building in downtown Los Angeles, California, killing 21.
1918 World War I: Arab forces under T. E. Lawrence (a/k/a “Lawrence of Arabia”) captured Damascus.
1920 Sir Percy Cox landed in Basra to assume his responsibilities as high commissioner in Iraq.
1920 US actor Walter Matthau was born.
1924 US President Jimmy Carter was born.
1926 An oil field accident cost aviator Wiley Post his left eye – he used the settlement money to buy his first aircraft.
1928 The Soviet Union introduced its First Five-Year Plan.
1931 The George Washington Bridge linking New Jersey and New York opened.
1935 actress Julie Andrews was born.
1936 Francisco Franco was named head of the Nationalist government of Spain.
1938 Germany annexed the Sudetenland.
1939 After a one-month Siege of Warsaw, hostile forces entered the city.
1940 The Pennsylvania Turnpike, often considered the first superhighway in the United States, opened to traffic.
1942 First flight of the Bell XP-59 “Aircomet”.
1945 US musician Donny Hathaway was born.
1946 Mensa International was founded in the United Kingdom.
1947 The F-86 Sabre flew for the first time.
1958 NASA created to replace NACA.
1960 Nigeria gained independence from the United Kingdom.
1961 East and West Cameroon merged as Federal Republic of Cameroon.
1962 First broadcast of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
1964 The Free Speech Movement was launched on the campus of University of California, Berkeley.
1964 Japanese Shinkansen (“bullet trains”) began high-speed rail service from Tokyo to Osaka.
1965 Apostasia of 1965, a political move in Greece designed to overthrow the Prime Minister, George Papandreou.
1965 – General Suharto crushed an attempted coup in Indonesia.
1966 West Coast Airlines Flight 956 crashed with 18 fatal injuries and no survivors 5.5 miles south of Wemme, Oregon.
1971 Walt Disney World opened near Orlando, Florida.
1975 The Seychelles gained internal self-government.
1975 Thrilla in Manila: Muhammad Ali defeated Joe Frazier in a boxing match in Manila.
1978 Tuvalu gained independence from the United Kingdom.
1978 The Voltaic Revolutionary Communist Party was founded.
1979 The United States returned sovereignty of the Panama canal to Panama.
1982 Helmut Kohl replaced Helmut Schmidt as Chancellor of Germany through a Constructive Vote of No Confidence.
1982 EPCOT Centre opened at Walt Disney World.
1982 Sony launched the first consumer compact disc player (model CDP-101).
1986 Goods & Services Tax (GST) was introduced in New Zealand.
1987 The Whittier Narrows earthquake shook the San Gabriel Valley, registering as a magnitude 5.9.
1989 Denmark: World’s first legal modern same-sex civil union called “registered partnership”
1991 New Zealand’s Resource Management Act 1991 started.
1992 Turkish destroyer TCG Muavenet (DM-357) crippled causing 27 deaths and injuries, by missiles negligently launched by U.S. aircraft carrier USS Saratoga.
1994 Palau gained independence from the United Nations (trusteeship administered by the United States of America).
1998 Vladimir Putin became a permanent member of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.
Sourced from NZ History & Wikipedia