Passchendaele perspective


The Otago Daily Times has invited family members of those who were killed in World War I to pay tribute to them on the 100th anniversary of their deaths.

Most days there are a few names.

Putting the disaster that was the Battle of Passchendaele into perspective. today 130 men are remembered.

November 6 in history


On November 6:

1528  Shipwrecked Spanish conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca became the first known European to set foot in Texas.

1851  Charles Dow, American journalist and economist, was born.

Charles Henry Dow.jpg 

1856  The first work of fiction by George Eliot was submitted for publication.

1861  James Naismith, Canadian inventor of basketball, was born.

1893  Edsel Ford, president of Ford Motor Company, was born.


1908 Prime Minister Sir Joseph Ward ceremonially opened the North Island main trunk railway line by driving home a final polished silver spike at Manganuioteao, between National Park and Ohakune.

1913  Mohandas Gandhi was arrested while leading a march of Indian miners in South Africa.

1917 Third Battle of Ypres ended: After three months of fierce fighting, Canadian forces took Passchendaele in Belgium.

Australian gunners in Château Wood near Hooge, 29 October 1917.

1918 The Second Polish Republic was proclaimed.

Flag Coat of arms

 1935 First flight of the Hawker Hurricane.

1944  Plutonium was first produced at the Hanford Atomic Facility.

Light-gray standing cylinder. Its top slice has been cut off and slightly shifted aside exposing a darker inside

 1946  Sally Field, American actress, was born.

1947  George Young, Australian musician fromAC/DC, was born.

1949 Nigel Havers, English actor, was born.

1962 The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution condemning South Africa’s racist apartheid policies and called for all UN member states to cease military and economic relations with the nation.

1970  Ethan Hawke, American actor, was born.

A caucasian male with dark slick hair, wearing a two-piece grey suit, with a white shirt and black tie.

1975  Green March began: 300,000 unarmed Moroccans converged on the southern city of Tarfaya and waited for a signal from King Hassan II of Morocco to cross into Western Sahara.


A 100 dirham note from 1991 commemorating the Green March.
 Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

October 12 in history


On October 12:

1492 Christopher Columbus‘s expedition made landfall in The Bahamas.

Posthumous portrait of Christopher Columbus by Ridolfo Ghirlandaio.

1872 Ralph Vaughan Williams, English composer, was born.

1915 British nurse Edith Cavell was executed by a German firing squad for helping Allied soldiers escape from Belgium.

Edith Cavell.jpg

1917 More than 2700 New Zealanders were left  dead, wounded or missing at Passchendaele, the greatest disaster in terms of lives lost in New Zealand history.

1918 The Niagra arrived in New Zealand. When 29 crew and some passengers were hospitalised with flu the ship was blamed for bringing the deadlys train of flu to the country, but six people in Auckland had died of the flu before the ship docked.

1968 Equatorial Guinea gained its independence from Spain.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

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