Richard Pearce achieves semi- controlled flight near Timaru!! But it was the Wright brothers who were recognized all over the world for achieving sustained controlled flight. 1902
Influenza pandemic 1918 New Zealand troops arriving home from world war I brought with them the deadly Spanish flu (influenza). In three months 8,600 New Zealanders had died. 50,000,000 had died worldwide
Anzac day established as public holiday 1920 On April 25 th 1920 Anzac day was established to remember al of those who gave their lives in world war I & II
Jean batten’s record flight from England 1936 The trans-Tasman flight from England to New Zealand was also a world record. Taking only 10 ½ hours
Centennial exhibition 1940 In 1940 New Zealand celebrated 100 years of European effort and progress by holding the centennial exhibition in wellington
Edmund Hillary conquers Everest 1953 Edmund Hillary becomes first human to climb the worlds highest mountain. His face can be seen on the new Zealand five dollar note
Decimal currency introduced 1967 On the 10 th of July 1967 the old currency (pounds & pents) was replaced by decimal currency (dollars & cents)
Commonwealth games held in Christchurch 1974 In January 1974, Christchurch hosted the commonwealth games. Over 1,276 competitors from 39 country's took part in the nine sports
All Blacks Win Rugby World Cup 1987 In 1987 the very first Rugby World Cup was hosted here in New Zealand with the outcome of All Black victory
Team New Zealand wins American Cup 1995 In 1995 Black Magic won the American Cup along with their lucky red socks
Lord of the rings wins an Oscar 2004 In 2004 Peter Jackson’s lord of the rings won an Oscar
The coal strike of 1902 1902 American mine workers threatened to shut down major winter fuel supply to all major city's
United Kingdom General Election 1980 On 14 th December 1918 women were allowed to vote in the general election
The Great Kanto Earthquake 1923 The Great Kanto Earthquake had a magnitude of 8.3 on the Richter scale. There were 100,000- 142,000 deaths and approximately 40,000 missing
The discovery of Pluto 1930 In the year 1930astronomers discover the planet Pluto the ninth planet in the solar system
Hitler Invades Hitler invades Denmark, the Never lands, Belgium, France and Luxembourg. 1940
The Korean war 1950 The Korean war begins with north Korean communist forces invade south Korea.
First Real Laser 1960 The First Real Working Laser was built in 1960 by a man called T.H.Maiman
Earthquake In Peru. 1970 An Earthquake in Peru kills more then 50,000 people.
John Lennon dead 1980 John Lennon of the Beatles is shot dead I new York city
Iraqi Troops Invade Kuwait 1990 Iraqi troops invade Kuwait setting off the Persian gulf war
Big Concorde Crash 2000 On July 25 th 2000 a Concorde crash killed 113 people near Paris
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