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Michael Joseph Savage, New Zealand’s first Labour PM, was probably also it's best-loved. His avuncular image hung in the homes of the Labour faithful for decades.
American Lynne Cox became the first woman to swim across Cook Strait, battling heavy seas and strong winds during her 12-hour crossing. more...
Cook Strait's dangerous waters - roadside stories1975 - key events
New Zealand's Labour government refused the USS Buchanan entry because the United States would neither confirm nor deny that the ship had nuclear capability. more...
Nuclear-free legislation - nuclear-free New ZealandLast decade - New Zealand and the Cold War1985 - key events
2 December 1917 'Six o'clock swill' begins
3 December 1863 Land confiscation law passed
4 December 1966 Radio Hauraki rules the waves
5 December 1890 First 'one man one vote' election
6 December 1935 First Labour government takes office
7 December 1963 Bassett Road machine-gun murders
8 December 1942 Fire at Seacliff Mental Hospital kills 37