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Charles Upham is probably New Zealand's most famous soldier. His actions in Crete in 1941 and Egypt in 1942 led to his becoming one of only three people – and the only combat soldier – ever to win the Victoria Cross twice.
The 'Parliament Special' travelled over a makeshift track in the central section of the still-unfinished main trunk line. It carried MPs north to greet the American navy's 'Great White Fleet'. more...
Rise and fall - the North Island main trunk lineThe North Island main trunk line
Beatrice Faumuina became the first New Zealander to win an event at a World Athletics Championships when she threw the discus 66.82 m at Athens in 1997. more...
20 May 1941 German paratroops assault Crete
21 May 1840 Hobson proclaims sovereignty over NZ
22 May 1884 First NZ Rugby team in action
23 May 1966 Coronation of first Māori Queen
24 May 1943 Turning point in Battle of the Atlantic
25 May 1861 The Press goes to press
26 May 1879 Parihaka ploughing campaign begins