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Rutherford's discoveries about the
nature of atoms shaped modern science and paved the way for nuclear physics.
Einstein referred to him as the 'second Newton' who ‘tunneled into the very
material of God’.
Captain Cook's astronomer Charles Green observed the transit of Mercury at Te Whanganui-o-Hei (Mercury Bay) on Coromandel Peninsula.
European explorers - exploration of New ZealandHistory of New Zealand, 1769-1914
The Immigration Restriction Amendment Act 1920 required immigrants to apply for a permanent residence permit before they arrived in New Zealand. more...
1920 - key events
9 December 1899 NZ troops fire first shots during South African War
10 December 1908 Rutherford wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry
11 December 1907 Parliament's library escapes great fire
12 December 1961 First Golden Kiwi lottery draw
13 December 1939 Battle of the River Plate
14 December 1843 First Auckland A and P Show
15 December 1944 Poll tax on Chinese immigrants abolished