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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’.
At 12.40 p.m. on 13 November 1896, Te Maari, a crater at the northern end of the Tongariro range, erupted spectacularly. It continued to erupt sporadically for nearly a year. more...
David Gray, an Aramoana resident, began a shooting spree that left 13 people dead. more...
New Zealand crime timeline
9 December 1899 NZ troops fire first shots during South African War
10 December 1962 Wilkins wins Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
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 1915 The evacuation of Gallipoli