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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.
Dunedin became the first New Zealand centre to get a daily newspaper when William Cutten and future Premier Julius Vogel published the first issue of the Otago Daily Times.
Julius VogelNew Zealand in 1870 - the Vogel era
By raising the British Colours on Coromandel Peninsula, Cook claimed the area in the name of King George III. more...
European explorers - exploration of New ZealandUnion Jack - flags of New Zealand
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