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’.
The first official New Zealand airmail to the United States was carried from Auckland to San Francisco on Pan American Airways' Samoan Clipper. The Sikorsky S-42B flying boat was piloted by Captain Ed Musick.