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René Shadbolt led the only New Zealand contingent to the Spanish Civil War. She and fellow nurse, Isobel Dodds, cared for wounded soldiers, particularly those from the International Brigades, from July 1937 to November 1938.
Two years after winning the long jump gold medal at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, Williams set a new world record of 20 feet 7 1/2 inches (6.29 m) at an athletics meeting in Gisborne. more...
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13 May 1947 Death of Frances Hodgkins
14 May 1941 NZ minesweeper sunk off Bream Head
15 May 1920 Whanganui mayor shoots poet
16 May 1981 All Whites beat Australia on road to Spain
17 May 1962 George Wilder escapes from prison
18 May 1937 NZ nurses detained on way to Spanish Civil War
19 May 1987 Attempted hijacking in Fiji foiled