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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’.
In one of their first military efforts, several hundred Pai Mārire warriors attacked a British redoubt at Te Mōrere (Sentry Hill) in Taranaki. Scores were killed or wounded. more...
The death of Carl Völkner - Pai MarireProphets and colonists - New Zealand Wars
Robert FitzRoy, the second governor of New Zealand (1843-45), took his own life at his home in Surrey. Opinion on his governorship has always been divided.
Robert FitzRoyGovernors and governors-general
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