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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.
In one of their first military efforts, up to 300 Pai Marire warriors attacked a British redoubt at Te Morere (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
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