Today in History

Content by F T.Bear

Good morning! Rise and shine!

Today in history is a place for you early risers to exercise your brains as you wait for the day to begin. Please, by all means, bring your own bits of history to the comments section and add your memories of what YOU did on this day however many years ago.

The beauty of an early morning historical post is that the date can mean the event happened today “our time” or today “other side of the world” time.

From the life and death of Plato through to the latest most recent history as it happens, we intend on bringing you stimulating and educational historical knowledge.

July 1

1988:   Takaparawha or Bastion Point is returned to local iwi Ngati
Whatua. Protesters had occupied the land for 506 days beginning in
1977 but they were evicted by police in May 1978. Ten years later the
Waitangi Tribunal supported Maori claims to the land and the
government accepted this finding and returned the land.

1997:  Hong Kong is returned to Chinese rule. China had ceded the
island to the British in 1941 with the signing of the Convention of
Chuenpi. The ceremony to return the island was attended by Tony Blair,
Prince Charles, Jiang Zemin and Madeleine Albright,

1916: The Battle of the Somme begins. It would last 140 days and over
1,100,000 people would be killed or injured. It was the largest battle
on the Western Front during the First World War. 15,000 New Zealanders
fought at Somme, 2000 died and 6000 were injured.

1867:  The Dominion of Canada is formed. Comprising provinces of New
Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec. John A Macdonald serves
as the first Prime Minister.