On the 3rd September 1939, the Second World War officially began when France and the United Kingdom – together with Australia and New Zealand – declared war on Germany.

Every New Zealand woman over the age of 21 was able to vote in the world’s first general election in a self-governing colony.

Prior to the adoption of universally accepted time zones, the vast majority of settlements around the world observed local mean solar time.

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest.