Otago Daily Times : 2020-10-27

OPINION : 9 : 9

OPINION

9 Otago Daily Times Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ OPINION We welcome contributi­ons to the opinion page from readers, who should in the first instance contact opinion page editor, Craig Page, by email (editor@odt.co.nz) or telephone, (03) 479­3512. Texts between 500 and 800 words are preferred, will be edited, and the reserves the right to use material in any of its publicatio­ns, including the online edition. Otago Daily Times Labour Party of Mike Moore, giving the National Party under the biggest election victory in more than 50 years. — Bushfires in Southern California destroy at least 800 homes. — The Dow Jones index fell 554.26 points, its largest one­day decline in points terms; the decline of 7.18% was the biggest since the drop of 23% in 1987. — The dress that Marilyn Monroe wore to sing to President John F. Kennedy is sold for $US1,267,500, a record for an item of clothing at auction. — Stormy seas prevent divers from entering the Russian nuclear submarine after naval officials reveal evidence that more than 23 seamen had survived the initial explosions that sank Jim Bolger 1993 1997 TODAY is Tuesday, October 27, the 301st day of 2020. There are 65 days left in the year. Highlights in history on this date: — Honorius I begins his reign as Pope. — Edmund I succeeds Athelstan as King of England. — The cargo ship strikes rocks and is later abandoned in Facile Harbour, Dusky Sound. It is the first recorded shipwreck in New Zealand waters; the United States and Spain sign the Treaty of San Lorenzo (also known as Pinckney’s Treaty), providing free navigation of the Mississipp­i River. — Britain annexes the diamond fields of Kimberley, South Africa. — The first section of the New York subway is opened, almost 36 years after the opening of the first elevated line in New York (which became the IRT [Interborou­gh Rapid Transit Company] Ninth Ave Line). The 14.6km subway line, then called the ‘‘Manhattan Main Line’’, ran from City Hall station northward under Lafayette St (then named Elm St) and Park Ave (then named Fourth Ave) before turning to terminate at 145th St Station in Harlem. Over 150,000 passengers paid the 5c fare to ride it on the first day of operation. — The first known use of a getaway car occurs in Paris when thieves drive off after holding up a shop. — Kaiser Wilhelm II accepts the resignatio­n of General Erich Ludendorff after the failure of the German offensive on the Western Front. — The Italian government resigns under increasing pressure from the fascist movement of Benito Mussolini. — The official opening of the by Governor­General Lord Bledisloe. The generators had not been completed and could not produce electricit­y, so when Lord Bledisloe symbolical­ly switched on the lights, they were powered by electricit­y from Lake Coleridge. — Du Pont announces a name for its new synthetic yarn: Nylon. — During the Cuban Missile Crisis an American spy plane is shot down over Cuba and the US navy drops warning depth charges on Soviet submarines. — The UN General Assembly votes to end South Africa’s mandate over South West Africa, now Namibia. — Congo changes its name to the Republic of Zaire. — Otago Press and Produce completes the takeover of Allied Press, publisher of the and — China announces its population has reached one billion­plus. — The Big Bang takes place on the London Stock Exchange with the introducti­on of computeris­ed dealing and deregulati­on of many controls. — New Zealand’s voters oust the 1999 Happy Birthday, Mr President 625 939 1795 Endeavour 2000 Kursk, 1871 1900 the vessel. — Kate Cameron (21), of Kurow, wins the inaugural ‘‘Perfect Woman’’ contest. She said that she had only entered because her father promised her a Valiant Charger if she won; Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva wins Brazil’s presidenti­al run­off election, becoming the nation’s first leftist and working­class president. 2002 1901 Today’s birthdays 1918 µ Josiah Firth, New Zealand businessma­n/politician (1826­97); William Daniel Barrett, New Zealand tribal leader (1878­1953); Fred Ladd, New Zealand civilian and military pilot, tourism and aviation promoter (1908­89); Earle Wells, New Zealand sailor (1933­); John Cleese, English actor/comedian (1939­); Tom Lister, All Black (1943­2017); Peter Firth, English actor (1953­); John Eden, New Zealand­born paralympia­n (1955­); Simon Le Bon, English singer (1958­); Peter Renner, New Zealand internatio­nal steeplecha­se and marathon runner (1959­); Alama Ieremia, All Black (1970­); John Steel, New Zealand internatio­nal swimmer (1972­); Singaporea­n violinist (1978­);Kelly Osbourne, British actress/singer (1984­). 1922 1934 Dam Waitaki 1938 1962 1966 1971 Vanessa Mae, 1979 Otago Daily Times The Evening Star. Quote of the day: 1982 ‘‘Do not go gentle into that good night but rage, rage against the dying of the light.’’ — Dylan Thomas, Welsh poet, who was born on this day in 1914. He died in 1953, aged 39, of pneumonia. 1986 ODT and agencies 1990 Kiwi Gardener Magazine Featuring a 6 or 12-month subscripti­on full of advice, gardens of the month, community gardens and more and the 18th edition - trusted by South Island gardeners for over 100 years this gardening combo is a must for any green thumb. Star Garden Book Save over 10% on the RRP and get growing with our ultimate gardening bundle! µ µ The Waitaki Dam was officially opened on this day in 1934. PHOTO: ODT FILES Vanessa Mae Jim Bolger