31 January 1921
New Zealand’s first regular airmail service begins between Christchurch, Ashburton and Timaru.

2 February 1960
Burnside High School opens. For a long time it was the biggest high school in the Southern Hemisphere.

2 February 1974
Commonwealth Games end with “the greatest middle distance race of all time”. Tanzanian Filbert Bayi wins the 1500 metres in new world record time. Second was John Walker who also broke the existing record. The national records of five countries Tanzania, Kenya, Australia, Great Britain and New Zealand – were all broken in this race.

3 February 1915
Canterbury Battalion sustains New Zealand’s first casualties of W.W.I at Suez Canal. Read the letters of Cecil Malthus who spent three years in the Canterbury Battalion.

More January and February events in our Christchurch chronology.