15 August 1945
V.J. (Victory over Japan) day celebrations.
15 August 1981
Massive demonstrations in Christchurch against rugby test between All Blacks and Springboks.
16 August 1866
Cook Strait cable service links North and South Islands.
16 August 1868
Tsunami (“tidal wave”) in Lyttelton Harbour. Part of the harbour bottom was laid bare, then a wave swept in, damaging the “Novelty”.
Read Dr Hector on the recent earthquakes and tidal phenomena, Wellington Independent, 29 August 1868 (Papers Past).
16 August 1890
First inter-provincial soccer match held in Christchurch. Canterbury beat Wellington 2-0.
19 August 1840
French settlers land at Akaroa.
Read The Mission of the “Britomart” at Akaroa, in August 1840 by Johannes C. Andersen.