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On this day in 1970, the Boeing 747, the world’s first “jumbo jet”, enters commercial service for Pan American Airways with its maiden voyage from John F. Kennedy International Airport to London Heathrow Airport.


On this day is 2005 the Airbus A380, the world’s largest commercial jet, is unveiled at a ceremony in Toulouse, France.

The Airbus A380 is a wide-body aircraft manufactured by Airbus. Airbus studies started in 1988 and the project was announced in 1990 to challenge the dominance of the Boeing 747 in the long haul market.


Jersey Boy

Jersey Boys is a 2005 musical with music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe. It is presented in a documentary-style format that dramatizes the formation, success and eventual break-up of the 1960s rock ‘n’ roll group The Four Seasons.

The Court Theatre returns to full production mode with one of the best musicals they have presented in years. It’s Frankie Valli and the boys over a 20 year period of the major hits. Not only is the music great, but the drama works too. We get an insight into each character, their motivations and drives.

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Mareas by Qüassi

Qüassi is an instrumental music band from Mendoza, Argentina that ranges from Jazz-Fusion to progressive rock and experimental electronics. There is a similarity to el tuno elastico from Jerez, Spain and a little of Agent 22.


For Taranaki Māori, 5 November 1881 is known as ‘Te Rā o te Pāhua’ or the ‘Day of Plunder’. The invasion of Parihaka — te pāhuatanga — happened when around 1500 armed constabulary and volunteers led by the Native Affairs Minister, John Bryce, invaded Parihaka.

For months leading up to the invasion, troops had surrounded the peaceful Taranaki Māori village. They even set up a cannon on a nearby hill. While the soldiers had enough ammunition and rations to see them through a ‘bloody battle’, the reality was very different.


In 1797 André-Jacques Garnerin makes the first recorded parachute jump, from one thousand meters above Paris.


Schematic depiction of Garnerin’s first parachute used in the Parc Monceau descent of 22 October, 1797. Illustration dates from the early nineteenth century.

André-Jacques Garnerin (31 January, 1769 – 18 August, 1823) was appointed Official Aeronaut of France.