Christchurch - a chronology


Radio UFM (located at University of Canterbury) becomes first station in Canterbury to be granted an FM warrant on a long term basis.
February 28
Visit by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
May 27
Court Theatre’s 15th anniversary celebrated with two week season of Steven Sondheim’s play "Sweeney Todd" in James Hay Theatre.
July 7
Heavy rain floods northern suburbs of city.
July 28
Grenadier Hotel demolished in Oxford Terrace. Formerly The Royal, it was the third hotel on this site since 1851.
August 26
The worst lamb loss for a decade in Canterbury due to a wet cold August, costs farmers $2.8 million.
August 27
Visit by Deputy Prime Minister of Hungary, Dr Juzet Marjai.
October 13
Sir Hamish Hay begins his fifth and final term as Mayor of Christchurch.
October 25
"Qin Shihuang" (Chinese Buried Army) exhibition opens at the McDougall Art Gallery. 71,145 people visited the exhibition over a seven week period, the largest number to a paying show at the Gallery.
Visit of President of Israel, Mr Chaim Herzog.
November 4
23 week old Mary Ellen Foulds becomes the youngest baby to be born at Christchurch Womens Hospital (normal gestation is 40 weeks).
November 22
Visit by Pope John Paul II (the first head of the Catholic Church to visit New Zealand).

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