This day in history and today's weather

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The weather forecast is for a fine day. Southwesterlies will be turning to a northerly for a time this afternoon. 

It's a three-clothing layer day today with a high of 20 and an overnight low of 11 degrees. 

High tide is at 11.30am and low tide is at 5.40pm. Sea temperature is 17 degrees. There's an average sea swell of about .3m and sunset tonight is at 7.53pm. 

If you're going fishing today the best fish bite time is between 5 and 7 pm

This day in NZ history in 1769 Captain James Cook observed the transit of Mercury. Cook helped his astronomer Charles Green observe the transit of Mercury at Te Whanganui-o-Hei (Mercury Bay), Coromandel Peninsula. 

When the planets Mercury and Venus pass across the Sun, they are visible as small black dots. Timing these ‘transits' from different locations was the first accurate way to determine the distance between Earth and the Sun. 

The next transit of Mercury fully visible from New Zealand will occur in 2052. 

In 1920 on this day the White New Zealand policy was introduced. The Immigration Restriction Amendment Act 1920 required immigrants to apply for a permanent residence permit before they arrived in New Zealand. 

This day in world history in 1799 Napoleon Bonaparte declared himself dictator of France. In 1967 NASA launched Apollo 4 into orbit with the first successful test of a Saturn V rocket.

In 1972 bones discovered by Louis and Mary Leakey in Tanzania pushed human origins back 1 million years. In 1983 Alfred Heineken, a beer brewer from Amsterdam, was kidnapped and held for a ransom of more than $10 million. And in 1989 on this day the Berlin Wall was opened after dividing the city for 28 years. 

Our quote for today is from CS Lewis who said "We are mirrors whose brightness is wholly derived from the sun that shines upon us." 

To find out what's happening please check out our What's On page. 

Have an awesome day!



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The moon peeping through the clouds at Pillans Point. Photo: Mike Berry.

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