This day in history and today's weather

Video and photos by Rosalie Liddle Crawford.

In today's weather forecast we are expecting it to be cloudy this morning with a chance of showers. Fine spells developing this afternoon and northeast breezes. 

It's a one-clothing layer day today with a high of 23 and an overnight low of 17 degrees. 

High tide is at 11.10am and low tide is at 5.30pm. Sea temperature is 20 degrees. There's an average sea swell of .9m. Sunset tonight is at 8.23pm. 

If you're going fishing today the best fish bite time is between 4.30pm and 6.30pm. 

This day in NZ history in 1941 New Zealand declared war on Japan. New Zealand's declaration followed the surprise attack on the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Japan also attacked Hong Kong, the Philippines, Thailand and Malaya. 

In 1942 on this day there was a deadly fire at Seacliff Mental Hospital. The fire that swept through a locked ward of the Seacliff Mental Hospital, north of Dunedin, killed 37 female patients. 

In world history on this day in 1660 the first Shakespearian female actor to appear on an English stage (she is believed to be a Ms. Norris) made her debut as Desdemona. In 1948 the United Nations approved the recognition of South Korea. In 1980 John Lennon was shot to death outside his Manhattan apartment building. In 2010 the Japanese solar-sail spacecraft IKAROS passed the planet Venus. 

Our inspirational quote today is from Captain Donald Williams who said "The things that we share in our world are far more valuable than those which divide us." 

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Have a great day



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