This day in history and today's weather

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The weather forecast is fine today with blue skies and some evening cloud. Southerlies dying out this afternoon. 

It's a three-clothing and one-windproof layer day today with a high of 18 and an overnight low of 10 degrees. 

Low tide is at 1.10pm and high tide is at 7.30pm. Sea temperature is 16 degrees. There's an average sea swell of about .4m and sunset tonight is at 7.32pm.

If you're going fishing today the best fish bite time is between 11.30am and 1.30pm. 

This day in NZ history, in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird, arrived at Ōhakea air base at the start of a whirlwind 24-hour visit to New Zealand. His visit, the first by a United States president, was primarily to shore up support for the war in Vietnam. 

In 1992 on this day the Fred Hollows Foundation was launched in New Zealand. The foundation was first established in Australia by the Kiwi-born ophthalmologist (eye doctor) to treat eye problems in poorer countries. Within six years 200,000 people had their sight restored via cataract surgery. 

Reducing the gap between the ‘haves' and the ‘have-nots' turned into a lifelong passion that would see him become a champion of eye care in the developing world. 

The Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand works in the Pacific region. Its achievements include eye-health programmes in Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste, and a ‘Pacific Eye Institute' in Suva, Fiji, that trains eye doctors and nurses and supplies them with equipment to take back to their home countries. 

Worldwide, the Fred Hollows Foundation is active in more than 20 countries. Well over a million people have had their sight restored as a result of Fred Hollows' life's work. 

This day in world history in 1739 England declared war on Spain over borderlines in Florida. The war is known as the War of Jenkins' Ear because the Spanish coast guards cut off the ear of British seaman Robert Jenkins. 

One hundred years ago today the doughnut was born when in 1917 the first doughnut was fried by Salvation Army volunteer women for American troops in France during World War I. 

Our quote for today is from Roy T. Bennett who said “Life becomes easier and more beautiful when we can see the good in other people.”

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