Taranaki Trivia - April
1989 - Stratford County and Borough amalgamate to form the Stratford District Council with one Mayor and six representatives.
1858 - Sir Frederick Truby King is born in New Plymouth.
1864 - There is a violent ambush on a Taranaki military patrol. Heads of soldiers killed in attack are preserved in a traditional Maori manner. Te Ua Haumene is made custodian of the heads.
1982 - The world premier of Sam Pillsbury's feature, The Scarecrow, screens in Auckland. This is adapted from the novel of the same name by Hawera's Ronald Hugh Morrieson.
1971 - New Plymouth's 650ft (198m) power station chimney is completed.
1880 - The first issue of The Hawera Star is published.
1892 - The Taranaki Highwayman carries out his first hold up.
1969 - The blowing up of the old clock tower begins in New Plymouth.
1905 - Averil Margaret Lysaght (biologist, science historian, illustrator) is born at Mokoia, near Hawera.
1939 - Railcar service between Wellington and New Plymouth begins.
1860 - Colonel Charles Gold orders the European settlers of Taranaki to keep a light in their windows and to bar doors and windows at night.
1952 - Dave Loveridge (arguably the world's best half-back) is born in the Avon Maternity Hospital, Stratford.
1982 - Margaret Smith (Eltham Mayor) and another female leader become the first women to deliver an ANZAC address in New Zealand.
1876 - First steamer heads to Mokau.
1929 - New Plymouth's first radio broadcast goes to air from Colliers Music House - 2YB.
1989 - The last issue of The Taranaki Herald is delivered.
1834 - Vessel Harriet is wrecked off Cape Egmont.
1851 - Surveyor Donald McLean leaves on a cross-country expedition to the Upper Whanganui River.
1864 - The Battle of Sentry Hill. Many of Te Ua Haumene's followers are killed because they go into battle with their right hands raised in the belief God will protect them from bullets.