[Daily article] January 1: Joe Warbrick

Joe Warbrick (1 January 1862 – 30 August 1903) was a Māori rugby
union player. The youngest person ever to play first-class rugby in New
Zealand, he was selected as a 15-year-old to play fullback for Auckland
Provincial Clubs. In 1884 he made the first New Zealand representative
team, and appeared in seven of their eight matches on their tour of New
South Wales. Four years later he conceived of, selected, and led the
privately funded New Zealand Native football team, which eventually
included several New Zealand-born and foreign-born Europeans. Although
the team played 107 matches, including 74 in the British Isles, Warbrick
took part in only 21 matches due to injury. The tour, the first from the
Southern Hemisphere to visit Britain, remains the longest in rugby’s
history. In 2008 Warbrick and the Natives were inducted into the World
Rugby Hall of Fame. He effectively retired from rugby after returning
from the tour, except for one appearance for Auckland in 1894, and went
on to work as a farmer and tourist guide in the Bay of Plenty. In 1903
he was killed along with several others by an eruption of the Waimangu

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Bouvet Island in the South Atlantic Ocean, the most remote
island in the world, was discovered by French explorer Jean-Baptiste
Charles Bouvet de Lozier.


Pursuant to the Acts of Union 1800, Great Britain and Ireland
merged to become the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.


The St. Petersburg–Tampa Airboat Line in the U.S. state of
Florida became the first scheduled airline using a winged aircraft.


The People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan, which later
helped the country become a republic, was founded.


Adam Air Flight 574 crashed into the sea off Polewali,
Indonesia, when the pilots inadvertently disconnected the autopilot. All
102 people on board were killed.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

A native or inhabitant of Brooklyn, New York.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what
they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own
version of heaven on earth. And let me remind you, they are the very
ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies. Absolute power does
corrupt, and those who seek it must be suspect and must be opposed.
–Barry Goldwater

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