The All Blacks are New Zealand's national rugby union team. Rugby
union is New Zealand's national sport, with the All Blacks a
formidable power in international rugby, possessing a winning record
against all nations. The All Blacks compete annually with Australia
and South Africa in the Tri-Nations Series, in which they also contest
the Bledisloe Cup with Australia. They have been Tri-Nations champions
seven times in the tournament's eleven-year history, have twice
completed a Grand Slam (in 1978 and in 2005), and currently hold the
Bledisloe Cup. They are the top ranked team in the world, and the 2006
International Rugby Board (IRB) Team of the Year. Twelve former All
Blacks have been inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The Augsburg Confession, the primary confession of faith of the
Lutheran Church, was presented to the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at
the Diet of Augsburg.
Indian Wars in North America: United States Army Colonel George
Armstrong Custer was killed at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
The Korean War between North and South Korea began with the North
Koreans launching a pre-dawn raid south over the 38th parallel.
Over 400 million people in over 30 countries watched Our World, the
first live, international, satellite television production.
Kim Campbell was chosen as leader of the Progressive Conservative
Party and became the first female Prime Minister of Canada.
Wikiquote of the day:
I always disagree ... when people end up saying that we can only
combat Communism, Fascism or what not if we develop an equal
fanaticism. It appears to me that one defeats the fanatic precisely by
not being a fanatic oneself, but on the contrary by using one's
intelligence. In the same way, a man can kill a tiger because he is
not like a tiger and uses his brain to invent the rifle, which no
tiger could ever do. -- George Orwell