Inventor Percy L. Spencer patented the Microwave Oven.
Although microwaves were already being used for other purposes, Spencer wanted to change the frequency so that the oven would be capable of cooking food in a timely, cost effective, and efficient manner.
Captain James Cook landed on Poverty Bay, New Zealand, where he studied and explored the land.
Many consider him to be the first European discoverer of the country, though he wasn't officially the first to sight it. Over a century before, in 1642, Dutch explorer Abel Tasman had sighted New Zealand but did not set foot on the ground.
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