On This Day
|Today's Canadian Headline...|
|1978||SOVIET SATELLITE FIREBALL OVER NWTNWT – Nuclear-powered USSR satellite Cosmos 954 re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere and disintegrates over the Northwest Territories, scattering radiation; Canadian Armed Forces launches large operation to recover debris.|
Calgary Alberta – ABC network agrees to pay $386 million for US TV rights to the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics; a record sum to that date.
Ottawa Ontario – Charles Vincent Massey 1887-1967 appointed Governor General; first Canadian-born; serves from February 28, 1952 to September 15, 1959.
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Michael Ontkean 1950-
|In Other Events…|
|1988||New York City – Ben Johnson named the Associated Press (AP) athlete of the year, the first Canadian track athlete so honoured. On Sept. 26, at the Seoul Summer Olympics, Johnson will test positive for steroid use, and will be stripped of the Gold Medal he won in the 100 Metre Sprint two days earlier.|
|1981||Uniondale New York – Montreal native Mike Bossy, of the NHL Islanders, is the second player in league history, after Maurice Richard, to score 50 goals in the first 50 games of the season, as his team scores 5 power play goals against the Quebec Nordiques. On this day in 1986, Bossy will score his 1,000th NHL point.|
|1973||Vietnam – Canada joins the International Commission for Control and Supervision in Vietnam for 60-day period; ICCS a truce-observance commission; with Hungary, Poland, Indonesia.|
|1971||NWT – Panarctic Oils caps a natural gas well on King Christian Island that had burned out of control for 3 months.|
|1955||Des Joachims Ontario – Start of first Canadian nuclear power plant at Des Joachims.|
|1946||London England – Canada is appointed to the UN Atomic Energy Commission.|
|1942||Ottawa Ontario – Wartime Prices and Trade Board rations sugar to 3/4 lb per person per week; cut to 1/2 lb on May 19; coupon rationing July 1|
|1923||Nova Scotia – George Henry Murray 1861-1929 resigns as Premier of Nova Scotia after 27 years; replaced by Ernest Howard Armstrong 1874-1946.|
|1903||USA – Britain and US refer Alaskan boundary dispute to commission which sits from September 3 to October 2; the result of the Anglo-American Convention will be largely in favor of American interests, enraging the Canadian public.|
|1885||Vancouver BC – The CPR telegraph reaches the Pacific from Halifax; now operating from coast to coast.|
|1848||Quebec/Ontario – Reformers led by Robert Baldwin and Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine sweep elections in both Canada East and Canada West.|
|1688||Quebec Quebec – Francois de Laval 1623-1688 resigns as Bishop due to growing ill health.|
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