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1964 CANUCKS TAKE SLED GOLDInnsbruck Austria – Ninth Winter Olympic games close at Innsbruck. Brothers Vic and John Emery, with Douglas Anakin and Peter Kirby, take home Canada’s only Gold Medal, in Bobsledding. The quartet set a world record in their first run, and repeat their victory at the 1965 World Championship.

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Reno Nevada – Canada’s Donovan Bailey sets world record for the 50-meter dash with a time of 5.56 seconds at the Reno Air Games; old record of 5.61 set by Manfred Kokot of East Germany in 1973 and American James Sanford in 1981. [Photo:AP]


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Ottawa Ontario – Vere Brabazan Ponsonby, Earl of Bessborough 1880-1956 appointed Governor-General of Canada, serving from April 4, 1931 to September 29,1935.

In Other Events…
1991 Halifax Nova Scotia – Donald Cameron chosen as Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party and new Premier of Nova Scotia, replacing John Buchanan, who resigned Sept 1990 to take a Senate seat
1983 Ottawa Ontario – Erik Neilsen 1924- chosen as interim party leader by Progressive Conservative Party; to June 11, 1983; replacing Joe Clark.
1978 Ottawa Ontario – Ottawa orders 11 Soviet embassy officials deported for allegedly trying to infiltrate the RCMP Security Service.
1974 USA – Gordon Sinclair’s recording of his radio commentary, The Americans (A Canadian’s Opinion) peaks at #24 on the pop singles chart.
1966 Montreal Quebec – National Hockey League announces it is doubling in size with a new West Division and six new teams – the California Seals, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota North Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and St. Louis Blues. The original teams – Toronto, Montreal, New York, Detroit, Chicago and Boston – will make up the NHL East Division.
1883 Guelph Ontario – Ontario’s first free public library opens at Guelph.
1879 Quebec Quebec – North Shore Railroad opens from Montreal to Quebec.
1870 Winnipeg Manitoba – Metis establish a provisional government at Red River; Louis Riel 1844-1885 elected President.
1760 Louisbourg Nova Scotia – Captain John Byron 1723-1786 starts tearing down the fortifications of Louisbourg on orders from British PM William Pitt.
In World Events…
1984 Moscow Russia – Soviet President Yuri Andropov dies at age 69; ex head of KGB was in power only 15 months.
1969 Washington – Boeing 747 makes its first commercial flight; world’s largest airplane ushers in the jumbo jet age.
1964 New York City – The Beatles first appear on the Ed Sullivan Show before 73.7 million TV viewers. They sing She Loves You and I Want to Hold Your Hand.
1950 Washington DC – Senator Joseph McCarthy charges that the US State Department is infested with Communists.
1916 London England – Britain brings in conscription with the Military Service Act.
1895 Massachusetts – Volleyball invented by W.G. Morgan.
1861 Montgomery Alabama – Jefferson Davis elected President of the Confederate States of America.
1825 Washington DC – House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams 6th US President.
Today’s Global Birthdays…
1945 Los Angeles California – Mia (Maria de Lourdes Villers) Farrow, actor, Rosemary’s Baby, Purple Rose of Cairo, Peyton Place, Hannah and Her Sisters; ex-Mrs. Frank Sinatra; ex-Mrs. Woody Allen.
1944 USA – Alice Walker, novelist, The Color Purple, The Temple of My Familiar, Possessing the Secret of Joy, Meridian.
1942 Brooklyn NY – Carole King [Klein], pianist/singer, Tapestry, Loco-motion, It Might as Well Rain Until September, It’s Too Late, Jazzman.
1934 Michigan – John A Ziegler Jr., 4th NHL President.
1923 Ireland – Brendan Behan , dramatist, the Hostage.
1914 Seattle Washington – Gypsy Rose Lee, stripper.
1891 England – Ronald Colman, actor, 1947 Academy Award winner, A Tale of Two Cities, Lost Horizon, Prisoner of Zenda, Around the World in 80 Days, Romola.
1885 Vienna Austria – Alban Berg, composer, Lulu.
1773 USA – William Henry Harrison, 9th US President (March 4-April 4, 1841).

<!– “The spirit of a nation, if it is to find full expression, must include a National Drama.”
Earl of Bessborough
Governor General
Program of first Dominion Drama Festival
Ottawa, Apr. 24, 1933

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