1988: A gas tanker overturns in Walton, England, and spills 6,000 gallons of fuel. Houses are evacuated, and an explosion occurs in a pub cellar, however no lives are lost. The event is an illustration of the complications that can arise from lack of coordination among different sets of responders.
1914: Robert “Honest Bob” Stanfield, Nova Scotian Premier and leader of Canada’s federal Progressive Conservatives, is born.
1713: The Treaty of Utrecht is signed, ending the War of the Spanish Succession. France recognizes British title to Hudson Bay, cedes Acadia and Newfoundland to Britain, but keeps fishing rights. The French settlers relocate to Cape Breton Island, where the fortress of Louisbourg is built to protect the French fisheries and the sea lanes to Québec.