Disaster: The storm that would become Hurricane Gordon forms in the Gulf of Mexico, and goes on to kill up to 1,000 people in Central America, the Caribbean and Florida (1994). Politics: George H.W. Bush is elected President (1988). Politics: Lester Pearson wins re-election for the Liberals (1965).
Politics: Brad Wall’s Saskatchewan Party wins the provincial election (2007). Politics: George W. Bush wins the U.S. presidential election (2000). Disaster: The Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapses due to high winds, and no one is killed (1940).
Disaster: A tornado hits Kentucky and Indiana, killing 25 people in Evansville, Indiana (2005). Politics: Danny Williams is sworn in as the Conservative Premier of Newfoundland (2003). Disaster: A dam in Georgia gives way, killing 39 people (1977).
Disaster: Tropical Storm Thelma causes flooding in the Philippines and kills almost 3,000 people (1991) Disaster: A train crash in London, England, leaves 49 people dead (1967). Politics: Susan B. Anthony votes in the U.S. Presidential Election, even though women are not allowed to vote (1872).
Politics: Barack Obama becomes the first African-American elected President of the U.S. (2008). Politics: The Iranian Hostage Crisis begins when Islamist students and militants storm the American embassy (1979). Media: Walter Cronkite, newscaster, is born (1916).
Disaster: A fire in a hotel in South Korea leaves 88 people dead (1974). Politics: Lyndon Johnson wins the U.S. presidential election in a landslide (1964). Politics: Wilfred Laurier wins a huge victory in the Canadian election (1904).
Disaster: A truck explodes in Afghanistan killing an estimated 3,000 people, mostly Soviet soldiers traveling to Kabul (1982). Politics: President Harry Truman defeats challenger Thomas Dewey in a surprise victory (1948). Media: The new Canadian Broadcasting Act creates the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a crown corporation (1936).
Politics: The Reform Party elects its first leader – Preston Manning (1987). Media: The Toronto Sun begins publication (1971). Disaster: An earthquake in Portugal kills up to 50,000 people (1775).