Today in History: June 26th

1995: Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leader Mike Harris is sworn in as the 22nd Premier of Ontario, replacing Bob Rae of the NDP, who had been in power since 1990. Harris won 82 out of 130 seats.

1963: US President John F. Kennedy delivers his famous “Let them come to Berlin” speech in West Berlin, West Germany. Also from this speech is the quote “Ich bin ein Berliner”.

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1807: Lightning hits a gunpowder factory in Luxembourg, killing more than 300 people. This may have been the most deadly lightning strike in history. Usually, victims of lightening strikes are killed one at a time. Luxembourg was occupied by Napoleon’s army, and the country was used to stockpile weapons and ammunition.

Today in History: June 12th

1987: US President Ronald Reagan delivers a speech at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin, West Germany, near the Berlin Wall, in which he famously said “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”, addressing the leader of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev.

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1924: George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, is born.

1897:  A powerful earthquake in India triggers deadly landslides and waves, killing more than 1,500 people. For hundreds of miles near the epicenter, nearly every building collapses. Hundreds of aftershocks in the following months delay the rebuilding efforts.