Today in History: February 8th

2005: Edmonton police chief Fred Rayner is fired after news of a police sting targeting a journalist and the chair of the city’s police board comes to light.

1993: General Motors sues NBC after “Dateline NBC” allegedly rigs two crashes intended to demonstrate that some GM pickups can easily catch fire if hit in certain places. NBC settles the lawsuit the next day.

1986: A passenger train and a freight train crash near Hinton, Alberta, killing 29 people and injuring 93, making it the deadliest train accident in Canada since 1947. The resulting investigations revealed serious flaws in CN’s employee practices.

An Ounce of Prevention: Appendix 1 – Learning From Past Disasters

Today in History: November 4th

***2008: Barack Obama is elected President of the United States, becoming the first African-American to hold that office.

1979: The Iranian Hostage Crisis begins when Islamist students and militants storm the American embassy in Tehran, holding 52 Americans hostage.

An Ounce of Prevention – Iranian Embassy Siege

Political Columns – Lunches With Wolves

Political Conventions – Top of the Class

1916: Birth of Walter Cronkite, a well respected broadcast journalist and best known as the anchorman for CBS Evening News. See also 6 O’Clock News.