Today in History: June 25th

1997: A volcano on the Caribbean Island of Montserrat erupts and leaves 19 people dead. The airport was destroyed, which greatly damaged the tourism industry.

1993: Kim Campbell sworn in as Canada’s 19th Prime Minister, and Canada’s first woman Prime Minister. She replaces Brian Mulroney, who resigned. A few months later, in October, 1993, the Conservatives were reduced to just two seats, and Campbell lost her seat in Vancouver.

1957: A hurricane watch is declared for Texas and Louisiana, as a tropical depression from the Gulf of Mexico heads toward the U.S. The storm soon becomes Hurricane Audrey, which kills 431 people and leaves 40,000 people homeless. As the storm moves through Ontario and Quebec a week later, 27 people were killed from the storm, or accidents related to the storm.

Today in History: June 6th

1981: More than 500 passengers are killed when a train plunges into a river in India. Heavy rains meant the tracks were slick. The engineer was Hindu and believed that cows are sacred. As the train was going over a bridge, a cow appeared on the track. The engineer, wanting to avoid hitting the cow, braked too hard, and the train derailed.

1971: A mid-air crash between two airplanes near Los Angeles kills 50 people. A DC-9 with five crew and 44 passengers collided with a U.S. Navy F-4 Fighter. One of the two F-4 crew members was also killed.

1944:  The Battle of Normandy begins. D-Day begins with the landing of 155,000 Allied soldiers on the beaches of Normandy in France, in the largest amphibious military operation in history.

Today in History: May 26th

2008: Severe flooding begins in China, and ultimately the flooding leaves 148 people dead, and forces the evacuation of 1.3 million people.

1991:  A Boeing 767 crashes into the jungle near Bangkok, Thailand, and kills all 223 people on board. The thrust reverser on the port engine, which essentially puts the engine in reverse, deployed suddenly. Though pilots fight to override it, they are not able to do so. Boeing recalls and modifies the 767’s thrust reversing system after an investigation.

1896: A bridge collapses in Victoria, B.C., killing 55 people traveling in a streetcar, making it the worst accident in Canadian transit history. In all, 143 people are on the streetcar. The owner of the streetcar is found responsible for overloading the streetcar, and the city of Victoria is found guilty of not properly maintaining the bridge.

Today in History: May 21st

2001: Firestone Tires CEO John T. Lampe writes to Ford CEO Jacques Nasser, condemning Ford’s handling of The Firestone and Ford tire controversy, and announcing the end of a more than 100 year long business relationship.

1953:  A tornado flattens downtown Sarnia, Ontario, killing five people and causing $4 million in damage.

1927: Charles Lindbergh lands his airplane The Spirit of St. Louis, in Paris, completing the first solo, nonstop transatlantic flight and the first nonstop flight between New York and Paris. The trip took 33 1/2 hours.

Today in History: May 20th

2003: The first case of Mad Cow Disease or BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) is reported in a cow slaughtered in Alberta. This poses a huge threat to Canada’s $7.6 billion beef industry after 35 countries ban the importation of Canadian beef.

1965: A Pakistan Airways Boeing 707 crashes when landing at the airport in Cairo, Egypt, killing 124 people. Pilots had complained about inadequate lighting and poor runway conditions at the Cairo airport. The plane was making a night landing and took an approach that was too steep, slamming into the ground short of the runway.

1920:  Canadian Marconi Company’s experimental radio station XWA in Montreal (which later becomes CFCF) hosts the first scheduled radio show in North America, broadcasting a music program from Montréal to a meeting of the Royal Society of Canada in Ottawa.

Today in History: May 4th

2002: A plane crash in Nigeria kills 148 people. Witnesses on the ground saw the plane showed signs of distress before plunging towards the ground. It then ripped through a working-class neighborhood, shearing off the roofs of dozens of homes. The cause of the crash still had not been determined.

1994:  Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat reach agreement in Cairo on the first stage of Palestinian self-rule. This is the first direct, face-to-face agreement between Israel and the Palestinians and it acknowledges Israel’s right to exist. It’s also designed as a framework for future relations between the two parties.

1977: British journalist David Frost interviews former President Richard Nixon about the Watergate scandal and his resignation. Nixon admits that he let the American people down through his role in the 1972 Watergate burglary and cover-up.

Today in History: March 22nd

2006: Three Christian Peacemaker Team hostages are freed by British forces in Baghdad after 118 days of captivity and the death of their colleague, American Tom Fox.

1992: USAir Flight 405 crashes shortly after liftoff from New York City’s LaGuardia Airport, leading to a number of studies into the effect that ice has on aircraft safety.

1984: Jane Gray dies. Grey was Canada’s first woman broadcaster, and began her career in 1924 at CJGC (now CFPL) radio in London, Ontario.

1993-present: International World Water Day, a day devoted to the conservation of one of the earth’s most precious natural resources.

Today in History: March 14th

1980: A Polish Airlines flight from New York crashes while landing in Warsaw, killing all 87 people on board, including 22 members of the United States boxing team. On the first attempt to land, there were landing gear problems, and on the second attempt additional thrust caused one of the plane’s engines to break apart, cutting the rudder and elevator control lines.

1979: Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed leads the Progressive Conservatives to a third consecutive majority in the provincial election.

1923: Pete Parker, of CKCK radio Regina, does the world’s first complete play-by-play radio broadcast of a professional hockey game, as the Edmonton Eskimos beat the Regina Capitals 1-0 in a Western Canadian Professional Hockey League game in Regina.

Today in History: March 10th

1989: An Air Ontario jet crashes after take off from Dryden, killing 24 people and injuring 45. An inquiry blames wing icing for the crash.

1917: The first of two Russian revolutions is well underway in Petrograd, which ultimately led to the abdication of Nicholas II, the incumbent leader at the time.

1906: An underground fire sparks an explosion at a coal mine in France, killing 1,060 workers.

Today in History: March 4th

1989: Ed Broadbent announces his resignation as NDP leader after 14 years as an MP.

1964: The UN Security Council recommends the establishment of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

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1962: A plane crash in Cameroon kills all 111 passengers and crew – the first plane crash in which more than 100 people died.