Today in History: July 16th

1992: Statistics Canada says inflation dropped to an annual rate of 1.1% in June, which is the lowest in 30 years, since John Diefenbaker was Prime Minister in 1962.

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1990: More than 1,000 people are killed when a 7.7-magnitude earthquake strikes Luzon Island in the Philippines. Heroic rescue efforts saved many, but some victims who did not die as buildings collapsed were found dead later from dehydration because they were not pulled out in time.

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1969: Apollo 11, the spaceflight which first landed humans on the Moon, takes off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, crewed by commander Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin, and Michael Collins.

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Today in History: April 20th

1999: Two students at Columbine High School in Colorado, USA, kill 12 students and 1 teacher and wound 21, before killing themselves.

1971: Canada and the United States sign an agreement for a $45 million communications satellite, to be launched in 1974.

1968: Pierre Elliot Trudeau is sworn in as Liberal Party Leader and 15th Prime Minister of Canada as Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson steps down.

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Today in History: April 4th

1968: Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Race riots ensue throughout the country. Presidential candidate Robert Kennedy gives a short speech in Indianapolis, Indiana, believed to be partly responsible for that city remaining calm in the wake of the assassination.

1933: A dirigible crashes in New Jersey, killing 73 people.  Despite violent thunderstorms, the Akron was not grounded. Miscommunication sends the Akron directly into the storm, and it plunges nearly 1,000 feet in a few seconds. The crew then dumps the water ballast in order to make it rise. However, the ballast dump thrusts the Akron up too far, too fast, destroying critical devices and cables, and all control is lost.

1893: Ontario Lieutenant Governor George Airey Kirkpatrick officially opens the Ontario Legislative Building in Queen’s Park, built on the site of a lunatic asylum. The design is criticized by some as “too American”.

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Today in History: January 5th

2003: British police arrest six suspects in London under suspicion of manufacturing ricin for use in an intended terrorist attack on the London Underground. See also A Ticket to Ride (Planning for Security and Safety)9/11

1972: American President Richard Nixon orders the development of a space shuttle program.  See also Canada in Space

1957: In a speech to the United States Congress, President Dwight D. Eisenhower announces the establishment of a set of policies later to be called the Eisenhower Doctrine. Buy Political Conventions

Today in History: January 3rd

1993: In Moscow, US President George H. W. Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin sign the second Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START). See also the Resurgence of Russia.

1961: President Dwight Eisenhower announces that the United States has severed diplomatic and consular relations with Cuba. See also  Canada’s Cuban Connection.

1961: At the National Reactor Testing Station near Idaho Falls, Idaho, atomic reactor SL-1 explodes, killing three military technicians. This is the only known fatal reactor accident to date in the United States. See also  Learning from Past Disasters.