Disaster: A heat wave kills 380 people in the northeastern U.S. (1911). Communications: The CPR’s first passenger train from Montreal arrives in B.C. (1886). Politics: The Declaration of Independence means the thirteen colonies are no longer part of the British Empire (1776).
Disaster: A British plane crashes near Spain, killing all 112 people on board (1970). Politics: President Eisenhower sings the Rivers and Harbors Flood Control Bill (1958). Politics: Nikita Khrushchev gets rid of his main opponents and takes control of the Soviet Union (1957).
Disaster: A stampede of pilgrims in Mecca leaves 1,400 people dead (1990). Politics: President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act (1964). Politics: Prime Minister Meighen calls an election after being defeated in a non-confidence motion (1926).
Disaster: A Russian plane crashes with a plane over Germany, killing all 71 people (2002). Communications: CBC begins national TV broadcasting (1958). The British North America Act creates Canada (1867).
Disaster: A department store collapses in South Korea, leaving more than 500 people dead (1995). Space exploration: The American space shuttle docks with the Russian space station (1995) Politics: Isabela Peron becomes president of Argentina (1974).
Politics: The Liberals under Paul Martin win the federal election (2004). Disaster: An earthquake kills three people near Los Angeles (1992). Disaster: A coal mine explosion in Pennsylvania leaves 58 miners dead (1896).
Negotiations: Pierre Trudeau wins the Einstein Peace Prize for trying to ease tensions between the East and West (1984). Politics: U.S. President Nixon visits Canada (1969). The Liberals win a fourth consecutive majority for the Liberals (1949).
Politics: Mike Harris is sworn in as Premier of Ontario (1995). Communications: President Kennedy delivers his “Let them come to Berlin” speech (1963). A gunpowder factory in Luxembourg explodes, killing more than 300 people (1807).
Disaster: A volcano in the Caribbean kills 19 people (1997). Politics: Kim Campbell is sworn in as Canada’s first woman Prime Minister (1991). Disaster: A hurricane heads towards the U.S., and will leave more than 450 people (1957).