Disaster: A truck explodes in Afghanistan killing an estimated 3,000 people, mostly Soviet soldiers traveling to Kabul (1982). Politics: President Harry Truman defeats challenger Thomas Dewey in a surprise victory (1948). Media: The new Canadian Broadcasting Act creates the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a crown corporation (1936).
Politics: The Reform Party elects its first leader – Preston Manning (1987). Media: The Toronto Sun begins publication (1971). Disaster: An earthquake in Portugal kills up to 50,000 people (1775).