ON THIS DAY
1870 Canada buys Manitoba from the Hudson’s Bay Company and makes it a province.
1937 King George VI is crowned at Westminster Abbey with his consort, Queen Elizabeth.
1948 Communists are banned by the RSL federal executive. 1969 The voting age in the UK is lowered from 21 to 18.
1987 Fugitive Australian narcotics boss Robert Trimbole dies in Spain.
1997 Australian Susie Maroney becomes the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida. 2001 Popular singer Perry Como dies, aged 88 in Florida. Birthdays: Florence Nightingale, English nursing pioneer (1820-1910); Katharine Hepburn, US actress (19072003); Ian Dury, British rock singer-composer (1942-2000); Lisa Ondieki, Australian marathon runner (1960-); Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby union footballer (1975-2015).