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Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE -

On this date in 1976, the House of Com­mons passed a bill to abol­ish the death penalty. Af­ter de­bat­ing the is­sue for more than two months, the bill was ap­proved by a 130-124 vote. At the time, there were 11 men on death row await­ing the noose, although the last hang­ings had oc­curred in 1962.

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