THINGS TO know
On this date in 1990, the Nova Scotia government offi-cially apologized to Member-tou's Donald Marshall for his wrongful conviction. Marshall had spent 11 years in prison for a murder committed in 1971. The apology came weeks after a royal commission exonerated Marshall.
On this date in 1986, it rained sardines in Ipswich, Australia. Scientists speculated that a violent storm caused updrafts, which lifted the fish from shallow waters and took them up into the atmosphere.
On this date in 2011, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax opened its doors as the country’s sixth national mu-seum. From the late 1920s to the early 1970s, Pier 21 was Canada’s front door for more than one million immigrants, refugees, troops, wartime evacuees, war brides and their children.
On this date in 1990, the Soviet Union’s Communist party agreed to let alternative parties compete for control of the country. The move ended the one-party rule that had been a way of life since the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.