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OCEAN DISASTER

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On this date in 1982, the oil rig “Ocean Ranger” sank in a storm 315 kilo­me­tres east of St. John’s, Nfld. All 84 crew mem­bers died, most of them from New­found­land. An Amer­i­can in­quiry found the rig’s U.S. own­ers had failed to pro­vide adequate train­ing and safety equip­ment.

FIRST FLAG

On this date in 1965, the very first Cana­dian Maple Leaf flag was un­furled at an Ot­tawa cer­e­mony. Days later it was given to Lu­cien Lamoureux, who served as Speaker of the House of Com­mons and in sev­eral diplo­matic posts be­fore re­tir­ing to Bel­gium in the 1980s. The his­toric flag stayed in Bel­gium in pos­ses­sion of Lamoureux’s widow un­til 2005, when she turned it over to Cana­dian of­fi­cials in time for Canada Day cer­e­monies at Par­lia­ment Hill on July 1, 2005.

SPY RING

On this date in 1946, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment said a Soviet spy ring ex­isted in Canada. The rev­e­la­tions — from Igor Gouzenko, a for­mer clerk at the Soviet em­bassy in Ot­tawa – led to charges against 21 peo­ple. Eleven were con­victed.

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