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V-E DAY

On this date in 1945 it was V.E. (Vic­tory in Europe) Day. The Sec­ond World War ended in Europe with the un­con­di­tional sur­ren­der of all Ger­man land, sea and air forces. The sur­ren­der was signed the pre­vi­ous day by Ger­man en­voys in a school­house at Rheims, France.

NEW COIN

On this date in 1987, Ot­tawa un­veiled the $1 coin. Made of nickel, cop­per and re­cy­cled tin, it was dubbed the loonie be­cause of the loon en­graved on its flip side.

HOOP DREAM

On this date in 2005, Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash be­came the first Cana­dian to win the NBA’s most valu­able player award. He was named MVP again in 2006.

SLIM PICKINS

On this date in 1906, Amer­i­can des­per­ado Bill Miner held up a CPR train in Kam­loops, B.C. But Canada’s first train rob­bery net­ted Miner only $15, and he was cap­tured a few days later. The story in­spired the 1983 film, “The Grey Fox.”

SAD END­ING

On this date in 1982, Gilles Vil­leneuve, from Berthierville, Québec, dies in a 225 kmh ac­ci­dent while qual­i­fy­ing for the 1982 Bel­gian Grand Prix. Vil­leneuve be­gan his racing ca­reer on snow­mo­biles, and won the world cham­pi­onships in 1974. He en­tered his first car race in 1973 and by 1976 was dom­i­nat­ing the For­mula At­lantic se­ries.

ICE VIC­TORY

On this date in 1994, Canada beats Fin­land 2-1 in a shootout to win its first world hockey cham­pi­onship in a long 33 years.

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