Penticton Herald - - OPINION -

The first ship­ment of lum­ber from Bri­tish Columbia to Aus­tralia marked the be­gin­ning of a big ex­port trade.

In 1918, Kaiser Wilhelm ab­di­cated and Ger­many was pro­claimed a repub­lic, two days be­fore the end of the First World War.

In 1928, the Im­pe­rial Privy Coun­cil ruled that gold and sil­ver in land still held by the Hud­son’s Bay Com­pany be­longed to the Do­min­ion govern­ment and not to the com­pany.

In 1938, more than 30,000 Jews were ar­rested and syn­a­gogues and Jewish busi­nesses were de­stroyed through­out Ger­many in what has be­come known as “Kristall­nacht,” or “Night of the Bro­ken Glass.” Around 2,000-2,500 deaths were di­rectly or in­di­rectly at­trib­ut­able to the pogrom.

In 1947, the United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly voted to par­ti­tion Pales­tine.

In 1951, the first U.S. un­der­ground atomic bomb ex­plo­sion took place in French­man Flat, Nev.

In 1965, a fail­ure of a re­lay de­vice of On­tario Hy­dro’s Queen­ston gen­er­at­ing sta­tion trig­gered a mas­sive power fail­ure. The out­age ex­tended from the At­lantic coast of the United States to Chicago, and from south­ern On­tario to Florida, last­ing up to 12 hours.

In 1989, the East Ger­man govern­ment stunned the world by de­cid­ing to open its fron­tiers. East Ger­mans had their first chance to travel to the west in 28 years, since the Ber­lin Wall was erected. Of­fi­cials waived the re­quire­ment for visas to travel to West Ber­lin and thou­sands streamed across the gates to West Ber­lin. An East Ger­man bor­der trooper joked that the wall would soon be bro­ken into pieces. He was right.

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