IT HAP­PENED ON THIS DAY IN HIS­TORY

Penticton Herald - - OPINION -

— In 1871, one of his­tory’s great­est searches ended when Amer­i­can news­man Henry Mor­ton Stan­ley found British ex­plorer Dr. David Liv­ing­stone at Ujiji in cen­tral Africa. Stan­ley’s fa­mous ques­tion, “Dr. Liv­ing­stone, I pre­sume?” were the first words Liv­ing­stone had heard from a white man in five years. Stan­ley had been com­mis­sioned by the New York Her­ald to find Liv­ing­stone, who had been feared dead for four years. — In 1932, Fos­ter He­witt made his first Hockey Night in Canada broad­cast. Bos­ton and Toronto tied 1-1. — In 1940, the Trans-At­lantic Ferry Ser­vice be­gan op­er­a­tions, trans­port­ing planes, men, and sup­plies from Canada via Goose Bay and Gan­der, Nfld. to Bri­tain. — In 1953, Canada’s mil­i­tary base in Soest, Ger­many was opened. — In 1960, the deep­est oil or gas well in Canada at the time was com­pleted at Ford­ing Moun­tain, B.C. — In 1969, Sesame Street made its de­but on Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tional Tele­vi­sion (later PBS). — In 1975, the iron-ore car­rier Ed­mund Fitzger­ald sank in a storm on Lake Su­pe­rior with the loss of 29 crew­men.The 222-me­tre-long ship bat­tled 7.5 me­tre waves and record 125 km/h winds be­fore sink­ing. The tragedy was com­mem­o­rated in The Wreck of Ed­mund Fitzger­ald, by Gor­don Light­foot. — In 1979, a Cana­dian Pa­cific freight train car­ry­ing deadly com­bustible chem­i­cals de­railed in the heart of Mis­sis­sauga, Ont. Deadly chlo­rine gas leaked from a punc­tured tanker and within 24 hours, 220,000 peo­ple, most of the city’s pop­u­la­tion, had been evac­u­ated. No lives were lost in the largest sin­gle move­ment of peo­ple in Canada in peace­time. — In 1986, Fran­cis Michael “King” Clancy, vi­cepres­i­dent of the Toronto Maple Leafs, for­mer NHL player, first ref­eree-in-chief of the NHL and for­mer coach, died in Toronto at the age of 83. — In 1989, work­ers be­gan punch­ing a hole in the Ber­lin Wall, one day af­ter East Ger­many abol­ished its bor­der re­stric­tions. — In 1994, Alan Ea­gle­son, once the most prom­i­nent man in pro­fes­sional hockey, was charged with 40 counts of cheat­ing his clients. He was later dis­barred and served six months in jail for fraud.

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