TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1967, the Outer Space Treaty, which prohibits the placing of weapons of mass destruction on the moon or elsewhere in space, entered into force.
In 1970, Quebec labour minister Pierre Laporte was kidnapped by FLQ terrorists in Montreal. He was found dead a week later.
In 1970, Fiji became independent after nearly a century of British rule.
In 1971, Britain’s historic London Bridge, transported across the Atlantic, opened as a tourist attraction in Arizona.
In 1973, U.S. Vice-President Spiro Agnew resigned in disgrace after an investigation found he’d been involved in criminal activity while governor of Maryland. Agnew pleaded no contest to income tax evasion.
In 1974, Harold Wilson’s Labour party won a narrow majority in Britain’s general election.
In 1977, Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan, peace activists in Northern Ireland, received the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize.
In 1978, female pages were allowed in the House of Commons for the first time.
In 1982, Pope John Paul II proclaimed Maximilian Kolbe a saint of the Roman Catholic Church. The Polish priest volunteered to die in the place of another inmate at the Auschwitz death camp.
In 1985, two entertainment legends died -- Orson Welles at age 70 and Yul Brynner at age 65. Welles was the man behind the radio play “War of the Worlds” and the classic film “Citizen Kane.” Brynner made his mark as the King of Siam in the stage and screen productions of “The King and I.”
In 1997, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and its co-ordinator, U.S. activist Jody Williams.
In 1997, Israel apologized to Canada for using Canadian passports in its spy operations.