TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

St. Thomas Times-Journal - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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