TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

The Chatham Daily News - - OPINION -

In 1926, the fu­ture Queen El­iz­a­beth II was born in London. Her par­ents were the Duke and Duchess of York, who be­came King Ge­orge VI and Queen El­iz­a­beth in 1936. The younger El­iz­a­beth as­sumed the throne when her fa­ther died in 1952.

In 1951, the Toronto Maple Leafs won their fourth Stan­ley Cup in five years. They beat the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens in a five-game fi­nal capped by an over­time goal by de­fence­man Bill Bar­ilko. He died in a light plane crash in north­ern On­tario four months later but the wreck­age was not found un­til 1962.

In 1956, the Cana­dian Congress of Labour and the Trades and Labour Congress merged to form the Cana­dian Labour Congress.

In 1972, the first as­tro­nom­i­cal ob­ser­va­tory on an­other plan­e­tary body was set up on the moon by “Apollo 16” as­tro­nauts.

In 1980, Rosie Ruiz was the first woman to cross the fin­ish line at the Bos­ton Marathon; how­ever, she was later ex­posed as a fraud. (Cana­dian Jac­que­line Gareau was named the ac­tual win­ner of the women’s race.)

In 1985, broad­cast­ing leg­end Foster He­witt died in Toronto at age 82. He was the ra­dio, and later tele­vi­sion, voice of NHL games and in­ter­na­tional hockey for more than five decades.

In 1986, Prince Ed­ward Is­land’s Lib­er­als, led by Joe Ghiz, ended seven years of Con­ser­va­tive rule by tak­ing 21 of 32 seats in a provincial elec­tion.

In 1990, Pope John Paul II was greeted by hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple as he vis­ited Cze­choslo­vakia to help cel­e­brate the na­tion’s peace­ful over­throw of Com­mu­nism.

In 2004, Canada’s par­lia­ment voted 153-68 to pass a pri­vate mem­ber’s res­o­lu­tion en­dors­ing the con­tro­ver­sial view that the 1915 mas­sacre of 1.5 mil­lion Ar­me­ni­ans by Ot­toman troops was geno­cide.

In 2005, in a tele­vised ad­dress to the na­tion, Prime Min­is­ter Paul Martin apol­o­gized for the spon­sor­ship scan­dal. He promised an elec­tion within 30 days of Jus­tice John Gomery’s fi­nal in­quiry re­port on the spon­sor­ship pro­gram. How­ever the op­po­si­tion par­ties forced an elec­tion ear­lier than Martin planned, and his Lib­er­als lost to the Con­ser­va­tives.

In 2010, Robert Bal­tovich, who spent eight years in jail con­victed of mur­der­ing his girl­friend El­iz­a­beth Bain be­fore be­ing ac­quit­ted, sued On­tario’s at­tor­ney general and po­lice for $13 mil­lion in general and puni­tive dam­ages.

In 2010, one of only a few re­main­ing as­sets of the for­mer Nor­tel Net­works em­pire was sold, with the Cana­dian com­pany’s in­ter­est in a Korean op­er­a­tion (LG-Nor­tel Co.Ltd) go­ing to LM Eric­s­son for US$242 mil­lion.

In 2010, Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean de­liv­ered an apol­ogy for Canada’s part in the world’s fail­ure to re­spond to the 1994 Rwan­dan geno­cide. She was the first top-level Cana­dian of­fi­cial to visit Rwanda since the atroc­ity.

In 2011, Prince Charles en­tered the record books for spend­ing the long­est time as heir ap­par­ent to the Bri­tish throne -- 59 years, two months and 14 days. King Ed­ward VII held the previous record, wait­ing to suc­ceed his mother Queen Vic­to­ria.

In 2011, Michel Martelly, a pop­u­lar singer known by the stage name “Sweet Micky,” was of­fi­cially de­clared the next pres­i­dent of the earth­quakedev­as­tated coun­try of Haiti.

In 2016, mu­sic icon Prince, the daz­zlingly tal­ented and charis­matic singer, song­writer, ar­ranger and multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist who cre­ated a gen­der- and genre-de­fy­ing blend of rock, pop, funk and soul, died of an ac­ci­den­tal over­dose of the painkiller fen­tanyl at his Pais­ley Park es­tate in sub­ur­ban Minneapolis. He was 57.

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