TODAY IN HISTORY
Canadian novelist Hugh MacLennan was born in Glace Bay, N.S. MacLennan, a Rhodes scholar, won the Governor General’s award three times for fiction and twice for non-fiction. He is perhaps best known for his 1945 novel “Two Solitudes,” which explores English-French tensions in Quebec during the inter-war period. He died in 1990.
acclaimed abstract painter Jack Bush was born in Toronto.
Prime Minister Mackenzie King told Parliament that Canada would consider any attack on Britain an attack on the Commonwealth.
Brian Mulroney, prime minister from 1984-93, was born in Baie-Comeau, Que.
Lt.-Gen Henry Crerar became commander of the First Canadian Army during the Second World War. The largest field unit ever formed by Canada also included British, Dutch, Belgian and Polish troops.
an attempt was made to kidnap Princess Anne by a gunman who fired six shots at her car. Ian Ball was later arrested and charged.
the quiz show “Jeopardy” debuted on NBC. The original version, hosted by Art Fleming, ran until 1975. It was revived as a syndicated show in 1984 with Canadianborn Alex Trebek as host.
novelist Hugh Garner was awarded the Governor General’s Award for fiction for his collection of short stories called “The Best of Hugh Garner.”