TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1948, William Lyon Mackenzie King set a record of service as a Commonwealth prime minister — 20 years, 10 months and 10 days. He retired the following November.
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 1960, Brazil inaugurated its new capital, Brasilia, transferring the seat of national government from Rio de Janeiro.