TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

The Observer (Sarnia) - - NEWS -

In 1860, John A. Mac­don­ald in­tro­duced the first “speak­ing tour” to Cana­dian pol­i­tics.

In 1864, the first ship­ment of lum­ber from Bri­tish Columbia to Aus­tralia marked the be­gin­ning of a big ex­port trade.

In 1872, the first train from Saint John, N.B., to Hal­i­fax in­au­gu­rated the In­ter­colo­nial Rail­way be­tween the two provinces.

In 1918, Kaiser Wil­helm ab­di­cated and Ger­many was pro­claimed a repub­lic, two days be­fore the end of the First World War.

In 1935, the Congress of In­dus­trial Or­ga­ni­za­tions

(CIO) was formed by the un­skilled work­ers in masspro­duc­tion in­dus­tries. It merged with AFL in 1955 to jointly face new de­vel­op­ments such as au­to­ma­tion.

In 1938, more than 30,000 Jews were ar­rested and syn­a­gogues and Jewish busi­nesses were de­stroyed through­out Ger­many in what has be­come known as Kristall­nacht, or Night of the Bro­ken Glass. About 2,000-2,500 deaths were di­rectly or in­di­rectly at­trib­ut­able to the pogrom.

In 1951, the first U.S. un­der­ground atomic bomb ex­plo­sion took place in French­man Flat, Nev.

In 1965, the Cana­dian satel­lite, Alou­ette 2 was launched.

In 1965, a fail­ure of a re­lay de­vice of On­tario Hy­dro’s Queen­ston gen­er­at­ing sta­tion trig­gered a mas­sive power fail­ure. The out­age ex­tended from the At­lantic coast of the United States to Chicago, and from south­ern On­tario to Florida, last­ing up to 12 hours.

In 1972, Anik-1, Canada’s first do­mes­tic com­mu­ni­ca­tions satel­lite, roared into or­bit atop a Delta rocket.

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