TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1882, the steamer “Asia” sank in Georgian Bay during a fierce gale, claiming 126 lives.
In 1901, Theodore Roosevelt became president of the United States after President William McKinley died eight days after being shot by an anarchist in Buffalo, N.Y.
In 1926, the federal Liberal party, led by William Lyon Mackenzie King, defeated the Conservatives under Arthur Meighen in a general election.
In 1936, Canadians Harry Richman and Robert Merrill completed the first Atlantic round-trip by air.
In 1936, Dorothea Palmer, a nurse, was arrested and charged with distributing birth control medicine and information in Eastview, Ont., a predominantly French-speaking, low-income suburb of Ottawa. Her lawyers argued that her work was not for profit but “for the public good.” She was acquitted of all charges.
In 1959, the Soviet space probe “Luna 2” became the first manmade object to reach the moon as it crashed onto the lunar surface.