to­day in his­tory

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In 1492, Christo­pher Colum­bus noted in his jour­nal the use of tobacco among the In­di­ans. It was the first recorded ref­er­ence to tobacco.

In 1708, Bri­tish states­man Wil­liam Pitt (the El­der) was born in Lon­don.

In 1926, the Na­tional Broad­cast­ing Com­pany made its de­but with a ra­dio net­work of 24 U.S. sta­tions. NBC had been formed by Gen­eral Elec­tric, West­ing­house and RCA, with David Sarnoff as its lead­ing or­ga­nizer. NBC was the first of the ma­jor ra­dio net­works, with the Columbia Broad­cast­ing Sys­tem fol­low­ing in 1927 and the Mu­tual Broad­cast­ing Sys­tem in 1934.

In 1976, Rene Levesque led the sep­a­ratist Parti Que­be­cois to a stun­ning vic­tory in a Que­bec gen­eral elec­tion. The PQ won 69 of 110 seats in the Na­tional Assem­bly, oust­ing Robert Bourassa’s Lib­er­als after six years in power.

In 1990, fig­ure-skat­ing great Robert McCall of Dart­mouth, N.S., died of AIDS at age 33. McCall and part­ner Tracy Wil­son won seven straight Cana­dian cham­pi­onships from 1982-88. They also won a bronze medal at the 1988 Win­ter Olympics in Calgary.

In 2012, oil gi­ant BP agreed to pay US$4.5 bil­lion, in­clud­ing a record US$1.3 bil­lion in crim­i­nal fines, in a widerang­ing set­tle­ment with the U.S. gov­ern­ment over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mex­ico. It also agreed to plead guilty to crim­i­nal charges.

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