THIS DATE IN his­tory

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON -

Jan. 14

In 1878, Alexan­der Gra­ham Bell demon­strated the tele­phone to Queen Vic­to­ria, who spoke with her friend, Sir Thomas Bid­dulph. In 1952, an un­der­ground gas ex­plo­sion at the Mc­Gre­gor coal mine at Stel­lar­ton, N.S., killed 19 men.

In 1990, The Cana­dian, Via Rail’s leg­endary pas­sen­ger train, made its fi­nal trip across Canada after 34 years of ser­vice on the world’s long­est rail line, a 4,645-km route. Along with this, and the shut­down of other trains, 2,716 jobs were gone.

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