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In 1949, marathon run­ner Tom Long­boat died on the Oh­sweken re­serve near Brant­ford, Ont. He was 61. Long­boat won the 1907 Bos­ton Marathon and went on to a suc­cess­ful pro­fes­sional run­ning ca­reer. Dur­ing the First World War, he served as a dis­patch run­ner in France.

In 1953, Mar­guerite Pitre, a Que­bec widow, was hanged in Mon­treal for her part in a plot to bomb an air­plane. All 23 peo­ple on a Cana­dian DC-3 died when the plane ex­ploded over Sault-au Co­chons, Que., on Sept. 9, 1949. Pitre’s brother, Al­bert Guay, and an­other man were also hanged for the death of Guay’s wife, a pas­sen­ger on the plane.

In 1956, the first Dear Abby col­umn was pub­lished.

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