TODAY IN HISTORY
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.