TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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In 1947, NBC’s “Meet the Press” went on the air.

In 1956, France and Bri­tain or­dered their in­va­sion forces at the Suez Canal to cease fire. Cana­dian Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Lester Pear­son had pre­sented a Suez peace­keep­ing plan, which was adopted by the UN and won Pear­son the next year’s No­bel Peace Prize.

In 1959, the royal Cana­dian Hu­mane As­so­ci­a­tion awarded its gold Medal to the cit­i­zens of Springhill, N.S. the award is the So­ci­ety’s high­est recog­ni­tion for brav­ery in life-sav­ing. It was the first time the award had been made to a com­mu­nity. And it fol­lowed the dis­as­ter of Oct. 23rd, when 74 min­ers died af­ter a deep un­der­ground “bump” in a coal mine. the last sur­vivors were brought to the sur­face on Nov. 1.

In 1969, Ot­tawa an­nounced a $50-mil­lion pro­gram to pro­mote lan­guage train­ing across the coun­try.

In 1970, Pierre La­porte sus­pen­sion bridge, a new bridge over the St. Lawrence River con­nect­ing the north and south shore at Que­bec City, was of­fi­cially opened.

In 1970, Bernard Lor­tie was ar­rested in the kid­nap­ping and mur­der the pre­vi­ous month of Que­bec Labour Min­is­ter Pierre La­porte. (In 1971, he was sen­tenced to 20 years in prison, but paroled less than a decade later.)

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