TODAY IN HISTORY
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.)