TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

The Chatham Daily News - - NEWS -

In 1852, Par­lia­ment was dis­solved at Que­bec, ow­ing to an out­break of cholera.

In 1853, the Great West­ern Rail­way line, run­ning 69 kilo­me­tres from the Ni­a­gara Sus­pen­sion Bridge to Hamil­ton, was opened.

In 1856, a tele­graph line was opened be­tween New­found­land and New York. In 1932, Foster He­witt made his first Hockey Night in Canada broad­cast. Bos­ton and Toronto tied 1-1.

In 1940, the Trans-At­lantic Ferry Ser­vice be­gan op­er­a­tions, trans­port­ing planes, men, and sup­plies from Canada via Goose Bay and Gan­der, Nfld. to Bri­tain. In 1953, Canada’s mil­i­tary base in Soest, Ger­many was opened.

In 1975, the iron-ore car­rier “Ed­mund Fitzger­ald” sank in a storm on Lake Su­pe­rior with the loss of 29 crew­men. The 222-me­tre-long ship bat­tled 7.5 me­tre waves and record 125 km/h winds be­fore sink­ing. The tragedy was com­mem­o­rated in a song, “The Wreck of Ed­mund Fitzger­ald,” by Gor­don Light­foot.

In 1979, a Cana­dian Pa­cific freight train car­ry­ing deadly com­bustible chem­i­cals de­railed in the heart of Mis­sis­sauga, Ont. Deadly chlo­rine gas leaked from a punc­tured tanker and within 24 hours, 220,000 peo­ple, most of the city’s pop­u­la­tion, had been evac­u­ated. No lives were lost in the largest sin­gle move­ment of peo­ple in Canada in peace­time.

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