TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY: Death of a Bea­tle

The Daily Courier - - CANADA -

On this date in 1869, Ti­mothy Ea­ton opened a small dry-goods store at the cor­ner of Yonge and Queen streets in Toronto. Ea­ton rev­o­lu­tion­ized the com­mer­cial prac­tice of the day by of­fer­ing sat­is­fac­tion or money re­funded. His store be­came one of the largest depart­ment stores in North Amer­ica. In Septem­ber 1999, Sears Canada an­nounced it would buy the out­stand­ing com­mon shares of the in­sol­vent Ea­ton’s.

In 1915, the poem “In Flan­ders Fields,” by Cana­dian doc­tor-poet John McCrae, was pub­lished for the first time in “Punch” mag­a­zine.

In 1925, Adolf Hitler’s po­lit­i­cal phi­los­o­phy, “Mein Kampf,” was pub­lished.

In 1941, the Ja­panese army be­gan its at­tack on Hong Kong dur­ing the Sec­ond World War. The colony’s Bri­tish and Cana­dian de­fend­ers sur­ren­dered on Christmas Day.

In 1963, Frank Si­na­tra Jr. was kid­napped at gun­point from Har­rah’s Casino in Lake Ta­hoe, Nev. He was re­leased after 34 hours when a ran­som of $240,000 was paid. The three kid­nap­pers were caught and con­victed. In 1998, the ju­nior Si­na­tra sued the kid­nap­pers after they sold their story to Columbia Pic­tures for $1 mil­lion.

In 1974, vot­ers in Greece voted to abol­ish the monar­chy.

In 1978, for­mer Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Golda Meir died in Jerusalem at age 80.

In 1980, for­mer Bea­tle John Len­non was shot to death out­side his New York City apart­ment build­ing as he and his wife, Yoko Ono, were re­turn­ing from a record­ing ses­sion. Mark David Chap­man shot Len­non only hours after Len­non had au­to­graphed the al­bum “Dou­ble Fan­tasy” for the 25-year-old drifter. Chap­man was later con­victed of the killing and re­mains in prison. The al­bum and lead sin­gle “(Just Like) Start­ing Over” both zoomed to No. 1 on the Bill­board charts.

In 1987, Philadel­phia Flyers goalie Ron Hex­tall be­came the first netminder in NHL his­tory to score a goal, do­ing so against Boston. Two sea­sons later, Hex­tall scored against Wash­ing­ton.

In 1993, the North Amer­i­can Free Trade Agree­ment was signed into law by U.S. Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton. It went into ef­fect on Jan. 1, 1994.

In 2008, Lib­eral Party Leader Stephane Dion an­nounced he would step down ear­lier than the planned lead­er­ship con­ven­tion in May. Dion had faced grow­ing pres­sure from his party to leave due to his han­dling of a po­lit­i­cal is­sues and his wide­spread un­pop­u­lar­ity among vot­ers.

In 2009, the Com­mis­sioner for Pub­lic Com­plaints Against the RCMP is­sued a damn­ing re­port into the death of Robert Dziekan­ski at Van­cou­ver’s air­port in Oc­to­ber 2007. The strongly worded re­port made 23 find­ings and 16 rec­om­men­da­tions that were highly crit­i­cal of both the ac­tions of the four of­fi­cers who fa­tally con­fronted Dziekan­ski and the fol­lowup in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Moun­ties.

In 2017, for­mer na­tional ski coach Ber­trand Charest was sen­tenced to a 12-year prison term after be­ing found guilty in June of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing the teenage girls he trained dat­ing back more than 20 years.

An­nie Lei­bovitz took this photo for Rolling Stone mag­a­zine on the morn­ing of John Len­non’s mur­der.

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