Today in history
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In 1911, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” was stolen from the Louvre in Paris. It was recovered two years later in Florence, Italy.
In 1930, Princess Margaret Rose was born to Queen Elizabeth and King George VI.
In 1940 , exiled Communist leader Leon Trotsky died a day after being wounded in an attack by a Stalinist agent at his house in Mexico City.
In 1944, the United States, Britain, the Soviet Union and China opened talks in Washington that helped pave the way for the establishment of the United Nations.
In 1951, the United States ordered construction of the first atomic-powered submarine.
In 1959, Hawaii became the 50th American state.
In 1968, the Canadian post office announced the closing of the Post Office Savings Bank after a century of operation.
In 1972, the Canadian Trade Exposition, the largest trade fair ever staged by Canada abroad, was held in the Chinese capital of Beijing.
In 1979, the federal government announced an agreement to provide bilingual air traffic control in Quebec.
In 1983, Philippine opposition leader Benigno Aquino was assassinated at the airport, minutes after returning to Manila from exile in the United States.
In 1986, more than 1,700 people died when toxic gas erupted from a volcanic lake in the West African nation of Cameroon.