To­day in his­tory

The Western Star - - EDITORIAL -

On this date:

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.

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