TODAY IN HISTORY
In 2003, Johnny Miles, the Cape Breton-born runner who shocked the world by twice winning the Boston Marathon in the 1920s, died in Hamilton at age 96.
In 2012, PM Stephen Harper announced the construction of a new $1-billion bridge between Windsor, Ont., and Detroit. (It was later announced it will be named the “Gordie Howe International Bridge” after the hockey star.)
In 1992, U.S. Vice-President Dan Quayle, relying on a faulty flash card at a spelling bee, instructed a Trenton, N.J., elementary school student to spell potato with an “e” on the end.