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JUNE 2nd

1983 Canadian folk singer Stan Rogers, 33, perishes with 22 other people at Cincinnati airport when Air Canada Flight 797 catches fire. Known for songs like "Barrett's Privateers" and "Northwest Passage," Stan Rogers was born in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1949 and spent summers in Nova Scotia with his family. The aviation industry will respond by increasing aircraft and runway safety measures, including in-flight smoke detectors and fire training for flight and ground crews.

1953 On this day, 27-year-old Elizabeth II, the elder daughter of King George VI, was crowned queen of the United Kingdom at Westminster Abbey, having taken the throne upon her father's death in February 1952.

1935 Babe Ruth, retires ending his Major League playing career after 22 seasons, 10 World Series and 714 home runs.


JUNE 1st

1938 Superman created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster made his first appearance in D.C. Comics’ Action Comics Series issue #1 which sold for 10 cents. In 2014, a pristine issue of the 1938 comic, with its original price of 10 cents still on the cover, sold on eBay for $3.2 million, making it the most valuable comic book of all time.


1992 Pittsburgh Penguins beat Chicago 6-5 in Game 4 of the Finals to become the 1992 Stanley Cup Champions. The win gave the Penguins 11 straight playoff victories, a playoff record, and two straight Stanley Cups.

1980 Ted Turner's Cable News Network (CNN), headquartered in Atlanta, begins 24-hour live news broadcasts. It gained worldwide attention in 1991 for its around-the-clock coverage of the Persian Gulf War.


MAY 29th

1993 Wayne Gretzky set a Stanley Cup record, with his 8th career playoff hat trick, and added an assist to lead the Kings to a 5-4 win at Toronto, in Game 7 of the Campbell Conference Finals. The win advanced the Kings to the Stanley Cup Finals.


1942 Bing Crosby records the world's top selling record White Christmas, for the soundtrack of the film Holiday Inn.


1953 Following numerous failed attempts by other climbers, Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay of Tibet surmounted Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world (29,035ft), on this day in 1953.


MAY 28th

1961 Dedicated to informing public opinion about human rights and to securing the release of political prisoners, Amnesty International was founded in London on this day in 1961 and won the 1977 Nobel Peace Prize.

1934 The Dionne quintuplets, the first set of documented quintuplets to survive, were born in Ontario, to Oliva and Elzire Dionne. The parents already had five children when the girls arrived two months prematurely. The family will have three more children after the quints. At four months old, Yvonne, Annette, Cécile, Émilie and Marie will be declared Wards of the King, and they will spend the next nine years in the care of the state.

1804 Napoleon proclaimed the establishment of the French Empire, the dominant power in much of continental Europe at the beginning of the 19th century. At its height in 1812, the French Empire had 130 departments, ruled over 90 million subjects and maintained an extensive military presence in Germany, Italy, Spain and beyond.


MAY 27th

1999 Canadian astronaut Julie Payette takes off aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery for the International Space Station (ISS). She is the second Canadian woman to fly in orbit – the first was Roberta Bondar. Payette is the first Canadian woman to work in the space laboratory, and she helps with its construction. In 2009, her second ISS mission will involve operating three specialized robotic arms: the Canadarm, the Canadarm2 and Japan’s Kibo arm.

1943 The Ballpoint pen, is patented in America by Hungarian Laszlo Biro.

1937 Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California is opened to pedestrian traffic and more than 200,000 pedestrians walked across on opening day. The next day the Golden Gate Bridge is opened to vehicular traffic.


MAY 26th

1988 Edmonton became the first NHL team to win 11 home games in one playoff year, when the Oilers beat the Bruins 6-3 in Game 5 of the Finals, to win the 1988 Stanley Cup in 4-straight games. For those wondering, how can a team sweep in Game 5 … Game 4 in Boston was suspended at 16:37 of second period due to power failure. Game four was subsequently rescheduled and moved to Edmonton. The Oilers won that game and their fourth Stanley Cup in five years, the last in the Wayne Gretzky era. Gretzky won the Conn Smythe Trophy that year with 43 points in 19 playoff games.


1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono stage their famous “bed-in” at Montréal’s Queen Elizabeth Hotel. They invite guests, reporters, photographers and a documentary film crew, and record “Give Peace a Chance” in their hotel suite. This event happens two months after their week-long first bed-in protest during their honeymoon at the Amsterdam Hilton.

1897 Irish writer Bram Stoker published the Gothic horror classic Dracula, which became the basis for an entire genre of literature and films about vampires.


MAY 25th

2011 … The last episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show aired; the long-running TV program had helped make Winfrey one of the richest and most influential women in the United States.


1977 … George Lucas's space opera film Star Wars (later known as Star Wars: Episode IV—New Hope) was released, launching one of the most successful and influential franchises in motion picture history.


1935 … American baseball player Babe Ruth hit the 714th and last home run of his career; he retired later that year.


MAY 23rd

2000 American rapper Eminem released The Marshall Mathers LP, which became the fastest-selling album in the history of rap.


1934 Bonnie and Clyde, notorious American outlaws, were killed in a police shoot-out in Louisiana. Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow were an American criminal couple who traveled the Central United States with their gang during the Great Depression, known for their bank robberies, although they preferred to rob small stores or rural gas stations. They are believed to have murdered at least nine police officers and four civilians.


1873 The North-West Mounted Police (NWMP) is formed. The first 150 recruits will be sent to Manitoba. In July 1874, an expanded force of 275 members will begin the March West to establish themselves in Alberta. In 1920, the NWMP will merge with the Dominion Police and become the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.


MAY 22nd

2011 One of the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history struck Joplin, Missouri, causing massive damage and killing some 160 people.

1992 American comedian Johnny Carson, considered by many to be the king of late-night television, made his final appearance as host of The Tonight Show.


1987 Philadelphia's Ron Sutter of Viking, Alberta had three assists as the Flyers overcame a 3-0 deficit midway thru the game for a 5-3 win over the Oilers, in Game Three of Stanley Cup Finals. That same game saw Oilers' center Mark Messier set a new playoff record with his eighth career shorthanded goal. Edmonton would eventually win the series, and their 3rd Stanley Cup in four years, nine days later, 4-games to 3.


MAY 21st

1988 The new National Gallery of Canada has its grand opening in Ottawa, Ontario. The glass and granite structure was designed by architect Moshe Safdie. It holds the most important and extensive collection of Canadian artwork and sculpture in the world.

1980 The Atlanta Flames were sold to a group of Canadian businessmen who announced that they would move the team to Calgary, Alberta.

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1881 Clara Barton, a hospital nurse during the Civil War, founded the American Association of the Red Cross which would later become the American Red Cross,  a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief, and disaster preparedness education in the United States.  She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1973.


MAY 20th

2015 David Letterman—who redefined American talk shows with his unconventional humour and innovative segments—stepped down as host of the Late Show with David Letterman.


1980A referendum is held in Quebec on a proposal for sovereignty-association. Residents vote 59% against the proposal, 41% in favour. A second referendum will be held in 1995.  

1873 Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis were granted a patent for using copper rivets to strengthen certain areas of trousers, notably pocket corners; the patent was credited with giving rise to blue jeans.


MAY 19th

2018 Prince Harry married American actress Meghan Markle at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle; the ceremony was unlike any previous British royal wedding, mixing pomp, circumstance & British and American culture.

1984 Wayne Gretzky scored two goals and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers beat the NY Islanders 5-2 in Game 5 of the Finals, to become the 1984 Stanley Cup Champions – their first of five Cups in a span of seven years. Mark Messier won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.


1884 The Ringling brothers opened a small circus in Baraboo, Wisconsin. The circus quickly became a fierce competitor in the industry, buying up competing shows including, in 1907, the Barnum & Bailey Circus. The two shows would merge in 1919 and was promoted as The Greatest Show on Earth. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey closed on May 21st, 2017. 


MAY 15th

2006 A judge formally charges Saddam Hussein with crimes against humanity. Hussein refused to enter a plea insisting he was still Iraq's president and the judge had no jurisdiction to charge him. In November he was found guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced to death by hanging, he was hanged on December 30th.

1940 Nylon stockings from DuPont (Nylon invented in 1935 by Wallace Carothers) went on general sale for the first time in the United States.

1919 The Winnipeg General Strike starts. At 11 a.m., 30,000 workers walk off the job and take to the streets after negotiations over wages and working conditions break down. The same day, police officers, public servants and municipal employees join the private-sector workers in solidarity. The strike will last for six weeks and paralyze the city. Six weeks later, on “Bloody Saturday,” June 21, the North West Mounted Police will charge and attack the striking workers. One person will die, and 30 people will be injured in the confrontation. The strike will finally end on June 26, as labour leaders call it off for fear of more violence.


MAY 14th

1998 The last episode of the television situation comedy Seinfeld aired; ostensibly a show about nothing, it was a landmark of American popular culture.

1998 American singer and actor Frank Sinatra—who, through a long career and a very public personal life, became one of the most sought-after performers in the entertainment industry—died in Los Angeles.

1804 Meriwether Lewis and William Clark embarked from the American Midwest on their famous expedition to the Pacific coast of North America.

1796 Edward Jenner administered the first vaccination against smallpox.


MAY 13th

1987 David Foster is named Songwriter of the Year by Broadcast Music Incorporated for the second year in a row. The Victoria, British Columbia, native is a legend in the music industry. He has collaborated with some of the biggest recording stars, including Alice Cooper and Barbra Streisand. He will go on to work with Céline Dion, Whitney Houston, Kenny Rogers, Madonna and Michael Bublé, among others.

1981 Pope John Paul II survived an assassination attempt in St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, in which he was shot and seriously wounded by Mehmet Ali Agca, a Turkish national.

1846 Tensions between Mexico and the United States—stemming from the U.S. annexation of Texas (1845)—led the U.S. Congress on this day in 1846 to approve overwhelmingly a declaration of war against its southern neighbour.


MAY 12th

1958Canada and the United States establish the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) to ensure defence and security during the Cold War with the Soviet Union. NORAD is in charge of the surveillance and defence of North American airspace. To accomplish this, radar and satellites are deployed, and the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line established across the Arctic from the Aleutians to the East Coast. NORAD will later be renamed the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

1937 King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey. King George was second in line to the throne but following his younger brother Edward who abdicated so he could marry American socialite Wallis Simpson he became King. King George's wife was the much loved Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon much better known as "Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother", who died at the grand old age of 102 on March 30th 2002. Their oldest daughter Queen Elizabeth is current Queen of England.

1820 English nurse Florence Nightingale, who founded trained nursing as a profession for women, was born in Florence, Italy; International Nurses Day is celebrated on her birthday.


MAY 11th

1997IBM's chess-playing computer Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov in the last game of a six-game match to claim a 3.5–2.5 victory (it won two games and had three draws); it marked the first time a current world champion had lost a match to a computer under tournament conditions.

1980 Philadelphia Phillies leadoff batter Pete Rose stole home base in the top of the seventh inning after stealing second and third base. Rose becomes the first National League player in 52 years to complete the stolen base cycle in one inning.

1934  A huge dust storm is spotted moving from the Midwest US. It was 1,500 miles long, 900 miles across and two miles high, covering almost one-third of the country. It sends millions of tons of topsoil flying from across the parched Great Plains region of the United States as far east as New York, Boston and Atlanta. It is one the most severe storms amidst the ‘Dust Bowl’ which is a major contributor to the ‘Great Depression’.


MAY 8th

1982 Gilles Villeneuve, Formula One race car driver for Ferrari, crashes and dies in a qualifying round for the Belgian Grand Prix. Team Ferrari loses its best driver, and Canadian fans lose their hero. Villeneuve, from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, made his mark in 1976 when he beat Team McLaren’s James Hunt on the track at the Formula Atlantic race in Trois-Rivières. He won six Grand Prix races in his short career. One was a famous win in Montréal in 1978, the only time a Canadian has won at home. His son, Jacques will follow his father’s footsteps and become Canada’s first and only Formula One World Champion in 1997.

1970 A month after Paul McCartney announced that he had left the Beatles, the British rock group released Let It Be, their last original studio album to hit the record shops.

1886 American pharmacist John S. Pemberton developed Coca-Cola, a drink he originally billed as a cure-all tonic.


MAY 7th

2008 Argun Murti the Goldman Sachs energy strategist warns oil price 'may hit $200 a barrel' in 6 months due to the available supply to demand needs. Oil peaked at just under $150.00 per barrel July 2008. On May 6th, 2020 the price of West Texas Intermediate – the U.S. Benchmark – settled at $23.99 per barrel.

1993 Wayne Gretzky set a record with his 19th career playoff game-winning-goal in the Kings 7-4 win over the Canucks, in Game 3 of the Smythe Div Finals in L.A. Gretzky broke Maurice Richard's record of 18 career playoff game winning goals. That same game, Gretzky scored twice to become the first player in NHL history to score 100 playoff goals.

1945 Germany signs unconditional surrender at Rheims in France bringing to an end six years of war in Europe.


MAY 6th

2004 The final episode of the television sitcom Friends aired and was watched by more than 52 million viewers.



1954 Roger Bannister becomes the first man to run a mile in less than 4 minutes, making the new record in 3mins 59.4 seconds at the Iffley Road track in Oxford, England.

1937 While landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey, on its first transatlantic crossing of the year, the German zeppelin Hindenburg burst into flames and was destroyed, killing 36 of the 97 persons aboard.



MAY 5th

1973 American racehorse Secretariat (1970–89) won the Kentucky Derby en route to capturing the U.S. Triple Crown, which also includes the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.


1877 Sitting Bull and 5,000 Sioux warriors lay down their weapons and cross into Canada. They are seeking refuge from the pursuing U.S. Army, in the Cypress Hills near Wood Mountain in what is now Saskatchewan. They hope for protection under British law after fighting the Battle of Little Big Horn, also known as Custer’s Last Stand.

1862  Mexico repelled the French forces of Napoleon III at the Battle of Puebla, a victory that became a symbol of resistance to foreign domination and is now celebrated as a national holiday, Cinco de Mayo.


MAY 4th

1998 Nashville Predators officially became the NHL's 27th franchise, when their final terms and conditions were completed by the league. The Preds would play the following season accumulating 28 wins, 47 losses and 7 ties for a total of 63 points – good for 12th in the Western Conference.  In their inaugural season they were lead in scoring by Cliff Ronning with 53 points in 72 games played.

1979 Margaret Thatcher, leader of the Conservative Party, is sworn in as Britain’s first female prime minister. The Oxford-educated chemist and lawyer was sworn in the day after the Conservatives won a 44-seat majority in general parliamentary elections.

1971 A massive overnight landslide devastates the town of St.-Jean-Vianney, in Quebec’s Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region. In a matter of moments, 31 people lose their lives and some 40 homes are swept away. The landslide leaves behind a massive crater 600 metres wide and 30 metres deep, larger than any previously recorded. The village is declared unsafe for habitation because of the Leda clay, and the residents are relocated. The site is still abandoned today, and the 324,000-square-metre crater can be seen on Google Earth.


MAY 2nd

2011 ... Osama bin Laden - founder of the militant Islamist organization al-Qaeda and mastermind of numerous terrorist attacks, most notably the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the U.S.A. - was killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan.



1967 ... The Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 in Game Six of finals to win the Stanley Cup. The Leaf have not hoisted the 'Cup' since. This was also the last NHL finals series among the "original six" teams as the league would expand to 12 teams the following year.



1945 ... Russia announces the fall of Berlin and the capture of 70,000 Germans who had surrendered after the two-week, two day Battle of Berlin, one of the last major offensives of the European theater of World War II.


MAY 1st

1997 The Red River of the North bursts its banks, leading to the “Flood of the Century” across southern Manitoba, Minnesota and North Dakota. Melt water from an April blizzard is responsible for the flooding, and the flood waters unexpectedly rise higher than on previous occasions. The flood is considered to be the worst since 1826 and 1852. Despite the floodway, constructed in 1968 to divert water around Winnipeg, over a thousand homes are destroyed, and there are billions of dollars of damage throughout the Red River Valley.


1967 Elvis Presley, married his longtime girlfriend, Priscilla Ann Beaulieu, 21, at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. Although their marriage didn't last, divorcing in 1973, Elvis and Priscilla remained friends, and raised Lisa Marie together, until his death in 1977.


1931 The Empire State Building in New York Officially opens forty-five days ahead of its projected opening date, and eighteen months from the start of construction. It became the World’s Tallest Building, a title it held until 1970 when the World Trade Center's still-under-construction North Tower surpassed it, on October 19th.