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Ypres Belgium - Lt.-Col. John McCrae 1872-1918 composes his poem 'In
Flanders Fields' in 20 minutes, while overlooking the grave of a fellow officer
at Ypres; first published in Dec. 1915 in Punch magazine, his elegy is the most
famous English poem written during World War I; MD from Guelph


Also On This Day...

Acheville, France - Lieutenant Robert Grierson Combe
1880-1917 of the 27th Battalion, Manitoba Regiment, takes 80 German prisoners
with a platoon of only 5 men; killed by a sniper while leading his bombers
against another objective; awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously June 27,


Also On This Day...

Anaheim California - Ferguson Jenkins leads his Texas
Rangers in a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles; fourth pitcher in major league
history to win 100 or more games in both the AL and NL leagues, joining Cy
Young, Jim Bunning, and Gaylord Perry. In 1991, Jenkins, from Chatham, Ontario,
was the first Canadian elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame


And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...

Jacob Viner 1892-1970
economist, was born on this day
at Montreal; dies at Princeton, New Jersey in 1970. Viner was an economist and
economic historian who developed important theories of cost and production, and
international economics.

Also Matt Baldwin 1926-
curler, was born on this day in 1926.
Baldwin, representing Alberta, won the Canadian Brier in 1954, 1957 and

In Other Events...
1991Charlottetown PEI - Brian Mulroney 1939- promises
500-job GST processing centre for Summerside to help community hard hit by
closing of Canadian Forces Base.
1990Ottawa Ontario - Supreme Court of Canada unanimously
rules that Angelique Lyn Lavallee of Winnipeg was acting in self defence when
she shot her husband to death after years of beatings; women can use battered
wife syndrome as defence against murder charge.
1989Ottawa Ontario - John Napier Turner 1929- announces
resignation as Liberal leader as soon as a leadership convention date is
1987Europe - Sweden defeats Canada 9-0 to win World Hockey
Championship; first in 25 years.
1980Montreal Quebec - Giants first baseman Willie McCovey
hits his 521st and final career home run off Montreal's Scott Sanderson, tying
him with Ted Williams on the all-time HR list; McCovey will retire June
1979Dawson City Yukon - Yukon River submerges Dawson under
more than two metres of water; downtown declared a disaster
1971Victoria BC - Queen Elizabeth II 1926- starts one-week
visit to British Columbia for the province's centennial, with Prince Philip and
Princess Anne.
1969Toronto Ontario - Rock star Jimi Hendrix arrested for
heroin possession at Toronto International Airport; released on $10,000
1963Hay River NWT - Over 1,600 residents of Hay River and
Fort Simpson airlifted to safety after towns struck by
1963London England - Lester B. Pearson 1897-1972 visits
London for talks with British Prime Minister Macmillan; received by Queen
Elizabeth and appointed to the Privy Council.
1961China - Canada sells $362 million of grain to People's
Republic of China.
1960London England - John G. Diefenbaker 1895-1979 attends
Commonwealth Prime Ministers Conference; proposes Colombo Plan for aid to
1959Vatican City - Beatification of Mother Marguerite
d'Youville, founder of the Sisters of Charity; first Canadian to be beatified;
canonized by Pope John Paul Dec. 9, 1990.
1958Brockville, Ontario - Trust company at Brockville robbed
of $3.3 million dollars in bonds and securities.
1945Wismar Germany - First Canadian Army takes Oldenburg,
and Canadian paratroopers link up with Russians in Wismar.
1922Charlottetown PEI- Women in Prince Edward Island win the
right to vote.
1922Montreal Quebec - Creation of radio station CKAC, the
first in Quebec; starts broadcasting officially in October.
1887Nanaimo BC - Coal mine explosion at Nanaimo kills
1886Vancouver BC- M.A. Maclean elected first mayor of
Vancouver, British Columbia.
1871St. Boniface Manitoba - Collè St-Boniface gets
provincial charter.
1867Victoria BC - Hudson's Bay Company gives up all claims
to Vancouver Island.
1850London England - Horatio Austin 1801-1865 sails with
fleet of four ships to search Wellington Channel for signs of the Franklin
1835Halifax Nova Scotia - Joseph Howe 1804-1873, editor of
The Novascotian, acquitted of charges of libel against a group of Halifax
1811London England - Thomas Douglas, Lord Selkirk 1771-1820
purchases 300,000 sq km of Manitoba from the Hudson's Bay Company for a Red
River colony named to be named Assiniboia.
1744Canso Nova Scotia - Joseph Du Pont Duvivier 1707-1760
appointed by Duquesnel, Commandant of Louisbourg, to capture British fishing
station at Canseau; closest British settlement to Louisbourg.
1699Biloxi Mississippi - Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville
1661-1706 leaves Louisiana for France, puts colonists under command of
Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville 1680-1767 and Ensign Sauvole
1536Quebec Quebec - Jacques Cartier 1491-1557 discovers
threat of Iroquois rebellion; captures chief Donnacona as hostage during a
religious ceremony; promises to bring him back from France in ten

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