Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in History - Feb. 16

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in History - Feb. 16

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Today in History - Feb. 16

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Today in History for Feb. 16:

On this date:

In 1838, an act of the British Parliament suspended the constitution in Lower Canada.

In 1872, the first session of the British Columbia legislature opened.

In 1878, the silver dollar became legal currency in the U.S.

In 1881, the Canadian Pacific Railway was incorporated.

In 1896, the first comic-strip cartoon appeared. "The Yellow Kid" was created for the New York World newspaper by Richard Outcault.

In 1923, the burial chamber of King Tutankhamen's recently unearthed tomb was unsealed in Egypt by English archaeologist Howard Carter.

In 1933, the Canadian government refused to allow liquor to be exported to prohibition countries.

In 1937, nylon was patented by a du Pont research team headed by Dr. Wallace Carothers.

In 1944, Major Charles Hoey of Duncan, B.C., won the Victoria Cross while serving with the British Army in Burma during the Second World War. Hoey was fatally wounded while capturing a Japanese position.

In 1949, the House of Commons passed the Newfoundland Union Act by a vote of 140-47. Newfoundland officially joined Canada on March 31, 1949.

In 1959, Fidel Castro became premier of Cuba following the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista.

In 1970, Toronto police recovered the Grey Cup from a downtown hotel locker room after an anonymous tip. The CFL championship trophy had been stolen two months earlier from the Ottawa Rough Riders' trophy room.

In 1971, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau mouthed an expression in the Commons he later described as "fuddle-duddle."

In 1973, an anti-hijacking agreement signed by Canada and Cuba required the countries to prosecute hijackers or return them to the country where the hijacking occurred.

In 1982, more than 7,000 nurses went on strike in Alberta.

In 1984, Quebec speedskater Gaetan Boucher completed the greatest individual Canadian showing in an Olympic Games. Boucher added the 1,500-metre gold medal in Sarajevo to his gold in the 1,000-metre and his bronze in the 500. Boucher also won the silver in the 1,000 at the 1980 Games in Lake Placid, N.Y.

In 1985, award-winning author Marian Engel died of cancer in Toronto at the age of 51.

In 1987, John Demjanjuk went on trial in Jerusalem, accused of being Ivan the Terrible, a guard at the Treblinka concentration camp. He was convicted, but the verdict was overturned by the Israeli Supreme Court. (U.S. immigration officials later ordered his deportation to Germany to face similar charges. In May 2011, he was again convicted and sentenced to five years in prison, but was released pending appeal. He died on March 17, 2012.)

In 1987, Mark David Chapman, in an interview with "People" magazine, said he might have tried to kill Paul McCartney, Ronald Reagan, Elizabeth Taylor or Johnny Carson. But Chapman said he chose to shoot John Lennon in December, 1980 because he was easier to get at. …

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