Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in History - Feb. 20

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in History - Feb. 20

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Today in History - Feb. 20

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Today in History for Feb. 20:

In 1666, explorer Rene-Robert La Salle arrived in New France and settled at Montreal.

In 1725, the earliest recorded scalps were taken in New Hampshire, when white bounty hunters killed 10 sleeping natives.

In 1790, Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II died. This left a leadership vacuum that eventually led to a series of revolutions that resulted in the end of the Christian empire.

In 1792, U.S. President George Washington signed an act creating the U.S. Post Office.

In 1887, future diplomat and governor general Vincent Massey was born in Toronto. He died Dec. 30, 1967.

In 1906, an appeal court upheld the conviction of a Woodstock, Ont., woman on a charge of practising voodoo.

In 1930, the federal government transferred responsibility for British Columbia's natural resources to the province.

In 1938, British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden resigned to protest the Munich Pact with Germany's Adolf Hitler.

In 1945, the federal government issued Canada's first family allowance cheques.

In 1958, Secretary of State Ellen Fairclough became the first female acting prime minister when John Diefenbaker was away campaigning in Newfoundland.

In 1959, Prime Minister John Diefenbaker cancelled the Avro Arrow jet program. The decision resulted in the layoff of nearly 14,000 people at the Avro plant at Malton, Ont. Developed by A.V. Roe Canada Ltd. (commonly known as Avro Canada), the Arrow (also known as the CF-105) was an advanced, all-weather supersonic interceptor jet.

In 1962, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth after blasting off aboard the "Friendship 7" Mercury capsule. He completed three orbits.

In 1980, U.S. President Jimmy Carter formally advised the Soviet Union the U.S. would boycott the Summer Olympics in Moscow. Canada also boycotted the Games.

In 1985, the first U.S. cruise missile test took place in Canadian airspace. The unarmed missile was released from a B-52 bomber over the Beaufort Sea. The self-propelled projectile took less than an hour to reach the Primrose Weapons Range in northern Alberta. …

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