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• His work with Artists for Peace and Justice
• UN Ambassadorship for The World Food Programme
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Today in History... Happy Birthday George!
1996 - Lunenburg, Nova Scotia is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site
1991 - Bryan Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" stays at #1 on the Billboard Charts for the fifth straight week
1980 - Rev. Lois Wilson elected the first woman moderator of the United Church of Canada
1974 - Scarborough native, Cindy Nicholas, crosses Lake Ontario in 15 hours beating the previous record by three hours
1979 - Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker dies in Ottawa, Ontario at age 83.
1972 - The Canadian National Exhibition opens with a display by the People's Republic of China - it was the first display by China in the Western World
1969 - The first Canadian Summer Games open in Halifax, Nova Scotia
1968 - The first full length Canadian Ballet, Rose Latulipe, premieres at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival
1966 - George Chuvalo becomes the Canadian Heavyweight Boxing Champion
1947 - The first flight of the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver bush plane. Eventually 1600 of these planes would be built, a record for a Canadian designed aircraft.
1945 - The War Measures Act Cancelled.
1943 - The Allied conquest of Sicily is complete.
1936 - The 11th Summer Olympics close in Berlin, Germany. Canada took home 1 Gold, 3 Silver and 5 Bronze.
1930 - The first British Empire Games (now known as the Commonwealth Games) take place in Hamilton, Ontario.
1858 - The Bank of Canada receives its Charter in Ottawa, Ontario. The Assembly of the Province of Canada also abolishes imprisonment for debt.
1827 - Admiral John Franklin lays the first stones of the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Ontario.
1812 - General Isaac Brock captures Detroit and the Michigan Territory. Brock was knighted for this victory but died at Queenston Heights before the news of this honour reached him.