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2021

Global known COVID-19 caseload passes 200 million, with the death toll at 4.2 million according to Johns Hopkins.

2020

Huge explosions at the port of Beirut, Lebanon, kill more than 200 and leaves over 6,000 thousand people injured.

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2012

South African Oscar Pistorius becomes first double-leg amputee to compete at the Olympics; 400m London; out in semi’s

2005

Prime Minister Paul Martin announces that Michaëlle Jean will be Canada’s 27th and first black Governor General.

1984

Prince’s “Purple Rain” album goes #1 & stays #1 for 24 weeks.

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1983

New York Yankee outfielder Dave Winfield threw a baseball during warm-ups and accidentally killed a seagull. After the game, Toronto police arrested him for “causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.”

1978

Molson Brewery acquires Montreal Canadiens hockey team for $20 million.

1962

Nelson Mandela captured by South African police.

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1957

Juan Fangio won his final auto race and captured the world auto driving championship. It was his the fifth consecutive year to win.

1956

Elvis Presley releases “Hound Dog”.

1950

Canada decides to send 4,000 soldiers to Korea to assist the UN Force.

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1914

Canada officially enters World War I when Britain declares war on Germany and Austria-Hungary. Canada will vote to spend $50 million to raise an army.

1701

Great Peace of Montreal signed between New France and North American Indian nations at urging of Huron chief Kondiaronk.

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Olivia Newton-John was “not afraid to die”

Her niece recalls a conversation with the actress.

A few days after her death,Olivia Newton John’s niece, Tottie Goldsmith, mentioned that the actress was not afraid of death, reported Mirror.

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It was announced last Monday that Olivia had passed away, at the age of 73, surrounded by family and friends at her ranch in Southern California. Her husband John Easterling shared the news in a touching statement as he paid tribute to his wife.

The news prompted tributes and reflection on her legacy, including from her niece Tottie, 59 – who spoke about the beloved actress in an emotional interview.

Indeed, she said Olivia, who announced in 2017 that she was facing her third bout of cancer after an initial diagnosis in 1992, was not afraid to die in her later years.

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Tottie said the icon became “really thin and sick” a few years ago and was undergoing treatment at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute in Melbourne at the time.

Tottie also recalled during the interview:

“I said to her, ‘ Are you afraid to die?‘ […] She said: I’m not afraid, I’ve done more in my life than I could have ever imagined.”

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The icon’s niece added, “Honestly, she never would have imagined her life would be the way it was,” referring to the cancer center, created by the star, that had helped her through her illness.

“She was really blown away by the impact she had on people […] She was deeply, deeply passionate about what she could give back,” she explained.

Recall that the actress’ husband, John Easterling, asked anyone who wanted to give flowers to make a donation to the foundation instead.

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Anne Heche: her son takes her defense

“He’s as strong as he can be.”

As actress Anne Heche remains in extremely critical condition following her serious car accident last week, her 20-year-old son, Homer, is taking the lead in advocating for “the best care” for his mother.

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A source told Entertainment Tonight that the actress is surrounded by family members hoping for a recovery.

“Her family is on edge, just praying.”

Revealing that Homer is taking the lead in making sure his mother gets the best care, the source explained:

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“He’s as strong as he can be. The family is ready (…) if she wakes up. Everyone is waiting for that to happen.”

It was on Friday, Aug. 5, that Heche crashed her Mini Cooper into a house just before 11 a.m. in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles.

It took nearly 60 firefighters to save her from the wreckage, which started an uncontrollable fire, Heche was rushed to a nearby hospital with burns, and the house became uninhabitable.

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The fiery car crash was his third car accident in 30 minutes.

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It happened on a… August 11

2020

President Vladimir Putin announces Russia has become the 1st country to grant regulatory approval to a Covid-19 vaccine, called “Sputnik V”, despite no scientific data being published or phase 3 trials having even begun.

2008

Airbnb is founded by Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk.

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1988

Al-Qaeda formed at a meeting between Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri and Dr Fadl in Peshawar, Pakistan.

1978

“C’est Chic” 2nd studio album by Chic is released featuring single “Le Freak” (Billboard Album of the Year 1979).

Funeral of Pope Paul VI held in the Vatican.

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1968

Beatles launch “Apple Records” label.

1956

Elvis Presley releases “Don’t Be Cruel”.

1951

The first major league baseball game to be televised in color was broadcast. The Brooklyn Dodgers defeated the Boston Braves 8-1.

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1934

Alcatraz, in San Francisco Bay, received federal prisoners for the first time.

1929

Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio.

1874

A patent for the sprinkler head was given to Harry S. Parmelee.

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1649

Laurent Berman first licensed practicing notary in New France.

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