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It happened on a… July 1

2021

Britain’s Princes William and Harry unveil statue to their mother Princess Diana, on what would have been her 60th birthday, at Kensington Palace.

2020

Russian President Vladimir Putin wins national referendum allowing longer presidential terms of office.

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2015

Greece becomes 1st developed country to default on debt to the International Monetary Fund (1.7 billion).

1996

Canadian NHL franchise Winnipeg Jets officially moves to Arizona, renamed the Phoenix Coyotes.

1980

“O Canada” was proclaimed the national anthem of Canada.

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1979

Sony introduced the Walkman.

1969

Britain’s Prince Charles was invested as the Prince of Wales.

1966

CTV station CFTO-TV transmits first colour television in Canada.

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1958

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation links television broadcasting across Canada via microwave.

1916

Coca-Cola brings current coke formula to the market.

1905

Albert Einstein introduces his theory of special relativity.

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1903

Tour de France: Inaugural race begins in Montgeron, a south-eastern suburb of Paris.

1867

Proclamation of the British North America Act, creating the Dominion of Canada, out of Upper Canada (now Ontario, with its capital at Toronto), Lower Canada (now Quebec, with its capital at Quebec), Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

1858

1st Canadian coins minted (1, 5, 10 and 20 cent).

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It happened on a… August 15

2019

Disney Studios is the first studio to have five films earn over $1 billion each in one year with “Toy Story 4”, “Avengers: Engame”, “Captain Marvel”, “Aladdin” and “The Lion King”.

2017

Scientists genetic study of the apple reveal its origin was in Kazakhstan, published in “Nature Communications”.

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1995

“Macarena” single is released by Los del Rio.

1991

750,000 attend Paul Simon’s free concert in Central Park.

1979

“Apocalypse Now”, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, and Martin Sheen, is released (Palme d’Or 1979).

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1969

Woodstock rock and roll concert opens.

1961

East German workers began construction of the Berlin Wall.

1939

“The Wizard of Oz” premiered in Hollywood, CA. Judy Garland became famous for the movie’s song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

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1914

The Panama Canal was officially opened to commercial traffic as an American ship sailed from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.

1911

Procter & Gamble unveils its Crisco shortening.

1848

The dental chair was patented by M. Waldo Hanchett.

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It happened on a… August 14

2018

Italy’s Morandi Bridge collapses in Genoa, taking 30 vehicles with it and killing 43.

2016

Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt wins coveted 100m Olympic 100m gold medal in 9.81 at Rio de Janeiro Olympics – first man to win the event 3 times.

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1968

Montreal awarded National League baseball franchise; birth of the Expos.

1958

CFL Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeat Edmonton Eskimos 29-21 in first Canadian Football League game.

1945

V-J Day, Japan surrenders unconditionally to end WW II.

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1943

Mackenzie King opens Quebec Conference attended by Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt; start to discussion and planning of the invasions of Italy and Europe.

1920

VII Summer Olympic Games open in Antwerp, Belgium; first time Olympic Oath voiced, doves released to symbolise peace.

1899

Bell Telephone Company installs first push-button pay phone in a Montreal drugstore; connections made only after 5¢ deposit; made by Northern Electric, today’s Nortel.

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1896

Gold was discovered in Canada’s Yukon Territory. Within the next year more than 30,000 people rushed to the area to look for gold.

1862

Abraham Lincoln receives the first group of African Americans to confer with a US president.

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It happened on a… August 13

2016

American swimmer Michael Phelps ends his career at the Rio Olympics as part of the winning 4×100 medley relay, his record 23rd gold medal.

2004

28th Olympic Games opens at Athens, Greece.

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1997

South Park’s first episode is aired.

1993

Valery Fabrikant sentenced to life in prison for his murder Aug. 24, 1992 of four Concordia University professors.

1967

“Bonnie and Clyde”, directed by Arthur Penn and starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, is released.

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1961

Berlin was divided by a barbed wire fence to halt the flight of refugees. Two days later work on the Berlin Wall began.

1956

Elvis Presley releases music single “Don’t Be Cruel”.

1942

Walt Disney’s “Bambi” opened at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, NY.

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1907

The first taxicab started on the streets of New York City.

1792

King Louis XVI of France is formally arrested by the National Tribunal, and declared an enemy of the people.

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