Today in History: Raptors win NBA title; The 2nd longest game in the CFL takes place; Vancouverites riot after Stanley Cup loss

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On this date, June 14, in history:

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In 1617, Canada’s first farmer, Louis Hébert, arrived in Tadoussac with his wife and three children.

In 1777, the Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the Stars and Stripes as its national flag.

In 1808, the first Methodist church in Montreal was built.

In 1872, the General Charter of the Canadian Pacific Railway was adopted by the Dominion Parliament.

In 1919, British pilots John William Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown took off from St. John’s, Newfoundland, for the first non-stop transatlantic flight. They landed in a bog in Galway, Ireland, after covering around 3,100 kilometers in just over 16 hours. The theft won them a $10,000 prize offered by the London Daily Mail, and both were made knights.

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In 1928 Che Guevara was born in Rosario, Argentina. He was a guerrilla theorist and tactician, a prominent communist figure in the Cuban Revolution (1956-59), and later a guerrilla leader in South America. He was executed on October 9, 1967, after being captured by the Bolivian army while leading a revolt.

In 1940, Auschwitz, the largest of the Nazi concentration camps, was first opened near Krakow, Poland. Before its liberation by the Allies in 1945, more than three million Jews were murdered there.

In 1940, German forces occupied Paris during World War II.

In 1951, Univac, the world’s first commercial computer, was unveiled.

In 1953, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill became Sir Winston when Queen Elizabeth made him a Knight of the Garter, Britain’s highest honour.

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In 1966, the Vatican announced the removal of the Index of Prohibited Books. The first edition of the index was instituted by Pope Paul IV in 1557. It was a list of publications that the Roman Catholic Church censored because they posed a danger to the Church itself or the faith of its members. The 1948 edition contained 4,000 titles censored for reasons such as heresy, moral deficiency, and political incorrectness.

In 1977, Alan Reed, the original voice of Fred Flintstone, died at age 69.

In 1982, 74 days after invading the Falkland Islands, Argentine forces surrendered to the British.

In 1984, a Liberal Party leadership convention opened in Ottawa, with a gala honoring outgoing Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

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In 1985, Lebanese Shia Muslim gunmen hijacked a TWA flight after it took off from Athens. Hours later, the hijackers killed US Navy diver Robert Stethem as the plane landed in Beirut.

In 1989, former US President Ronald Reagan received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth.

In 1990, Toronto lost to Hanover, Germany – by a margin of one vote – in an attempt to host the Expo 2000 world’s fair.

In 1994, riots broke out in Vancouver after the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup to the Rangers in New York in Game 7. Police later used videotapes of the riot to lay charges.

In 1995, a New Brunswick couple, Steve and Lorelei Turner, were convicted of the starvation death of their three-year-old son. They were believed to be the first parents in Canada to be convicted of manslaughter for failing to provide the necessities of life for a child.

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In 2004, Jack McClelland, promoter of Canadian literature at McClelland and Stewart, one of Canada’s most influential publishing houses, died in Toronto at the age of 81.

In 2005, 22-year-old Asafa Powell of Jamaica set a world record by running the men’s 100 meters in 9.77 seconds at the Athens Super Grand Prix at the city’s Olympic Stadium. (Jamaican Usain Bolt currently holds the record with a 9.58 at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.)

In 2007, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas dissolved the Hamas-led government and declared a state of emergency after a week of bloody fighting between Fatah and Hamas fighters culminated in the seizure of the Gaza Strip by Hamas.

In 2008, the Ontario home where Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote many books in her Anne of Green Gables series was designated a National Historic Site.

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In 2009, William McIntyre, one of nine judges who held a unique place in legal history, died of throat cancer in Victoria. He was 91 years old. McIntyre was on the Supreme Court of Canada when the passage of the Charter of Rights forever changed the course of the law.

In 2010, the House of Commons voted unanimously to designate Pier 21 in Halifax as Canada’s national museum of immigration. From 1928 to 1971, one million immigrants arrived at Pier 21. It closed on March 8, 1971, as more immigrants arrived in Canada by air.

In 2012, 77-year-old retired judge Jacques Delisle, believed to be the first Canadian judge to stand trial for murder, was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of his invalid wife. He received the mandatory sentence of life in prison, with no possibility of parole for 25 years.

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In 2013, the US government charged former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden with espionage and theft of government property after he admitted providing information to the media about two highly classified government programs to collect phone records. and online data. (Snowden had fled to China and was then locked up for nearly six weeks at Moscow airport before being granted a year’s asylum in Russia, which later issued him a residence permit.)

In 2017, a fatal fire tore through a 24-storey apartment tower in London, killing 72 people.

In 2017, a rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers during a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., injuring House GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and several others. The Scalise Security Detachment injured the shooter who later died of his injuries.

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In 2018, the Toronto Raptors named Nick Nurse as head coach, becoming the ninth in franchise history. He had spent the last five seasons as a club assistant.

In 2018, Deputy Premier Joe Savikataaq was chosen to succeed Nunuvat Premier Paul Quassa, who lost his job earlier in the day in a vote of no confidence. It was the first time a sitting prime minister had been removed from office in the territory’s 19-year history.

In 2018, in what is believed to be a legal first in Canada, a court in Newfoundland and Labrador recognized three unmarried adults as the legal parents of a child born into their “polyamorous” family. .

In 2018, in the first game of the season, the Edmonton Eskimos defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 33-30 in the second longest game in CFL history (Fog Bowl, Gray Cup 1962). The total duration of the match was five hours and 42 minutes, with two weather delays amounting to almost three hours.

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In 2019, the Toronto Raptors won their first NBA title in franchise history, bringing the Larry O’Brien Trophy to Canada.

It was the culmination of a brilliant 24-year basketball story. Kyle Lowry had 26 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds to lift the Raptors to a thrilling 114-110 victory over the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Raptors star Kawhi Leonard was named Finals MVP for the second time in his career. He had been acquired in a blockbuster deal that sent former Raptors star DeMar DeRozan to the San Antonio Spurs.

In 2021, Manitoba lowered the minimum age for COVID-19 vaccines to 12+. Health Canada has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for people who are aging earlier in the month.

In 2021, Major-General. Dany Fortin – the man who was leading the charge for rolling out the vaccine in Canada – has resigned. The move followed news that he was under military investigation, although no information was released about the nature of the investigation.


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