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Today In History – December 11

Winnipeg, MB – Today in history in 1985, The Edmonton Oilers beat the Chicago Black Hawks 12-9. The game tied the NHL record of 21 goals in a game and set a new NHL record for total points in a game – 62 (36 by Edmonton, 26 by Chicago). Watch the video above for the highlights!

Today in 1936, Edward VIII abdicated the throne – the first British monarch to voluntarily do so. He left after coming under massive pressure from the British public, the Church of England, and the British government over his decision to marry American Wallis Warfield Simpson.

And today in 1941, Germany declared war on the United States, following shortly on the heels of the shocking Pearl Harbour attack by Germany’s Axis Ally Japan.

Here are some other big events that happened Today In History:

1837: Upper Canada Rebellion – William Lyon Mackenzie flees Upper Canada for US, and reaches safety in Buffalo, where he starts recruiting new supporters.

1876: Manitoba Curling Club plays its First game.

1911: Alberta brings in First Motor Vehicles Act; sets speed limit in towns and cities at 15 mph, and at 20 mph in less settled areas; outside urban areas, drivers required to slow down to 6 mph when approaching or passing pedestrians and horses, and to assist any horseman who required assistance.

1916: Saskatchewan votes 95,000 to 23,000 in a plebiscite in favour of prohibition, and closing government liquor stores.

1934: Charlie Conacher unsuccessful against the New York Rangers when he takes the First Toronto Maple Leafs penalty shot.

1941: World War II – Battle of Hong Kong – D Company of the Winnipeg Grenadiers dispatched to the mainland to strengthen the Gin Drinkers’ Line against the Japanese invaders; sees some action, thus becoming the First Canadian Army unit to fight in the Far East; at midday, General Maltby orders the mainland troops to withdraw to the island; the Winnipeg Grenadiers cover the Royal Scots’ withdrawal down the Kowloon Peninsula.

1948: Joey Smallwood signs an agreement which will admit Newfoundland into Confederation as Canada’s 10th province. Formerly the oldest Dominion in the British Commonwealth, the province had gone bankrupt and was being run by a British colonial commission. On April 1, 1948, the people of Newfoundland voted in a second referendum to join Canada. On March 31, 1949, Newfoundland will formally join Confederation, and the following day, April 1, 1949, Smallwood is sworn in as the first Premier of Newfoundland.

1964: Lorne Greene’s hit single, Ringo, stays at #1 on the Billboard charts; Canadian star of the Bonanza TV western.

1981: Trevor Berbick defeats three-time world champion Muhammad Ali in Nassau in 10-round unanimous decision; Canadian and Commonwealth heavyweight boxing champion.

1983: Gary Filmon elected leader of the Manitoba Progressive Conservative Party.

1997: Canada joins over 150 other countries in reaching agreement at Kyoto to control greenhouse gases and combat global warming in the 21st century.

2006: Speedskater Cindy Klassen wins the Lou Marsh Award, awarded annually to Canada’s top athlete, professional or amateur, chosen by a panel of journalists.

2007: After reading 18 victim impact statements, British Columbia Supreme Court Judge Justice James Williams sentences serial killer Robert Pickton to life with no possibility of parole for 25 years – the maximum punishment for second-degree murder – and equal to the sentence which would have been imposed for a first-degree murder conviction; guilty of the second-degree murders of Sereena Abotsway, Marnie Frey, Andrea Joesbury, Georgina Papin, Mona Wilson and Brenda Wolfe, protitutes who disappeared from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside between 1997 and 2001.

2010: Hockey Night in Canada game on CBC between the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs the first NHL game broadcast in 3-D.

-Spencer Fernando, MyToba News

With files from Canada Channel

Spencer Fernando is a columnist and reporter for MyToba News. You can read more of Spencer’s writing at his website SpencerFernando.com
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