Today In History – June 18

WINNIPEG, MB – Today In History in 1990, Nelson Mandela talks to joint session of the Commons and Senate; tells them that Canadian support is crucial in ending Apartheid; Deputy President of the African National Congress was jailed for 27 years.

Take a look at what else happened, Today In History:

1928: American aviator Amelia Earhart arrives in Wales on a flight from Newfoundland in about 21 hours; first woman to fly across the Atlantic; will later make the flight solo.

1940: French Navy cruiser Émile Bertin arrives in Canada with $305 million in gold bullion from the Bank of France; gold held in the Bank of Canada in Ottawa and released after the war.

1970: National Gallery opens exhibition of 203 Group of Seven paintings; to commemorate 50th anniversary of Group’s founding.

1985: Bryan Adams’s single Heaven stays at #1 on the Billboard charts for the second week.

1992: New NHL teams get First draft picks; Ottawa Senators make goalie Peter Sidorkiewicz their pick; Tampa Bay Lightning take goalie Wendell Young.

2009: Guy Lafleur given one-year suspended sentence for giving contradictory testimony at his son’s bail hearing; acquitted on appeal in August 2010.

Spencer Fernando, MyToba News

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