Today in History: March 13th

WINNIPEG, MB. — Here is a collection of highlights from around the world that just happen to have occurred on March 13th in past years. Highlights include the finding of two planets – one of which is no longer a part of our solar system, and Manitoba being the first province to adopt the prohibition of alcohol.

See other interesting facts from previous March 13ths below:

1781: William Herschel sees what he thinks is a “comet” but is actually the discovery of the planet Uranus

1859: – John Brown brings first black slaves escaping to Canada on the Underground Railroad

1916: Manitobans vote 50,484 to 26,052 for prohibition; First province to adopt prohibition of alcoholic beverages

1928: Eileen Vollick the first Canadian woman awarded a pilot’s licensed pilot

1930: Clyde Tombaugh announces discovery of Pluto at Lowell Observatory

1997: India’s Missionaries of Charity chooses Sister Nirmala to succeed Mother Teresa as its leader

2003: The journal Nature reports that 350,000-year-old footprints of an upright-walking human have been found in Italy

2012: 110 people are killed and 63 are missing after a ferry collides with an oil tanker near Dhaka, Bangladesh

– Carter Brooks, MyToba News

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