Calgary Mayor Ralph Klein Bums And Creeps
January 7, 2012 by staff
Calgary Mayor Ralph Klein Bums And Creeps, 1982: At a dinner in Calgary, Mayor Ralph Klein tells a group of newcomers that his city does not welcome “bums” and he’ll protect Calgarians from “a lot of creeps” looking for work. Newspapers across the country carry stories with the mayor’s statements attacking easterners. Klein denies the reports in a CBC Television clip, and says “the word I used was kick ass and get them out of town.”
1966: The Right Reverend James Francis Carney becomes the first Vancouver-born Catholic to be named a bishop. He is appointed Auxiliary Bishop on this day; on Jan.8, 1969, he would be appointed Archbishop.
1927: The Harlem Globetrotters basketball team travels 48 miles west from Chicago to play their first game in Hinckley, Ill. They are the creation of Abe Saperstein, who takes over coaching duties for a team of African-American players originally known as the Savoy Big Five. At a time when only whites are allowed to play on professional basketball teams, Saperstein decides to promote his new team’s racial makeup by naming them after Harlem, the famous African-American neighbourhood of New York.
1785: Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffries travel from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in a gas balloon, becoming the first to cross the English Channel by air. Just before reaching the French coast, the two balloonists are forced to throw nearly everything out of the balloon. Blanchard even throws his trousers over the side in a desperate, but apparently successful, attempt to lighten the ship.
1610: Galileo Galilei makes his first observation of the four Galilean moons: Ganymede, Callisto, Io and Europa, although he is not able distinguish the last two until the following day.
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