Canadian Caper Americans Escape Iran

January 28, 2012 by staff 

Canadian Caper Americans Escape Iran, 1986: The space shuttle Challenger explodes just after liftoff, killing the seven astronauts on board. First, the O-ring seal on the Challenger’s solid rocket booster, which has become brittle in the cold temperatures, fails. Flames then break out of the booster and damage the external fuel tank. Within 73 seconds, the shuttle begins breaking apart, and then it plunges into the ocean.

1980: On a cool November afternoon in 1979, Iranian militants overtake the American Embassy in Tehran, capturing more than 70 hostages. Amidst the chaos, six Americans quietly escape and are given sanctuary at the Canadian Embassy. Canada’s role in the so-called Canadian Caper is only revealed three months later when they assist the Americans to safely flee Tehran. The incident brings about an outpouring of pro-Canada sentiment in the U.S. and makes Canadian Ambassador Kenneth Taylor an instant star.

1928: Voters in Point Grey and Vancouver approve the amalgamation of the two municipalities. William Harold Malkin is the first mayor of the new city, having defeated incumbent Louis Denison Taylor, the champion of amalgamation, in the 1928 civic election.

1918: Manitoba becomes the first province in Canada to allow women the right to vote and to hold provincial office, after protests by leaders such as Nellie McClung.

1896: The first speeding fine is handed out to a British motorist. Walter Arnold of East Peckham in Kent, is caught doing eight mph in a two mph built up zone, and is fined one shilling. That speed limit has been in force since 1865 when the Locomotive Act (Red Flag Act) introduced a speed limit of two mph in built up zones (meaning towns and villages) and four mph elsewhere.

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