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Calgary Stampede 1912 & Sunday, September 2, 2012

September 2, 2012 by  

Calgary Stampede 1912 & Sunday, September 2, 2012, Cowboy Chad Ferley of Oelrichs,South Dakota, rides a horse called Get Smart to a first place finish and $100,000 in the Saddle Bronc event on the final day of the rodeo at the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta Sunday July 17, 2011. (
ON THIS DAY

1912 – Instigated by American cowboy Guy Weadick and underwritten by Calgary businessmen, the first Calgary Stampede is held.

1995 – British Nimrod plane plunges into Lake Ontario before horrified spectators during the annual air show at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto; seven RAF crew members killed.

1998 – Swissair Flight 111, en route from New York to Geneva, crashes off Peggy’s Cove, N.S., killing all 229 people on board.

BORN THIS DAY

1888 – Portrait and figure painter Dorothy Stevens, who was highly regarded as a painter of oil and pastel portraits of women and children, is born in Toronto.

1943 – NHL player and manger Glen Sather, considered instrumental in bringing Wayne Gretzky to the Edmonton Oilers, is born in High River, Alta.

1964 – Actor Keanu Reeves, who was raised in Winnipeg and went on to star in such memorable films as Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, is born in Beirut, Lebanon.

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