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On This Day in History - December 27, 2013

On this day in American history in 2001, the United States government announced that it would begin to hold terrorist captives indefinitely at Guantanamo Bay. Also on this day in America in 1932, billionaire John Rockefeller Jr. opens Radio City Music Hall in New York at the height of the Great Depression, which as a palace for the people both provided hope and joy to the American people during those dark times, and demonstrated American resiliency as thousands turned out for the historic buildings opening.

On this day in Canada in 1869, Louis Riel is elected President of the Provisional Government of Rupert's Land and the North-West, and given the powers to negotiate with Canadian Commissioner Donald A. Smith over the sale of the HBC territory to Canada. Negotiations that led both to the Red River Rebellion of 1869-70, as well as Manitoba's entrance as a province into the Canadian Confederation.

"A people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."
                                                                                                                      - Marcus Garvey
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