On this day in America in 1776, Thomas Paine published Common Sense, a 46 page pamphlet that argued systematically for the reasons why the removal of the British Crown from rule in America was necessary, becoming one of the key treatises that helped spark the American Revolution. Also on this day in America in 2000, the largest corporate merger was announced as America Online (AOL) bought Time Warner. Lastly on this day in 1901, the first oil rig in Beaumont, Texas blew its top with black gold flowing from the largest oil gusher in the world at the time, aka Spindaltop, with black gold shooting 100 feet into the air. As a result, after taking nine days to get the flow under control, oil production in the nation was tripled overnight and American big oil was born.
On this day in Canadian history in 1920, Canada becomes one of the founding members of the League of Nations, a failed predecessor of the United Nations; marking the beginning of an era where Canada now speaking for itself in international affairs. Also on this day in Canada in 1811, Norwester David Thompson crosses the height of land of the Rocky Mountains on the Athabasca Pass; where he ascended the Columbia River to its source and then followed the river downward to its end at Astoria, becoming the first person to explore and map the whole length of the river. Moreover, on this day in Canada in 1938, Frank Mahovlich was born in Sudbury, Ontario, and would grow up to win the Leafs 4 Stanley Cups and aid Canada in beating the Soviets in the 1972 Summit Series against the Soviets. Lastly on this day in Canada in 1860, Sir Charles G. D. Roberts was born in Douglas, New Brunswick, and would grow up to be the first poet and writer to express nationalist pride in the Confederation, inspiring a whole generation of nationalist Canadians in the late 19th-century.
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