On this day in America in 1935, aviator Amelia Earhart made the first solo flight from Hawaii to California. Also on this day in American in 1984, Michael Jackson was nominated for 12 Grammy Awards for his hit album Thriller; later winning 8 of the 12. Lastly, on this day in 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt officially declared the Grand Canyon a national treasure and monument; with today over 5 million people a year exploring the canyon's mysteries.
On this day in Canada in 1922, Leonard Thompson, a 14 year old Canadian, is the first person to have his diabetes treated successfully, thanks to Banting and Best's new discovery, insulin. Also on this day in Canadian history in 1815, Sir John Alexander Macdonald was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and grew up to become the first Prime Minister of the Dominion of Canada in 1867. Also on this day in Canada in 1934, Jean Chretien was born in Shawinigan, Quebec, and grew up to become Canada's 20th Prime Minister from 1993-2003. Lastly on this day in Canada in 1896, Sir William Samuel Stephenson, also known as 'Little Bill', was born in Point Douglas, Manitoba, and grew up to be an industrialist who perfected the art of sending photos by wire in the 1920's, as well as Britian's intelligence chief in the U.S., and Churchill's confidential liaison with President Roosevelt during World War II.
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