On this day in America in 1870, cartoonist Thomas Nast drew a Donkey as the symbol for the Democrat Party, making its first appearance in Harper's Weekly. Also on this day in America in 1943, the Pentagon was completed as the new headquarters for the Department of Defense. Also on this day in America in 1976, Sara Jane Moore was sentenced to life, for her assassination attempt on President Gerald Ford; being released from prison after serving 32 years on December 31, 2007. Lastly on this day in America in 1967, 60 million Americans had the pleasure of watching the very first super bowl, with the Green Bay Packers, led by their coach Vince Lombardi, destroying the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10.
On this day in Canadian history in 1541, French King Francois I appoints Jean-Francois de La Roque de Roberval first viceroy of Canada, Newfoundland, and Labrador. Also on this day in Canada in 1835, Upper Canada, in an attempt to aid natives, bans the sale of liquor to all natives; effective January 5, 1836. Lastly on this day in Canadian history in 1964, the youth of Canada was highlighted, as Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson touches down in Paris; marking the first official visit by a Canadian Prime Minister to France.
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