On this day in America in 1937, aviator Howard Hughes set a new trans-continental flight speed record, flying from Los-Angeles, California to Newark, New Jersey in less than 7 1/2 hours. Also on this day in America in 2006, Nasa launched a spacecraft on a 3 billion mile journey to the distant then planet (now moon) Pluto. Also on this day in America in 1809, world-famous poet Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Lastly, on this day in American history in 1981, President Ronald Reagan secures the release of American hostages in Algiers from the grip of Iran.
On this day in Canada in 1870, Donald Alexander Smith (Lord Strathcona) meets with the Metis and Scottish settlers in Winnipeg to discuss Canada's position on the issue of Manitoba's admittance into the confederation of Canada. Also on this day in Canada in 1943, the eternal bond between Canada and the Netherlands was forever cemented as Princess Margriet of the House of Orange was born to Crown Princess Juliana, in the Ottawa Civic Hospital; which was declared to be Dutch territory due to the fact that the House of Orange had become exiles in Ottawa ever since Hitler invaded the Netherlands in May of 1940. Lastly on this day in Canada in 1649, the first executioner in Canada performs his first assignment on a 16 year old girl found guilty of theft in Quebec City.
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