On this day in America in 1960, 42 year old Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy announced his run for the Democratic Presidential nomination. Also on this day in American history in 1980, the age of detente came to an end with the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan, which was followed quickly by President Jimmy Carter recalling the American ambassador to Moscow and halting all talks on any arms treaty; effectively resuming the Cold War.
On this day in Canada in 1929, Canadian heroism was at its finest as World War I ace Wop May takes off with fellow bush pilot Vic Horner from Edmonton to deliver much needed diphtheria vaccine to Fort Vermilion, Alberta, 1,600 kilometers north. With the trip being taken in an open aircraft with oil burners constantly on to keep the vaccine from freezing; arriving at the Fort to the applause of over 10,000 residents for with the vaccine came the hope that those suffering would live. Also on this day in Canadian history in 1929, Canada and the United States sign a treaty and agree to both preserve Niagara Falls and limit the amount of water diverted for hydro generation; preserving one of the finest places in all of North America and demonstrating the strong link of brotherhood between Canada and the United States as co-owners of the Falls.
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