On this day in America in 1970, the first ever Boeing 747 went into service, the Clipper Victor, christened by FLOTUS Pat Nixon at Dulles International Airport, and making its first flight along one of Pan Am's most prestigious routes from New York to London. Also on this day in America in 1973, the Supreme Court handed down the now infamous Roe v. Wade decision, which struck down most anti-abortion laws as unconstitutional. Also on this day in America in 1906, an influential African-American aviator and educator who fought for equality and especially the integration of black pilots into the segregated Army Air Corps and Civilian Pilot Training Program, Willa Beatrice Brown was born in Glasgow, Kentucky. Lastly on this day in America in 1998, Theodore Kaczynski, better known as the 'Unabomber', after being turned in by his brother and in a Sacramento courtroom confessed to his crimes; a 17-year campaign of package bombings of mostly universities and homes of professors across America, but also including in 1979 an Airline Flight and in 1980 the home of the president of United Airlines, all in all resulting in 23 deaths and 23 injuries.
On this day in Canada in 1992, Canada's first female astronaut Roberta Bondar blasts into space from the Kennedy Space Center for an eight day flight aboard the shuttle Discovery. Also on this day in Canada in 1957, winner of four Stanley Cups with the New York Islanders, scoring 50 goals or more in 9 straight seasons, and playoff MVP in 1982, Mike Bossy was born in Montreal, Quebec. Also on this day in Canada in 1915, winner of 6 vezinas in a 7 year NHL career and winner of two Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadians, Bill Durnan was born in Toronto, Ontario. Lastly on this day in Canada in 1874, Louis Riel is elected a member of the Parliament for Provencher in Manitoba, though he would be denied from taking his seat due to a warrant for his arrest given out under the authority of Ontario.
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