On this day in America in 1986, NASA's Voyager 2 made its closest approach to Planet Uranus; discovering 10 new moons and sending back pictures of the planet's unusual atmosphere and ring system. Also on this day in America in 2003, the Department of Homeland Security officially opened, with Tom Ridge sworn in as it's first secretary; and the totalitarian state in America officially began. Lastly on this day in America in 1935, the Krueger Brewing Company released the first ever tin can of beer to consumers; a smashing success with sales increasing over 550%, and inspiring over 37 other breweries to follow their lead.
On this day in Canada in 1978, Nuclear Powered USSR satellite Kosmos 954 re-enters the Earth's atmosphere and disintegrates over the North-West Territories; both scattering radiation, and resulting in the Canadian Armed Forces launching a massive operation to recover the intelligence sensitive debris. Also on this day in Canada in 1984, ABC pays a record sum (to that date) of $386 million for US TV rights for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. Lastly on this day in Canada in 1885, the CPR telegraph reaches the Pacific from Halifax, meaning that communications in Canada now stretched from Coast to Coast.
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