On this day in American history in 1999, the then almighty American dollar was challenged by the newest kid on the block, as the Euro made its debut. Effectively making Europe the world's second largest economy, and with its introduction meaning that Europeans for the first time since the 9th century shared the same currency.
On this day in Canada in 1908, Canada's first sporting champion, Edward 'Ned' Hanlan, dies. The rower Hanlan was born in Toronto and won the Ontario Championship in 1873, the Dominion cup in 1877, the American title in 1878, and the World Rowing Championship in 1879; which he successfully held and defended for five consecutive years.
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- Marcus Garvey
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