On this day in America in 1959, the United States officially recognizes the new government of Cuba led by Fidel Castro; effectively demonstrating the deep penetration the Left and Progressives had made by 1959 into the Democrat party, as Democrat President Harry S. Truman approved the recognition. Also on this day in America in 1999, the impeachment trial against President Bill Clinton, who was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice, began. Lastly, and most importantly, on this day in America in 1789, the electoral college system was voted in and the first ever United States Presidential election began; with 69 electors, one month later, voting in George Washington as the first President of the United States of America.
On this day in Canada in 1955, TV cameras enter the Canadian parliament for the first time, with The Speech from the Throne and the opening ceremonies of the Canadian Parliament broadcast live on television nationwide for the very first time. Also on this day in Canadian history in 1827, Sir Sandford Fleming was born at Kirkcaldy, Fifeshire, Scotland; Fleming came to Canada in 1845 at the age of 18, and became one of North America's greatest railway surveyors and engineers. Moreover, Sir Sandford Fleming would also come to develop the concept of international standard time which was adopted in 1884, and also designed the first ever Canadian postage stamp, the Three Penny Beaver, first issued in 1851.
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