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Today in History for June 29: In 67, according to tradition, the Apostle Paul was beheaded with a sword near Rome, probably by order of Emperor Nero, during a time when Christianity was outlawed.

Today in History for June 29:

In 67, according to tradition, the Apostle Paul was beheaded with a sword near Rome, probably by order of Emperor Nero, during a time when Christianity was outlawed.

In 1534, French explorer Jacques Cartier reached Prince Edward Island during his first voyage to Canada. He described it as "the best-tempered region one can possibly see, and the heat is considerable."

In 1767, the British Parliament approved the "Townshend Acts," which imposed import duties on certain goods shipped to America. Colonists bitterly protested, prompting Parliament in 1770 to repeal the duties on all goods, except tea.

In 1871, Canada was granted the right to create new provinces.

In 1914, the era of airplane food began when a full meal with wines was served during a trial flight of a Russian-built airliner from Petrograd (now St. Petersburg) to Kyiv.

In 1925, Canada House in Trafalgar Square in London was opened by King George V.

In 1927, France formally transferred ownership of 100 hectares of property at Vimy to Canada. The land was the scene of one of the most celebrated battles by Canadian soldiers during the First World War. The German bastion along Vimy Ridge was assaulted by all four divisions of the Canadian Corps on Easter 1917. The Vimy memorial consists of the Canadian land, now a park, and a monument dedicated by King Edward VIII in 1936.

In 1930, eight Canadian Jesuit martyrs were canonized in Rome, making them the first North American saints.

In 1937, Quebec businessman Joseph-Armand Bombardier patented the snowmobile. The first seven-person machine cost $7,500. Only 50 were sold the first year.

In 1945, Moscow announced that Czechoslovakia had ceded the eastern province of Ruthenia to Russia.

In 1946, British authorities arrested more than 2,700 Jews in Palestine, allegedly to stamp out terrorism.

In 1949, South Africa began implementing its apartheid policy with a ban on racially mixed marriages.

In 1956, actress Marilyn Monroe married playwright Arthur Miller in Kentucky. They divorced in 1961.

In 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the way the death penalty was usually enforced constituted cruel and unusual punishment.

In 1974, Soviet ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov defected in Toronto during a Canadian tour.

In 1990, Oakland's Dave Stewart and L.A. Dodgers' Fernando Valenzuela became the first pitchers to toss no-hitters in both major leagues on the same day. Oakland shut out the Blue Jays 5-0 in Toronto, while Los Angeles blanked visiting St. Louis 6-0.

In 1995, almost 500 people were killed in the collapse of a Seoul department store building.

In 2000, nearly 500 people drowned in the sinking of an overloaded Malaysian ferry.

In 2001, Kofi Annan was elected to a second five-year term as United Nations secretary-general.

In 2003, Israel began a troop pullback in Gaza and three leading Palestinian militant groups declared a three-month suspension of attacks on Israelis in breakthroughs for an American-backed peace plan.

In 2003, Alberta skier Beckie Scott was awarded the Olympic silver medal after an IOC board decided to strip Russian cross-country skier Larissa Lazutina of her medals from the 2002 Salt Lake City Games due to positive drug tests.

In 2003, Katharine Hepburn, the actress who won four Academy Awards during a six-decade career in Hollywood, died at her home in Old Saybrook, Conn., at age 96.

In 2006, women voted for the first time in history in a Kuwait election.

In 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that special military tribunals created to try terrorism suspects imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay were illegal under both U.S. law and the Geneva Conventions.

In 2008, Zimbabawe President Robert Mugabe was sworn in as president after winning the runoff election boycotted by the opposition. Canada condemned the election as illegitimate and announced sanctions and travel restrictions.

In 2009, disgraced U.S. financier Bernard Madoff, 71, was sentenced in New York to the maximum 150 years behind bars for fleecing hundreds of investors out of tens of billions of dollars in a massive Ponzi scheme.

In 2010, the Queen sailed on "HMCS St. John's" past a flotilla of international ships in Halifax Harbour to mark the Canadian navy's 100th birthday.

In 2011, the operators of the Toronto and London stock exchanges killed a $3.7-billion proposed merger, saying the controversial deal could not garner enough shareholder support to go ahead.

In 2017, B.C.'s minority Liberal government was defeated in a non-confidence vote in the legislature. NDP Leader John Horgan emerged from a meeting with Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon to say he was asked to form a government after reaching a deal with the Green party on a legislative agenda.

In 2018, PC Leader Doug Ford was sworn in as premier of Ontario.

In 2020, Canada was accused by a human rights group of shirking its responsibility to bring home dozens of Canadian men, women and children being held in Syrian camps after fighting for ISIL. Human Rights Watch said Ottawa was not taking the "necessary and reasonable steps to assist nationals abroad facing serious abuses.''

In 2020, Iran sent the flight data recorder from a downed Ukrainian passenger jet to France for further analysis. The Iranian military accidentally shot down the jet in January, killing all 176 people aboard, including 55 Canadian citizens. Since then, the country had been under pressure from Ukraine, Canada and other nations that lost citizens in the crash to allow a thorough investigation.

In 2020, a military investigation found the ejection seat of one of its Snowbirds planes tangled with the pilot's parachute as he tried to escape from a crash in Georgia in 2019. The finding followed similar concerns about the Snowbirds' ejection seats after Capt. Jennifer Casey died in a crash in British Columbia in May 2020.

In 2021, Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid won the Hart Trophy for the 2020-21 season. It's the second time the 24-year-old had won the annual award given to the NHL's most valuable player. Toronto centre Auston Matthews and Colorado forward Nathan MacKinnon were the other finalists for the award.

In 2022, R&B superstar R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison for using his fame to sexually abuse young fans. Several of Kelly's accusers told a court, and the singer himself, that he had preyed on them and misled them. Kelly didn't speak at his sentencing and showed no visible reaction on hearing his penalty. Kelly was convicted the previous year of racketeering and sex trafficking.

In 2022, actress Sandra Oh and track champion Donovan Bailey were among 85 new appointees to the Order of Canada. Bailey was named an officer for his track and field excellence and philanthropic commitment to youth and amateur athletes. Oh was also named an officer of the order.

In 2022, Canada signed an agreement to upgrade the 2,000-soldier NATO battlegroup it led in Latvia. Defence Minister Anita Anand said it would be brought to a brigade level, though she did not say how many more troops Canada would send. Anand signed the agreement along with her Latvian counterpart on the sidelines of a major NATO summit in Spain.


The Canadian Press