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The Romans made it to Canada?

A team of historians claim that evidence indicates that the Romans made it to an island off the coast of Canada which has artifacts dating back to a time of the Roman Empire. Continue reading “The Romans made it to Canada?”

1917 – Halifax Explosion: the largest artificial explosion up to that time

6 December

The Halifax Explosion was a maritime disaster in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on this day in 1917. SS Mont-Blanc, a French cargo ship laden with high explosives, collided with the Norwegian vessel SS Imo in the Narrows, a strait connecting the upper Halifax Harbour to Bedford Basin. A fire on board the French ship ignited her cargo, causing a large explosion that devastated the Richmond district of Halifax. Approximately 2,000 people were killed by debris, fires and collapsed buildings, and an estimated 9,000 others were injured. Continue reading “1917 – Halifax Explosion: the largest artificial explosion up to that time”

1845 Shipwrecks discovered

The HMS Erebus and HMS Terror set sail from England in 1845 to find a navigable path through the Northwest Passage. Continue reading “1845 Shipwrecks discovered”

1939 – Canada declares war

10 September – On this day

Canada declares war on Nazi Germany, joining the Allies – Poland, France, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. Continue reading “1939 – Canada declares war”

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