25 YEARS AGO:
The Globe and Mail reported that Kent Kirk, the Danish fishing captain and European MP who was contesting Britain's authority to declare a 20-kilometre fishing limit around its shores and a special fishing zone around the Orkney and Shetland Islands, got the confrontation he wanted when he was ordered to appear in a British court after he deliberately fished inside the restricted area. An explosion at a Texaco Oil Company liquid-natural-gas storage depot was felt for kilometres around the rocked area of Newark, N.J.
50 YEARS AGO:
The Globe and Mail reported that a New York Times correspondent in Moscow said by telephone that a rumour was circulating in the Soviet capital that a Russian rocket had been launched with a man aboard.
Russia announced that it was withdrawing and disbanding 58,000 troops in Hungary and East Germany as part of a reduction of 300,000 men in the Soviet armed forces. Dr. Vivian E. Fuchs, leader of the British Commonwealth Antarctic expedition, rejected a plea by Sir Edmund Hillary to drop the attempt to cross Antarctica by land. (Hillary had reached the South Pole days earlier). The mayors of the northern Ontario cities of Fort William and Port Arthur considered amalgamation. Polar bears, in an attack carried out under cover of the winter night, tore up the runway lights on a drifting Arctic airfield as a plane was en route to make a stop.
100 YEARS AGO:
The Globe reported that British MP John Hodge brought the question of indiscriminate emigration to Canada before the British Parliament. U.S inventor and chemist Hudson Maxim invented a new motor capable of powering a boat to a speed of 60 miles per hour. A Chinese laundryman in MacLeod, Alta., found the body of a baby in his stove on returning after a short absence. At a meeting of the Canadian Club in Toronto, writer Cy Warman made an appeal for the preservation of the forests of the country. J.A. Macdonald, managing editor of The Globe, was committed for trial on four charges of criminal libel. The Prince of Wales gave 50 guineas towards the Quebec battlefields memorial fund. Western cattlemen had benefited greatly by the mild weather, and hoped to get through the winter without loss.