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John’s Believe It Or Not… February 3rd

* 1916 – Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings Destroyed by Fire. * 1959 The day the music died. * 1953 Cousteau publishes The Silent World. * 1950 Klaus Fuchs arrested for passing atomic bomb information to Soviets. * Early American mass murder changes common perceptions of crime.

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* 1916 – Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings Destroyed by Fire.

The huge and impressive Gothic stone and wood Parliament had dominated the skyline of Ottawa, the capital of the young country for just over 50 years.

Late in the evening of February 3rd, 1916, as the First World War raged in Europe, smoke was seen escaping from the reading room of the Centre Block. The fire spread quickly and by 21:30 the roof collapsed, and in the early hours of February 4th, the clock tower collapsed. Seven people died in the blaze. By the next day, the fire was out, but the structure was a smoldering icy shell. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… February 3rd”