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Here are some interesting things that happened on this day in history:
- The first mine disaster occurred in Westville, Nova Scotia in 1873. An explosion ripped through the tunnels; 2 years passed before the last of 60 bodies was recovered.
- William Patterson, Premier of Saskatchewan, the first person in the province's history to hold both posts of Premier and Lieutenant-Governor, was born in Grenfell, Saskatchewan in 1886.
- Celebrated poet Earle Birney was born in Calgary in 1904.
- The Royal Flying Corps formed in England in 1912.
- Poet and storyteller Roch Carrier, who was director of the Canada Council from 1994 to 1997, was born in Beauce, Québec in 1937.
- The octagonal boxing ring was tested in 1967 to avoid corner injuries.
- Race riots, later known as the May 13 Incident, occurred in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1969.
- Pope John Paul II was shot and critically wounded by Turkish gunman Mehemet Ali Agca in St. Peter's Square, Vatican City in 1981.
- The final episode of "Night Court" aired on NBC-TV in 1992.
Stay tuned for our next, "On This Day in History"!