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How did the next few days shape up in the history of Canada? Some good news, some bad news.

Here we go, starting with May 20th. It was on this day in 1845 that two British naval ships, the Erebus and the Terror, under the command of John Franklin, left England and sailed for Canada's northern waters, searching for that legendary Northwest Passage from the Atlantic, over the top of the continent, and into the Pacific and on to the Orient. They didn't make it. The ill-fated Franklin Expedition is still discussed today. 134 sailors died.

It was on May 20th, 1932, that famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart left Newfoundland (not yet then part of Canada, but close enough for horse shoes and rock 'n roll ) to attempt a flight across the Atlantic. She succeeded, becoming the first woman to fly solo across that ocean. (See video)

And it was on May 20th in 1976 that Canadian hockey player Syd Howe died. He was born in 1911, not related to Gordie Howe, but he did play plenty of games for the Detroit Red Wings. Over the course of his 697 game NHL career, in the thirties and forties, Howe also skated for the Philadelphia Quakers, Ottawa Senators and St. Louis Eagles. So much for all that "original six" malarkey we always are being fed.

On May 21st in 1901, John Voss left the west coast of Canada in his Nootka canoe called the Tilikum. He reached England on September 2nd, 1904, after 3 years, 3 months and 12 days at sea. At last report, the Tilikum was still on public display in Victoria, B.C.

And, on May 21st, 1914, in so-called "tolerant" Canada, a ship called the Komagata Maru arrived in Vancouver, B.C. It tried to dock. It was carrying 396 Sikh immigrants. Because of Canadian immigration laws in place at that time, the ship was turned away and sent elsewhere.

Just thought you'd like to know.

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