Today in History: May 20th

2003: The first case of Mad Cow Disease or BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) is reported in a cow slaughtered in Alberta. This poses a huge threat to Canada’s $7.6 billion beef industry after 35 countries ban the importation of Canadian beef.

1965: A Pakistan Airways Boeing 707 crashes when landing at the airport in Cairo, Egypt, killing 124 people. Pilots had complained about inadequate lighting and poor runway conditions at the Cairo airport. The plane was making a night landing and took an approach that was too steep, slamming into the ground short of the runway.

1920:  Canadian Marconi Company’s experimental radio station XWA in Montreal (which later becomes CFCF) hosts the first scheduled radio show in North America, broadcasting a music program from Montréal to a meeting of the Royal Society of Canada in Ottawa.

Today in History: May 20th is available on Allan Bonner Communications Management Services

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