Today in History: May 22nd

1979: Joe Clark leads the Progressive Conservative Party to power with 136 seats, defeating the Liberals under Pierre Trudeau with 114 seats, 26 NDP and 6 Social Credit. Clark loses to Trudeau in the election of February 1980.

1902: An earth tremor causes an explosion and blow-out at a coal mine in Fernie, B.C., killing 128 miners.

1939: Italy and Germany agree to a military and political alliance, which will later include Japan.  Both sides were fearful and distrustful of the other, and only sketchily shared their prospective plans.

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