Today in History: June 8th

1995: Mike Harris wins a majority for the Progressive Conservatives in the Ontario election, defeating Bob Rae of the NDP, in power since 1990. The Conservatives win 82 of the 130 seats.

1992: World Oceans Day is proposed by Canada at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, and though celebrated unofficially, ever since, it was formally adopted by the UN as an international day of recognition 16 years later in 2008.

1966: The city of Topeka, Kansas, is devastated by a tornado that registers as an “F5” – which is the most devastating type of tornado, with wind speed between 419 and 512 km/h. This was the first tornado to exceed $100 million in damages. Sixteen people are killed, hundreds more injured, and thousands of homes damaged or destroyed.

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