Today in History: July 19th

1996: The start of torrential rains in Quebec’s Saguenay and North Shore regions leave 10 people dead, destroy 22,488 homes. An inquiry later reports the region’s system of dams was poorly maintained.

1979: Two gigantic supertankers collide off the island of Little Tobago in the Caribbean Sea, killing 26 crew members and spilling 280,000 tons of crude oil into the sea. At the time, it was the worst oil-tanker accident in history and remains one of the very few times when two oil tankers have collided.

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1972: Washington and Hanoi announce that the private Paris peace talks have resumed. Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese negotiator Le Duc Tho conferred for over six hours and, by mutual agreement, neither side revealed details of the meetings. The talks had been suspended when the North Vietnamese had launched their Nguyen Hue Offensive earlier in the year.

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