Today in 1960, Jean Drapeau was elected to his second term as mayor of Montreal. First elected in 1954, he lost his bid for reelection in 1957, before reeling off an impressive series of victories, serving uninterrupted as the city's mayor from 1960-1986. A key figure in the city's history, he was largely responsible for the construction of the Montreal subway system and the holding of Expo 67. Drapeau passed away in 1999 at the age of 83.
In 1921, the pride of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, the Bluenose racing schooner, claimed its first International Fisherman's Cup. While the Bluenose established itself as a remarkable vessel, losing only once in competition, it was in many ways a relic of the since-past Age of Sail. It was eventually sold off to serve as a freighter in the West Indies. It sank off of Haiti in 1946, in the process of transporting a load of bananas. Today the vessel appears on the Canadian dime, and its replica, the Bluenose II, is a major Nova Scotia tourist attraction. Below is footage of the original vessel's final race, in 1938, against the Gertrude L. Thebaud. (The GLT was the American schooner that handed the Bluenose its sole defeat some years earlier.)
Today also marks the 68th anniversary of musician Jerry Edmonton's birth. Born Gerald McCrohan, the Oshawa native went on to play drums for Steppenwolf. His brother, who went by the name Mars Bonfire, penned the group's iconic hit, "Born to Be Wild." Edmonton played with Steppenwolf until 1976, and would pass away in 1993. Mars Bonfire lives on, as does the song he wrote, which pops up in film on occasion, usually when the director wants to establish that a character just doesn't give a hoot what other people think ...
(Apologies for the quality of the video above.)