TIL Roundup Vol. 25

When you edit an encyclopedia, you learn something new every day. Sometimes it’s mundane, but other times it’s something fascinating that must be shared, like the fact that not all beavers have tails. Therefore we’re collecting all of the fascinating things we’re learning as we comb through and edit The Canadian Encyclopedia. Here’s this week’s roundup of our “Today I Learned” (TIL) moments.

Winnipeg is home to the country’s only commodity exchange, ICE Futures, formerly the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange.

On 23 July 1983 Gimli Airport was the landing site for the “Gimli Glider,” an Air Canada Boeing 767 en route from Montréal to Edmonton, which ran out of fuel over Red Lake, ON, and glided to a safe landing at Gimli.

Between 1929 and 1933 Canada’s Gross National Expenditure (overall public and private spending) fell by 42%. By 1933, 30% of the labour force was out of work, and one in five Canadians had become dependent upon government relief for survival.

At its peak in the 1980s and 1990s, approximately 137 ‘Sam the Record Man‘ stores were in operation, accounting for an estimated 15 to 20 per cent of the national retail record business.

At age 38, George Lyon took up golf and between 1898 and 1914 won the Canadian Amateur title 8 times. He also won the gold medal in golf in the 1904 Olympics at St Louis.

Image: “Gimli Glider” in San Francisco, 1985. Aero Icarus, flickr/cc.