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Time Machine Vol. 62

7 September 1959: Death of Duplessis
Maurice Duplessis, who had been premier of Quebec for a total of 18 years, died after a series of strokes.

8 September 1918: Spanish Influenza Epidemic
Possibly the most devastating epidemic in human history, which may have originated in Funston, Kansas, spread through Europe and the world, killing some 30 million people, including about 50 000 Canadians.

9 September 1954: Marilyn Bell Swims Lake Ontario
Marilyn Bell became the first person to swim across Lake Ontario, a distance of 51 km.

10 September 1851: North American Convention of Colored Freemen
Because of its large Black community and active anti-slavery society, Toronto was chosen as the site for the North American Convention of Colored Freemen in 1851. Hundreds of Blacks from all over Canada, the northern United States and England attended.

11 September 1919: Birth of Daphne Odjig
Aboriginal artist Daphne Odjig, who developed a unique synthesis of Western styles and native world view to express the universal themes of identity, family relationships and spirituality, was born at Wikwemikong IR.

12 September 1945: Windsor Strike
The walkout of some 17 000 workers at the Ford Motor Co. in Windsor was the first and most significant of the many strikes occurring immediately after WWII.

13 September 1981: First Terry Fox Run
The first Terry Fox Run was held, in more than 800 Canadian towns and cities. Today, millions of participants in dozens of countries take part in the run to raise money for cancer research, honouring the young Canadian who started it all with his Marathon of Hope in 1980.