1978: Soviet nuclear satellite crashes in Canadian North
• A joint Canada-U.S. cleanup effort, dubbed Operation Morning Light, ran until October 1978, but just 0.1 per cent of the satellite's power source was recovered. Canada asked the Soviet Union to pay the estimated $15-million tab; eventually it paid less than half.
• The crash is credited with drawing international attention to the use of radioactive materials in space.
• Skylab, the giant piece of space junk mentioned in this clip, was America's first experimental space station. Three-person crews lived aboard Skylab for a total of 171 days, and conducted nearly 300 experiments before the station was abandoned. On July 11, 1979, Skylab crashed to earth, scattering debris across the Indian Ocean and Western Australia.
Also on January 24:
1797: The first session of the Assembly of Lower Canada opens at Quebec City and deals with agreements with Upper Canada on customs revenue.
1952: Longtime diplomat Vincent Massey is appointed the first Canadian-born governor general, serving Feb. 28, 1952 to Sept. 15, 1959.
1984: Apple Computers introduces the Macintosh.
1988: Ben Johnson becomes the first Canadian track athlete to be named the Associated Press athlete of the year. Later that year, at the Seoul Summer Olympics, Johnson tests positive for steroids and is stripped of his 100-metre gold medal.
Program: The House
Broadcast Date: Jan. 28, 1978
Guest(s): Joe Clark, Barney Danson, Pierre Elliott Trudeau
Host: Marguerite McDonald
Photo: Department of National Defence
Last updated: August 20, 2012
Page consulted on September 10, 2014
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