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Veteran CBC host J. Frank Willis remembers the Halifax explosion

On Dec. 6, 1917, a collision in Halifax Harbour led to the biggest man-made explosion in the world before the era of the atomic bomb. The blast levelled most of the city and sent shards of glass and burning debris flying for miles. It left thousands dead, blinded or homeless. Although the explosion occurred before the creation of the CBC, the Canadian radio and TV network has retold the story throughout the years to ensure that this crucial event in Canadian history is not forgotten.

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Willis recalls his own experience of the day that changed Halifax forever. 

 

Medium: Radio
Program: Assignment
Broadcast Date: Dec. 1, 1958
Guest(s): Austin Willis, Frank Willis
Interviewer: Gerry Quinney
Duration: 3:46

Last updated: December 5, 2012

Page consulted on November 21, 2014

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