DIED: Former Liberal senator, broadcaster and author Florence Bird, 90; of cancer, in Ottawa. After a 25-year career as a CBC Radio political commentator, Bird was named head of the Royal
Commission on the Status of Women in 1967. Its 1970 recommendations included easier access to abortions and day care. Bird was appointed to the Senate in 1971, and wrote two books under the pen name Anne Francis.
DIED: The first American in space, Alan Shepard, 74; of leukemia, in Monterey, Calif. Shepard flew a 15-minute suborbital mission on May 5, 1961. His trip came 23 days after Soviet Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space. In 1971, Shepard travelled to the moon, where he hit golf balls off the surface.
DIED: Actor Robert Young, 91; in Westlake Village, Calif. Young entertained millions of television viewers as the title character in the sitcom Father Knows Best (1954-1960) and the medical series Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969-1976).
DIED: Former owner of the Toronto Argonauts Harry Ornest, 75; of complications from a stroke, in Los Angeles. He bought the team in 1988, and then sold it to Bruce McNall, Wayne Gretzky and the late John Candy in 1991.
DIED: Former NHL player and coach Murray Patrick, 83; of a heart attack, in Riverside, Conn. The Victoria native was the son of Hall of Famer Lester Patrick, one of hockey’s greatest innovators.
DIED: Famous photographer and the paparazzo who inspired Federico Fellini’s 1960 film La Dolce Vita, Tazio Secchiaroli, 73; of a heart attack, in Rome.
SENTENCED: Dennis Hurley, 34, of
Toronto, to 15 years in prison for the murder of his lover, Murray Haigh, 46, while the two were on vacation in 1993; in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
AWARDED: The Canada Council for the Arts Jacqueline Lemieux Prize for dance, to Montreal choreographer and dancer Elizabeth Langley, 65; in Ottawa.
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