On Oct. 11, 1939, as German invaders subdued the last remnants of the Polish Army, a New York banker named Alexander Sachs went to the White House to visit his personal friend President Franklin Roosevelt. Sachs carried a letter signed by the eminent physicist Albert Einstein and partly written by another physicist, Leo Szilard, who had enlisted Sachs as a messenger.
The morning of Aug. 9, 1945, was hot and humid in the western Japanese port of Nagasaki, the sultry weather adding to the wartime discomforts at the city’s small Urakami First Hospital. As well as enduring chronic shortages of food, medicine and equipment, the staff and 70 patients lived in fear of periodic air raids and persistent, disturbing rumors of enemy invasion.By JARED MITCHELL9 min
Seated in the kitchen of the farmhouse where he was born, Noel Lalande, 61, wearily contemplated the back of his 90-by-135-m property near Ste.-Scholastique, Que., 40 km north of Montreal. The plot once was part of a 235-acre dairy farm that was his and his father’s and grandfather’s before him.By Bruce Wallace7 min
It is one of the supreme ironies of the nuclear age that the scientists who designed and built the first atomic bomb were, almost to a man, starry-eyed idealists who believed that by unleashing the atom’s destructive energy they were saving the world for their children.By Ross Laver7 min
Tina Turner exploded onto the stage, her legs wicked with rhythm, her haystacked mane looking as if it could ignite from the energy. For an hour and a half she shimmied, strutted and slithered her way into the hearts and libidos of 5,000 Newfoundlanders who packed a St. John’s hockey arena last week for the first concert of her North American tour.By Brian D. Johnson6 min
The people and the forests in the southeastern corner of British Columbia suffered through the gravest danger and devastation. And last week, from coast to coast, hundreds of forest fires raged through sun-baked tinderwood, forced the evacuation of towns and villages and caused many people to fear for their homes, their jobs and even their lives.
Try to remember the last time you watched a television news program without once seeing a camera tightly focused on someone’s sadness. More and more, the media treat grief as big news. Each horror in the world finds its corresponding horror in the news media.By Charles Gordon5 min
In 52 weeks preceding the week of June 24, stock in a firm called Scintrex, primarily known as a maker of geophysical and geochemical equipment for mineral exploration, traded between $7 and $9.88. On June 24, Scintrex closed on the Toronto Stock Exchange at $9.By George Bain5 min
The first operation was intended to be a routine procedure: the removal of a small growth, or polyp, from President Ronald Reagan’s intestine. To that end, the cheerful-looking President entered Bethesda Naval Medical Center, accompanied by his wife, Nancy, shortly after 1:30 p.m. EDT last Friday.By IAN AUSTEN5 min
In a few days six middle-aged men will set off in canoes to explore the Canadian wilderness—and themselves. It is the 13th year of a summer ritual: high-pressure guys testing themselves against the wild rivers of Canada. The expedition is the invention of Craig Oliver, the pixie-ish Washington correspondent of the CTV Network, who is also frequently seen on Canada A.M., following in the footsteps of the slightly betterlooking Pam Wallin.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
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