It Happened On #98

Another day, another edition of It Happened On

It happened on January 3 1999…after three days of high winds and heavy snow, people in the Great Lakes region begin digging out from one of the worst blizzards on record

The storm caused treacherous road conditions throughout the region. A 60-car pile-up on January 2 in Wisconsin resulted in scores of injuries and one death. In Indiana, a 100-mile stretch of Interstate 65 was closed for a full two days. When the snow finally stopped on January 3, record cold temperatures arrived. In Congerville, Illinois, a state record low of -36 degrees was reached. In the aftermath, President Bill Clinton declared Illinois and Indiana disaster areas and sent federal relief.

In all, more than 100 deaths – as many as 36 from heart attacks – were attributed to the terrible blizzard of January 1999

Also on January 3 1924, two years after British archaeologist Howard Carter and his workmen discovered the tomb of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen near Luxor, Egypt, they uncover the greatest treasure of the tomb–a stone sarcophagus containing a solid gold coffin that holds the mummy of Tutankhamen

Meanwhile, in Canada, on January 3 1992, miss Canada Pageant scrapped after 45 years, due to changing tastes and politics. Nicole Dunsdon, crowned Oct 1991, was the last Miss Canada

 

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