June 16: A fierce wind blows.

June 15 -16, 1919 - What is likely the worst wind storm ever to hit Winnipeg takes place. 

Wind gusts of up to 135 kph to ripped the roof off numerous buildings, including the children's hospital, tore signs off buildings and broke six of Eaton's plate glass windows. Power went out in large sections of the city. 

The cleanup was made all the worse as it was during the Winnipeg General Strike and city services were being handled by volunteers. For more.

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