July 23: The Gimli Glider; Neil Young's Squires; Pan Am Games x 2 begin.

Image by Winnipeg Free Press/Wayne Glowacki

July 23, 1983 - Air Canada Flight 143, a Boeing 767 en route from Montreal to Edmonton, makes an emergency landing at the Gimli race track after running out of fuel. The "Gimli Glider's" problem was traced back to an imperial-to-metric conversion miscalculation. In 2008 the plane was retired from service after a reuniting of the crew and final fly-by over the community.

CBC News reports from the day here and here. The documentary series Mayday, (called Air Disasters in the U.S.), did a very good one-hour episode on it back in 2008.

July 23 1963 - The Squires have their first recording session at the CKRC radio studio in Winnipeg. The band included a 17-year old Kelvin High School student named Neil Young.

July 23 - August 6, 1967 - The 5th Pan American Games are held in Winnipeg.

July 23 - August 8, 1999 - The 13th Pan American Games are held in Winnipeg.

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