February 21: Houdini's Free Press escape; Police Department renamed.

Winnipeg Free Press, February 22, 1923

February 21, 1923 - Five thousand people crowd around the base of the old Free Press Building on Carlton Street to witness Harry Houdini attempt to escape from a straight jacket while suspended 30 feet above the parking lot.

Winnipeg Free Press, February 17, 1923

It was a publicity stunt for his week-long show at the Orpheum Theatre that began later that day. Also on the bill was entertainer Jack Benny !

February 21, 1994 - The Winnipeg Police Department is renamed the Winnipeg Police Service.

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