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Happy 90th birthday to Don Harron who was born on this day in Toronto in 1924. Harron worked for the CBC while a student at the University of Toronto and afterwards joined the Stratford Festival. He wrote the text for the Charlottetown Festival’s musical Anne of Green Gables, and hosted CBC’s Morningside as well as the Don Harron Show on CTV. He also created the characters of Parry Sound farmer Charlie Farquharson and Toronto matron Valerie Rosedale for the stage. Harron currently lives in East York, retired after a 77 year career in the arts.
On this day in 1949 an early morning fire consumed the Canada Steamship Lines cruise liner SS Noronic which was moored at its dock in Toronto Ontario. Over one quarter of the 522 passengers, mostly American tourists, were killed. The Noronic, built at Port Arthur in 1913, was the largest Canadian and most luxurious passenger steamer ever placed in service on the Great Lakes.
The high death toll was blamed largely on the cowardice of the 171 crew members, all of whom survived, fleeing from the ship at the first alarm. In the aftermath, Captain William Taylor, was however hailed as a hero. He was among the last of the crew to leave the Noronic and was arousing the passengers by all means, personally dragging some to their safety.