Montréal-Mirabel International Airport is a large airport located in
Mirabel, Quebec, near Montréal. The airport serves mainly cargo
flights, and is a manufacturing base of Bombardier Aerospace, where
final assembly of CRJ700 and CRJ900 aircraft is conducted. It is part
of the National Airports System. Despite being intended to become the
eastern air gateway to Canada, the airport's location and lack of
transport links, as well as Montréal's economic decline relative to
Toronto, made it unpopular with airlines. Eventually it was relegated
to the simple role of a cargo airport. The airport, while initially a
source of pride, eventually became an embarrassment, and is widely
regarded in Canada as being a boondoggle and one of the worst examples
of a failed megaproject.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Giles Corey, who had refused to enter a plea, was pressed to his
death during the Salem witch trials.
New Zealand became the first country to introduce universal
suffrage, following the women's suffrage movement led by Kate
":-)" and ":-(" were first proposed by Scott Fahlman for use as
A magnitude-8.1 earthquake devastated Mexico City, killing at least
five thousand people and leaving up to 90,000 homeless.
The Unabomber Manifesto was published in The Washington Post and The
New York Times, almost three months after it was submitted.
Wikiquote of the day:
"There comes a point when a dream becomes reality and reality becomes
a dream." -- Frances Farmer