Examining Quebec's October Crisis of 1970, when Canada's prime minister Pierre Trudeau invoked the War Measures Act of 1914 and hundreds of alleged separatists and sympathizers were arrested in repsonse to the terrorist kidnappings of British diplomat James Cross and Quebec Labor Minister Pierre Laporte.
Examining the legacy of Augusto Cesar Sandino (1893-1934), the guerilla leader who fought against the occupation of Nicaragua by American Marines in the 1920s and 1930s. Included: Daniel Ortega, president of the Sandinista government from 1985 to '90. Also: President Ronald Reagan's involvement in the Iran-Contra affair of the 1980s.
Examining the 1956 crisis of the Suez Canal, which marked the birth of the United Nation's peacekeeping movement. Included: foreign minister Lester B. Pearson becomes the first Canadian to win a Nobel Peace Prize in 1957.
Recounting the Sharpeville Massacre. On March 21, 1960, a peaceful demonstration organized in defiance of South Africa's repressive pass laws turned bloody when police panicked and opened fire, killing 69 of the protesters. Included: a profile of Robert Sobukwe (1924-78), founder of the Pan Africanist Congress.
The discovery of insulin in 1922 at the University of Toronto is recalled. Included: the feud between researchers Frederick Banting, Charles Best, J.J.R. MacLeod and J.B. Collip over the 1923 Nobel Prize for medicine.
Recounting efforts by the Connaught Laboratories in Toronto to develop a vaccine for poliomyelitis, an infectious viral disease of the central nervous system that sometimes results in paralysis. Included: a profile of Dr. Jonas Salk of the University of Pittsburgh.