A rare turn-of-the-century piece from the Fort Lee Ferry Company of New York, featuring a beautiful vignette of a paddlewheeler... [ View
- Bre-X Minerals Ltd., an obscure Calgary-based company claiming to have discovered more than 30 million oz. of gold in Indonesia, is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The stock rises to $192.50 within minutes. Over the next year it will turn out that the gold does not exist; one of Bre-X’s executives commits suicide by jumping out of a helicopter, and the company goes bankrupt on November 5, 1997, after torching at least $3 billion in investors' dreams.