THINGS TO know
On this date, in 1942, Otto Frank’s family went into hiding from the occupying Nazis in a backroom area of his Amsterdam food-products business. The family, including young diarist Anne Frank, was discovered and arrested on Aug. 4, 1944 and sent to concentration camps. Only Otto Frank survived.
On this date, in 1793, Upper Canada, now Ontario, prohibited the importation of slaves and ruled that slaves’ children should be freed at age 25. But the act didn’t free any existing slaves in the colony. Slavery had been accepted by the natives and by the first French and English settlers in Canada, finally being outlawed by the British Parliament in 1833.