THINGS TO know
On this date in 1439, kissing was banned in England to help prevent the spread of germs.
On this date in 1880, Dr. Emily Howard Stowe became the first woman licensed to practise medicine in Canada. She’d been practising since 1867, when she graduated from the New York Medical College. At that time, no Canadian medical college would accept a female student.
On this date in 2013, celebrated painter Alex Colville, one of Canada’s most wellknown modern artists, died at his home in Wolfville, N.S. He was 92.