TODAY IN HISTORY
In 325, the first Christian ecumenical council opened at Nicea in Asia Minor. The doctrine of Jesus Christ’s divinity was formally affirmed for the first time by the council. It was also the first time the entire church had gathered to determine policy and doctrine. In 1506, explorer Christopher Columbus died in poverty in Valladolid, in northwest Spain. He was born in 1451 in Genoa, Italy, the son of a wool merchant and weaver. He had just completed his book of biblical commentary, “The Prophecies,” when he died. In 1536, Henry VIII and Jane Seymour were betrothed. She later became his third wife. Although Henry had six wives, only Seymour gave him a son, the future Edward VI. She died in October 1537, just days after giving birth to Edward. In 1859, George Barstow was elected mayor of Nanaimo, B.C. Only one vote was cast in the election. In 1902, the United States ended its occupation of Cuba. In 1903, the first truck race was held in New York City. The race, sponsored by the Automobile Club of America, attracted seven heavy trucks and six delivery wagons.