TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1503, artist Michelangelo began work on his “David,” which would become one of the most famous sculptures in the world.
In 1775, Laura Secord, heroine of the War of 1812, was born.
In 1788, the u.S. constitutional convention authorized the first national election in the united States, and declared New York City the temporary national capital.
In 1882, Ottawa Valley timber magnate John Booth opened his own railway line, “The Canada-Atlantic,” from Coteau Junction, N.B., to Ottawa.
In 1884, Canada’s first official participants in an overseas war -- the Nile Voyageurs -- set sail for egypt.
In 1886, the Canadian Pacific Telegraph began operation.
In 1886, “The Volta,” an electric boat constructed in London, crossed the english Channel and back in four hours, powered only by its batteries.
In 1899, the first death caused by a car occurred when a henry Bliss was run over when he stepped off a bus in New York City.
In 1905, Russia and Japan signed a truce ending war in Korea and Manchuria.
In 1915, the Canadian Corps was established when the 2nd Canadian Division arrived at the front in France. Brig. Arthur Currie was promoted to general in command of the 1st Division. under his leadership, the Canadian Corps preserved its identity and became one of the most feared attack forces during the First World War.
In 1942, 113 people died in a german submarine attack on the Canadian destroyer “Ottawa” in the Atlantic.
In 1943, Chiang Kai-shek became president of China.