TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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In 1308, me­dieval scholar Duns Sco­tus died. His given name led to the in­tro­duc­tion of the word dunce.

In 1414, in Con­stance, Switzer­land, more than 50,000 peo­ple gath­ered to re­solve the Great Schism in the Ro­man Catholic Church. The Con­stance coun­cil got rid of three men who all claimed to be pope and elected Martin V as the church’s new leader.

In 1623, Wil­liam Shake­speare’s col­lected works were first pub­lished.

In 1656, Bri­tish astronomer Ed­mund Hal­ley, who dis­cov­ered the comet that bears his name, was born. He was the first to pre­dict the re­turn of a comet.

In 1793, the Lou­vre Palace in Paris was opened as a pub­lic mu­seum.

In 1847, Bri­tish au­thor

Bram Stoker was born. His lit­er­ary legacy is “Drac­ula,” first pub­lished in 1897.

In 1889, Oswald J. Smith, founder of the Peo­ples

Church of Toronto, was born. Smith wanted to be a mis­sion­ary, but was turned down be­cause of health rea­sons. So he be­gan a church that was heav­ily fo­cused on mis­sion ac­tiv­i­ties. Smith also wrote sev­eral books and com­posed more than 1,200 hymns. He died in 1986.

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