TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1541, Jacques Cartier reached the Lachine rapids above Montreal on his third voyage to Canada.
In 1672, colonial American clergyman Solomon Stoddard was ordained pastor of the Congregational church in Northampton, Mass., at age 29. He remained at this pulpit for the next 57 years. From 1727, until his death in 1729, Stoddard was assisted by his grandson, Jonathan Edwards.
In 1777, Gen. George Washington’s American troops were defeated in the “Battle of Brandywine” by a British force under Sir William Howe.
In 1888, Canadian Gov. Gen. Baron Stanley made one of the oldest surviving recordings. The message, a greeting to U.S. President Grover Cleveland, was recorded at Toronto’s Industrial Exhibition (now the Canadian National Exhibition).