To­day in His­tory

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John Wil­liam James: 1933-2010. In lov­ing mem­ory.

He walks with us down quiet paths, And speaks in wind and rain,

For the magic power of mem­ory

Gives him back to us again.

We miss you.

LOIS AND FAM­ILY On this date:

In 1520, Ger­man re­former Martin Luther pub­lished his Pre­lude on the Baby­lo­nian Cap­tiv­ity of the Church, his fa­mous writ­ing which at­tacked the en­tire sacra­men­tal sys­tem of the Catholic Church.

In 1744, James Mcgill, a merchant who do­nated land to found Mcgill Univer­sity, was born in Scot­land.

In 1769, Sir Isaac Brock, hero of the War of 1812, was born.

In 1866, Regi­nald Aubrey Fessendon, one of the world's fore­most in­ven­tors of ra­dio tech­nol­ogy, was born near East Bolton, Que. He dis­cov­ered the so-called het­ero­dyne prin­ci­ple, the ba­sis for all mod­ern broad­cast­ing. In 1906, he achieved two-way voice trans­mis­sion by ra­dio be­tween Machri­han­ish, Scot­land and Brant Rock, Mass. On Christ­mas Eve 1906, he made the first public broad­cast of mu­sic and voice. Af­ter los­ing con­trol of his com­pany in 1910, he lived in rel­a­tive seclu­sion. He died in 1932.

In 1889, Amer­i­can in­ven­tor Thomas Edi­son showed a 13-sec­ond mo­tion pic­ture film in his New Jersey lab.

In 1890, the Mor­mon church of­fi­cially abol­ished polygamy.

In 1891, Charles Ste­wart Par­nell, cham­pion of Ir­ish home rule, died in Brighton, Eng­land.

In 1892, English poet Alfred Lord Ten­nyson, best known for “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” died at age 83.

In 1911, the Lau­rier gov­ern­ment re­signed af­ter hav­ing been in power since 1896.

In 1927, the era of sound mo­tion pic­tures was ush­ered in when “The Jazz Singer,” star­ring Al Jol­son, opened in New York City.

In 1942, Tim Buck and other Cana­dian Com­mu­nists won con­di­tional re­lease from in­tern­ment.

In 1944, Soviet troops in­vaded Hun­gary dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

In 1948, a del­e­ga­tion from New­found­land ar­rived in Ot­tawa to dis­cuss the terms of union with Canada. Ear­lier that year, on July 22, New­found­lan­ders had voted in a plebiscite to be­come Canada's 10th prov­ince. An agree­ment con­sum­mat­ing the union was signed Dec. 11 and be­came ef­fec­tive March 31, 1949.

In 1949, U.S. pres­i­dent Harry Tru­man signed the Mu­tual De­fence As­sis­tance Act for mil­i­tary aid to NATO coun­tries.

In 1959, Russia's rocket “Luna 3” cir­cled the moon.

In 1964, the Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre of the Arts was of­fi­cially opened in Char­lot­te­town by Queen El­iz­a­beth.

In 1969, Mon­treal po­lice and fire­fight­ers be­gan a strike that led to wide­spread ri­ot­ing, loot­ing, ar­son and van­dal­ism. Mem­bers of both unions were or­dered back to work by the Que­bec leg- is­la­ture on Oct. 8.

In 1969, the New York Mets won the first-ever National League Cham­pi­onship Se­ries, de­feat­ing the At­lanta Braves, 7-4, in Game 3; the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles won the first-ever Amer­i­can League Cham­pi­onship Se­ries, de­feat­ing the Min­nesota Twins 11-2 in Game 3.

In 1973, Egypt and Syria launched what be­came known as the Yom Kip­pur War by at­tack­ing Is­rael.

In 1979, Pope John Paul II be­came the first pon­tiff to visit the White House.

In 1981, Egyp­tian pres­i­dent An­war Sa­dat was as­sas­si­nated by a group of sol­diers who at­tacked his re­view­ing stand with hand grenades and au­to­matic gun­fire as he watched a mil­i­tary pa­rade.

In 1983, B.C. Op­po­si­tion Leader Dave Bar­rett be­came the first leader of a Cana­dian po­lit­i­cal party to be forcibly ejected from a leg­is­la­ture when he was dragged from the house for de­fy­ing a rul­ing over gov­ern­ment re­straint bills.

In 1986, a crip­pled Soviet nu­clear sub­ma­rine sank in the At­lantic Ocean about 2,000 kilo­me­tres east of New York af­ter a fire and ex­plo­sion aboard the sub three days ear­lier.

In 1992, the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil unan­i­mously adopted a res­o­lu­tion es­tab­lish­ing its first-ever war-crimes com­mis­sion to in­ves­ti­gate atroc­i­ties in the for­mer Yu­goslavia, mainly Bos­nia-herze­gov­ina and Croa­tia.

In 2000, NHL player Marty Mcsor­ley was found guilty of as­sault with a weapon (his hockey stick). He was granted a con­di­tional dis­charge and was told to use his in­flu­ence to clean up the game. He was charged in Fe­bru­ary 2000 af­ter his at­tack from be­hind on Van­cou­ver Canucks for­ward Don­ald Bras­hear in the dy­ing sec­onds of a game won by the Canucks 5-2. Bras­hear was briefly knocked un­con­scious by the blow, suf­fer­ing a Grade 3 con­cus­sion.

Also in 2000, Yu­goslav strong­man Slo­bo­dan Milo­se­vic con­ceded de­feat in his coun­try’s Sept. 24th pres­i­den­tial elec­tion af­ter mass protests by op­po­si­tion sup­port­ers.

In 2001, the largest crowd to watch a hockey game, at the time, saw Michi­gan St. tie Michi­gan 3-3 at Spartan Sta­dium in East Lans­ing. The game at­tracted 74,554 peo­ple.

In 2003, Jordin Tootoo cracked the Nashville Preda­tors’ line-up mak­ing him the first player of Inuit de­scent to play in the NHL.

In 2007, RCMP Const. Christo­pher John Wor­den, 30, was shot and killed in Hay River, N.W.T., while re­spond­ing to a call at a home for po­lice as­sis­tance.

In 2008, fall­ing oil prices and in­vestor fears of a global re­ces­sion pounded the Cana­dian stock mar­ket, drag­ging the TSX com­pos­ite in­dex 572 points lower and wip­ing out more than $100 bil­lion of stock value.

In 2008, Har­ald zur Hausen of Ger- many and Fran­coise Barre-sinoussi and Luc Mon­tag­nier of France, won the No­bel prize for medicine for dis­cov­er­ing the viruses that cause cer­vi­cal cancer and AIDS.

In 2009, Can­west Global Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Corp., own­ers of Global Tele­vi­sion and the National Post news­pa­per, filed for cred­i­tor pro­tec­tion in a deal with a key group of lenders, as it sought court ap­proval to re­struc­ture a moun­tain of debt.

In 2009, Wil­lard S. Boyle, a sci­en­tist born in Amherst, N.S., shared the No­bel Prize in Physics with Ge­orge E. Smith and Charles Kao for their work in de­vel­op­ing the sen­sor that is widely used in dig­i­tal cam­eras.

In 2009, On­tario Health Min­is­ter David Ca­plan re­signed one day be­fore the re­lease of a re­port into spend­ing scan­dals at the agency tasked with cre­at­ing elec­tronic health records in the prov­ince.

In 2010, Richard Heck, Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki won the No­bel Prize in chem­istry for find­ing new ways to bond car­bon atoms to­gether, meth­ods now widely used to make medicines and even slimmed-down com­puter screens.

In 2011, the No­bel Prize in lit­er­a­ture was awarded to To­mas Transtromer, a Swedish poet whose sur­re­al­is­tic works about the mys­ter­ies of the hu­man mind won him ac­claim as one of the most im­por­tant Scan­di­na­vian writ­ers since World War II.

In 2011, Dal­ton Mcguinty be­came On­tario's first three-term Lib­eral premier in more than a cen­tury but fell one seat short of a ma­jor­ity, re­sult­ing in the prov­ince's first mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment in 26 years. The Lib­er­als won 53 seats, the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tives 37 and the NDP 17. Voter turnout was a record low 47.6 per cent.

In 2011, a soft­ware er­ror that oc­curred dur­ing a rou­tine ma­noeu­vre trig­gered Te­le­sat's Anik F2 satel­lite to shut down, caus­ing many Cana­di­ans to lose com­mu­ni­ca­tions for much of the day.

In 2011, Que­bec’s Con­gre­ga­tion of Holy Cross agreed to pay up to $18 mil­lion for sex­ual abuse com­mit­ted at three dif­fer­ent Ro­man Catholic in­sti­tu­tions over a span of five decades. At least 85 peo­ple were thought to be el­i­gi­ble for com­pen­sa­tion in what lawyers be­lieved was the big­gest amount ever awarded in Que­bec.

In 2014, Que­becor signed a $316 mil­lion-deal to sell Sun Me­dia Corp.'s English-lan­guage op­er­a­tions to Post­media Net­work Canada Corp. (The Com­pe­ti­tion Bureau ap­proved the deal in March 2015.)

In 2016, RCMP Com­mis­sioner Bob Paul­son de­liv­ered an emo­tional apol­ogy and an­nounced a $100-mil­lion set­tle­ment of two class-ac­tion law­suits stem­ming from the ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions from for­mer fe­male of­fi­cers and em­ploy­ees dat­ing back as long as four decades.

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