TODAY IN HIS­TORY

St. Thomas Times-Journal - - LOCAL NEWS -

In 1900, three Cana­dian cav­al­ry­men won Vic­to­ria Crosses as part of a Cana­dian de­tach­ment that cov­ered a Bri­tish re­treat dur­ing the Boer War.

In 1906, Canada’s first movie the­atre opened in Toronto.

In 1910, Count Leo Tol­stoy, au­thor of “War and Peace,” died in Astapovo, Rus­sia. He was 82.

In 1916, Repub­li­can Jeannette Rankin of Mon­tana be­came the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress.

In 1917, Rus­sia’s Bol­she­vik Rev­o­lu­tion be­gan when work­ers and sol­diers seized key points in Pet­ro­grad (now St. Peters­burg).

In 1918, evan­ge­list Billy Graham was born in Char­lotte, N.C. Graham be­came the sin­gle great­est evan­ge­list of the mod­ern era, reach­ing mil­lions on ra­dio, tele­vi­sion and film. The son of a farmer, Graham was or­dained in 1939. Ten years later, he turned to large-scale evan­ge­lism and toured the United States and Europe.

In 1944, U.S. Pres­i­dent Franklin Roo­sevelt won an un­prece­dented fourth term in of­fice, de­feat­ing Thomas E. Dewey. A later amend­ment to the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion bars pres­i­dents from serv­ing more than two con­sec­u­tive terms.

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