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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.

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