TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1321, Italian poet Dante Alighieri died. In 1752, the Gregorian calendar was officially adopted by the British Empire and its colonies in America. In 1812, the Russians set fire to Moscow before Napoleon’s triumphant march into the city. Three-fourths of the city was destroyed in the next few days. Napoleon remained in Moscow for about a month while cold and hunger decimated the Grande Armee. In 1847, U.S. troops captured Mexico City during the Mexican War. In 1882, the steamer “Asia” sank in Georgian Bay during a fierce gale, claiming 126 lives.