TODAY IN HISTORY
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.
In 1886, “The Volta,” an electric boat constructed in London, crossed the English Channel and back in four hours, powered only by its batteries.