TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1521, at the Diet of Worms, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V condemned Martin Luther, a year after the latter had been excommunicated by Pope Leo X. Luther, a proud man, refused to repent despite the severe action taken against him.
In 1793, the first newspaper in Upper Canada -- the “Upper Canada Gazette” -- was published.
In 1932, the Ford Model B, last of the original four-cylinder cars, made its debut.
In 1934, the first self-service laundromat was opened in Fort Worth, Texas. The washateria, as it was called, had four electric washing machines, which were rented by the hour.
In 1942, the Toronto Maple Leafs completed the greatest comeback ever in a Stanley Cup final. They downed the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 to win the NHL title in seven games after being down 3-0 in the series. In 1945, Canadian forces completed the liberation of northeastern Holland from the Nazis. In 1949, Ireland became a republic.
In 1955, Nobel Prize-winning scientist Albert Einstein died at age 76 in Princeton, N.J.
In 1956, actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco in a civil ceremony in Monte Carlo. A church wedding came the next day.