TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1792, France declared war on Austria, starting the French Revolutionary Wars.
In 1841, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” by Edgar Allan Poe was published. It's considered the first-ever detective story.
In 1889, Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau am Inn, Austria.
In 1890, Maurice Duplessis was born in Trois-Rivieres, Que. He served as Quebec's premier for 19 years from 1936 until his death in 1959.
In 1902, French scientists Marie and Pierre Curie succeeded in isolating the radioactive element radium.
In 1907, Fort William and Port Arthur, Ont., were incorporated as cities. They merged to become Thunder Bay in 1970.
In 1910, Parliament passed a bill setting up the Canadian Navy. The bill, given Royal Assent on May 4, called for a Department of Naval Service to be administered by the Minister of Marine and Fisheries. It also called for a permanent force, a naval reserve to be called up in emergencies, a volunteer reserve and a naval college.
In 1912, the Irish-born author of “Dracula,” Bram Stoker, died at age 55.
In 1945, during the Second World War, allied forces took control of the German cities of Nuremberg and Stuttgart.