TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY: Henry Hud­son sets sail

The Daily Courier - - OPINION -

I n 1492, King Fer­di­nand and Queen Isabella of Spain granted Christo­pher Colum­bus a com­mis­sion to seek a west­ward ocean pas­sage to Asia. Colum­bus con­sid­ered him­self a mis­sion­ary who would carry Christ across the ocean to peo­ple who had never heard the gospel.

In 1521, Martin Luther went be­fore the Diet of Worms to face charges stem­ming from his re­li­gious writ­ings.

In 1610, English ex­plorer Henry Hud­son sailed from Lon­don. Two months later, he reached what is now the Hud­son Strait in the Cana­dian Arc­tic.

I n 1754, French troops from Montreal cap­tured the Bri­tish fort at the con­flu­ence of the Ohio and Al­legheny rivers. The city of Pitts­burgh now stands on the site.

I n 1892, Alexan­der Mackenzie, Canada’s sec­ond prime min­is­ter (1873-78), died at age 70.

In 1960, rock ‘n’ roll singer Eddie Cochran died of se­vere head in­juries fol­low­ing a car crash on his way to the Lon­don air­port fol­low­ing a Bri­tish tour. The other pas­sen­gers, rocker Gene Vin­cent and Cochran’s fi­ancee, Shari Shee­ley, were se­ri­ously in­jured. Cochran was only 21, and had just be­gun to re­al­ize his po­ten­tial. His two big­gest hits were 1957’s “Sit­tin’ in the Bal­cony” and 1958’s “Sum­mer­time Blues.”

In 1964, the Ford Mo­tor Co. un­veiled the Mus­tang at the New York World’s Fair. It caused a sen­sa­tion and 22,000 or­ders were taken the first day for the sporty ve­hi­cle, priced at an af­ford­able $2,368.

I n 1967, Prime Min­is­ter Lester Pear­son an­nounced the cre­ation of the Or­der of Canada, a dec­o­ra­tion to hon­our out­stand­ing cit­i­zens.

I n 1970, in a visit to the White House, coun­try star Johnny Cash re­fused to per­form “Okie from Musko­gee” at U.S. Pres­i­dent Nixon’s re­quest be­cause it wasn’t his song. He per­formed “A Boy Named Sue” in­stead.

In 1970, the three Apollo 13 as­tro­nauts splashed down in the Pa­cific Ocean, four days after their cap­sule was crip­pled by an oxy­gen tank ex­plo­sion. The mishap caused their planned moon land­ing to be can­celled.

In 1983, mu­si­cian-pro­ducer Felix Pap­palardi was shot and killed by his wife in New York City. He was 44. His first claim to fame was as a pro­ducer for The Young­bloods, Joan Baez and Cream. His band Moun­tain, had a 1970 hit with “Mis­sis­sippi Queen.”

I n 1986, a truck con­tain­ing equip­ment be­long­ing to the Cana­dian rock band “Hon­ey­moon Suite” was stolen in New Jersey. They had to bor­row in­stru­ments from rock group “Heart” to play their next gig. When the truck was fi­nally re­cov­ered, only the band’s cos­tumes and drum kit re­mained.

I n 1998, Linda McCart­ney, the wife of for­mer Bea­tle Paul McCart­ney, died of breast can­cer at age 56 on a fam­ily-owned ranch near Tuc­son, Ariz. She was the key­board player in her hus­band’s band, Wings.

I n 2011, Adrian Dix was voted the new leader of B.C.’s New Democrats, re­plac­ing Ca­role James.

In 2013, a mas­sive ex­plo­sion at a fer­til­izer plant in West, Texas, killed 15 peo­ple and in­jured more than 200 oth­ers. The blast left the fac­tory a smoul­der­ing ruin and lev­elled build­ings in a four-block ra­dius.

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