TODAY I N HISTORY
In 1529, Spanish diplomat and writer Juan de Valdes published his Dialogue on Christian Doctrine. It paved the way for Protestant ideas in Spain.
In 1645, the Company of New France gave up trading rights in Canada to colonists living in the new land.
In 1671, over 300 years before El Nino became a household word, Canada had its shortest winter on record. The first snow of the winter fell in Quebec on this date in 1671. The ice and snow had nearly all melted away by the middle of March. But homesteaders weren’t rejoicing at the lack of chill in the air -- they depended on the cold to keep food supplies from spoiling. Many starved because of the short winter.
In 1742, English astronomer Edmond Halley, who observed the comet that bears his name, died at age 85.
In 1784, the United States ratified a peace treaty with England, ending the Revolutionary War.
In 1858, Italian revolutionist Felice Orsini attempted to assassinate French Emperor Napoleon III.