TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1832, the world’s first horse-drawn streetcar hit the streets in New York. It held 30 passengers who paid 12-anda-half cents for the fare.
IN 1849, Toronto became the seat of the Canadian government after a mob burned the Parliament buildings in Montreal earlier in the year.
IN 1891, Sir Frederick Banting, co-discoverer of insulin and Nobel Prize winner, was born in Alliston, Ont.
IN 1907, children’s writer Astrid Lindgren was born in Sweden. The creator of the braided, free-thinking Pippi Longstocking, died Jan. 28, 2002.
IN 1922, the BBC began sending out its first daily radio program from Alexandra Palace in London.
IN 1940, during the Second World War, German bombers destroyed most of the English city of Coventry.
IN 1955, a four-month strike ended at the de Havilland Aircraft plant in Toronto.
IN 1960, the National Research Council announced the formation of a Medical Research Council.
IN 1962, Sioux Rock, depicting Indian legends, was found at Port Arthur, Ont. (now part of Thunder Bay).
IN 1963, an underwater volcanic eruption started near Ireland. Eventually, it formed an island nearly two kilometres in length.