TODAY IN HIS­TORY

The Delhi News-Record - - NEWS -

In 1503, artist Michelan­gelo be­gan work on his “David,” which would be­come one of the most fa­mous sculp­tures in the world.

In 1775, Laura Secord, hero­ine of the War of 1812, was born. In 1788, the U.S. con­sti­tu­tional con­ven­tion au­tho­rized the first na­tional elec­tion in the United States, and de­clared New York City the tem­po­rary na­tional cap­i­tal.

In 1882, Ot­tawa Val­ley tim­ber mag­nate John Booth opened his own rail­way line, “The Canada-At­lantic,” from Coteau Junc­tion, N.B., to Ot­tawa.

In 1884, Canada’s first of­fi­cial par­tic­i­pants in an over­seas war -- the Nile Voyageurs -set sail for Egypt.

In 1886, the Canadian Pa­cific Tele­graph be­gan op­er­a­tion.

In 1886, “The Volta,” an elec­tric boat con­structed in Lon­don, crossed the English Chan­nel and back in four hours, pow­ered only by its bat­ter­ies.

In 1899, the first death caused by a car oc­curred when a Henry Bliss was run over when he stepped off a bus in New York City.

In 1905, Rus­sia and Ja­pan signed a truce end­ing war in Korea and Manchuria.

In 1907, “The Lusi­ta­nia” com­pleted its maiden voy­age across the At­lantic. Eight years later in 1915, the ship, owned by the Cu­nard Steamship Line Ship­ping Co., was tor­pe­doed by the Ger­man sub­ma­rine U-20 dur­ing the First World War, killing 1,198 of the nearly 2,000 peo­ple aboard. The Lusi­ta­nia sank in about 18 min­utes about 15 kilo­me­tres off the Old Head of Kin­sale, Ire­land.

In 1907, Phil Ed­wards, the first Canadian to win five Olympic medals, was born in Guyana. Ed­wards moved to Mon­treal be­fore the 1928 Am­s­ter­dam Olympics, where he won a bronze re­lay medal. At the 1932 Los An­ge­les Games, Ed­wards added three more bronze medals in track and his fifth Olympic bronze came in the 800 me­tres in Berlin in 1936. He died Sept. 6, 1971.

In 1915, the Canadian Corps was es­tab­lished when the 2nd Canadian Di­vi­sion ar­rived at the front in France. Brig. Arthur Cur­rie was pro­moted to gen­eral in com­mand of the 1st Di­vi­sion. Un­der his lead­er­ship, the Canadian Corps pre­served its iden­tity and be­came one of the most feared at­tack forces dur­ing the First World War.

In 1940, Buck­ing­ham Palace was hit by a bomb dur­ing a Ger­man raid. In an ear­lier at­tack, the Ger­mans dropped a time bomb on the palace on Sept. 8 and the bomb ex­ploded two days later. Bombs also struck the palace on Sept. 10 and Sept. 15. The Royal Fam­ily was un­in­jured in the at­tacks.

In 1942, 113 peo­ple died in a Ger­man sub­ma­rine at­tack on the Canadian de­stroyer “Ot­tawa” in the At­lantic.

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