TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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In 1535, the print­ing of the first English-lan­guage Bi­ble was com­pleted in Lon­don.

In 1669, Dutch painter Rem­brandt died.

In 1824, the Fed­eral Repub­lic of Mex­ico was pro­claimed.

In 1830, Bel­gium se­ceded from the Nether­lands and be­came in­de­pen­dent.

In 1851, a freak gale off the coast of Prince Ed­ward Is­land de­stroyed 100 U.S. fish­ing ves­sels and killed at least 130 fish­er­men.

In 1905, Orville Wright made the first flight of over 30 min­utes.

In 1909, the cor­ner­stone of Saskatchewan’s leg­isla­tive build­ing was laid in Regina.

In 1910, Por­tu­gal be­came a repub­lic when a rev­o­lu­tion forced King Manuel II to flee. In 1920, the Cana­dian Air Board, fore­run­ner of the Royal Cana­dian Air Force, be­gan its first flight across Canada. Wing Cmdr. Robert Leckie flew from Hal­i­fax to Winnipeg, ar­riv­ing Oct. 11. From there, Air Com­modore A. K. Tylee and three other pi­lots flew to Van­cou­ver, ar­riv­ing Oct. 17. To­tal elapsed time was 45 hours, 20 min­utes for 5,488 kilo­me­tres, as op­posed to 132 hours by rail.

In 1922, a fire at Hai­ley­bury, Ont., killed 43 peo­ple and de­stroyed prop­erty val­ued at $6 mil­lion.

In 1923, ac­tor Charl­ton He­ston was born in Evanston, Ill. With his bari­tone voice, He­ston por­trayed Moses, Michelan­gelo, El Cid and other heroic fig­ures in films of the 1950s and 1960s. His film cred­its in­clude “The Great­est Show on Earth,” “El Cid,” “The Great­est Story Ever Told,” “The Ten Com­mand­ments,” and “Planet of the Apes.” He won an Academy Award in 1959 for his star­ring role in the film epic “Ben-Hur.” He was leader of the Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion from 1998-2003. He died in Los An­ge­les on April 5, 2008.

In 1927, the first air-mail ser­vice in Canada was in­au­gu­rated.

In 1931, the comic strip “Dick Tracy,” cre­ated by Ch­ester Gould, de­buted.

In 1939, Que­bec Premier Mau­rice Du­p­lessis de­clared in an elec­tion cam­paign that a vote for him would be a “vote for au­ton­omy against con­scrip­tion.”

In 1952, the first ex­ter­nal pace­maker was fit­ted to David Schwartz to con­trol his heart­beats. The first in­ter­nal pace­maker was not fit­ted un­til 1958.

In 1957, Jimmy Hoffa was elected pres­i­dent of the Team­sters Union. He dis­ap­peared July 30, 1975.

In 1957, the space age be­gan as the Soviet Union put the first space­craft into or­bit around earth. “Sput­nik I,” the first man-made ob­ject to en­ter space, or­bited the earth from a height of 902 kilo­me­tres at a speed of 29,000 km/h. The 83-kilo­gram, 58-cen­time­trethick satel­lite car­ried only ra­dio equip­ment.

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