TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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In 1413, Eng­land’s King Henry IV died; he was suc­ceeded by Henry V. In 1455, when Guido di Pi­etro be­came a monk at Fiesole, he changed his name to Gio­vanni and be­came known as Gio­vanni da Fiesole. Ital­ians called him Beato, Blessed One. But 14 years af­ter his death, on this day, he was given the name by which he is best known: Fra An­gelico, or an­gelic fa­ther. He gained renown as a mas­ter­ful pain­ter, first il­lu­mi­nat­ing manuscripts and later cre­at­ing al­tar­pieces. Thanks to him, the Vat­i­can pos­sesses por­traits of many of his con­tem­po­raries, in­clud­ing Thomas Aquinas. He’s con­sid­ered one of the great­est artists of the me­dieval pe­riod. In 1686, an ex­pe­di­tion of about 100 men com­manded by Pierre de Troyes set out from Mon­treal to James Bay. The gov­er­nor of New France, Jac­ques-Rene Denonville, or­dered the troops to ex­pel the English and cap­ture unau­tho­rized traders. The English at Moose Fac­tory quickly suc­cumbed on June 20. De Troyes next oc­cu­pied Ru­pert House on July 3, and with the cap­tured English ship “Craven,” took Fort Al­bany be­fore sail­ing back to Que­bec. In 1727, Sir Isaac New­ton died at age 84. The English math­e­ma­ti­cian and philoso­pher dis­cov­ered the law of grav­ity.

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