To­day in his­tory

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In A.D. 54, Ro­man Em­peror Claudius I died after be­ing poi­soned, ap­par­ently at the be­hest of his wife, Agrip­pina.

In 1399, King Henry IV of Eng­land was crowned. He had usurped the crown from Richard II, be­gin­ning the Lan­cas­trian dy­nasty and plant­ing the seeds of the Wars of the Roses.

In 1710, Eng­land gained con­trol of Nova Sco­tia when the French sur­ren­dered Port Royal.

In 1792, U.S. pres­i­dent Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton laid the corner­stone of the White House.

In 1812, Bri­tish and Cana­dian forces un­der Gen­eral Sir Isaac Brock de­feated the U.S. army at Queen­ston Heights on the Ni­a­gara fron­tier. Brock was killed during the fight­ing. Al­most 1,000 Amer­i­cans were taken pris­oner while the vic­tors lost only 28 killed and 77 wounded. The vic­tory helped to raise the morale of the in­hab­i­tants of Up­per Canada and con­vince them that they could re­sist con­quest by their larger neighbour.

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