TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

The Observer (Sarnia) - - 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 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 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.

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