TODAY IN HISTORY
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.