TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

The Peterborough Examiner - - NEWS -

In 1673, French play­wright Moliere died af­ter col­laps­ing dur­ing a per­for­mance of his play, “The Imag­i­nary In­valid.”

In 1781, Dr. Rene Laen­nec, in­ven­tor of the stetho­scope, was born in France. He died in 1826. In 1867, the first ship passed through the Suez Canal.

In 1867, English choco­late maker Wil­liam Cad­bury was born.

In 1869, the Cana­dian So­ci­ety for the Preven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals was or­ga­nized.

In 1874, IBM founder Thomas J. Watson Sr. was born.

In 1876, Julius Wolff of East­port, Maine, be­came the first per­son to can sar­dines.

In 1877, the first news dis­patch was sent by tele­phone. The story about a lec­ture and phone demon­stra­tion by Alexan­der Graham Bell ap­peared the next day in the Bos­ton Globe.

In 1909, Chir­ic­ahua Apache leader Geron­imo (also known as Goy­ath­lay, “One Who Yawns”) died at Fort Sill, Okla., at age 79.

In 1959, the United States launched “Van­guard 2,” a satel­lite car­ry­ing me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal equip­ment.

In 1960, Prime Min­is­ter John Diefenbaker opened the Na­tional Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

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