TODAY IN HISTORY
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.