TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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In 1492, King Fer­di­nand and Queen Is­abella of

Spain granted Christo­pher Colum­bus a com­mis­sion to seek a west­ward ocean pas­sage to Asia. Colum­bus con­sid­ered him­self a mis­sion­ary who would carry Christ across the ocean to peo­ple who had never heard the gospel.

In 1521, Mar­tin Luther went be­fore the Diet of Worms to face charges stem­ming from his re­li­gious writ­ings.

In 1610, English ex­plorer Henry Hud­son sailed from Lon­don. Two months later, he reached what is now the Hud­son Strait in the Cana­dian Arc­tic.

In 1754, French troops from Mon­treal cap­tured the Bri­tish fort at the con­flu­ence of the Ohio and Al­legheny rivers.

The city of Pitts­burgh now stands on the site.

In 1851, the square-rigged ship “Marco Polo” was launched in Saint John, N.B. It was used mainly to carry im­mi­grants from Eng­land to Aus­tralia, set­ting records that earned it the rep­u­ta­tion as the fastest ship in the world.

In 1855, the city of Char­lot­te­town was in­cor­po­rated. In Septem­ber 1864, it played host to the Char­lot­te­town Con­fer­ence on At­lantic Union, which turned into the dis­cus­sions that led to con­fed­er­a­tion.

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