TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1224, during an extended period of prayer and fasting, it is said St. Francis of Assisi received the stigmata (Crucifixion scars of Jesus Christ) on Mount Alvernia, in Italy. Francis, the founder of the Franciscans in 1209, has been called by some the greatest of all the Christian saints.
In 1810, Mexicans began their successful revolt against Spanish rule.
In 1858, Andrew Bonar Law, the only British prime minister from outside the United Kingdom, was born at Rexton, N.B. He was prime minister in 1922. He only held the job for 109 days, resigning because of ill health. He died in 1923 in London.
In 1890, the Hamilton Public Library opened.
In 1893, Calgary was incorporated as a city.
In 1901, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later King George V and Queen Mary) began a visit to Canada.
In 1908, General Motors was formed in Flint, Mich., by William C. Durant.
In 1914, the first Canadian military air service, the Canadian Aviation Corps, was formed by Sir Sam Hughes.