To­day in his­tory

The Western Star - - Editorial -

To­day in His­tory for Sept. 16:

On this date:

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.

In 1916, pro­hi­bi­tion took ef­fect in On­tario af­ter a night when liquor stores and bars sold out their stocks.

In 1916, John Kerr of Fox River, N.S., won the Vic­to­ria Cross while serv­ing with the Cana­dian Ex­pe­di­tionary Force at Courcelette, France, dur­ing the First World War.

In 1920, a bomb blast in New York’s fi­nan­cial dis­trict killed 33 peo­ple and in­jured 100. The case was never solved.

In 1934, the first Mickey Mouse comic strip ap­peared. In 1940, the United States be­gan com­pul­sory mil­i­tary regis­tra­tion of all men be­tween the ages of 21 and 35.

In 1944, the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment lifted its five-year wartime black­out of Lon­don.

In 1945, Bri­tain ac­cepted Ja­pan’s for­mal sur­ren­der of Hong Kong fol­low­ing the Sec­ond World War.

In 1957, a four-month strike ended at the Alu­minum Co. of Canada plant at Arvida, Que.

In 1963, Malaysia be­came an in­de­pen­dent state.

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