Today in history
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.