TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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In A.D. 54,

Ro­man Em­peror Claudius I died af­ter be­ing poi­soned, ap­par­ently at the be­hest of his wife, Agrip­pina.

In 1399,

King Henry IV of Eng­land was crowned. He had usurped the crown from Richard II, be­gin­ning the Lan­cas­trian dy­nasty and plant­ing the seeds of the Wars of the Roses.

In 1710,

Eng­land gained con­trol of Nova Sco­tia when the French sur­ren­dered Port Royal.

In 1792,

U.S. pres­i­dent Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton laid the cor­ner­stone of the White House.

In 1812,

Bri­tish and Cana­dian forces un­der Gen­eral Sir Isaac Brock de­feated the U.S. army at Queen­ston Heights on the Ni­a­gara fron­tier. Brock was killed dur­ing the fight­ing. Al­most 1,000 Amer­i­cans were taken pris­oner while the vic­tors lost only 28 killed and 77 wounded. The vic­tory helped to raise the morale of the in­hab­i­tants of Up­per Canada and con­vince them that they could re­sist con­quest by their larger neighbour.

In 1843,

the Jewish or­ga­ni­za­tion B’nai Brith was founded in New York City.

In 1860,

J.B. Black took what was prob­a­bly the first aerial pho­to­graph, from a bal­loon over Bos­ton.

In 1866,

fire de­stroyed 2,500 build­ings in Quebec City.

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