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In 1164, Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury Thomas Becket be­gan a six-year self-im­posed ex­ile in France. Once a close friend of Eng­land’s Henry

II, Becket had be­come an out­spo­ken op­po­nent of the king’s royal poli­cies.

In 1533, evan­ge­list John Calvin was forced to flee from Paris after writ­ing a se­ries of Re­for­ma­tion pam­phlets and ser­mons. With po­lice on his trail, Calvin low­ered him­self from a win­dow on bed­sheets and es­caped Paris dressed as a farmer. For the next three years, he wan­dered around un­der as­sumed names, fi­nally set­tling in Geneva, where he be­came one of the lead­ing the­olo­gians of the Re­for­ma­tion.

In 1755, Marie An­toinette was born in Vi­enna. In 1796, Six Na­tions na­tives au­tho­rized Chief Brant to sell their land.

In 1833, Wil­liam Lyon Macken­zie was ex­pelled from the Up­per Canada leg­is­la­ture for the third time.

In 1869, Louis Riel seized Fort Garry in Win­nipeg dur­ing the Red River Re­bel­lion.

In 1889, North Dakota and South Dakota were made the 39th and 40th U.S. states. In 1911, the cit­i­zens of Mon­treal con­trib­uted $1.5 mil­lion to McGill Univer­sity.

In 1917, Bri­tish for­eign sec­re­tary Arthur Bal­four is­sued a dec­la­ra­tion call­ing for the “es­tab­lish­ment in Pales­tine of a na­tional home for the Jewish peo­ple.” This for­mal recog­ni­tion planted a con­cept that even­tu­ally led to the es­tab­lish­ment of the mod­ern state of Is­rael.

In 1920, one of the first com­mer­cial ra­dio sta­tions in North Amer­ica, KDKA in Pitts­burgh, be­gan broad­cast­ing from a makeshift shack atop one of West­ing­house Elec­tric’s man­u­fac­tur­ing build­ings. About 1,000 lis­ten­ers heard the first elec­tion re­sults ever broad­cast on ra­dio -- and learned that War­ren Hard­ing had de­feated James Cox in the U.S. pres­i­den­tial race.

In 1930, Haile Se­lassie was crowned em­peror of Ethiopia.

In 1935, Lord Tweedsmuir was sworn in as gov­er­nor gen­eral of Canada and held the post un­til he died in 1940. He had been well known as John Buchan, writer of fic­tion, poetry and his­tory. Among his fa­mous works are “Lord Minto” and “The Thirty-Nine Steps.” He in­sti­tuted the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral’s Awards for lit­er­a­ture in 1937.

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