TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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In 1788, Con­necti­cut be­came the fifth state to rat­ify the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion.

In 1793, French­man Jean Pierre Blan­chard, us­ing a hot-air bal­loon, flew be­tween Philadel­phia and Wood­bury, N.J.

In 1802, Cana­dian au­thor and pi­o­neer Catherine Parr Traill was born in Eng­land.

In 1805, the Lower Canada par­lia­ment be­gan a ses­sion that dealt with pro­hibit­ing Sun­day shop­ping and as­sess­ing a tax to pay for jails. In 1816, the safety lamp in­vented by Bri­tain’s Sir Humphrey Davey was first used in coal mines.

In 1861, the first shots in the U.S. Civil War were fired when the steamship

“Star of the West” was at­tacked by Con­fed­er­ate troops in Charleston.

In 1863, the dome of the Church of La Madonna

Del Sasso in Switzer­land crashed through the roof, killing 53 pray­ing women.

In 1889, the Ni­a­gara Sus­pen­sion Bridge col­lapsed dur­ing a storm.

In 1899, Man­i­toba reached a record low of -52.8 Cel­sius (63-be­low Fahren­heit).

In 1927, 77 chil­dren died in a fire at the Lau­rier Palace theatre in Mon­treal. It started as a small fire and fire­men ex­tin­guished the blaze in a few min­utes, but in the panic to es­cape the build­ing, many chil­dren piled up at the bases of stair­ways. Twelve of them were crushed to death and 64 were as­phyx­i­ated.

In 1949, marathon run­ner

Tom Long­boat died on the Oh­sweken re­serve near Brant­ford, Ont. He was 61. Long­boat won the 1907

Bos­ton Marathon and went on to a suc­cess­ful pro­fes­sional run­ning ca­reer. Dur­ing the First World War, he served as a dis­patch run­ner in France.

In 1953, Mar­guerite Pitre, a Que­bec wi­dow, was hanged in Mon­treal for her part in a plot to bomb an air­plane. All 23 peo­ple on a Cana­dian DC-3 died when the plane ex­ploded over Sault-au Co­chons, Que., on Sept. 9, 1949. Pitre’s brother, Al­bert Guay, and an­other man were also hanged for the death of Guay’s wife, a pas­sen­ger on the plane.

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