TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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In 1693, an earth­quake at Cata­nia, Italy, killed 60,000. In 1787, Sir Wil­liam Her­schel dis­cov­ered the moons of the planet Uranus.

In 1805, the Michi­gan Ter­ri­tory was cre­ated by an act of U.S. Congress.

In 1815, Sir John A. Mac­don­ald’s birth was reg­is­tered in Glas­gow, Scot­land. While he was ac­tu­ally born the day be­fore, on Jan. 10, this is the day com­monly cited to com­mem­o­rate the birth of Canada’s first prime min­is­ter. The lead­ing fig­ure in pro­mot­ing Con­fed­er­a­tion, Mac­don­ald served as prime min­is­ter from 1867-73 and from 1878 un­til his death in 1891. He ad­vo­cated re­cip­ro­cal trade agree­ments with the United States, worked for strong bonds with Bri­tain and over­saw the build­ing of the Cana­dian Pa­cific Rail­way.

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