TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1900, three Canadian cavalrymen won Victoria Crosses as part of a Canadian detachment that covered a British retreat during the Boer War.
In 1906, Canada’s first movie theatre opened in Toronto.
In 1910, Count Leo Tolstoy, author of “War and Peace,” died in Astapovo, Russia. He was 82.
In 1916, Republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress.
In 1917, Russia’s Bolshevik Revolution began when workers and soldiers seized key points in Petrograd (now St. Petersburg).
In 1918, evangelist Billy Graham was born in Charlotte, N.C. Graham became the single greatest evangelist of the modern era, reaching millions on radio, television and film. The son of a farmer, Graham was ordained in 1939. Ten years later, he turned to large-scale evangelism and toured the United States and Europe.
In 1944, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt won an unprecedented fourth term in office, defeating Thomas E. Dewey. A later amendment to the U.S. Constitution bars presidents from serving more than two consecutive terms.