TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1569, England’s first state lottery was held to raise money for the construction of harbours.
In 1693, an earthquake at Catania, Italy, killed 60,000.
In 1759, America’s first life insurance company was founded. It was called the Corporation for Relief of Poor and Distressed Widows and Children of Presbyterian Ministers.
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 1842, William James, the American psychologist and philosopher and author of “The Varieties of Religious Experience,” was born.
In 1861, Vassar College for women was incorporated at Poughkeepsie, N.Y.