The Beacon Herald - - NEWS -

In 1525, Ger­man church re­former Martin Luther mar­ried for­mer nun Kather­ine von Bora. They had six chil­dren and were mar­ried for 21 years.

In 1841, the first Cana­dian par­lia­ment opened in Kingston, Ont.

In 1884, the world’s first roller coaster opened at Coney Is­land, N.Y.

In 1886, fire razed the city of Van­cou­ver. It started when flames from a brush-clear­ing fire blew into tin­der-dry brush in the west of the city. Ac­counts of the fire it­self vary -- some say it took 20 min­utes, some say 45, to de­stroy the 1,000 or so wood build­ings that con­sti­tuted the city; it killed at least eight peo­ple but as many as 28 may have died. “The city did not burn, it was con­sumed by flame,” said one wit­ness.

In 1898, the Yukon Ter­ri­tory was es­tab­lished, two years af­ter the Klondike gold dis­cov­ery. Daw­son City was named the cap­i­tal and in its hey­day, be­came the largest com­mu­nity north of Seat­tle and west of Win­nipeg, with about 30,000 peo­ple.

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