TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1694, a French Jesuit missionary in Canada, Noel Chabanal, was murdered by a renegade Huron. He was one of the group known as the Jesuit Martyrs of
North America canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1930.
In 1776, during the Revolutionary War, George Washington’s retreating army crossed the Delaware River from New Jersey into Pennsylvania.
In 1852, Laval University in Quebec City, the earliest French-language university in North America, was granted a royal charter. Established in Quebec City, it was named after Msgr. Francois de Laval, the first bishop of Quebec.
In 1854, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the Catholic dogma of the Immaculate Conception, which holds that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was free of original sin from the moment of her own conception.