TODAY IN HISTORY
In A.D. 236, Fabian was elected pope of the early Christian Church. He served until 250, when he became the first martyr under Decius, the emperor who initiated the Roman Empire-wide persecution of Christians.
In 1645, William Laud, archbishop of Canterbury and a persecutor of the Puritans during the reign of King Charles I, was executed in the Tower of London for treason.
In 1776, Thomas Paine anonymously published his influential pamphlet, “Common Sense.”
In 1799, residents of
Lower Canada (now
Quebec) celebrated their first Thanksgiving.
In 1810, Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, divorced his wife, Josephine.
In 1815, Britain prohibited American citizens from settling in Canada.
In 1840, the Penny Post was introduced in Britain by Rowland Hill.
In 1842, Sir Charles
Bagot arrived in Upper Canada to take up his post as governor general of
British North America.