TODAY IN HISTORY
In AD 374, Ambrose, an early church father, was consecrated Bishop of
Milan, Italy. His influential works on theology and ethics made him -- along with Jerome, Augustine, and Gregory the Great -- one of the “four doctors” of the Western (Latin) Church.
In 1729, 1.2 million hectares -including Norfolk, Wentworth and Haldimand counties of Ontario -- were surrendered by the Mississauga Indians.
In 1770, Samuel Hearne left the Prince of Wales
Fort at Hudson Bay on an expedition that would make him the first European to see the Arctic Ocean.
In 1837, the rebellion in Upper Canada erupted into violence when government officials were shot at Montgomery’s Tavern just outside Toronto.
In 1876, the Canadian steamship “Northern Light” began the first regular service from P.E.I. to the mainland.
In 1941, Japanese planes began their attack on the
U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor (Hawaii). Over 300 Japanese planes from aircraft carriers attacked in waves. Eight battleships were sunk or disabled, and almost
200 planes were destroyed before they could get off the ground. About 2,500 soldiers and civilians were killed. Hours later, Canada declared war on Japan -- the first of the Western allies to do so. The United States, Britain and other allied countries followed the next day. The United States declared war on Japan’s allies Germany and Italy on Dec. 11.