TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

The Chatham Daily News - - NEWS -

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.

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