TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

The Chatham Daily News - - NEWS -

In 1569, Eng­land’s first state lot­tery was held to raise money for the con­struc­tion of har­bours.

In 1693, an earth­quake at Cata­nia, Italy, killed 60,000. In 1759, Amer­ica’s first life in­sur­ance com­pany was founded. It was called the Cor­po­ra­tion for Re­lief of Poor and Dis­tressed Wid­ows and Chil­dren of Pres­by­te­rian Min­is­ters.

In 1787, Sir Wil­liam Her­schel dis­cov­ered the moons of the planet Uranus.

In 1805, the Michi­gan Ter­ri­tory was cre­ated by an act of U.S. Congress.

In 1815, Sir John A. Mac­don­ald’s birth was reg­is­tered in Glas­gow, Scot­land. While he was ac­tu­ally born the day be­fore, on Jan. 10, this is the day com­monly cited to com­mem­o­rate the birth of Canada’s first prime min­is­ter. The lead­ing fig­ure in pro­mot­ing Con­fed­er­a­tion, Mac­don­ald served as prime min­is­ter from 1867-73 and from 1878 un­til his death in 1891. He ad­vo­cated re­cip­ro­cal trade agree­ments with the United States, worked for strong bonds with Britain and over­saw the build­ing of the Cana­dian Pa­cific Rail­way.

In 1842, Wil­liam James, the Amer­i­can psy­chol­o­gist and philoso­pher and au­thor of “The Va­ri­eties of Re­li­gious Ex­pe­ri­ence,” was born.

In 1861, Vas­sar Col­lege for women was in­cor­po­rated at Pough­keep­sie, N.Y.

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