TODAY IN HISTORY
in 1752, a government pamphlet in Halifax became the first book published in Canada.
in 1780, Jean-Antoine Aide-Crequy, the first Canadian-born painter, died in Quebec City.
in 1803, Canadian author Susanna Moodie, whose works included “Roughing
It In the Bush,” was born.
in 1863, American chemist Charles Hall, who found a way to cheaply extract aluminum from its ore, was born in Thompson, Ohio. His discovery transformed aluminum from a precious metal to a material with numerous everyday uses. Hall also co-founded the industrial giant now called Alcoa.
in 1873, the first international intercollegiate football game was played in New Haven, Conn. Yale defeated Eton (England) 2-1.
in 1907, the worst mining disaster in U.S. history occurred as 362 men and boys died in a coal mine explosion in Monongah, West Va.
in 1907, Canadian painter R. York Wilson was born.
in 1907, the first recorded flight in Canada took place when Thomas Selfridge rose about 51 metres into the air in a kite designed by Alexander Graham Bell.
in 1917, Finland proclaimed its independence from Russia.