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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.

In 1882, O. P. Brigg, an Amer­i­can, re­ceived a patent for barbed wire.

In 1901, a gusher at Beau­mont, Texas, started the great Texas oil boom.

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