TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

The Delhi News-Record - - NEWS -

In 1512, Michelan­gelo’s paint­ings in the Sis­tine Chapel in Rome were first ex­hib­ited to the pub­lic. Across the ceil­ing he painted themes of the Bi­ble, in­clud­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tions of cre­ation, man’s temp­ta­tion and fall, as well as Noah and the flood.

In 1755, a huge earth­quake rocked Lis­bon. More than 30,000 peo­ple were killed in the Por­tuguese cap­i­tal as the shock of the quake lasted for over six min­utes. An­other 20,000 died in the six-day-long fire that fol­lowed, and in smaller earth­quakes that shook the area.

In 1788, Bishop Inglis opened an academy at Wind­sor, N.S., which be­came King’s Col­lege. In 1838, Lord Durham, Bri­tain’s high com­mis­sioner to North Amer­ica, sailed for Eng­land to write what be­came known as the Durham Re­port. The re­port urged re­unit­ing Up­per and Lower Canada to ac­cel­er­ate the as­sim­i­la­tion of the French. It also rec­om­mended the in­tro­duc­tion of re­spon­si­ble gov­ern­ment.

In 1850, Joseph Howe sailed to Lon­don to try to raise money to build a rail­way. The flam­boy­ant Nova Sco­tia pub­lisher and politi­cian, never one to think small, started off with the idea of a rail­way be­tween Hal­i­fax and Wind­sor, N.S.

-- then a ma­jor pro­vin­cial port -- but by the time he ar­rived in Eng­land he was pre­pared to use the idea of pro­mot­ing im­mi­gra­tion to sup­port a plan for a rail­way from Hal­i­fax to Que­bec and Port­land, Me.

In 1858, Queen Vic­to­ria was pro­claimed sov­er­eign through­out In­dia.

In 1893, a statue of Sir John A. Mac­don­ald was un­veiled in Hamil­ton.

In 1894, Czar Alexan­der III died in Rus­sia.

In 1908, the gov­ern­ment of Saskatchewan es­tab­lished a Depart­ment of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs.

In 1914, the Bri­tish navy suf­fered a sting­ing de­feat at the hands of the Ger­mans dur­ing the “Bat­tle of Coronel” off the coast of Chile. Bri­tish Ad­mi­ral Christo­pher Crad­dock was un­der or­ders to hunt down a Ger­man squadron of two bat­tle­ships and three cruis­ers. In the en­su­ing bat­tle, the ad­mi­ral’s flag­ship, “Good Hope,” and an­other cruiser were sunk with no sur­vivors.

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