TODAY IN HISTORY
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.