TODAY IN history
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 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 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.
In 1918, the U.S. House of Representatives voted for female suffrage.
In 1942, the Quebec Bar admitted its first female lawyers, Elizabeth Monk and Suzanne Filion.
In 1946, the United Nations General Assembly met for the first time in London.