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 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.
In 1921, “Buzz” Beurling was born. The Canadian flying ace shot down 28 enemy planes in four months during the Second World War. He died in a 1948 plane crash in Italy.
In 1921, Agnes Macphail, a 30-year-old teacher, became Canada’s first female member of Parliament.
In 1922, the Irish Free State was proclaimed.
In 1927, Ottawa city council approved the installation of the city’s first automatic traffic light control system.
In 1957, the first American attempt at putting a satellite into orbit blew up on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Fla.
In 1971, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and U.S. President Richard Nixon met in Washington to discuss economic policy.