TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1492, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of
Spain granted Christopher Columbus a commission to seek a westward ocean passage to Asia. Columbus considered himself a missionary who would carry Christ across the ocean to people who had never heard the gospel.
In 1521, Martin Luther went before the Diet of Worms to face charges stemming from his religious writings.
In 1610, English explorer Henry Hudson sailed from London. Two months later, he reached what is now the Hudson Strait in the Canadian Arctic.
In 1754, French troops from Montreal captured the British fort at the confluence of the Ohio and Allegheny rivers.
The city of Pittsburgh now stands on the site.
In 1851, the square-rigged ship “Marco Polo” was launched in Saint John, N.B. It was used mainly to carry immigrants from England to Australia, setting records that earned it the reputation as the fastest ship in the world.
In 1855, the city of Charlottetown was incorporated. In September 1864, it played host to the Charlottetown Conference on Atlantic Union, which turned into the discussions that led to confederation.