TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1569, England’s first state lottery was held to raise money for the construction of harbours.
In 1759, America’s first life insurance company was founded. It was called the Corporation for Relief of Poor and Distressed Widows and Children of Presbyterian Ministers.
In 1787, Sir William Herschel discovered the moons of the planet Uranus.
In 1805, the Michigan Territory was created by an act of U.S. Congress.
In 1815, Sir John A. Macdonald’s birth was registered in Glasgow, Scotland. While he was actually born the day before, on Jan. 10, this is the day commonly cited to commemorate the birth of Canada’s first prime minister. The leading figure in promoting Confederation, Macdonald served as prime minister from 1867-73 and from 1878 until his death in 1891. He advocated reciprocal trade agreements with the United States, worked for strong bonds with Britain and oversaw the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
In 1842, William James, the American psychologist and philosopher and author of “The Varieties of Religious Experience,” was born.