TODAY IN HISTORY
In AD 374, Ambrose, an early church father, was consecrated Bishop of Milan, Italy. His influential works on theology and ethics made him -- along with Jerome, Augustine, and Gregory the Great -- one of the “four doctors” of the Western (Latin) Church. In 1661, under pressure from the British Parliament, the American colony of Massachusetts suspended its Corporal Punishment Act of 1656, which had imposed harsh penalties on Quakers and other religious Nonconformists.
In 1729, 1.2 million hectares -including Norfolk, Wentworth and Haldimand counties of Ontario -- were surrendered by the Mississauga Indians.
In 1770, Samuel Hearne left the Prince of Wales Fort at Hudson Bay on an expedition that would make him the first European to see the Arctic Ocean.
In 1787, Delaware became the first U.S. state.
In 1829, the British rulers of India outlawed the custom of suttee -- the immolation of widows on their husbands’ funeral pyres.
In 1837, the rebellion in Upper Canada erupted into violence when government officials were shot at Montgomery’s Tavern just outside Toronto. In 1876, the Canadian steamship “Northern Light” began the first regular service from P.E.I. to the mainland.