To­day in his­tory

The Western Star - - Editorial -

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In 1608, Sa­muel de Cham­plain es­tab­lished a set­tle­ment at Que­bec City. He called it Ke­bec, an Al­go­nquin word mean­ing “place where the river nar­rows.” Its res­i­dents faced count­less hard­ships, in­clud­ing cold weather and dis­ease. By the time a re­lief ship ar­rived at Que­bec a year later, all but eight of Cham­plain’s party were dead.

In 1797, the Law So­ci­ety of Upper Canada was formed.

In 1814, Fort Erie, Ont., was seized by an Amer­i­can force un­der Ja­cob Brown. The force — the last foreign troops to oc­cupy Canadian soil — re­treated four months later.

In 1838, Fran­cis Hincks founded the “Toronto Ex­am­iner.”

In 1870, R.B. Ben­nett, Canada’s prime min­is­ter from 193035, was born in Hopewell Hill, N.B. He died in Bri­tain in 1947.

In 1876, the In­ter­colo­nial Rail­way was com­pleted be­tween Hal­i­fax and Riviere-du-Loup, Que.

In 1890, Idaho be­came the 43rd U.S. state. In 1893, the city of Kam­loops, B.C., was in­cor­po­rated.

In 1898, Joshua Slocum of Briar Is­land, N.S., ar­rived in New­port, R.I., to com­plete the first solo cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion of the globe.

In 1904, Hun­gar­ian-born Zion­ist leader Theodor Herzl died. He launched the movement that led to the es­tab­lish­ment of Is­rael in 1948.

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