To­day in his­tory

The Western Star - - Editorial -

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In 1430, Joan of Arc, taken pris­oner by the Bur­gun­di­ans in May, was handed over to Pierre Cau­chon, the bishop of Beau­vais.

In 1789, a Paris mob stormed the no­to­ri­ous Bastille prison and re­leased seven po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers dur­ing the French Rev­o­lu­tion. Bastille Day is now a na­tional hol­i­day in France. In 1865, a team led by Bri­tish moun­tain climber Ed­ward Whym­per be­came the first to reach the sum­mit of the Mat­ter­horn, on the Swiss-Ital­ian bor­der. Four mem­bers of the team fell to their deaths dur­ing the de­scent when a rope broke.

In 1867, Al­fred No­bel demon­strated dy­na­mite for the first time at a quarry in Red­hill, Sur­rey, Eng­land.

In 1881, Amer­i­can out­law gun­fighter Wil­liam Bon­ney -bet­ter known as “Billy the Kid” -- was shot to death by Pat Gar­rett in Fort Sum­ner, New Mex­ico.

In 1915, Sir Robert Bor­den be­came the first Cana­dian prime min­is­ter to at­tend a Bri­tish cab­i­net meet­ing.

In 1924, former U.S. pres­i­dent Ger­ald Ford was born. He died Dec. 26, 2006.

In 1933, Robert Bourassa was born in Mon­treal. He served as Que­bec’s pre­mier from 1970-76 and again from 198594. He died of can­cer in 1996.

In 1933, “Pop­eye the Sailor Man” ap­peared in his first car­toon.

In 1933, the Na­tional So­cial­ist -- or Nazi -- party was de­clared the only le­gal po­lit­i­cal group in Ger­many.

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