To­day in his­tory

The Western Star - - EDITORIAL -

To­day in His­tory for June 14:

In 1617, Canada’s first farmer, Louis He­bert, ar­rived at Tadous­sac with his wife and their three chil­dren.

In 1777, the Con­ti­nen­tal Congress in Philadel­phia adopted the Stars and Stripes as the na­tional flag.

In 1808, the first Methodist church in Mon­treal was built. In 1872, the Cana­dian Pa­cific Rail­way’s gen­eral char­ter was passed by the Do­min­ion par­lia­ment.

In 1919, Bri­tish pilots John Wil­liam Al­cock and Arthur Whit­ten Brown took off from St. John’s, Nfld., for the first non-stop transat­lantic flight. They landed in a peat bog at Gal­way, Ire­land, af­ter fly­ing about 3,100 kilo­me­tres in just over 16 hours. The flight won them a $10,000 prize of­fered by the London Daily Mail, and both were awarded knight­hoods.

In 1928, Che Gue­vara was born in Rosario, Ar­gentina. He was a the­o­reti­cian and tac­ti­cian of guer­rilla war­fare, a promi­nent Com­mu­nist fig­ure in the Cuban Rev­o­lu­tion (1956-59), and later a guer­rilla leader in South Amer­ica. He was ex­e­cuted Oct. 9, 1967, af­ter he was cap­tured by the Bo­li­vian army while lead­ing a re­volt.

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