TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1659, the Pyrenees were designated as the boundary between France and Spain, thus ending a 24-year war between the two countries.
In 1665, the “London Gazette” was published for the first time.
In 1781, the last public burning by the Spanish Inquisition took place in Seville.
In 1793, during the French Revolution, Christianity was abolished. Reason was deified, and as many as 2,000 churches were destroyed throughout France.
In 1804, Napoleon declared himself emperor, thus ending the First Republic of France.
In 1807, the Lewis and Clark expedition sighted the Pacific Ocean at the mouth of the Columbia River.
In 1836, three men from Britain flew 770 kilometres from London to Germany in a balloon. The trip took 18 hours.
In 1873, the Liberals formed their first federal government under Alexander Mackenzie. John A. Macdonald’s Conservatives had resigned two days before due to a bribery scandal.