to­day in his­tory

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In 1752, the Gre­go­rian cal­en­dar was of­fi­cially adopted by the Bri­tish Em­pire and its colonies in Amer­ica.

In 1814, the poem “De­fence of Fort McHenry’’ (later be­com­ing the lyrics to “The Star-Span­gled Ban­ner’’) was writ­ten by Fran­cis Scott Key fol­low­ing the Bri­tish shelling of Fort McHenry in Mary­land. The morn­ing af­ter, Key saw the Amer­i­can flag still fly­ing over the fortress and wrote his poem. It was set to the tune of an English drink­ing song and it was des­ig­nated as the U.S. na­tional an­them in 1916 by Pres­i­dent Woodrow Wil­son, and his or­der was con­firmed by an act of Congress in 1931.

In 1982, Princess Grace of Monaco, for­merly U.S. ac­tress Grace Kelly, died of head in­juries when the car she was driv­ing plunged off a moun­tain road af­ter the brakes failed. Her daugh­ter, Stephanie, who was in the front pas­sen­ger seat, es­caped with mi­nor in­juries. Grace was 52. She be­came an ac­tress de­spite the op­po­si­tion of her fam­ily and first ap­peared in 1951’s “Four­teen Hours.’’ She be­came a favourite of di­rec­tor Al­fred Hitch­cock, star­ring in three of his films. She won the Academy Award for Best Ac­tress for “The Coun­try Girl’’ in 1955 but she re­tired from act­ing in 1956 af­ter her mar­riage to Prince Rainier. The cou­ple had three chil­dren.

In 1989, the RCMP re­placed strik­ing Dart­mouth, N.S., po­lice of­fi­cers in main­tain­ing law and or­der.

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