TO­DAY IN his­tory

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■ In 1773, the ship, “Hec­tor,” ar­rived at Brown’s Point, near Pic­tou. Hec­tor car­ried 178 Scot­tish im­mi­grants — the first large wave of im­mi­gra­tion that made Scots the pre­dom­i­nant eth­nic group in Nova Sco­tia. A replica ship was later built to com­mem­o­rate the voy­age and is on dis­play in Pic­tou har­bour.

■ In 1835, Charles Dar­win reached the Gala­pa­gos Is­lands aboard “HMS Bea­gle.”

■ In 1860, Ed­ward, Prince of Wales, vis­ited Ni­a­gara Falls, where he wit­nessed a per­for­mance of the great French tightrope walker Blondin.

■ In 1916, tanks were used in com­bat for the first time by the Bri­tish at the bat­tle of Flers-Courcelett­e, dur­ing the First World War.

■ In 1917, Rus­sia was pro­claimed a repub­lic by Alexan­der Fy­o­dor­ovich Keren­sky, whose gov­ern­ment was over­thrown two months later by the Bol­she­viks.

■ In 1958, Ce­cile Lan­glois be­came the first Dionne quin­tu­plet to be­come a mother when she gave birth to a son.

■ In 1960, Mau­rice (Rocket) Richard an­nounced his re­tire­ment from hockey af­ter play­ing 18 sea­sons with the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens. Richard was the great­est goal-scorer of his era, with a reg­u­lar sea­son to­tal of 544 and he once scored 50 goals in 50 games. He died in May 2000.

■ In 1976, Team Canada won the first Canada Cup hockey tour­na­ment when Dar­ryl Sit­tler scored in over­time to beat Cze­choslo­vakia 5-4.

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