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Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY -

In 1661, fe­male ac­tors ap­peared on an English stage for the first time.

In 1777, the United States adopted the Stars and Stripes as its of­fi­cial flag.

In 1793, slav­ery was abol­ished in Canada.

In 1800, Up­per Canada At­tor­ney-gen­eral John White died in a duel with John Small, the prov­ince’s top civil ser­vant, at the gov­ern­ment build­ing in York (now Toronto). White had called Small’s wife a duke’s dis­carded mis­tress.

In 1863, Canada’s first cov­ered skat­ing rink opened in Hal­i­fax.

In 1901, Bri­tish politi­cian Win­ston Churchill spoke at Toronto’s Massey Hall on the Boer War in South Africa.

In 1912, the first Cana­dian hockey game played on ar­ti­fi­cial ice saw the New West­min­ster Roy­als beat the host Vic­to­ria Aris­to­crats 8-3.

In 1935, fed­eral wildlife con­ser­va­tion of­fi­cials ex­pressed con­cern the beaver was in dan­ger of fol­low­ing the musk-ox and buf­falo to near-ex­tinc­tion. They sug­gested set­ting up beaver farms to augment the shrink­ing pop­u­la­tion of Canada’s sym­bol.

In 1945, the first Cana­dian troops con­scripted for over­seas duty in the Sec­ond World War left Hal­i­fax for Bri­tain.

In 1959, Alaska be­came the 49th state of the United States.

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