TO­DAY IN his­tory

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY -

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In 1799, res­i­dents of Lower Canada (now Que­bec) cel­e­brated their rst Thanks­giv­ing.

In 1810, Napoleon I, Em­peror of the French, di­vorced his wife, Josephine.

In 1815, Bri­tain pro­hib­ited Amer­i­can cit­i­zens from set­tling in Canada.

In 1863, the Lon­don Un­der­ground, the old­est sub­way sys­tem in the world, opened. The rst trains -- us­ing steam lo­co­mo­tives that burned coke and later coal -- be­gan run­ning from Padding­ton to Far­ring­don in the City of Lon­don, to­talling seven stops over 6.4 kilo­me­tres.

In 1901, a gusher at Beau­mont, Texas, started the great Texas oil boom.

In 1918, the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives voted for fe­male suf­frage.

In 1920, the “Treaty of Ver­sailles,” end­ing the First World War, took ef­fect. The Treaty also es­tab­lished the League of Na­tions, at which Canada and the other Bri­tish Do­min­ions could speak for them­selves on in­ter­na­tional af­fairs. The United States never joined the League, which was re­placed af­ter the Sec­ond World War by the United Na­tions.

In 1946, the United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly met for the rst time in Lon­don.

In 1946, the rst man-made con­tact with the Moon was made as radar sig­nals were bounced o the lu­nar sur­face.

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