John’s Believe It Or Not… October 23rd

1837 – Grand Assembly of the Six Counties adopts Thirteen Resolutions based on the Rights of Man of the French Revolution. 1993 – Toronto Blue Jays win second World Series on Joe Carter’s three-run homer in the bottom of the 9th. 1977 Paleontologist Elso Barghoorn announces the discovery of a 3.4-billion-year-old one-celled fossil – the earliest life form. 2002 Hostage crisis in Moscow theater. 1983 U.S. Embassy in Beirut hit by a massive car bomb.

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* 1837 – Grand Assembly of the Six Counties adopts Thirteen Resolutions based on the Rights of Man of the French Revolution.

History is written by the victor. The events of 1837 and 1838 have thus been given the names of “rebellions”, “insurrections”, “uprisings” or “troubles” by the colonial power. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… October 23rd”

John’s Believe It Or Not… October 22nd

1692 – Madeleine de Verchères – age 14 – defends family fort against Iroquois. 1884 International Meridian Conference adopts Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) worldwide. 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. 1797 The first parachutist. 1975 Gay sergeant challenges the US Air Force.

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* 1692 – Madeleine de Verchères – age 14 – defends family fort against Iroquois.

Marie Madeleine Jarret de Verchères is a heroine of Canada whose mighty deeds have been largely forgotten over time. The daughter of French aristocrats who had settled in Verchères (now part of Quebec, Canada), Madeleine grew up in a fort along the St. Lawrence River. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… October 22nd”

John’s Believe It Or Not… October 21st

1875 – Icelandic immigrants found the settlement of Gimli in Manitoba. 1854 Florence Nightingale with a staff of 38 nurses is sent to the Crimean War. 1967 Thousands protest the war in Vietnam. 1966 Mudslide buries school in Wales. 1805 Battle of Trafalgar.

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* 1875 – Icelandic immigrants found the settlement of Gimli in Manitoba.

New Iceland is the name of a region on Lake Winnipeg in the Canadian province Manitoba which was named for settlers from Iceland. It was settled in 1875.

The first Icelandic emigrants to Canada were Mormons from the Westman Islands. The more general migration followed an offer from Lord Dufferin of land in Manitoba to establish what amounted to a “free state”. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… October 21st”

John’s Believe It Or Not… October 20th

1671 – New France Intendant Jean Talon orders bachelors to marry Filles du Roy or lose hunting and trading rights. 1947 Congress investigates Reds in Hollywood. 1827 Battle of Navarino. 1944 MacArthur returns. 2011 Libyan Dictator Moammar Gadhafi is Killed.

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* 1671 – New France Intendant Jean Talon orders bachelors to marry Filles du Roy or lose hunting and trading rights.

Jean Talon, Count d’Orsainville was the first Intendant of New France. Talon was appointed by King Louis XIV and his minister, Jean-Baptiste Colbert to serve as the Intendant of Justice, Public Order, and Finances in Canada, Acadia, and Newfoundland for two terms: 1665 to 1668 and 1670 to 1672. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… October 20th”

John’s Believe It Or Not… October 19th

1903 – Canada Loses Alaska Boundary Dispute. 2015 US scientists from University of California find evidence life on earth may have begun 4.1 billion years ago. 1781 Victory at Yorktown. 1796 Editorial accuses Jefferson of affair with slave. 1958 The first Cold War world’s fair closes.

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* 1903 – Canada Loses Alaska Boundary Dispute.

During the late 1800s and early 1900s, a dispute erupted between the United States and Canada regarding the legal boundaries of Alaska, which the United States had purchased from Russia in 1867. The primary point of contention in the dispute related to a several thousand mile long strip to the west of British Columbia and to the southeast of the Alaska territory. Although the dispute was resolved by way of a treaty signed in 1903, it caused a severe threat to U.S.-Canadian relations. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… October 19th”

John’s Believe It Or Not… October 18th

1685 French King Louis XIV revokes Edict of Nantes canceling rights of French Protestants. 1867 U.S. takes possession of Alaska. 1968 John Lennon and Yoko Ono arrested for drug possession. 1898 U.S. takes control of Puerto Rico. 1469 Ferdinand and Isabella marry.

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* 1685 French King Louis XIV revokes Edict of Nantes canceling rights of French Protestants.

The Revocation of the Edict of Nantes was preceded by a series of repressive measures against Protestants and the Reformed Church. This anti-Reformation policy of King Louis XIV was trying to bring about religious unity in his kingdom. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… October 18th”

John’s Believe It Or Not… October 17th

733 Battle at Tours (Poitiers): Charles Martel’s Frankish victory over Islamic forces. 1931 Capone goes to prison. 1973 OPEC states declare oil embargo. 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake strikes near San Francisco. 1961 Algerians massacred in Paris.

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* 733 Battle at Tours (Poitiers): Charles Martel’s Frankish victory over Islamic forces.

The Battle of Tours – also called the Battle of Poitiers and, by Arab sources, the Battle of the Palace of the Martyrs. It was fought by Frankish and Burgundian forces under Charles Martel against an army of the Umayyad Caliphate led by ‘Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi, Governor-General of al-Andalus. It was fought in an area between the cities of Poitiers and Tours, in north-central France, near the village of Moussais-la-Bataille, about 20 kilometers (12 mi) northeast of Poitiers. The location of the battle was close to the border between the Frankish realm and then-independent Aquitaine. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… October 17th”