John’s Believe It Or Not… May 15th

* 1885 – Louis Riel surrenders to Middleton – NW Rebellion ends after 100 days. * 1937 Madeleine Albright is born * 1941 First Allied jet flies * 1963 The flight of Faith 7 * 1982 “Ebony And Ivory” begins a seven-week run at #1 on the pop charts


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* 1885 – Louis Riel surrenders to Middleton – NW Rebellion ends after 100 days.

The North-West Rebellion (or North-West Resistance) was a violent, five-month insurgency against the Canadian government, fought mainly by Métis militants and their Aboriginal allies in what is now Saskatchewan and Alberta. It was caused by rising fear and insecurity among the Métis and Aboriginal peoples as well as the white settlers of the rapidly changing West. A series of battles and other outbreaks of violence in 1885 left hundreds of people dead, but the rebels were eventually defeated by federal troops. The result was the permanent enforcement of Canadian law in the West, the subjugation of the Métis and the Plains tribes, and the conviction and hanging of rebel leader Louis Riel. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… May 15th”

John’s Believe It Or Not… May 15th

In 1885 Louis Riel surrenders at Batoche ending the Northwest Rebellion. In 1252 Pope Innocent IV authorizes the torture of heretics. In 1756 The Seven Years war begins. In 1941 the first Allied jet fighter flies. In 1963 Gordon Cooper goes into space aboard Faith 7.

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* 1885 – Louis Riel surrenders to Middleton; NW Rebellion ends after 100 days. (The North-West Rebellion of 1885 was a brief and unsuccessful uprising by the Métis people under Louis Riel and an associated uprising by First Nations Cree and Assiniboine of the District of Saskatchewan against the government of Canada. The Métis believed that Canada had failed to protect their rights, their land and their survival as a distinct people. Riel had been invited to lead the movement but he turned it into a military action with a heavily religious tone, thereby alienating the Catholic clergy, the whites, most of the Indians and some of the Métis. He had a force of a couple hundred Métis and a smaller number of Aboriginal at Batoche in May 1885, confronting 900 government troops. Despite some notable early victories at Duck Lake, Fish Creek, and Cut Knife, the rebellion ended when the Métis were defeated at the siege of Batoche. The remaining Aboriginal allies scattered. Riel was captured and put on trial. He was convicted of treason and despite many pleas across Canada for amnesty, he was hanged. Riel became the heroic martyr to Francophone Canada and ethnic tensions escalated into a major national division that was never resolved.) Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… May 15th”