Barbara Hanley Mayor, Webbwood, Ontario

January 6, 2012 by staff 

Barbara Hanley Mayor, Webbwood, Ontario, Today is Jan. 6:

In A.D. 548, the Jerusalem church observed Christmas on this date for the last time as the Western church moved to celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ on Dec. 25.

In 1412, St. Joan of Arc was born at Domremy in the French countryside.

In 1540, England’s King Henry VIII married his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. (The marriage lasted about six months.)

In 1643, Paul de Chomedy, Sieur de Maisonneuve, planted a cross on Mount Royal in what is now Montreal. It was his way of offering thanks that the settlement of Ville-Marie was saved from flooding.

In 1786, the first sitting of the New Brunswick legislature took place in Saint John.

In 1832, artist Gustave Dore, known for his drawings and lithographs for the Bible, “Dante’s Inferno” and other works, was born in Strasbourg, France.

In 1838, Samuel Morse made the first public demonstration of his telegraph in Morristown, New Jersey.

In 1877, Canada’s first flour mill, MacLean’s, began operation in Manitoba.

In 1884, Gregor Mendel, an Augustine monk who pioneered the study of heredity by crossing garden peas, died in Brno in present-day Czech Republic.

In 1898, the first telephone message was sent to land from a submerged submarine.

In 1912, New Mexico was made the 47th U.S. state.

In 1918, while diving to escape German fighters, Canadian pilot Captain J. Hedley was sucked from his seat and out of the plane. When the plane levelled out, the aviator was sitting safely near the tail. The slipstream had pulled him back to the plane.

In 1920, delegates from provincial farm political groups organized the Progressive Party in Winnipeg.

In 1936, Barbara Hanley became Canada’s first woman mayor when she was elected in the Northern Ontario town of Webbwood.

In 1938, Sigmund Freud, the father of modern psychoanalysis, arrived in London at 82 with several of his students after fleeing the Nazi persecution of Jews in Vienna.

In 1941, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his “Four Freedoms” speech in which he outlined his goals of freedom of speech and worship, freedom from want and fear.

In 1953, Vancouver’s longest wet spell on record began. The city had rain for 29 straight days. (Victoria received rain 33 days in a row in 1986.)

In 1960, 34 people were killed when a National Airlines DC-6 disintegrated en route from New York to Miami, apparently because of a bomb.

In 1966, “The Drum,” the first newspaper of its kind in the Arctic, began publishing in English, Inuit and Kutchin.

In 1971, Dr. C.H. Li and Dr. Philip R. Lee, both of the University of California, announced the first artificial synthesis of human growth hormone.

In 1974, the Global Television Network (now CanWest-Global), Canada’s third English-language television network, began programming in southern Ontario.

In 1978, the Sun Life Assurance Company set off a storm of controversy in Quebec when it announced plans to move its head office from Montreal to Toronto.

In 1982, truck driver William G. Bonin was convicted in Los Angeles of 10 of the “Freeway Killer” slayings of young men and boys. (Bonin was later convicted of four other killings; he was executed in 1996.)

In 1989, Saskatchewan painter Illingworth Kerr died in Calgary at age 83.

In 1992, a Quebec judge ruled that a 25-year-old woman known only as Nancy B. had the right to die. She had a rare neurological disease for which there was no cure and was paralyzed from the neck down. After a 30-day appeal period, she was removed from life support Feb. 13.

In 1993, celebrated Russian ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev died in Paris of AIDS at 54. He had electrified audiences for three decades after defecting from the Soviet Union in 1961.

In 1994, American figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the leg by an assailant at Cobo Arena in Detroit. Four men, including Jeff Gillooly, ex-husband of Kerrigan’s rival, Tonya Harding, were later sentenced to prison for their roles in the attack. Harding, who denied advance knowledge of the attack, received probation after pleading guilty to conspiracy to hinder prosecution.

In 1997, the federal government apologized for suggesting Brian Mulroney was involved in criminal activity in what came to be known as the Airbus Affair. The apology was part of an out-of-court settlement of the former Tory prime minister’s $50-million libel suit against the government. Mulroney had been named in a document circulated among Swiss government and banking officials. It suggested that while in office, he was involved in an alleged kickback scheme involving Air Canada’s 1988 purchase of 34 Airbus jets.

In 1999, it was announced that Prince Edward, 34, the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth, would marry Sophie Rhys-Jones.

In 2004, China killed thousands of civet cats to curb SARS.

In 2004, a design consisting of two reflecting pools and a paved stone field was chosen for the World Trade Center memorial in New York.

In 2005, Canada’s Disaster Assistance Response Team — or DART — left for Ampara, Sri Lanka, one of the areas hardest hit by the Dec. 26 south Asian tsunami, to help with rebuilding and providing clean drinking water.

In 2005, former premier Louis J. Robichaud, widely regarded as the architect of modern New Brunswick, died at age 79.

In 2005, Lois Hole, Alberta’s 15th lieutenant-governor, died at age 71.

In 2007, Yvon Durelle, whose 1958 fight against boxing great Archie Moore made him a Canadian legend, died at age 77.

In 2007, Charmion King, grande dame of Canadian theatre and wife of actor Gordon Pincent, died at age 81.

In 2008, two Canadian soldiers, Corporal Eric Labbe of Rimouski, Que., and Warrant Officer Hani Massouh, were killed when their armoured vehicle rolled over in wet, rugged terrain southwest of Kandahar city in Afghanistan. Massouh was born in Alexandria, Egypt and had lived in Quebec since 1968.

In 2008, Kosovo’s parliament elected a former rebel leader, Hashim Thaci, as prime minister to head a coalition government that would steer the province through a declaration of independence from Serbia. Western countries, including Canada, supported Kosovo’s statehood.

In 2010, former Montreal Expo Andre Dawson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on his ninth try.

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