On this day in history
1625: Jean de Brébeuf and the first permanent Jesuit missionaries arrive at Québec.
1758: James Wolfe opens fire on Louisbourg's Island, NS.
1791: King George III gives Royal Assent dividing Québec into two new provinces: Lower Canada and Upper Canada.
1793: Simcoe's Upper Canada Assembly passes act banning import of slaves. It is the first in the British Empire to do so.
1812: The U.S. officially declares war on Great Britain. This is the only major war, other than the Indian wars, to be fought on Canadian soil.
1846: The first officially recorded, organized baseball game is played in Hoboken, New Jersey.
1862: The U.S. Congress prohibits slavery in United States territories.
1865: Over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves in Galveston, Texas are finally informed of their freedom. The anniversary is still officially celebrated.
1882: The last spike finally driven on CPR line.
1910: The first Father's Day is celebrated in Spokane, Washington.
1918: Canadian air ace Billy Bishop shoots down five German planes in his last dogfight, bringing his total enemy kills to 72.
1949: The first ever NASCAR race was held at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
1958: Parliament approves Canada's participation in NORAD.
1973: Gordie Howe jumps to the Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association to play alongside his sons.