Posted: July 8, 2012 by Ty in Spirituality

National Post | Life

July 8

1654: Jacob Barsimon became the first known Jew to settle in North America when he made his home in New York.

1792: Lowell Mason, Presbyterian pioneer of congregational singing, was born. He composed over 1,000 hymn tunes, including “Nearer, My God, To Thee” and “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.”

1906: Winnipeg started offering Sunday streetcar service despite church opposition.

1974: NDP candidate Andy Hogan of Nova Scotia become the first Roman Catholic priest elected to Canada’s House of  Commons, in a federal election won by Pierre Trudeau’s Liberals.

2003: Tom Graff and Anthony Porcino of Vancouver became the first gay couple to wed in the province minutes after the B.C. Court of Appeal removed the last barrier to same sex marriages.

2005: David Ahenakew, the former First Nations leader, was convicted and fined for promoting hatred against Jews. Days later he was stripped of his Order of…

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