On This Day
1841 – Queen’s University is founded in the Province of Canada.
Queen’s University at Kingston, commonly known as Queen’s University or simply Queen’s, is a public research university in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Queen’s holds more than 1,400 hectares (3,500 acres) of land throughout Ontario and owns Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, England. Queen’s is organized into ten undergraduate, graduate, and professional faculties and schools.
The Church of Scotland established Queen’s College in October 1841 via a royal charter from Queen Victoria. The first classes, intended to prepare students for the ministry, were held 7 March 1842 with 13 students and two professors. In 1869, Queen’s was the first Canadian university west of the Maritime provinces to admit women. In 1883, a women’s college for medical education affiliated with Queen’s University was established after male staff and students reacted with hostility to the admission of women to the university’s medical classes. In 1912, Queen’s ended its affiliation with the Presbyterian Church, and adopted its present name. During the mid 20th century, the university established several faculties and schools, and expanded its campus with the construction of new facilities.
Queen’s is a co-educational university with more than 23,000 students and over 131,000 alumni living worldwide. Notable alumni include government officials, academics, business leaders and 57 Rhodes Scholars.
1558 – Poczta Polska, the Polish postal service, is founded.
Poczta Polska (English: Polish Post) is the state postal administration of Poland, initially founded in 1558. It is the largest mail-handling company in the country, which additionally provides courier, banking, insurance and logistics services. The digital services, such as neo-stamps, neo-letters and neo-postcards, are available through the Internet-based platform ‘Envelo’.
The two large subsidiary companies are Capital Group Poczta Polska (Post Bank) and the Pocztowe Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń Wzajemnych (Postal Mutual Insurance Association). The State Treasury of Poland is the sole owner and shareholder of Polish Post, which is the responsibility of the Minister of Administration and Digitization.
Born On This Day
1831 – Lucy Stanton, American activist (d. 1910)
Lucy Stanton (Day Sessions) (October 16, 1831 – February 18, 1910) was an American abolitionist and feminist figure, notable for being the first African-American woman to complete a four-year course of a study at a college or university. She completed a Ladies Literary Course from Oberlin College in 1850.
Lucy Stanton Day’s life was a testament to the many strong, resilient, and radical women that participated in the first wave of American feminism. Her passionate commitment to abolition especially connected her to her radical female predecessors, such as Angelina E. Grimké, who, as early as 1836, linked the abolition of slavery to the Christian duty of women.
1919 – Violet Milstead, Canadian World War II aviator and bush pilot (d. 2014)
Violet “Vi” Milstead Warren CM (October 17, 1919 – June 27, 2014) was a Canadian aviator, noted for being the first female Canadian bush pilot and one of only four Canadian women to work in the British Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) during WWII. With over 600 hours of flight time during the war, she was the longest serving female Canadian ATA pilot. She worked as a flight instructor at Barker Field in Toronto, Ontario, and her students included commercial pilot Molly Reilly and author June Callwood. She is a member of the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame, the Order of Canada, and the Bush Pilots Hall of Fame.
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