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On This Day

1714 – The Great Hatred: The Cossacks of the Russian Empire killed about 800 people overnight in Hailuoto.[1]
The permanent settlement of Hailuoto apparently began in the 12th century. Residents came from many directions, especially from Karelia. The Swedes, who competed for its fishing waters, gave the island the name Karelö (which was transformed into Karlö), which means freely translated “Karelian Island”. The first permanent residents of Hailuoto were mostly from Western Finland, but some also came from Eastern Finland. In 1548 there were 43 houses on the island, and by 1570 the number of houses had grown to 60. Queen Christina of Sweden donated the entire island of Hailuoto in 1652 to Colonel Berndt Taube, from whose heirs it was returned to the crown in 1675.[13]

Hailuoto first belonged to the high parish of Saloinen (nowadays part of Raahe), from which it separated into an independent parish in 1587.[14][15] The church, built in 1610–1620, was for a long time the oldest wooden church in use in Finland until it burned down in 1968.[16] The current church was completed in 1972.[17]

During the Great Famine of 1695–1697, 88 inhabitants of Hailuoto died.[13] During the Great Northern War (1713–1721), 200 Cossacks of the Tsardom of Russia killed about 800 people in Hailuoto with axes on September 29, 1714. Many of the victims had sought protection on the island, as Hailuoto had a population of less than 300 at that time. The bloodshed done overnight was the greatest of the Great Northern War.[18] According to tradition, the bells of Hailuoto Church were drowned in Lake Kirkonjärvi during the Great Northern War, where they were never found again.[13]


1791 – France’s National Constituent Assembly is dissolved, to be replaced the next day by the National Legislative Assembly.
The Legislative Assembly (French: Assemblée législative) was the legislature of France from 1 October 1791 to 20 September 1792 during the years of the French Revolution. It provided the focus of political debate and revolutionary law-making between the periods of the National Constituent Assembly and of the National Convention.[1]



Born On This Day

1810 – Elizabeth Gaskell, English author (d. 1865)[11]
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (née Stevenson; 29 September 1810 – 12 November 1865), often referred to as Mrs Gaskell, was an English novelist, biographer and short story writer. Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of Victorian society, including the very poor. Her work is of interest to social historians as well as readers of literature. Her first novel, Mary Barton, was published in 1848. Gaskell’s The Life of Charlotte Brontë, published in 1857, was the first biography of Charlotte Brontë. In this biography, she wrote only of the moral, sophisticated things in Brontë’s life; the rest she left out, deciding that certain, more salacious aspects were better kept hidden. Among Gaskell’s best known novels are Cranford (1851–53), North and South (1854–55), and Wives and Daughters (1865), each having been adapted for television by the BBC.



1814 – Lucinda Hinsdale Stone, American feminist, educator, and philanthropist (d. 1900)[7]
Lucinda Hinsdale Stone (pen name, L. H. S.; September 30, 1814 – March 14, 1900) was an early American feminist, educator, traveler, writer, and philanthropist.

Stone came to Kalamazoo, Michigan with her husband as president of Kalamazoo College, which was then a part of the University of Michigan. She taught there and she established co-education at the University. Through her influence, women were placed in the university’s faculty and scholarships were awarded to women. Stone was the first woman in the United States to take classes of young women abroad to study,[1] that means to illustrate history and literature. She believed in self-development for service and was directly responsible for founding fifty woman’s literary and study clubs in the Midwestern United States. She was awarded the Honorary Degree LL.D., by the University of Michigan.[2]

Stone advocated for women’s voting rights and educational opportunities, in addition to abolition of slavery.[3] At the end of the 19th-century, Stone was the oldest woman journalist in Michigan, and was the honorary president of the Michigan Woman’s Press Association. In 1890, she traveled the length of the Southern Peninsula to become a charter member and help organize the first Michigan Woman’s Press Association.[4]



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