Saturday, October 9, 2010
732 – The question whether Latin or Arabic will become the language of European lawyers is settled when a Frankish army under Charles "The Hammer" Martel defeats the Moors at the Battle of Tours:.
1582 – Because the new Gregorian Calendar has been introduced, this day does not exist in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain. England, suspicious of such Papish novelties, goes ahead with the day anyway.
1919 – Future Canadian Supreme Court Justice Willard Zebedee "Bud" Estey is born at Saskatoon.
1938 – World War II is prevented by the signing of the Munich Agreement. The world is much relieved.
1953 – Justice Sir Erima Harvey Northcroft of the New Zealand Supreme Court dies in Christchurch at age 68.
1971 – London Bridge – dismantled and brought stone by stone, opens at Lake Havasu City, Arizona.