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    Happy 163rd Birthday Trentside!

    September 30, 2020 Pastor Jeff Bell

    This week (September 30th), Trentside will be celebrating its 163rd Birthday!  The Fenelon and Bobcaygeon churches were both birthed on this day in 1857. About five years later the congregations divided, however in God’s providence, four years ago (2016) the two congregations were reunited to create Trentside Baptist (click here to read a little more of the history of Trentside: https://www.trentsidechurch.ca/about-us/history/).  

     

    To honour this milestone, and to help us consider God’s faithfulness to Fenelon and Bobcaygeon, for fun, I thought I would share a little of what has taken place in our country and across our globe over the same period of time Trentside has existed:

     

    What else has happened on September 30 since 1857?

     

    1868 Spain's Queen Isabella is deposed, flees to France

     

    1880 Sep 30, Henry Draper took the 1st photograph of the Orion Nebula

     

    1898 Sep 30, The city of NY was established with five boroughs

     

    1929 1st manned rocket plane flight (by auto maker Fritz von Opel)

     

    1935 The Hoover Dam, astride the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada, is  dedicated by FDR

     

    1938 Treaty of Munich signed by Hitler, Mussolini, Daladier and Chamberlain, forces Czechoslovakia to give territory to Germany

     

    1946 22 Nazi leaders, including Joachim von Ribbentrop and Hermann Goering, are found guilty of war crimes and sentenced to death or prison at the Nuremberg war trials

     

    1950 Radio's "Grand Ole Opry" is broadcast on TV for 1st time

     

    1955 American actor and cultural icon James Dean is killed in a car crash at age 24

     

    1960 “Howdy Doody” airs final show,  and the "The Flintstones" premiers on ABC

     

    1961  A bill for the 1773 Boston Tea Party was paid ($196) by Mayor Snyder of Oregon for the total cost of all the tea lost

     

    1970 New American Bible published

     

    1988 Dave Stieb loses 2nd consecutive no hitter bid with 2 outs in 9th

     

    1989 Toronto Blue Jays wins AL East title for their first time

     

    2006   Five people were crushed to death in their cars after the collapse of an overpass near 

    Montreal

     

    2019  The Canadian House of Commons heritage committee approved a measure to make the last day of September a National Truth and Reconciliation Day

     

     

    Major Events In Canadian History Since 1857:

     

    1867 Canada becomes a nation

     

    1869 Red River Resistance - the Métis, led by Louis Riel and First Nations allies defended the Red River Colony from White settlers and government encroachment on their lands. (Louis Riel was later hanged for treason)

     

    1873 the North-West Mounted Police is established to maintain order and assist settlers. The red-coated “Mountie” becomes a symbol of Canada. The force is renamed the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1920.

     

    1885 Last Spike Driven for the Canadian Pacific Railway was hammered by Lord Strathcona at Craigellachie, British Columbia. This fulfilled a government promise to connect BC to Eastern Canada via a transcontinental railway (*Including 15,000 labourers from China, many of whom died during the railway’s construction)

     

    1894 First Stanley Cup Awarded - Montreal defeated Ottawa 3-1.

     

    1908 Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery is published.

     

    1914 World War 1 begins (over 60,000 Canadians loose their lives)

     

    1917 The great Halifax explosion (kills nearly 2000); & Women receive the right to vote

     

    1918 The Outbreak of the Spanish Flu (killing approximate 50,000 Canadians)

     

    1922 Frederick Banting & Charles Best discover insulin 

     

    1929 The Start of the Great Depression - led to the economic hardships in Canada known as the “Dirty Thirties”

     

    1939 Canada declares war on Germany, and participates in what would be recognized as World War II (over 45,000 Canadians loose their lives)

     

    1942 After the bombing of Pearl Harbour, Canada relocates 22,000 Japanese until the end of the war in 1945 (Canada publicly apologized in 1988)

     

    1959 The Saint Lawrence Seaway opens (dedicated by Elizabeth II and President Eisenhower) 

     

    1965 Canada accepts its new national flag

     

    1980 Although “O Canada” is over a hundred years old, it is officially made Canada’s national anthem

     

    1995 In a province wide referendum Quebec’s bid for sovereignty is narrowly defeated

     

    2020 Between March 13 & 27, every province and territory of Canada declares a “State Emergency” due to Covid-19. Non-essential businesses, schools, and places of worship are called to cease operations.

     

     

    World Population in 1857 = 1,200,000,000

     

    World Population September 2020 = 7,794,798,739

     

     

    So much has happened in the 163 intervening years since faithful followers of Jesus established, what we now call Trentside Baptist.  Nations have fallen, and new nations birthed (including our own).  Great wars have been waged and historic peace treaties signed. The world has gone from horse and buggy to space shuttles and space stations.  Power has gone from coal to nuclear. And our planet’s population has grown from 1 billion to nearly 8 billion.  With all the changes, one constant remains:

     

     Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. 
    Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith. 
    Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
    Hebrew 13:7-8
     
     
    Happy Anniversary Trentside!

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