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Louis Riel

Louis David Riel was a Canadian politician, a founder of the province of Manitoba, a political leader of the Métis people of the Canadian Prairies. He led two rebellions against the government of Canada and its first post-Confederation prime minister, John A. Macdonald. Riel sought to preserve Métis rights and culture as their homelands in the Northwest came progressively under the Canadian sphere of influence. Over the decades, he has been made a folk hero by Francophones, Catholic nationalists, native rights activists, the New Left student movement. Arguably, Riel has received more scholarly attention than any other figure in Canadian history; the first resistance led by Riel became known as the Red River Rebellion of 1869–1870. The provisional government established by Riel negotiated the terms under which the modern province of Manitoba entered the Canadian Confederation. Riel ordered the execution of Thomas Scott, fled to the United States to escape prosecution. Despite this, he is referred to as the "Father of Manitoba".

While a fugitive, he was elected three times to the House of Commons of Canada, although he never assumed his seat. During these years, he was frustrated by having to remain in exile despite his growing belief that he was a divinely chosen leader and prophet, a belief which would resurface and influence his actions; because of this new religious conviction, Catholic leaders who had supported him before repudiated him. He married in 1881 while in exile in Montana in the United States. In 1884 Riel was called upon by the Métis leaders in Saskatchewan to articulate their grievances to the Canadian government. Instead he organized a military resistance that escalated into a military confrontation, the North-West Rebellion of 1885. Ottawa used the new rail lines to send in thousands of combat soldiers, it ended in his conviction for high treason. Despite protests and popular appeals, Prime Minister Macdonald rejected calls for clemency, Riel was executed by hanging. Riel was seen as a heroic victim by French Canadians.

Although only a few hundred people were directly affected by the Rebellion in Saskatchewan, the long-term result was that the Prairie provinces would be controlled by the Anglophones, not the Francophones. An more important long-term impact was the bitter alienation Francophones across Canada felt, anger against the repression by their countrymen. Riel's historical reputation has long been polarized between portrayals as a dangerous half-insane religious fanatic and rebel against the Canadian nation, or by contrast a heroic rebel who fought to protect his Francophone people from the unfair encroachments of an Anglophone national government, he is celebrated as a proponent of multiculturalism, although that downplays his primary commitment to Métis nationalism and political independence. The Red River Settlement was a community in Rupert's Land nominally administered by the Hudson's Bay Company, inhabited by First Nations tribes and the Métis, an ethnic group of mixed Cree, Saulteaux, French-Canadian and English descent.

Louis Riel was born there in 1844, near modern Winnipeg, Manitoba, to Louis Riel, Sr. and Julie Lagimodière. Riel was the eldest of eleven children in a locally well-respected family, his father, of Franco-Ojibwa Métis descent, had gained prominence in this community by organizing a group that supported Guillaume Sayer, a Métis imprisoned for challenging the HBC's historical trade monopoly. Sayer's eventual release due to agitations by Louis Sr.'s group ended the monopoly, the name Riel was therefore well known in the Red River area. His mother was the daughter of Jean-Baptiste Lagimodière and Marie-Anne Gaboury, one of the earliest white families to settle in the Red River Settlement in 1812; the Riels were noted for their devout Catholicism and strong family ties. Riel was first educated by Roman Catholic priests at St. Boniface. At age 13 he came to the attention of Alexandre Taché, the Suffragan Bishop of St. Boniface, eagerly promoting the priesthood for talented young Métis. In 1858 Taché arranged for Riel to attend the Petit Séminaire of the Collège de Montréal, under the direction of the Sulpician order.

Descriptions of him at the time indicate that he was a fine scholar of languages and philosophy, but exhibited a frequent and unpredictable moodiness. Following news of his father's premature death in 1864, Riel lost interest in the priesthood and withdrew from the college in March 1865. For a time, he continued his studies as a day student in the convent of the Grey Nuns, but was soon asked to leave, following breaches of discipline, he remained in Montreal for over a year, living at the home of Lucie Riel. Impoverished by the death of his father, Riel took employment as a law clerk in the Montreal office of Rodolphe Laflamme. During this time he was involved in a failed romance with a young woman named Marie–Julie Guernon; this progressed to the point of Riel having signed a contract of marriage, but his fiancée's family opposed her involvement with a Métis, the engagement was soon broken. Compounding this disappointment, Riel found legal work unpleasant and, by early 1866, he had resolved to leave Canada East.

Some of his friends said that he worked odd jobs in Chicago, while staying with poet Louis-Honoré Fréchette, wrote poems himself in the manner of Lamartine, that he was employed as a clerk in Saint Paul, before returning to the Red River settlement on 26 July 1868. The majority population of the Red Rive

Jack Burns (first baseman)

John Irving Burns, nicknamed "Slug," was an American first baseman and scout in Major League Baseball. A native of Cambridge, Burns stood 6 feet tall and weighed 175 pounds in his playing days, batted and threw left-handed. Burns' professional playing career began in 1928 in the New England League. After leading the Class A Western League in home runs with 36 in 1929, his contract was purchased by the St. Louis Browns of the American League. After a brief MLB trial in 1930, Burns became the starting first baseman for the Browns in 1931, he handled those duties until he was traded to the Detroit Tigers on April 30, 1936, for pitcher Chief Hogsett. He returned to the minor leagues at the end of that campaign for the remainder of his playing career. In Burns' finest season for the Browns, 1932, he scored 111 runs, batted.305, hit 11 homers and drove home 70 runs batted in. Over his big league career, he appeared in 890 games, batted.280 with 980 hits, 44 homers and 417 RBIs. His career fielding percentage was.992.

He led American League first basemen in assists in 1931 and 1932. Burns became a manager in the minor leagues with the 1938 Toronto Maple Leafs of the International League, replacing Dan Howley on June 27 with the Leafs in eighth place, he rallied the team to a fifth place standing that year, but when Toronto finished last in 1939, Burns was released. After World War II, he joined the Boston Red Sox farm system, managing their Eastern League affiliates in Scranton and Albany from 1949 to 1954, his 1952 Albany Senators won the league pennant, while his 1954 Senators were the EL playoff champions. Burns spent five seasons as a Red Sox coach, working as the third-base coach under manager Pinky Higgins, he scouted for Boston from 1960 until his death, at Brighton, Massachusetts, at the age of 67. As a New England-based Red Sox scout, he is credited with recommending and signing Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk, a first-round selection in the January 1967 draft, his son Bob Burns was a baseball coach at Kennett High School, North Conway, New Hampshire, from 1971–2012.

Each year, the school presents the Jack Burns Baseball Award. GeneralSpink, J. G. Taylor, ed; the Baseball Register 1956 edition. St. Louis: The Sporting News; the Baseball Encyclopedia, Macmillan Books, 10th edition. Specific Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference Jack Burns at Find a Grave

Robert Kent (actor)

Robert Kent, was an American film actor. His career included starring roles in several film serials of the 1940s, including The Phantom Creeps, Who's Guilty?, The Phantom Rider. He had a role in the 1938 film The Gladiator and was Virginia Vale's leading man in Blonde Comet, a 1941 movie about a female racing driver, he married actress Astrid Allwyn in Tijuana, Mexico, on January 10, 1937, they were divorced in 1941. He had three children: Kristina and Kim Louise, he died in Los Angeles, California of a coronary occlusion due to coronary arteriosclerosis. Robert Kent on IMDb Announcement of Robert Kent's marriage to Astrid Allwyn