Wednesday, November 16, 2011

On November 16

On this day in ...
... 1885, 41-year-old Louis Riel was executed by hanging in the Royal Canaidan Mounted Police barracks at Regina, Manitoba, following his conviction for treason, the rejection of the jury's recommendation for clemency, and the division among mental health experts as to his sanity. (credit for photo of Riel, standing center, speaking at his trial) The charges had stemmed from the Riel's leadership of fellow Métis, indigenous Canadians, and other disaffected groups in the North-West Rebellion against the Ottawa government.

(Prior November 16 posts are here, here, and here, and here.)

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