The adjective historic should be reserved for people and things that are important, famous or memorable in history.
- The historic Fortress of Louisbourg in Nova Scotia is a popular tourist attraction.
Historical means simply “in history,” “related to history” or “actually existing or occurring in the past.”
- The movie Grey Owl was based in part on historical events.
In writing, use the indefinite article a before historic and historical. (In speech, the use of the article an is acceptable.)
- July 1, 1867, was a historic day for Canada.
- Robin Hood was a historical figure who became a legend worldwide.
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