24 August 2011

Timeline August 24 to 27

Aug 24
1791  Following the passage of the Constitutional Act, the British government issued an order-in-council formally dividing Quebec into Lower and Upper Canada.
1793  Lt Gov Simcoe celebrated the change of the name Toronto to York by ordering the firing of a royal salute.
1814  British troops captured Washington, DC, and burned public buildings in reprisal for the American sacking of Niagara and York.
1920  Artist Alex Colville, was born in Toronto.

Aug 25
1760  The French Fort Levis, near Prescott, commanded by Capt Pierre Pouchot, surrendered to the British army commanded by Sir Jeffrey Amherst,
1782  Col John Butler of Butler's Rangers took the first census of the settlement of Niagara and discovered a total of 83 person.
1838  The foundation stone of the Colborne District courthouse and jail was laid at Peterborough by Lt Gov Sir George Arthur.

Aug 26
1833  Thomas McKay began operating a grist mill in New Edinburgh.
1919  The Great Toronto-New York-Toronto Air Race, sponsored by the Canadian National Exhibition, was won by US pilot Rudolph W Schroeder.

Aug 27
1758  At Fort Frontenac (Kingston) French defenders under Pierre-Jacques Payen de Noyan surrendered to British forces under Col John Bradstreet.
1981  Bank of Canada interest rates reached a record 21.07 per cent.

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