11 September 2011

Timeline Sept 11 to 14

Sept 11
1814  An American fleet scored a victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Champlain during the War of 1812.
1879  The Woodstock College Observatory (earlier known as the Canadian Literary Institute) was opened on college grounds. It had a 20.4 cm refracting telescope, the largest in operation in Canada at the time.
1899  The first automobile on Ottawa streets was driven by Thomas Ahearn at up to 25 km per hour.
1997  Scots voted to create their own Parliament after 290 years of union with England.

2001  Terrorist attack on the United States. Canadians came to the aid of thousands of air travelers whose planes were not allowed to land in the USA. Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa includes a 911 Memorial.

Sept 12
1609  English explorer Henry Hudson sailed into the river that bears his name.
1906  A head-on CPR train collision at Azilda killed several people.
1954  "Lassie" made its TV debut on CBS.
1959  "Bonanza" premiered on NBC.

Sept 13 
1882  John R Booth, Ottawa Valley timber magnate, opened his own railway line, The Canada-Atlantic, from Coteau Junction to Ottawa.

Sept 14
1814  Francis Scott Keys wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner" after witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry Maryland during the War of 1812.
1904  Frank Amyot, six times Canadian singles rowing Champion and Canada's only gold medalist at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, was born.

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