12 October 2011

Timeline Oct 12 to 15

Oct 12
1492  (Old Style calendar; Oct 21st New Style), Christopher Columbus arrived with his expedition in the present-day Bahamas.
1957  Lester Bowles Pearson, minister of external affairs, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1960  Nikita Khruschev, Soviet Premier, disrupted a UN General Assembly session by pounding on his desk with a shoe.

Oct 13
1812  Major-General Isaac Brock died during an attempt to regain Queenston Heights from the Americans who had attacked across the Niagara River.
1812  After Brock's death, Major-General Roger Sheaffe took the Heights, capturing 958 prisoners. This victory ended the American offensive of 1812.
1833 Edward Blake, premier of Ontario from 1871 to 72 and leader of the National Liberal Party from 1880 to 1887, was born in Adelaide Township.
1975  Prime Minister Trudeau announced the imposition of wage and price controls.

Oct 14
1066  Normans under William the Conqueror defeated the English at the Battle of Hastings.
1644  William Penn, English Quaker and advocate for religious liberty, founded American colony of Pennsylvania, was born. Died July 30, 1718.
1844  John A Macdonald was elected to the House of Assembly for Kingston.
1952  Lester Pearson, minister of external affairs, was elected president of the United Nations General Assembly.

Oct 15
1954  Hurricane Hazel killed 82 people and caused $24 million damage in the metro Toronto area.
1957  The Queensway, a throughway bisecting Ottawa, was dedicated by Queen Elizabeth.
1989  Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings surpassed Gordie Howe's NHL career scoring record of 1,850 points.

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