30 November 2011

Timeline Nov 30 to Dec 3

Nov 30
1782  The United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, ending the Revolutionary War.
1835  Author Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, MO. Died Apr. 21, 1910.
1872  Lt-Col John McCrae, poet, physician and soldier, was born in Guelph. Died in France on Jan. 28, 1918. He wrote his famous poem In Flanders Field in April 1915 near Ypres.
1874  Sir Winston Churchill, British statesman, orator and author who served as prime minister during World War II, was born at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. Died Jan. 24, 1965.
1929  Dick Clark, TV personality, American Bandstand, was born. [Does anyone remember American Bandstand?]
1933  Sir Arthur William Currie of Strathroy, died in Montreal. He commanded the Canadian Corps in France from 1917-19. He was principal of McGill University from 1920-33.

Dec 1
1680  The "Great Comet" appeared in the sky and caused considerable alarm. It remained visible until Feb. 1681.
1926  Fifty-six per cent of the Ontario electorate approved government control of liquor sales.
1927  Canadian Tire Corporation was founded by John W. and Alfred J. Billes of Toronto as Hamilton Tire and Garage Ltd.
1962  The famous Fog Bowl, Grey Cup game of 1962, was played over two days in Toronto because of dense fog and smog.
1963  The Beatles' first single, "I Want to Hold Your Hand," was released in the United States.

Dec 2
1804  Napoleon was crowned emperor of France.
1863  Charles Ringling, American circus owner, was born. Died Dec. 3, 1926.
1942  A self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated for the first time at the University of Chicago.
1981  The House of Commons approved a new constitutional resolution providing for patriation and a Charter of Rights.

Dec 3
1837  Armed men, supporters of William Lyon Mackenzie, assembled at Holland Landing and Newmarket in preparation for an attack on Toronto.
1842  Charles Alfred Pillsbury, American flour miller and food products manufacturer, was born. Died Sept. 17, 1899.
1951  The federal and Ontario governments reached an agreement to proceed with power development on the St. Lawrence.
1967  Surgeons in Cape Town, South Africa, led by Dr. Christiaan Barnard, performed the first human heart transplant. Louis Washkansky lived 18 days with the new heart.

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