06 November 2011

Timeline Nov 6 to 8

Nov 6
1795  Major John Smith of the 5th Regt. of Foot, the first person to patent lands in Ontario County, received 5,000 acres - 200 in York and 4,800 in Pickering. Smith had been the commanding officer at Detroit from 1790 to 1792, and at Niagara from 1792 to 1795.
1814  The Battle of Malcolm's Mills (near Brantford) took place. The Canadian forces were overwhelmed by the American army.
1832  Joseph Smith III, American religious leader, president of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints 1860-1914, was born.
1861  James A Naismith, who would invent basketball in 1891, was born at Almonte.
1911  Sir John Carling, brewer and politician, died at London.

Nov 7
1763  A fleet of small boats carrying nearly 700 officers and men of the 60th and 80th Regts. was forced ashore by a violent storm near Rondeau Point in Kent County.  Some 70 men and 20 boats were lost.
1867  Marie Curie, the Polish-born French physicist twice awarded the Nobel Prize for her work on radioactivity, was born.
1917  Canadian army units from Ontario captured the village of Passchendale in France. Despite 7,000 Canadian casualties, only 1,280 acres of ground were gained.
1917  Russia's Bolshevik Revolution took place as forces led by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin overthrew the provisional government of Alexander Kerensky.

Nov 8
1656  Edmond Halley, English astronomer and mathematician, was born. Died Jan. 14, 1742.
1819  From Kingston east to Quebec City, noon skies were as dark as night because of immense forest fires in the west.
1867  The new Parliament of the Dominion of Canada opened.

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