09 November 2011

Timeline Nov 9 to 12

Nov 9
1789  Lord Dorchester, as governor general, created the Order of the Unity of the Empire (UE) and proclaimed that this hereditary title was to be conferred upon those who had fought for the crown and had suffered as the King's faithful subjects during the American Revolutionary War.
1869  Actress Marie Dressler was born in Coburg.
1965  The great Northeast blackout occurred covering an area from Ontario to Florida and from Chicago to New York.  The power failure started in the sir Adam Beck power generation station at Queenston and lasted up to 13 1/2 hours.
1989  Communist East Germany threw open its borders, allowing citizens to travel freely to the West. Joyous Germans danced atop the Berlin Wall.

Nov 10
1483  Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant Reformation, was born in Eisleben, Germany. Died Feb. 18, 1546.
1925  Richard Burton, stage and film actor, was born. Died Aug. 5, 1984.
1853  The Great Western Railway line running from the Niagara Suspension Bridge to Hamilton, was opened.
1913  This was a tragic day on the Great Lakes. A storm that started Friday November 7 and raged through the weekend cost the lives of 251 seamen. Twenty-six ships were lost.
1919  The federal Parliament met for the last time in the Victoria Museum as a consequence of the destruction of the Parliament building by fire in 1916.
1975  The ore-hauling ship Edmund Fitzgerald sank during a storm in Lake Superior. All 29 crew members died.

Nov 11
1620  Forty-one Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower, anchored off Massachusetts, signed a compact calling for a "body politick."
1813  A British "corps of observation," consisting of 800 regulars, militia and Indians commanded by Lt-Col Joseph Morrison and established in a defensive position at John Chysler's farm near Morrisburg, was attacked by a contingent of the US army numbering about 4,000. This hard-fought engagement ended with the American's withdrawal from the battlefield.
1918  Fighting in World War I came to an end with the signing of an armistice between the Allies and Germany. The war resulted in 8 million killed and 21 million wounded.

Nov 12
1927  Josef Stalin became the ruler of the Soviet Union as Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party.
1931  Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens, which was erected in six months during the Great Depression, opened.
1945  Neil Young, Canadian singer, was born.
1954  Ellis Island closed after processing more than 20 million immigrants since opening in New York Harbor in 1892.
1999  US president Bill Clinton signed a sweeping measure knocking down Depression-era barriers and allowing banks, investment firms and insurance companies to sell each other's products.

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