11 December 2011

Timeline Dec 11 to 13

Dec 11
1936  Britain's King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in order to marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson.
1941  Germany and Italy declared war on the United States; the U.S. responded in kind.
1944  A severe storm paralyzed southern Ontario for days.
1972  Man landed on the moon for the last time during the Apollo 17 mission.

Dec 12
1812  John Sandfield Macdonald was born in St. Raphael, Glengarry County. He later became the first premier of Ontario after Confederation.
1894  Prime Minister Sir John S.D. Thompson died at Windsor Castle, England.
1915  Frank Sinatra, American singer and actor, was born in Hoboken, N.J.
1951  The St. Lawrence Seaway Authority was established.

Dec 13
1577  Sir Francis Drake of England set out with five ships on a nearly three-year journey that would take him around the world.
1804  Joseph Howe, Canadian statesman and publisher, was born.
1837  With the collapse of the rebellion, William Lyon Mackenzie occupied Navy Island above Niagara Falls on the night of Dec. 13-14 and proclaimed a provisional government.
1871  Emily Carr, Canadian painter and writer, was born.
1929  Actor Christopher Plummer was born in Toronto.

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