14 December 2011

Timeline Dec 14 to 17

Dec 14
1503  Nostradamus, French astrologer and physician, was born.
1546  Tycho Brahe, Danish astronomer, was born.
1799  George Washington, the first president of the United States, died at his Mount Vernon, Va., home at age 67.
1851  George Brown was elected to the Upper Canada legislature for the first time.
1861  Prince Albert, husband of Britain's Queen Victoria, died in London, England.
1911  Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole.
1956  John Diefenbaker was elected by the national convention as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party.
1964  The Liberal government of Lester Pearson introduced closure to end the flag debate.

Dec 15
AD37  Nero, Roman Emperor, was born.
1832  Gustave Eiffel, French civil engineer and designer of the Eiffel Tower, was born.
1899  Harold Abrahams, English athlete and Olympic gold medalist, was born.
1944  Bandleader Glenn Miller was killed when his U.S. Army plane disappeared over the English Channel.
1956  Movie producer Walt Disney died at age 65.

Dec 16
1653  Oliver Cromwell became lord protector of England, Scotland and Ireland.
1770  Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer and pianist, was born.
1773  The Boston Tea Party took place as American colonists boarded a British ship and dumped more than 300 chests of tea overboard to protest tea taxes.
1775  Jane Austen, English novelist, was born.
1917  Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke was born in Minehead, England.
1944  The Battle of the Bulge during World War II began as German forces launched a surprise counterattack against Allied forces in Belgium.

Dec 17
1797  Joseph Henry, American scientist, was born.
1874  Mackenzie King, Canada`s tenth prime minister, was born in Berlin (Kitchener).
1894  Arthur Fiedler, the American conductor who conducted the Boston Pops Orchestra, was born.
1903  Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful man-powered airplane flight, near Kitty Hawk, N.C.
1939  The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan was signed in Ottawa by Canada, Britain, Australia and New Zealand. At the height of operations it maintained thirty-two schools in Ontario alone.
1992  US President George H.W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari signed the North American Free Trade Agreement in separate ceremonies.

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