28 December 2011

Timeline Dec 28 to 31

Dec 28
1841  Toronto saw light when 100 gas lamps were turned on for 16,000 citizens of the city. This made Toronto the 11th city in North America to have its streets lit by gas.
1857  Isabella, the first wife of John A Macdonald died in Kingston.

Dec 29
1170  Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in England.
1798  Royal assent was given to a bill validating marriages celebrated by Lutheran, Church of Scotland and Calvanist clergy. A 1793 act had given Anglican clergymen and justices of the peace the exclusive right to solemnize marriages.
1919  Sir William Osler, born at Bond Head in 1849, died in England. He has been called "the most influential physician in history."
1921  Mackenzie King became Prime Minister of Canada. He served as PM for 21 years, 5 months and 5 days.
1940  During World War II, Germany began dropping incendiary bombs on London.

Dec 30
1813  British troops and Canadian militia raided Black Rock and Buffalo in retaliation for an American attack on Niagara and Queenston.
1824  The Upper Canada legislature at Toronto was destroyed by fire.
1850  John Milne, English seismologist and geologist; inventor of the seismograph, was born.
1851  Asa Griggs Candler, American developer of Coca-Cola, was born.
1922  Vladimir Lenin proclaimed the establishment of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Dec 31
1491  Jacques Cartier, French explorer, was born.
1775  The British repulsed an attack by Continental Army generals Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold at Quebec; Montgomery was killed; Arnold was wounded.
1855  Ottawa's main thoroughfares were lit by gas lamps for the first time.
1857  Britain's Queen Victoria decided to make Ottawa the capital of Canada.
1879  Thomas Edison first publicly demonstrated his electric incandescent light in Menlo Park, N.J.
1846  President Harry S. Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in World War II.
1966  Prime Minister Lester Pearson lit the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill to launch Canada's centennial year.

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