02 January 2012

Timeline Jan 2 to 4

Jan 2
1492  The leader of the last Arab stronghold in Spain surrendered to Spanish forces loyal to King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella I.
1727  James Wolfe, English general who captured Quebec, was born.
1832  William Lyon Mackenzie scored a convincing victory in a by-election in the town of York.
1869  The first bridge across the Niagara gorge opened.
1908  The Royal Mint was opened in Ottawa.
1920  Isaac Asimov, the popular science fiction writer, was born.

Jan 3
1521  Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church.
1777  Gen. George Washington's army routed the British in the Battle of Princeton, N.J.
1892  J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
1918  The first draftees were called up under the WW I Military Service Act (Canada).
1961  The United States severed diplomatic relations with Cuba.

Jan 4
1643  Sir Isaac Newton, English physicist and father of modern science, was born.
1800  Attorney General John White of Upper Canada died after being shot in a duel the preceding day. The duel was with John Small, clerk of the Executive Council.
1809  Louis Braille, French educator and inventor of Braille, was born.
1813  Sir Isaac Pitman, English educator and inventor of shorthand, was born.
1838  William Lyon Mackenzie, while visiting Buffalo, was arrested for violating American neutrality laws. He had planned and invasion of Canada from Navy Island in the Niagara River.

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