27 January 2012

Timeline Jan 26 to 28

Jan 26
1679  The keel was laid for La Salle's Griffon, the first ship built above Niagara Falls.
1788  The first European settlers in Australia landed in present-day Sydney.
1836  John Colborne assumes his new post as Commander-in-Chief of British forces in British North America.
1857  Kemptville was incorporated as a village.
1961  Wayne Gretzky was born in Brantford.

Jan 27
1832  Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who wrote "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" under the pen name Lewis Carroll, was born in Cheshire, England.
1832  Lewis Carroll, English logician, mathematician, photographer and novelist, was born.
1854  The Great Western Railway line was opened between London and Windsor.
1859  The official announcement was made that Ottawa would be the capital of the United Canadas.
1870  Manitoba and the Northwest Territories incorporated.
1880  Thomas Edison received a patent for his electric incandescent lamp.
1938  The Honeymoon suspension bridge erected in 1898 between Niagara Falls, Ontario and New York, collapsed.
1945  Soviet troops liberated the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland.

Jan 28
1547  England's King Henry VIII died.
1596  English navigator Sir Francis Drake died off the coast of Panama.
1850  The Municipal Council of the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville assembled at Brockville for its first meeting.
1885  Nile Expedition - Frederick Denison reaches the northern outskirts of the city of Khartoum with his Canadian Nile Voyageurs on the expedition led by General Garnet Wolseley, who had led the Red River Expedition of 1870; they will be too late to rescue British General Charles Gordon, who had been trapped and killed during a Muslim uprising; Canada's First overseas military expedition.
1905  Ellen Fairclough, the first woman to be appointed to a federal cabinet, was born in Hamilton.

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