29 January 2012

Timeline Jan 29 to 31

Jan 29
1796  Yonge Street officially opened, running from the town of York up to Lake Simcoe.
1820  King George III of England died at Windsor Castle.
1835  The Bytown Mechanics Institute and Athenaeum was founded.
1856  Alexander Dunn (Canadian) awarded Victoria Cross for gallantry at the 1854 Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimean War.
1894  A major winter storm hit Ottawa with a snowfall of 61 cm, paralyzing traffic (???).
1897  Lady Aberdeen, wife of the Governor General, helps found the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON).
1963  Robert Frost, American poet, died in Boston at age 88.

Jan 30
1649  England's King Charles I was beheaded.
1837  The population of Bytown was about 1,300.
1839  Lord Durham completed his report on the conditions in British North America.
1882  Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States, was born in Hyde Park, N.Y. Died April 12, 1945.
1933  Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany.
1991  The Hudson's Bay Company announces it is selling its fur business; the HBC was originally founded as a fur trading company in 1670.
2007  Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system went on sale.

Jan 31
1606  Guy Fawkes, convicted for his part in the Gunpowder Plot against the English Parliament and King James I, was executed.
1851  Hamilton Gas Light Company installs First street lamps.
1863  Chief Justice Sir Beverley Robinson died in Toronto.
1907  Timothy Eaton, founder of the T. Eaton Company of Canada, dies
1957  Canadian Government makes Thanksgiving Day a statutory holiday, to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October.
1971  Astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr., Edgar D. Mitchell and Stuart A. Roosa blasted off aboard Apollo 14 on the third successful manned mission to the moon.

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