15 February 2012

Timeline Feb 12 to 15

There have been no timeline posts for the last few days because I was in hospital. Back on the road to recovery now!

Feb 12
1554  Lady Jane Grey, who had claimed the throne of England for nine days, was beheaded after being charged with treason.
1663  Cotton Mather, American congregational minister, was born.
1733  English colonists led by James Oglethorpe founded Savannah, Ga.
1809  Charles Darwin, English Naturalist, was born in Shrewsbury, England.
1842  Councillors assembled in Brockville to hold the first meeting of the Johnstown District Council.
1949  Ottawa announces creation of a far northern radar chain later called the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line.
2010  Governor General Michaëlle Jean declared the Vancouver Winter Olympic games officially open.

Feb 13
1841  Meeting of the first Parliament of the Province of Canada in a converted hospital in Kingston.
1900  Founding of first chapter of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire (IODE), a women's patriotic and philanthropic organization. Fredericton, New Brunswick
1910  William Shockley, the controversial Nobel Prize-winning physicist whose work led to the miniaturisation of radio, TV and computer circuits, was born.
1923  Chuck Yeager, test pilot, was born.
1945  The Soviets captured Budapest, Hungary, from the Germans during World War II.

Feb 14
1826  Lt. Colonel John By (1781-1836) of the Royal Engineers arrives in Hull to plan construction of the Rideau Canal from Ottawa River to Lake Ontario.
1859  Governor James Douglas proclaims the capital of the new Crown Colony of British Columbia to be at New Westminster.
1911  David Boyle, pioneer archeologist and first secretary of the Ontario Historical Society, died in Toronto.
1917  Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden announced the formation of a volunteer Canadian Defence Force for home service which would release some 50,000 men of the Canadian Expeditionary Force stationed in Canada for overseas service.
1942  The St. Valentine's Day Massacre took place in a Chicago garage as seven rivals of Al Capone's gang were gunned down.
2010  Alex Bilodeau makes Canadian Olympic history in Men's Moguls with first Olympic gold medal on Canadian Soil.

Feb 15
1564  Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer and mathematician, was born in Pisa. Died Jan. 8, 1642.
1841  Lord Sydenham, having selected Kingston as the capital of the United Canadas, issued a proclamation summoning the new parliament to meet on May 26.
1845  Bytown residents submitted a petition to the legislature requesting the incorporation of their community as a city and the establishemnet of municipal institutions.
1881  The House of Commons passed a bill incorporating the Canadian Pacific Railway and
providing for the payment of a subsidy of $25,000,000 and 25,000,000 acres of land.
1895  University of Toronto students went on strike with Mackenzie King as their leader.
1930  Carine Wilson was appointed to the Senate by Mackenzie King; Canada's first woman Senator.
1965  Canada's new maple leaf flag was unfurled in ceremonies in Ottawa.
1968  Nancy Greene wins the Gold Medal in Women's Giant Slalom at the Tenth Winter Olympics in Grenoble. Grenoble, France.
1977  The Canadian Citizenship Act, passed in 1976, comes into effect.
2002  Canadian pairs figure skaters Jamie Sale and David Pelletier were awarded a gold medal to resolve a judging controversy at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

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