16 February 2012

Timeline Feb 16 to 18

Feb 16
1796  A group of Queen's Rangers, working under Deputy Surveyor Augustus Jones, completed the opening of Yonge Street as far as Holland Landing.
1813  Sir John Sherbrooke orders six companies of the 104th Regiment of Foot, plus 4th New Brunswick Regiment, to proceed from Fredericton, New Brunswick to Kingston, to strengthen the defences of Upper Canada against an expected American invasion in the Spring.
1842  Richard Beasley, a pioneer Hamilton area merchant, died.
1867  John A Macdonald married Susan Agnes Bernard in London, England.
1923  The burial chamber of King Tutankhamen's recently unearthed tomb was unsealed in Egypt.
1937  Wallace H. Carothers, a research chemist for Du Pont, received a patent for nylon.
1949  The House of Commons passes the Newfoundland Union Act.
1971  Pierre Trudeau, under opposition attack in the Commons, utters an apparently unparliamentary expression that he later describes as 'fuddle-duddle.'

Feb 17
1859  A railway line from Smiths Falls to Perth opened.
1874  Thomas J. Watson, Sr., the American industrialist who built IBM, was born.
1919  Wilfrid Laurier, Canada's First Prime Minister of French ancestry, dies at age 77.

Feb 18
1546  Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant Reformation in Germany, died.
1564  Michelangelo died in Rome.
1745  Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist and inventor was born.
1815  Treaty of Ghent - Proclamation of the Treaty of Peace and Amity between His Britannic Majesty and the United States of America, concluded at Ghent, December 24, 1814.
1972  Neil Young receives a gold record for Harvest, the only #1 album of his career; includes the #1 hit single Heart of Gold.

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