19 February 2012

Timeline Feb 19 to 21

Feb 19
1473  Nicolaus Copernicus, Polish astronomer, was born in Torun, Poland.
1878  Thomas Edison received a patent for his phonograph.
1882  Egerton Ryerson, Methodist minister, journalist and educator, died in Toronto.
1897  Adelaide Hoodless (1857-1910) organized at Stoney Creek the world's first Women's Institute.
1960  Figure skaters Barbara Wagner and Bob Paul won the 1960 Olympic pairs event at Squaw Valley, California.
1970  Canada claims jurisdiction over waters of Northwest Passage, and between islands of Arctic archipelago.
1996  Royal Canadian Mint puts new $2 coin design into circulation.

Feb 20
1887  Vincent Massey, later to be the first Canadian governor general, was born in Toronto.
1930  Cairine Wilson of Rockcliffe became the first woman appointed to the senate.
1945  The Government issues Canada's First Family Allowance cheques.
1959  The Diefenbaker government cancelled the Avro Arrow program.
1962  Astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth as he flew aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule.

Feb 21
1916  The World War I Battle of Verdun began in France.
1935  John Buchan (1875-1940) was appointed Governor-General of Canada as Baron Tweedsmuir.
1941  Sir Frederick Banting, one of the discoverers of insulin, died in am aircraft crash in Newfoudland.
1947  Edwin H. Land publicly demonstrated his Polaroid Land camera, which could produce a black-and-white photograph in 60 seconds.

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