22 February 2012

Timeline Feb 22 to 25

Feb 22
1732  George Washington, the first president of the United States, was born in the Virginia Colony.
1813  Lt-Col "Red George" Macdonnell of the Glengarry Light Infantry set out from Prescott with a force of some 400 regulars and militia to attack Ogdensburg, New York. They routed the American garrison.
1903  Morley Edward Callaghan was born in Toronto.

Feb 23
1633  Samuel Pepys, English diarist and naval administrator, was born.
1685  George Frideric Handel, German born English Composer, was born in Germany.
1782  Guy Carleton named Commander in Chief of British North America.
1836  The siege of the Alamo began in San Antonio, Texas.
1875  Hull incorporated as a city; formerly Wrightville.
1893  Former Governor General Lord Stanley donates the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, later known as the Stanley Cup, to the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association Champions.
1909  John McCurdy flies the AEA-designed Silver Dart at an altitude of about 9 metres for 2.5 km at speed of up to 65 kph across the ice of Baddeck Bay, Nova Scotia; First airplane flight in Canada by a Canadian; First powered flight in the British Empire.
1997  Scientists in Scotland announced they had cloned an adult mammal, producing a lamb named Dolly.

Feb 24
1582  Pope Gregory XIII issued a papal bull outlining his calendar reforms. (The Gregorian Calendar is the calendar in general use today.)
1825  Sir Richard W Scott, secretary of state for Canada from 1874-78 and 1896-1908, and father of the Canada Temperance Act of 1878, was born in Prescott.
1836  The Bytown Independent and Farmer's Advocate ws established in Bytown by James Johnson.
1986  Tommy Douglas, former Saskatchewan CCF Premier and national NDP leader was the First in North America to bring in government Medicare health plan, dies.
2006  Earthquake of 4.5 in magnitude strikes the Ottawa Valley ranging from Eastern Ontario to Western Quebec.

Feb 25
1570  Pope Pius V excommunicated England's Queen Elizabeth I.
1752  John Graves Simcoe, first Lt. governor of Upper Canada, was born in Cotterstock, England.
1836  Inventor Samuel Colt patented his revolver.
1873  Enrico Caruso, Italian operatic tenor, was born. Died Aug. 2, 1921.
1903  Frank Michael "King" Clancy was born in Canada.
1972  Ontario Hydro opens $75 million Pickering Nuclear Generating Station; first commercial nuclear power station in Canada.

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