29 February 2012

Timeline Feb 29

Feb 29
Leap Year Day

1704 The Deerfield, Massachusetts massacre took place with the attack by Major Jean-Baptist de Rouville and Abenaki Indians on this frontier settlement. About 43 civilians were killed and over 100 taken prisoner and marched back to Quebec. A number of my ancestors were killed in this raid and Benjamin Burt and his wife Sarah Beldin were taken prisoner. After extensive negotiations they were returned to Boston by ship about two years later. A son was born on board ship and named Seaborn Burt, my ancestor. [Edward]

1796 The Jay Treaty was proclaimed defining the boundary between Canadian and American lands.
1812  John Burrows Honey settles 200 acres in what is now downtown Ottawa.
1980  Gordie Howe of the Hartford Whalers becomes the First NHL player to score 800 career goals. This is his final year in pro hockey.

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