03 February 2012

Timeline Feb 3 & 4

Feb 3
1816  Edward Jessup, founder of Prescott, died.
1831  Lord Aylmer was made governor general of British North America.
1843  Sir William C Van Horne, American born Canadian railway official, was born.
1916  The original parliament buildings in Ottawa were destroyed by fire. The Library is saved.
1953  Elizabeth II officially named as Queen of Canada after her coronation.
1959  Rock 'n' roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson died in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.

Feb 4
1623  Louis Hebert was granted the seigneury of Sault-au-Matelot by the Duc de Montmorency; first of 150 seigneuries founded during the French regime.
1783  England declares formal cessation of hostilities with the United States, ending the American Revolutionary War.
1789  Electors unanimously chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States.
1793  Lt Governor John Graves Simcoe and entourage set out on an overland journey to Detroit.
1858  Gold is discovered along British Columbia's Fraser River, leading to gold rush.
1987  Pianist Liberace died at age 67. [I used to watch him on TV when I was a kid!]
2004  Facebook was launched as a social networking Web site limited to Harvard University students.

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