13 March 2012

Timeline Mar 13 & 14

Mar 13
1781  The planet Uranus was discovered by Sir William Herschel.
1832  A testimonial dinner for Col. John By, builder of the Rideau Canal, was held at Carmino's Hotel in Kingston.
1855  Percival Lowell, the American astronomer who helped discover Pluto and believed that there was life on Mars, was born.

Mar 14
1782  Sir John Johnson (1742-1830) became Superintendent General of Indian Affairs in British North America.
1860  Thomas Leopold "Carbide" Wilson (1860-1915) was born on a farm near Princeton, Ontario. [My home town - Edward]. He designed and patented the first electric arc lamps in Hamilton, Ontario. Later he discovered an economical process for creating calcium carbide which is used in the production of acetylene gas. He also lived in Ottawa where he built a carbide plant and also built a summer house on Meech Lake, which is now owned by the federal government.
1879  Albert Einstein, Nobel Prize-winning physicist, was born.
1962  Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings scores his 500th goal against the New York Rangers; second NHLer to score 500 goals, after Maurice Richard.

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