11 March 2012

Timeline Mar 11 & 12

Mar 11
1756  Louis-Joseph, Marquis de Montcalm appointed commander of French military forces in New France.
1903  Lawrence Welk, American bandleader and showman, was born.
1904  The Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Brandon Wheat Kings in 2 for the Stanley Cup.
1935  The Bank of Canada began operation in Ottawa.
1941  US President Roosevelt signed into law the Lend-Lease Bill, providing war supplies to countries fighting the Axis.
1879  Guelph incorporated as a city.
1949  Canada helps draft North Atlantic Security Treaty with Britain, USA, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Norway. This leads to the creation of NATO.

Mar 12
1820  Alexander Mackenzie, explorer, North West Company partner and the first person to cross the North American continent and reach the Pacific over land, died in Scotland.
1930  Lt.-Col. William George "Billy" Barker was killed in a crash at Rockcliffe airport in Ottawa. During WW I he had shot down 53 German planes.
1930  Indian political and spiritual leader Mohandas K. Gandhi began a 200-mile march to protest a British tax on salt.

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