29 March 2012

Timeline March 29 to 31

Mar 29
1808  The Williamstown Fair, Ontario's oldest continually operating agricultural fair, received its patent from Lt. Gov. Francis Gore. Sir John Johnson, the founder of Williamstown, donated 12 acres of his land for the fair.
1848  Niagara Falls stopped flowing for more than 24 hours because the entrance to the Niagara River had been sealed off by a giant ice jam.
1867  The British Parliament passed the North America Act to on the 27th to create the Dominion of Canada. Royal accent was given on the 29th.
1927  Government control of alcohol replaced prohibition in Ontario.

Mar 30
1867  US Secretary of State William H. Seward reached agreement with Russia to purchase Alaska for $7.2 million, a deal roundly ridiculed as "Seward's Folly."
1945  Eric Clapton, musician, was born.
1954  The Toronto subway system, the first in Canada, opened. The 7.4 km line had 12 stations and took 4 1/2 years to build.
2002  Britain's Queen Mother Elizabeth died at age 101.

Mar 31
1827  King's College, later to become the University of Toronto, received its royal charter.
1889  French engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel unfurled the French tricolor from atop the Eiffel Tower to mark its completion.
1901  The official date of the 1901 Census of Canada.
1928  Gordie Howe, Hockey Hall of Famer, was born.
1931  Fire destroyed the Ottawa City Hall, including the municipal archives, in Confederation Square.
1949  Newfoundland officially became part of Canada

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