09 July 2012

Timeline July 8 & 9

July 8
1497  Vasco da Gama sets sail on the first direct European voyage to India.
1663  Charles II of England grants John Clarke a Royal charter to Rhode Island.
1892  St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada is devastated in the Great Fire of 1892.

July 9
1793  The Act Against Slavery is passed in Upper Canada and the importation of slaves into Lower Canada is prohibited.
1811  Explorer David Thompson posts a sign at the confluence of the Columbia and Snake Rivers (in modern Washington state, US), claiming the land for the United Kingdom.
1819  Elias Howe, American inventor of the sewing machine, was born.
1900  Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom gives royal assent to an Act creating the Commonwealth of Australia thus uniting separate colonies on the continent under one federal government.
1956  Tom Hanks, actor, was born.

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