28 September 2012

Timeline September 28 & 29

September 28
1066  William the Conqueror, the Duke of Normandy, invaded England.
1781  American forces, backed by a French fleet, began the siege of Yorktown Heights, VA, during the Revolutionary War.
1901  Ed Sullivan, Sunday night TV variety show host, was born.
1924  Two US Army planes landed in Seattle, WA, having completed the first round the world flight in 175 days.
1928  Sir Alexander Fleming notices a bacteria-killing mold growing in his laboratory, discovering what later became known as penicillin.
2000  Former Canadian Prime Minister (15th) Pierre Elliott Trudeau died at age 80

September 29
1758  Horatio Nelson, English naval commander, was born. Died Oct. 21, 1805.
1901  Enrico Fermi, Nobel Prize wining physicist (helped develop the atomic bomb), was born in Rome.
1907  Gene Autry, American actor, singer, and businessman was born.
1935  Jerry Lee Lewis, Rock singer and musician, was born.

26 September 2012

Timeline September 26 & 27

September 26
1580  Sir Francis Drake finished his circumnavigation of the Earth.
1777  British troops occupied Philadelphia during the American Revolution.
1789  Thomas Jefferson was appointed America's first secretary of the state and John Jay the first chief justice.
1898  George Gershwin, composer of operatic music and Broadway musicals, was born in Brooklyn, NY.
1973  Concorde made its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic in record-breaking time.

September 27
1389  Cosimo de Medici, Florentine ruler, was born. Died Aug. 1, 1464.
1722  Samuel Adams, American revolutionary leader, was born.
1779  John Adams was named to negotiate the Revolutionary War's peace terms with Britain.
1825  The first locomotive to haul a passenger train was operated by George Stephenson in England.
1972  Gwyneth Paltrow, actress, was born.

24 September 2012

Timeline September 23 to 25

September 23
There are now 99 days remaining until the end of the year!
63 BC  Augustus Caesar, 1st Roman Emperor,  was born in Rome. Died Aug. 19, 14 AD.
1780  American Revolution: British Major John André is arrested as a spy by American soldiers exposing Benedict Arnold's change of sides.
1806  The Lewis and Clark expedition returned to St. Louis from the Pacific Northwest of the United States.
1846  Astronomers Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier, John Couch Adams and Johann Gottfried Galle collaborate on the discovery of Neptune.
1908  University of Alberta in Alberta, Canada, is founded.
1920  Mickey Rooney, actor, was born.

September 24
1664  The Dutch Republic surrenders New Amsterdam to England.
1869  Financiers Jay Gould and James Fisk tried to corner the gold market, sending Wall Street into a panic and leaving thousands of investors in financial ruin. Black Friday.
1950  Forest fires black out the sun over portions of Canada and New England. A blue moon is seen as far away as Europe.  [I remember this!]
1960  The USS Enterprise, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was launched at Newport News, VA.

September 25
1066  The Battle of Stamford Bridge marks the end of the Viking invasions of England.
1493  Christopher Columbus set sail from Cadiz, Spain, with a flotilla of 17 ships on his second voyage to the Western Hemisphere.
1513  Spanish explorer Vacso Nunez de Balboa crossed the Isthmus of Panama to reach the Pacific Ocean.
1843  Melville Bissell, American inventor of the carpet sweeper, was born.
1929  Barbara Walters, TV personality, was born.
1932  Glen Gould, Canadian pianist, was born. Died Oct. 4, 1982.
1956  TAT-1, the first submarine transatlantic telephone cable system, was inaugurated.
1969  Catherine Zeta-Jones, Welsh actress, was born.

20 September 2012

Timeline September 20 to 22

September 20
1519  Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan set out from Spain on a voyage to find a western passage to the Spice Islands in Indonesia.
1842  Sir James Dewar, Scottish chemist, was born
1870  Italian troops took control of the Papal States, leading to the unification of Italy.
1873  Panic swept the New York Stock Exchange in the wake of railroad bond defaults and bank failures.
1951  Guy LaFleur, Hockey Hall of Famer, was born.

September 21
1756  John Loudon McAdam, Scottish inventor of macadamized road construction, was born.
1866  H G Wells, English novelist, historian and science fiction writer, was born.
1874  Gustav Holst, English composer and teacher, was born.
1937  The Hobbitt by J R R Tolkien was published.
1957  Perry Mason starring Raymond Burr premiered on CBS.

September 22
1776  Nathan Hale was hanged as a spy by the British during the Revolutionary War.
1791  Michael Faraday, English physicist and chemist, was born.
1792  The French Republic was proclaimed.
1862  President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves in rebel states should be free as of Jan. 1, 1863.
1888  The first issue of National Geographic Magazine was published.
1989  Songwriter Irving Berlin died at age 101.

18 September 2012

Ottawa Branch September Meeting

Date             Saturday,  Sept. 22, 2012; 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Location       Diefenbunker, 3911 Carp Road, Carp, Ontario
Topic            Diefenbunker Tour
Contact         program@ogsottawa.on.ca

Meeting starts at 1:00 p.m. for coffee & announcements.
Tour commences at 2:00 p.m. (1 hour tour)
Please note that there are quite a few stairs. We can make use of the elevator.
We also have a couple of wheelchairs on hand.
The Branch is covering the cost of the tour. So no charge for this tour!

Timeline September 16 to 19

September 16
1893  Hundreds of thousands of settlers took part in a land run in Oklahoma`s "Cherokee Strip."
1908  General Motors was formed in Flint, Mich., by William Durant.
1959  The first successful photocopier, the Xerox 914, was introduced in a demonstration on live television from New York City.
1966  The Metropolitan Opera opened its new home at New York City's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
1987  Two dozen countries signed the Montreal Protocol, a treaty designed to save the Earth's ozone layer by calling on nations to reduce emissions of harmful chemicals.

September 17
1730  Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, German officer, who helped the cause of US independence, was born.
1775  American Revolutionary War: The Invasion of Canada began with the Siege of Fort St. Jean.
1787  The US Constitution was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the constitutional convention in Philadelphia.
1972  The comedy series M*A*S*H* premiered on CBS.
1976  NASA unveiled the space shuttle Enterprise.

September 18
53      Trajan, Roman Emperor was born. (d. 117)
1502  Christopher Columbus landed at Costa Rica on his fourth, and final voyage.
1709  Samuel Johnson, English critic, biographer, essayist and poet, was born.
1809  The Royal Opera House opened in London, England.
1819  Jean-Bernard Leon Foucault, French physicist and inventor of the Foucault pendulum, was born.
1895  John Diefenbaker, Canadian attorney, statesman and 13 th Prime Minister of Canada, was born.

September 19
1777  American soldiers won the Battle of Saratoga during the Revolutionary War.
1839  George Cadbury, English social reformer and chocolate manufacturer, was born.
1851  William Hesketh Lever, English entrepreneur, who built the Lever Brothers firm, was born.
1957  The US conducted its first underground nuclear test in the Nevada desert.

13 September 2012

Timeline September 13 to 15

September 13
122   Construction of Hadrian's Wall began.
335   Emperor Constantine the Great consecrated the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
1759  During the final French and Indian War, the British defeated the French on the Plains of Abraham overlooking Quebec City.
1759  James Wolfe, British general, died.
1819  Clara Schumann, German pianist and composer, was born.
1857  Milton Hershey, American chocolate manufacturer, was born.
1943  Chiang Kai-shek became president of China.

September 14
1769  Alexander von Humboldt, German naturalist and explorer, was born.
1814  Francis Scott Keys wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner" after witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry Maryland during the War of 1812.
1975  Pope Paul VI declared Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton the first US-born saint.

September 15
1254  Marco Polo, Italian explorer, was born.
1776  British forces occupied New York City during the American Revolution.
1940  The Royal Air Force inflicted heavy losses on the Luftwaffe as the tide turned in the Battle of Britain during WW II.

Beechwood Talk, September 30

The Friends of The Beechwood Cemetery Foundation will be hosting a historical lecture on the early history of Beechwood and Ottawa, given by local historian Glenn Wright on Sunday, September 30, 2012.
The event will take place at Beechwood, the National Cemetery of Canada, 280 Beechwood Ave. The talk will begin at 2:00pm, and will be followed by light refreshments.

Space is limited, so please register by calling 613-741-9530 or emailing info@beechwoodcemetery.com.

For the genealogists in the group, Ottawa Branch sells a CD of the Beechwood Monument Inscriptions. It is available form the OGS e-Store at http://www.ogs.on.ca/ogscart/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=2. The index to the names is available on The Ottawa Cemetery Index at http://ogsottawa.on.ca/cemeteries/index.php .

11 September 2012

Timeline September 11 & 12

September 11
1297  Battle of Stirling Bridge: Scots jointly led by William Wallace and Andrew Moray defeat the English.
1936  US President Franklin D Roosevelt dedicated Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam) in Nevada by pressing a key in Washington to signal the start up of the dam's first hydroelectric generator.
1939  World War II: Canada declares war on Germany.
1962  The Beatles recorded their first single, "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You," at EMI studios in London, England.
1997  Scots voted to create their own Parliament after 290 years of union with England.
2001  Suicide hijackers crashed two airliners into the World Trade Center in New York, causing the 110 story twin towers to collapse. Another hijacked airliner hit the Pentagon and a fourth crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.

September 12
1492  Lorenzo de'Medici, Florentine ruler 1513-19, was born.
1609  English explorer Henry Hudson sailed into the river that bears his name.
1818  Richard Gatling, American inventor, was born.
1954  Lassie made its TV debut on CBS.
1959  Bonanza premiered on NBC.
2003  Country musician Johnny Cash died at age 71.

09 September 2012

Timeline September 9 & 10

September 9
1583  Sir Humphrey Gilbert, English explorer & adventurer died.
1754  William Bligh, English admiral who commanded the HMS Bounty, was born.
1943  Allied forces landed at Salerno and Taranto during WW II.
1956  Elvis Presley made the first of three appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1969  In Canada, the Official Languages Act came into force, making the French language equal to the English language throughout the Federal government.

September 10
1846  Elias Howe was granted a patent for the sewing machine.
1929  Arnold Palmer, golfer, was born.
1955  Gunsmoke premiered on CBS. It ran for 20 years.
1989  Hungary stopped enforcing East German visa restrictions and opened it borders. A flood of emigration led to the fall of the Berlin Wall two months later.

06 September 2012

Ottawa Branch September Meeting

Date             Saturday,  Sept. 22, 2012; 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Location       Diefenbunker, 3911 Carp Road, Carp, Ontario
Topic            Diefenbunker Tour
Contact         program@ogsottawa.on.ca

Meeting starts at 1:00 p.m. for coffee & announcements.
Tour commences at 2:00 p.m. (1 hour tour)
Please note that there are quite a few stairs. We can make use of the elevator.
We also have a couple of wheelchairs on hand
The Branch is covering the cost of the tour. So no charge for this tour!

Timeline September 6 to 8

September 6
1492  Christopher Columbus sailed from La Gomera in the Canary Islands, his final port of call before crossing the Atlantic for the first time.
1620  The Pilgrims sailed from Plymouth, England, on the Mayflower to settle in North America. (Old Style date; September 16 per New Style date.)
1757  Marie-Joseph Lafayette, French soldier and statesman, who aided colonists in the American Revolution, was born.
1888  Joseph P Kennedy, American businessman and ambassador to Great Britain, was born.
1895  Walter Robert Dornberger, German engineer, who directed construction of V-2 rocket, was born.
1952  Canada's first television station, CBFT-TV, opened in Montreal.
2007  Luciano Pavarotti, Opera singer, died at age 71.

September 7
1533  Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603) was born at Greenwich.
1901  The Boxer Rebellion in China officially ended with the signing of the Boxer Protocol.
1912  David Packard, American engineer & cofounder of Hewlett-Packard Co., was born.
1927  TV pioneer Philo T Farnsworth succeeded in transmitting an image through purely electronic means by using a device called an image dissector.
1936  Rock musician Buddy Holly was born Charles Hardin Holley in Lubbock, Texas.
2008  The US Government took control of the two largest mortgage financing companies in the US, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

September 8
1504  Michelangelo's David was unveiled in Florence.
1664  The Dutch surrendered New Amsterdam to the British, who renamed it New York.
1761  Marriage of King George III of the United Kingdom to Duchess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.
1841  Antonin Dvorak, Czech composer, was born.
1930  3M began marketing Scotch transparent tape.
1930  The comic strip "Blondie" by Chic Young was first published.
1941  The siege of Leningrad by German forces began during WW II.
1966  The TV series "Star Trek" premiered on NBC.

05 September 2012

Timeline September 4 & 5

September 4
1781  Los Angeles was founded by Spanish settlers.
1888  George Eastman registered the trademark Kodak and received a patent for his camera that used roll film.
1957  Ford Motor Co. began selling its ill-fated Edsel line.
1998  Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University.

September 5
1698  In an effort to Westernize his nobility, Tsar Peter I of Russia imposed a tax on beards
for all men except the clergy and peasantry.
1774  The first Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia, PA.
1793  The Reign of Terror began during the French Revolution.
1916  Frank Shuster, Canadian comedian, was born.
1916  Frank Yerby, American novelist, was born.
1929  Bob Newhart, actor & comedian, was born.

03 September 2012

Timeline September 2 & 3

September 2
1666  The Great Fire of London broke out and burned for three days, destroying 10,000 buildings including St Paul's Cathedral.
1752  Great Britain adopted the Gregorian calendar, nearly two centuries later than most of Western Europe.
1877  Frederick Soddy, British chemist, Nobel laureate was born.
1945  Japan formally surrendered in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri, ending WW II.
1969  The first automatic teller machine to use magnetic-striped cards was opened to the public at Chemical Bank in New York.
1985  A US-French expedition announced that it had located the wreckage of the Titanic about 560 miles off Newfoundland.

September 3
1189  England's King Richard I (The Lion Heart) was crowned in Westminster Abbey.
1658  Oliver Cromwell, the Lord Protector of England, died.
1724  Guy Carleton, 1st Baron Dorchester, British soldier and Governor of Quebec was born.
1783  The Treaty of Paris between the United States and Great Britain officially ended the Revolutionary War.
1803  English scientist John Dalton began using symbols to represent the atoms of different elements.
1939  Britain and France declared war on Germany, two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland.
1976  The unmanned US spacecraft Viking 2 landed on Mars to take the first close-up, colour photos of the planet's surface.

01 September 2012

Reopening of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa Archives

John Reid's Anglo-Celtic Connections this morning, which I have copied verbatim, included mention of the

Closed for nearly a year the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa Archives at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Ottawa will be reopening on Tuesday September 4 on a limited basis with regular opening on Mondays and Tuesdays only. The hours are 9:00am - noon; 1:00-4:00pm

There is a new entrance off the parking lot near Queen Street. Archivist Glenn Lockwood has consolidated everything from the former vault, now demolished, into the main shelving so space is at a premium. Retrievals may take a bit longer.  For the next two years researchers should note that the Archives will not be accessible to the physically challenged, nor will there be access to washrooms. Consider delaying your visit for a few weeks unless your need is urgent.

The archives website is at www.ottawa.anglican.ca/Archives.html

Thanks to Brian Glenn for conveying this information.

Timeline September 1

September 1
1875  Edgar Rice Burroughs, American novelist, who wrote the Tarzan stories, was born.
1902  A Trip to the Moon, considered one of the first science fiction films, was released in France.
1905  Alberta and Sackatchewan became the 8th and 9th provinces of Canada.
1914  The last passenger pigeon, a female named Martha, died in captivity in the Cincinnati Zoo.
1939  WW II began as Nazi Germany invaded Poland.