11 December 2012

Timeline December 11 & 12

December 11
1803  Hector Berlioz, French composer and conductor, was born.
1882  Max Born, German physicist and Nobel laureate, was born.
1931  The British Parliament enacts the Statute of Westminster 1931, establishing legislative equality between the self-governing dominions of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Dominion of Canada, the Irish Free State, Dominion of Newfoundland, the Dominion of New Zealand, and the Union of South Africa.
1936  Britain's King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in order to marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson.
1946  UNICEF (the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund) was established.
1972  Man landed on the moon for the last time during the Apollo 17 mission.
2008  Bernard Madoff is arrested and charged with securities fraud in a $50 billion Ponzi scheme.

December 12
1731  Erasmus Darwin, English physician, slave trade abolitionist, inventor and poet, was born.
1812  John Sandfield Macdonald, first premier of Ontario, was born.
1866  Alfred Werner, Swiss chemist, Nobel laureate, was born.
1901  Guglielmo Marconi receives the first transatlantic radio signal at Signal Hill in St John's, Newfoundland.
1914  The New York Stock Exchange re-opened for the first time since July 30. The market had shut down when World War I broke out.
1915  Frank Sinatra, American singer and actor, was born in Hoboken, N.J.
1985  Arrow Air Flight 1285 crashes after takeoff in Gander, Newfoundland, killing 256, including 236 members of the United States Army's 101st Airborne Division.

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