23 December 2012

Timeline December 23 & 24

December 23
1648  Robert Barclay, English born American Quaker leader, was born.
1732  Richard Arkwright, English industrialist and inventor, was born.
1771  Marie-Marguerite d'Youville, Canadian saint died. (b. 1701)
1795  Sir Henry Clinton, British general died. (b. 1730)
1805  Joseph Smith, American founder of the Mormon Church, was born.
1823  The poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement C. Moore was first published, in the Troy (NY) Sentinel.
1938  The coelacanth was discovered in South Africa.

December 24
1166  King John of England was born. (d. 1216)
1524  Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama, who had found the sea route around Africa to India, died in India.
1809  Kit Carson, American frontiersman and folk hero, was born.
1814  The War of 1812 officially ended as the United States and Britain signed the Treaty of Ghent in Belgium.
1818  "Silent Night" was performed for the first time, at the Church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorf, Austria.
1871  Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Aida" had its world premiere in Cairo, Egypt, to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal.
1900  Joey Smallwood, Canadian politician, Premier of Newfoundland, was born. (d. 1991)
1906  Canadian physicist Reginald A. Fessenden became the first person to broadcast a music program over radio, from Brant Rock, Mass.

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