30 December 2012

Timeline December 30 & 31

December 30
39      Titus, Roman Emperor was born.
1691  Robert Boyle, English scientist, died. (b. 1627)
1813  British soldiers burned Buffalo, NY, during the War of 1812.
1850  John Milne, English seismologist and geologist, inventor of the seismograph, was born.
1851  Asa Griggs Candler, American developer of Coca-Cola, was born.
1865  Rudyard Kipling, English writer, was born in Bombay, India.
1869  Stephen Leacock, English-born Canadian writer and economist, was born.
1922  Vladimir Lenin proclaimed the establishment of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
1967  Vincent Massey, Governor General of Canada, died. (b. 1887)

December 31
1491  Jacques Cartier, French explorer, was born.
1695  A window tax is imposed in England, causing many householders to brick up windows to avoid the tax.
1719  John Flamsteed, English astronomer, died. (b. 1646)
1738  Charles Cornwallis, English soldier and statesman, was born.
1775  The British repulsed an attack by Continental Army generals Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold at Quebec. Montgomery was killed.
1857  Britain's Queen Victoria decided to make Ottawa the capital of Canada.
1879  Thomas Edison first publicly demonstrated his electric incandescent light in Menlo Park, N.J.
1907  The first New Year's Eve celebration is held in Times Square (then known as Longacre Square) in New York.
1983  The AT&T Bell System is broken up by the United States Government.

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