30 June 2012


July 1
1867  The British North America Act proclaimed that The Provinces of Canada (Ontario and
Quebec), Nova Scotia and New Brunswick were formed into one Dominion under the name of Canada.
Dominion Day celebrated the BNA Act until 1982 when the name was changed on Oct. 27, 1982 to  Canada Day to commemorate the patriation of Canada's Constitution.

28 June 2012

Timeline June 27 to 30

June 27
1844  Mormon leader Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, were killed by a mob at Carthage, Ill.

June 28
1838  Britain's Queen Victoria was crowned in Westminster Abbey, London, England.
1914  Austrian Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife, Sofia, were assassinated in Sarajevo by a Serb nationalist. This event triggered WW I.
1919  The Treaty of Versailles was signed in France, ending WW I.

June 29
1858  George Goethals, American army engineer who directed construction of the Panama Canal, was born.
1995  The shuttle Atlantis and the Russian space station Mir docked, forming the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth.

June 30
1859  French acrobat Blondin crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope as 5,000 spectators watched.
1908  An asteroid exploded above Tunguska in Siberia, leaving 800 square miles of scorched or blown over trees.
1997  The Union Jack was lowered in Hong Kong as Britain prepared to hand the colony back to China after ruling for 156 years.

26 June 2012

Timeline June 24 to 26

June 24
1314  The forces of Scotland's King Robert I, Robert the Bruce, defeated the English at the Battle of Bannockburn.
1374  A sudden outbreak of St. John's Dance caused people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion.
1497  John Cabot lands in North America at Newfoundland leading the first European exploration of the region since the Vikings.
1509  Henry VIII was crowned King of England.
1880  First performance of O Canada, the song that would become the national anthem of Canada, at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français.
1918  First airmail service in Canada from Montreal to Toronto.
1948  Communist forces cut off land and water routes between West Germany and West Berlin, prompting the US to organize a massive airlift.
1987  Jackie Gleason, actor, died at age 71.

June 25
1876  Lt. Col. George A Custer and his 7th Cavalry were wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians in the Battle of Little Big Horn.
1900  Lord Louis Mountbatten, English statesman, naval leader and last viceroy of India, was born. Died Aug. 27, 1979.
1950  The Korean War begins with the invasion of South Korea by North Korea.
1997  Jacques-Yves Cousteau, French explorer, died (b. 1910).

June 26
1945  The charter of the United Nations was signed by 50 countries in San Francisco.
2000  Rival scientific teams completed the first rough map of the human genetic code.

25 June 2012

War of 1812

1 July 2012

Ottawa  will have its usual Canada Day celebrations and this year there will be a special War of 1812 theme   www.canadascapital.gc.ca/celebrate/canada-day

28 June 2012

Bomber Command Memorial
The Queen will officially open this memorial
Canada has donated 340 kilograms of aluminum [which will adorn the memorials roof] that was once part of a wartime RCAF Halifax Bomber which was shot down over Belgium in 1944 and recently found in a swamp
Refer to The Ottawa Citizen, Tues 10 April 2012 page A3

30 June 2012

A change of pace.  Tour de France
A 9 man team bicycle race with about 20 teams. The race is partly followed by helicopter and shows points of interest especially in the Alps and Pyranees mountains. A Canadian, Ryder Hesjadal, who won the 3 week tour of Italy in May is participating. The race ends in Paris on 22 July 2012

29June to 1 July 2012

Flight of the Royal George, a tall ship. This event includes a naval re-enactment of a War of 1812 event. 7 tall ships and 10 gunboats on the water between Bath, Kingston and Fort Henry

24 years from to-day a 'good friend' of mine will reach the centuary mark

6-15 July 2012

Calgary Stampede for all cowboy fans  www.calgarystampede.com/

21 June 2012

OGS in the News

Some news about our Society and the new President:


 Shirley Sturvedant

Timeline June 21 to 23

June 21
1377  King Edward III of England died. Born 1312.
1639  Increase Mather, New England Puritan minister, author and educator, was born.
1734  In Montreal in New France, a slave known by the French name of Marie-Joseph Angélique was put to death, having been convicted of setting the fire that destroyed much of the city.
1749  Halifax, Nova Scotia, was founded.
1834  Cyrus Hall McCormick received a patent for his reaping machine.

June 22
1633  The Holy Office in Rome forces Galileo Galilei to recant his view that the Sun, not the Earth, is the center of the Universe.
1774  The British Parliament passed the Quebec Act, setting out rules of governance for the colony of Quebec in British North America.
1813  War of 1812: After learning of American plans for a surprise attack on Beaver Dams in Ontario, Laura Secord sets out on a 30 kilometer journey on foot to warn Lieutenant James FitzGibbon.
1815  Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated for the second time.
1911  King George V was crowned at Westminster Abbey.
1987  Fred Astaire, actor-dancer, died at age 88.
2009  Eastman Kodak Company announced that it will discontinue sales of the Kodachrome Color Film, concluding its 74-year run as a photography icon.

June 23
1810  John Jacob Astor formed the Pacific Fur Company.
1887  The Rocky Mountains Park Act become law in Canada creating the nation's first national park, Banff National Park.
1995  Dr. Jonas Salk, medical pioneer, who developed the first vaccine against polio, died at age 80.

19 June 2012

Timeline June 19 & 20

June 19
1586  English colonists left from Roanoke Island, NC after failing to establish England's first permanent settlement in America.
1791  The Constitutional Act, which provided the basis of government for Upper and Lower Canada during the next half century received Royal assent.
1816  Battle of Seven Oaks between North West Company and Hudson's Bay Company, near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
1862  Slavery was outlawed in US territories.
1902  Guy Lombardo, Canadian born dance band leader, was born.
1910  Father's Day was celebrated for the first time in Spokane, Washington.
1917  King George V ordered the British Royal family to dispense with its German-sounding name, Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, during WW I. The family took the name Windsor.

June 20
1214  The University of Oxford received its charter.
1837  Queen Victoria ascended the British Throne following the death of her uncle, King William IV.
1840  Samuel Morse receives the patent for the telegraph.
1877  Alexander Graham Bell installs the world's first commercial telephone service in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

17 June 2012

Timeline June 17 & 18

June 17
1673  French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet reach the Mississippi River and become the first Europeans to make a detailed account of its course.
1703  John Wesley, English Anglican clergyman and evangelist, was born.
1775  The Battle of Bunker Hill took place near Boston during the Revolutionary War.
1885  The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Irene.
1928  Amelia Earhart embarked on the first trans-Atlantic flight by a woman. She flew from Newfoundland to Wales in about 21 hours.

June 18
1812  At the urging of President James Madison, the United States declared war on Great Britain.
1815  British and Prussian troops defeated the French under Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo in Belgium.
1942  Paul McCartney British singer, songwriter and musician was born.
1948  Columbia Records unveiled its new long-playing, 33 1/3 rpm phonograph record.

14 June 2012

Timeline June 14 to 16

June 14
1736  Charle-Augustin de Coulomb, French physicist, was born.
1811  Harriet Beecher Stowe, American author was born.
1841  The first Canadian Parliament opened in Kingston, Ontario.
1946  Donald Trump, Real Estate developer and TV personality, was born.
1947  Roswell UFO incident A supposed UFO crash lands in Roswell, New Mexico.
1966  The Vatican announces the abolition of the Index Librorum Prohibitorum (index of prohibited books), which was originally instituted in 1557.

June 15
1215  King John put his seal to the Magna Carta at Runnymeade, England, granting his barons more liberty.
1775  The Second Continental Congress voted unanimously to appoint George Washington head of the Continental Army.
1844  Charles Goodyear received a patent for a process to strengthen rubber.
1846  The Oregon Treaty establishes the 49th parallel as the border between the United States and Canada, from the Rocky Mountains to the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
1919  John Alcock and Arthur Brown made the first nonstop transatlantic flight when they flew from St. John's, Newfoundland to Clifden, County Galway, Ireland.

June 16
1745  Sir William Pepperell captures the French Fortress of Louisbourg in Louisbourg, Nova Scotia during the War of the Austrian Succession.
1829  Geronimo, American Apache Indian leader, was born.
1903  Ford Motor Co., was incorporated.
1911  IBM founded as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company in Endicott, New York.
1968  James Patrick Stuart, actor, was born.

13 June 2012

War of 1812 Arts n' Artifact Show - St. Andrew's West

Just a friendly reminder about the War of 1812 Arts n' Artifact Show that is being held on Saturday June 16th at the Roman Catholic Church Hall in St. Andrew's West.  It runs from 10 am in the morning until 4pm.  There will be exhibits from local persons including the John Carruthers of Morrisburg, Bert Cunningham from Doran Bay Resort will have some of his model ships there, Sylvianne Duval will demonstrate the ancient art of lace making.  Lost Villages Historical Society will have numerous items on display as will SD&G Historical Society.  Sine McKenna, the Stang Family will be performing.  Be sure to join us for the Official Opening at Noon where invited guests will help to re-enact the toasts at a Waterloo Dinner commemorating the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815. The admission is by good will donation and is a fundraiser for the Cornwall Township Historical Society as well as one of the first events in the War of 1812 Bicentennial Year in our area.  Spread the word, plan to attend and learn a bit about our role in the War of 1812.  Hope to see you there!

Carol Goddard

September 28 - British Home Child Day in Ontario

Timeline June 12 & 13

June 12
1665  England installed a municipal government in New York, formerly the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam.
2003  Actor Gregory Peck died at age 87.

June 13
1831  James Clerk Maxwell, Scottish physicist, was born.
1927  Charles Lindberg was honored with a ticker-tape parade in New York City.
1983  Pioneer 10 become the first man-made object to leave the central Solar System when it passed beyond the orbit of Neptune (the furthest planet from the Sun at the time).
1986  Benny Goodman, clarinetist, died age 77.

12 June 2012

War of 1812

Upcoming events commerationg the War of 1812, locally and away

16 June 2012
War of 1812 Arts'N Artifacts Show  10:00AM to 4:00PM
St Andrews Church Hall, St Andrews West
Sponsored by Cornwall Twp. Historical Society

17 June 2012
Bicentennial Celebration 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Goulbourn Museum [located just south of Stittsville]
Discover our 100th Regiment of Foot
Meet the Canadian Fencibles re-enactment group and much more.

18 June 2012
Commemoration of the Declaration of War
Town of Gananoque marks the anniversary with the unveiling of the Joel Stone Heritage Park,
named in honour of the towns founder and Colonel in the Leeds Militia.
www.townofgananoque.ca   and  www.celebrate1812.ca

15 to 17 June 2012
Fort York National Historic Site presents 'The Encampment'
The stories of 200 civilians told in 200 luminous tents.
Toronto launches its War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration.
Enjoy more than 100 events through 2012/2013

A source of info on many events can be found at

10 June 2012

Timeline June 10 & 11

June 10
1692  Salem witch trials: Bridget Bishop is hanged at Gallows Hill near Salem, Massachusetts, for "certaine Detestable Arts called Witchcraft & Sorceries".
1801  Tripoli declared war on the US in a dispute over the safe passage of merchant vessels through the Mediterranean.
1921  Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, consort of Queen Elizabeth II, was born.
1925  Inaugural service for the United Church of Canada, a union of Presbyterian, Methodist, and Congregationalist churches, was held in the Toronto Arena.
1977  Apple ships its first Apple II personal computer.

June 11
1776  John Constable, English landscape painter, was born.
1864  Richard Strauss, German Romantic composer, was born.
1979  John Wayne, actor, died age 72.
1910  Jacques-Yves Cousteau, French naval officer and oceanographer was born.
1935  Inventor Edwin Armstrong gives the first public demonstration of FM broadcasting in the United States at Alpine, New Jersey.

09 June 2012

Beechwood Cemetery annual historical walking tour.

Beechwood is Canada's National Cemetery and the annual historical walking tour will take place on Sunday, June 10th starting at 2 p.m. The theme this year is The Performing Arts at Beechwood.

08 June 2012

War of 1812

15 June 2012
Canada Post will issue two stamps "Heroes of the War of 1812"  honouring British Major-General Isaac Brock and Shawnee warrior Tecumseh

13 June 2012 and continuing to 6 January 2013
"The Canadian War Museum is marking the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, a monumentous event in Canadian history, with one of the largest and most innovative exibitions it has ever produced. 1812 examines the history through the perspectives of the four central participants - Canadians, Americans, the British and Native Americans - to provide a richer and deeper understanding of the conflict that helped shape Canada into the nation it is today"
The above is from a beautiful invitation I received to the above event. Illustrated on the invitation are four pictures representing the four participitants above. Laura Secord; Francis Scott Key; a Royal Navy Sailor and Oshawana.         warmuseum.ca/1812    "One War Four Perspectives"

This exibition is entitled "1812 and Faces Of 1812", a companion exibition created by Library and Archives Canada

Timeline June 7 to 9

June 7
1654  Louis XIV (the Sun King) was crowned King of France in Rheims.
1939  King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, arrived at Niagara Falls, NY from Canada, on the first visit to the US by a reigning British Monarch.
1940  Tom Jones, singer, was born.

June 8
1625  Gian Domenico Cassini, Italian born French astronomer was born.
1810  Robert Schumann, German romantic composer, was born.
1867  Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect and writer, was born.

June 9
1672  Peter I (The Great), Russian emperor,  was born.
1870  Charles John Huffman Dickens, English writer and social critic, died at age 58.
1891  Cole Porter, American composer, was born in Peru, Indiana.

06 June 2012

Timeline June 5 & 6

June 5
1723  Adam Smith, economist, was born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland.
1878  Pancho Villa, Mexican revolutionary guerrilla leader was born.
1883  John Maynard Keynes, English economist, was born in Cambridge, England.
1933  The US went off the gold standard.
1981  The US Center for Disease Control recognized the first cases of AIDS.

June 6
1844  The Young Men's Christian Association was founded in London, England.
1925  Walter Percy Chrysler founded the Chrysler Corp.
1933  The first drive-in movie theatre opened in Camden Co., NJ.
1944  The D-Day invasion of Europe took place during WW II as Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy.

05 June 2012

War of 1812

Local event
150th Anniversary of Arnprior 8 - 10 June   www.arnprior.ca

Events in the United States leading up to the war caused by constant impressment of American Sailors by British ships as well as Orders-in-Council restricting American shipping and British support of western frontier tribes
1 June.  President Madison recommends Congress declare war
4 June.  U.S. House of Representatives passes war bill
17 June.  The U.S. Senate passes the war bill
18 June. Madison signs the declaration of war, the first ever for th U.S.

Above from The legion Magazine May/June 2012  page 22

03 June 2012

Timeline June 3 & 4

June 3
1621  The Dutch West India Company received a charter for New Netherlands, present day New York City.
1726  James Hutton, Scottish geologist, chemist & naturalist, was born.
1937  The Duke of Windsor married American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson. He abdicated the British throne.
1965  Astronaut Edward White became the first American to "walk" in space, during the flight of Gemini 4.
2012  Celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Fabulous coverage of the London Floatilla on TV.

June 4
1647  English army seized King Charles I as hostage.
1738  George III, King of Great Britain and Ireland 1760-1820, was born.
1896  Henry Ford made a successful pre-dawn test run of his horseless carriage, called a quadricycle, through the streets of Detroit.
1940  Allies completed the evacuation of British Troops from Dunkirk, France.
1942  Battle of Midway began, WW II.

01 June 2012

Timeline June 1 & 2

June 1
1801  Brigham Young, Mormon leader, was born in Whitingham, VT.
2009  General Motors filed for Chapter 11, becoming the largest U.S. industrial company to enter bankruptcy protection.

June 2
1840  Thomas Hardy, English novelist and poet was born.
1857  Sir Edward Elgar, English composer, was born.
1953  Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in Westminster Abbey, 16 months after the death of her father King George VI.
1966  US space probe Surveyor 1 landed on the moon and began transmitting detailed photographs.