30 August 2012

Timeline August 30 & 31

August 30
1871  Ernest Rutherford, Nobel Price-winning physicist (1908), was born.
1896  Raymond Massey, Canadian actor, director and producer, was born.
1993  The Late Show with David Letterman premiered on CBS.
2005  A day after Hurricane Katrinea hit, flood waters covered 80 percent of New Orleans.
2012 Another hurricane called Isaac caused flooding problems in New Orleans.

August 31
1803  Lewis and Clark start their expedition to the west by leaving Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1897  Thomas Edison patents the Kinetoscope, the first movie projector.
1903  Arthur Godfrey, American screen and stage actor, was born.
1997  Britain's Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris at age 36.

29 August 2012

Timeline August 28 & 29

August 28
1609  English explorer Henry Hudson and his ship, the Half Moon, reached present-day Delaware Bay.
1774  St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, American founder of the Sisters of Charity, was born.
1789  William Herschel discovers a new moon of Saturn.
1908  Roger Tory Peterson, American ornithologist and conservationist, was born.
1963  200,000 people participated in a peaceful civil rights rally in Washington, DC, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

August 29
1533  The last Inca king, Atahualpa, was killed on orders from Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro.
1809  Oliver Wendell Holmes, American physician, poet, essayist and humorist. Was born.
1877  Brigham Young, the second president of the Mormon Church, died in Salt Lake City at age 76.
1907  The Quebec Bridge collapses during construction, killing 75 workers.
1958  Michael Jackson, American pop singer, was born.

26 August 2012

Timeline August 26 & 27

August 26
1498  Michelangelo is commissioned to carve the Pietà.
1740  Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, French inventor who helped build first hot-air balloon, was born.
1743  Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier, French chemist, was born.
1819  Albert, German-born prince consort of Queen Victoria, was born.
1873  Lee De Forest, American inventor of the Audion vacuum tube, was born.
1875  John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, Scottish novelist, Governor General of Canada, was born.
1906  Albert Sabin, the Polish-American doctor who developed the polio vaccine, was born.

August 27
410   The sacking of Rome by the Visigoths ends after three days.
1776  The Battle of Long Island took place in what is now Brooklyn, New York. British forces under General William Howe defeated American forces under General George Washington.
1883  The island volcano Krakatoa erupted. The resulting tidal waves claimed some 36,000 lives on the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra.
1927  Five Canadian women file a petition to the Supreme Court of Canada, asking, "Does the word 'Persons' in Section 24 of the British North America Act, 1867, include female persons?"
1945  American troops began landing in Japan following the surrender of the Japanese government in WW II.

22 August 2012

Timeline August 22 to 25

August 22
1777  American Revolutionary War: British forces abandon the Siege of Fort Stanwix after hearing rumors of Continental Army reinforcements.
1862  Claude Debussy, French composer, was born.
1868  Willis Whitney, American chemist, was born. He founded General Electric research laboratory.
1920  Ray Bradbury, Science-Fiction author, was born.

August 23
1305  Sir William Wallace is executed for High Treason at Smithfield in London.
1541  French explorer Jacques Cartier lands near Quebec City in his third voyage to Canada.
1775  Britain's King George III proclaimed the American Colonies in a state of open rebellion.
1912  Gene Kelly, American dancer and choreographer, was born.

August 24
79  Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in volcanic ash. An estimated 20,000 people died.
1572  St. Bartholomew's Day massacre. The slaughter of French Protestants at the hands of Catholics began in Paris, France.
1814  British troops invaded Washington, DC, and burned public buildings in reprisal for the American sacking of Niagara and York.
1891  Thomas Edison patents the motion picture camera.
1949  The North Atlantic Treaty went into effect.
2006  The International Astronomical Union declared that Pluto was no longer a planet, demoting it to the status of a "dwarf planet."

August 25
1609  Galileo Galilei demonstrated his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers.
1768  James Cook began his first voyage.
1918  Leonard Bernstein, American conductor, composer and pianist, was born.
1930  Sean Connery, actor, was born.

21 August 2012

Timeline August 19 to 21

August 19
1612  The "Samlesbury witches", three women from the Lancashire village of Samlesbury, England, are put on trial, accused for practicing witchcraft, one of the most famous witch trials in English history.
1646  John Flamsteed, English founder of the Greenwich Observatory, was born.
1692  Salem witch trials: in Salem, Massachusetts, Province of Massachusetts Bay, five people, one woman and four men, including a clergyman, are executed after being convicted of witchcraft.
1812  The USS Constitution defeated the British frigate Guerriere east of Nova Scotia during the War of 1812.
1921  Gene Roddenberry, American creator of the Star Trek series, was born.
1942  Six battalions of the Canadian Second Division made a frontal assault on German defenders of Dieppe, France. Of the 5,000 who took part in the raid, 900 were killed, and 1,300 were taken prisoner.

August 20
1858  Charles Darwin first publishes his theory of evolution through natural selection in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, alongside Alfred Russel Wallace's same theory.
1940  British Prime Minister Winston Churchill paid tribute to the Royal Air Force, saying, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."
1977  The US launched Voyager 2, an unmanned spacecraft carrying a 12 inch copper phonograph record containing greetings in dozens of languages.

August 21
1770  James Cook formally claims eastern Australia for Great Britain, naming it New South Wales.

16 August 2012

Timeline August 16 to 18

August 16
1777  American rebels won the Revolutionary War Battle of Benington, VT.
1812  American General William Hull surrendered Fort Detroit without a fight to the British and Indian forces in the War of 1812.
1977  Elvis Presley died at Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tenn., at age 42.

August 17
1786  Davy Crockett, American frontiersman and politician, was born.
1807  Robert Fulton's North River Steamboat leaves New York City for Albany, New York on the Hudson River, inaugurating the first commercial steamboat service in the world.
1896  A prospecting party discovered gold in Alaska, a finding that set off the Klondike gold rush.

August 18
1227  The mongol conqueror Genghis Khan died in late August.
1587  Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents to be born on American soil, on what is now Roanoke Island, NC. Died before 1591.
1868  French astronomer Pierre Jules César Janssen discovers helium.

14 August 2012

War of 1812

There is a web site which will inform one of almost everything he/she would want to know about the War of 1812   http://www.eighteentwelve.ca/   It is an alpha listing of;
Events listing Battles of xxxx;  Fort xxxx, etc
People such as Brock, Tecumseh, Laura Secord, James FitzGibbon, Bishop Strachan and many more.

Also to blow my own horn, I post to my blog, bicentennial events as they occur in Europe [Walking with Joseph] and in Upper and Lower Canada [Walking with Andrew] Have a look and stay tuned as I wing my way thru the callander

Timeline August 14 & 15

August 14
1848  The Oregon Territory was established.
1886  Arthur J Dempster, American physicist, inventor of the first mass spectrometer was born.
1945  President Truman announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally, ending WW II.
2003  A blackout hit the northeastern US and part of Canada; 50 million people lost power.

August 15
1057  Macbeth, King of Scotland, was slain by the son of King Duncan.
1248  The foundation stone of Cologne Cathedral, Germany, built to house the relics of the Three Wise Men, is laid. (Construction is eventually completed in 1880.)
1769  Napoleon Bonapart, French general and First Consul and Emperor, was born on the island of Corsica.
1771  Sir Walter Scott, Scottish novelist, poet, historian and biographer, was born.
1892  Louis-Victor Broglie, French Nobel Prize-winning physicist (1929) was born.
1945  The Allies proclaimed V-J Day, one day after Japan agreed to surrender unconditionally.
1969  The Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in upstate New York.
2001  Astronomers announced the discovery of the first solar system outside our own - two planets orbiting a star in the Big Dipper.

13 August 2012

Timeline August 12 to 13

August 12
1851  Isaac Singer was granted a patent on his sewing machine.
1881  Cecil B DeMille, American motion picture producer and director was born.
1977  The space shuttle Enterprise passed its solo flight by taking off atop a Boeing 747, separating and then landing in the Mojave Desert.
1981  The IBM Personal Computer was released.

August 13
1521  Spanish conqueror Hernando Cortez captured present-day Mexico City from the Aztecs.
1860  Annie Oakley, American marks woman; starred in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, was born.
1899  Movie director Alfred Hitchcock was born in London, England.
1960  The first two-way telephone conversation by satellite took place with the help of Echo I, a balloon satellite.

11 August 2012

War of 1812 Dinner


If you are interested in the War of 1812 and the history of Ottawa, I invite you to join the Bytown Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, for dinner and a talk by Victor Suthren on the War of 1812 and the formation of Ottawa.  The event is being held on Saturday 8 September, at the Museum of Civilization.

Details are given on the poster at http://ogsottawa.on.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Poster-War-of-1812_8Sep12.pdf. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

I do hope you will join us.

Dorothy Meyerhof
Library Volunteer, OGS
Bytown Chapter, NSDAR

09 August 2012

Timeline August 9 to 11

August 9
117   Trajan, Roman Emperor (b. 53)
1173  Construction of the campanile of the cathedral of Pisa (now known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa) began. It took two centuries to complete.
1842  The Webster-Ashburton Treaty was signed, establishing the United States-Canada border east of the Rocky Mountains.
1902  Edward VII was crowned King of England following the death of his mother, Queen Victoria.
1945  The US exploded a nuclear device over Nagasaki, Japan, instantly killing an estimated 39,000 people. The explosion came three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

August 10
1519  Ferdinand Magellan's five ships set sail from Seville to circumnavigate the globe.
1675  The foundation stone of the Royal Greenwich Observatory in London was laid.
1755  Under the orders of Charles Lawrence, the British Army began to forcibly deport the Acadians from Nova Scotia to the Thirteen Colonies.
1814  Henri Nestlé, Swiss industrialist (d. 1890).
1846  US Congress chartered the Smithsonian Institution, named after English scientist James Smithson.
1896  Otto Lilienthal, German aviation pioneer, died (b. 1848).

August 11
1718  Sir Frederick Haldimand, Swiss-born English colonial governor, was born(d. 1791).
1909  The SOS distress signal was first used by an American ship, the Arapahoe, off Cape Hatteras. NC.

07 August 2012

Images from Col By Day in Ottawa Aug. 6, 2012

Timeline August 7 & 8

August 7
1903  Louis S.B. Leakey, Kenyan archaeologist and anthropologist, was born. Died Oct. 1, 1972.
1947  The balsa wood raft Kon-Tiki, carried a six man crew 4,300 miles across the Pacific Ocean and crashed into a reef in a Polynesian archipelago.
1959  The US launched Explorer, which sent back a picture of the Earth.
1979  Several tornadoes struck the city of Woodstock, Ontario, Canada and the surrounding communities.

August 8
1815  Napoleon Bonaparte set sail for St. Helena, in the South Atlantic, to spend the remainder of his days in Exile.
1844  Brigham Young was chosen to lead the Mormons following the killing of Joseph Smith.
1876  Thomas A Edison received a patent for the mimeograph.
1908  Wilbur Wright made his first public flight at a racecourse at Le Mans, France.

05 August 2012

Timeline August 5 & 6

August 5
1305  William Wallace, who led the Scottish resistance against England, was captured by the English near Glasgow and transported to London where he was put on trial and executed.
1583  Sir Humphrey Gilbert established the first English colony in North America, at what is now St. John's, Newfoundland.
1735  Freedom of the press: New York Weekly Journal writer John Peter Zenger was acquitted of seditious libel against the royal governor of New York, on the basis that what he had published was true.
1858  Cyrus West Field and others completed the first transatlantic telegraph cable after several unsuccessful attempts. It operated for less than a month.
1884  The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid on Bedoe's Island in New York Harbor.
1957  American bandstand, hosted by Dick Clark, made its network TV debut on ABC.
1963  The US, Britain and the Soviet Union signed a treaty in Moscow banning nuclear test in the atmosphere, outer space and underwater.

August 6
Col By Day in Ottawa, Ontario

1777  American Revolutionary War: The bloody Battle of Oriskany prevents American relief of the Siege of Fort Stanwix.
1806  The Holy Roman Empire went out of existence as Emperor Francis I abdicated.
1881  Sir Alexander Fleming, Scottish bacteriologist, who discovered penicillin in 1928, was born. Died March 11, 1955.
1911  Lucille Ball, American radio, TV and film comedic actress, was born. Died April 26, 1989.
1945  The US dropped an atomic bomb on Hirshoma, Japan, that instantly killed an estimated 66,000 people in the first use of a nuclear weapon in warfare.
1991  Tim Berners-Lee released files describing his idea for the World Wide Web.

01 August 2012

Col By Day - 6 Aug

Looking for something fun, free, and heritage-related to do over the coming long weekend? Well, look no further!

Join CHOO/COPO and Ottawa Branch OGS for Colonel By Day on August 6th from 11am-4pm, taking place on the grounds of the Bytown Museum beside the Ottawa Locks.

Celebrate Ottawa's history and the building of the Rideau Canal under the direction of Lt. Colonel John By by joining us for a day of heritage lace making, rug braiding, knitting, telegraph and musketry demonstrations, storytelling by local Ruthanne Edward. There will be performances by the Ingleneuk Scottish Dancers and the Ottawa English Country Dance Club, music by Fiddleground, Heritage Hands Ottawa Drum Club and Maura Volante. Also see the Voyageur Canoe and Canoe Carving, a Clay oven built on site, professional face painting, tabletop exhibits from local heritage groups and museums, a Celtic Cross Commemoration Ceremony, costumed characters and historical theatre by Vintage Stock Theatre. Don't forget about free admission to the Bytown Museum! Drop by the Ottawa Branch table to talk about local genealogical resources and get some hints on how to research your own family in the area. See you there!

For more information on Colonel By Day please visit http://www.choocopo.ca/english/cbday.html

The Ontario Name Index (TONI)

This is the recent report from the TONI Team:

      We added a record 65 417 entries in July, due to an increase in volunteers.  But we need more - we´d like to be adding 100 000 each month.  If you would like to help, e-mail toni@ogs.on.ca. There are many projects to work on, so we can find one to suit you.  Most of the work is done in your home on your computer.
      TONI now has 611 773 entries.  The big addition this month was all of the cemetery transcripts for Prince Edward County.  There was a good start on Carleton Co and more for Haliburton and Kent.  Ottawa Branch continues indexing its family histories - they now have 54 266 entries.
      The cemetery transcripts up are:
Carleton          12 750
Durham              7 038
Haliburton          6 330
Halton and Peel   19 926
Hastings          81 624
Kent              30 007
Northumberland    72 137
Peterborough            85 115
Prince Edward           36 946
Renfrew                428
Victoria                       11
Waterloo          11 393
Wellington            131 395

      Next month we expect more from Carleton, Haliburton, Kent, and Victoria.

Locally Ottawa volunteers have been busy with the Family Histories in the library and the Cemetery transcriptions. Not all have been processed into TONI yet but we currently have submitted 132,511 entries and have another 154,000 in the pipeline. The Ottawa Branch scrapbooks are at the Provincial Office to be digitized and we hope to have them back soon to be indexed and added to TONI. If you would like to help with this massive project, contact me at TONI@ogs.on.ca.

Timeline August 1 to 4

August 1
30 BC Mark Antony, Roman politician and general, died.
1779  Francis Scott Key, American lawyer and composer of the US national anthem, was born.
1790  The 1st US census was completed, showing a population of nearly 4 million.
1834  Slavery is abolished in the British Empire as the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 comes into force.
1957  The US and Canada reached an agreement to create the North American Air Defence Command (NORAD).

August 2
1610  Henry Hudson sails into what is now known as Hudson Bay thinking he had made it through the Northwest Passage and reached the Pacific Ocean.
1820  John Tyndall, British physicist (d. 1893).
1876  Frontiersman "Wild Bill" Hickock was shot and killed while playing poker at a saloon in Deadwood, SD.
1921  Opera singer Enrico Caruso died in Naples, Italy.
1939  Albert Einstein signed a letter to President Franklin D Roosevelt urging creation of an atomic weapons research program.
1990  Iraq invaded Kuwait, seizing control of the oil-rich emirate.

August 3
1492  Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos de la Frontera, Spain, on a voyage that would take him to the present-day Americas.
1792  Sir Richard Arkwright, English industrialist and inventor, died (b. 1732)
1811  Elisha Graves Otis, American inventor, was born.
1914  Germany declared war on France.
1958  The nuclear-powered submarine Nautilus became the first vessel to cross the North Pole underwater.

August 4
1901  Louis Armstrong, American jazz trumpeter was born.
1902  The Greenwich foot tunnel under the River Thames opens.
1914  Britain declared war on Germany while the US proclaimed its neutrality.