17 January 2013

Timeline January 17 to 19

January 17
1562  French Protestants were recognized under the Edict of St. Germain.
1706  Statesman and inventor Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston.
1899  Nevil Shute, English/Australian writer, was born.

January 18
1778  English navigator Captain James Cook became the first European to reach the Hawaiian Islands, which he dubbed the Sandwich Islands.
1788  The first English settlers arrived in Australia's Botany Bay to establish a penal colony.
1854  Thomas Watson, American telephone pioneer and shipbuilder, Was born.
1904  Cary Grant, English/American actor, was born Archibald Leach in Bristol, England.
1912  English explorer Robert F. Scott and his expedition reached the South Pole, only to discover that Roald Amundsen had gotten there first.

January 19
1736  James Watt, inventor of the steam engine, was born in Scotland.
1807  Robert E. Lee, the commander-in-chief of the Confederate armies, was born in Stratford, Va.
1809  Edgar Allan Poe, American writer/poet, was born in Boston.

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