31 March 2013

Timeline March 31

March 31
1596  Rene Descartes, French mathematician, scientist and philosopher, was born.
1685  Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer, was born.
1732  Franz Joseph Haydn, Austrian composer of the classical period, was born.
1837  John Constable, English painter, died.
1889  French engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel unfurled the French tricolor from atop the Eiffel Tower to mark its completion.
1890  William Lawrence Bragg, English physicist & Nobel laureate, was born.
1928  Gordie Howe, Hockey Hall of Famer, was born.
1948  Al Gore, former US VP and Nobel Prize winner, was born.
1949  The Dominion of Newfoundland joined the Canadian Confederation and became the 10th Province of Canada.

29 March 2013

Timeline March 28 to 30

March 28
1944  Stephen Leacock, Canadian teacher, political scientist, and writer, died.
1979  America's worst commercial nuclear accident occurred inside the Unit Two reactor at the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Pa.
1987  Maria von Trapp, whose life inspired the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music," died at age 82.

March 29
1848  John Jacob Astor, American businessman, fur-trading empire, died.
1867  The British Parliament passed the North America Act to create the Dominion of Canada.
1906  E Power Biggs, English born American organist, was born.
1918  Pearl Bailey, American singer and entertainer, was born.
1973  The last United States troops left South Vietnam, ending America's direct military involvement in the Vietnam War.

March 30
1811  Robert Wilhelm Eberhard Bunsen, German chemist, was born.
1853  Vincent van Gogh, Dutch post-impressionist painter, was born.
1945  Eric Clapton, British musician, was born.
1954  The Yonge Street subway line opened in Toronto. It was the first subway in Canada.
2002  Britain's Queen Mother Elizabeth died at age 101.

27 March 2013

Bytown/Ottawa Settlers

This series of posts will deal with the settlers of present day [2013] Ottawa. There are three distinct settlements starting with;
1. Hull, Que settled by Philemon Wright in 1800
2. Richmond Military Settlement, mainly Goulbourn Twp, Richmond, Stittsville and Ashton area, 
    which started in the fall of 1818 and consisted mainly of soldiers of the 99th/100th Reg't
3. Rideau Canal settlement started when Lt/Col John By came to the area [eventually Bytown ]
     in 1826/1827  to build the Rideau Canal

I will post on alternate Wednesdays between visits to Ottawa City Archives where I will gather info/data to post and rotate thru the three settlements above.
My interest is #2 as my GrGr Grandfather settled there in May 1819 and its bi-centennial is in 5 years

A place to start searching for an ancestor is at   http://www.bytown.net

In 2 weeks, 10 Apr 2013, data/info on Hull and Philemon Wright settlers  

26 March 2013

Timeline March 26 & 27

March 26
1649  John Winthrop, English lawyer and second governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, died. [My 10th Great-Granduncle.]
1753  Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford, American physicist and inventor, was born.
1827  Composer Ludwig van Beethoven died in Vienna, Austria, at age 56.
1830  The Book of Mormon was published in Palmyra, New York.
1874  Robert Frost, the American writer who received three Pulitzer Prizes for his poetry , was born in San Francisco.
1879  Othmar Ammann, Swiss born American engineer and designer of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, was born.
1885  The Eastman Dry Plate and Film Co. of Rochester, N.Y., manufactured the first commercial motion picture film.
1917  The Seattle Metropolitans became the first U.S. team to win the Stanley Cup as they defeated the Montreal Canadiens.
1931  Leonard Nimoy, actor Star Trek & director, was born.

March 27
1813  Nathaniel Currier, American illustrator, was born.
1836  The first Mormon temple was dedicated, in Kirtland, Ohio.
1863  Sir Henry Royce, English industrialist; a founder of Rolls-Royce Ltd, was born.
2002  Comedian Milton Berle died at age 93.

24 March 2013

Timeline March 24 & 25

March 24
1707  The Acts of Union 1707 was signed, officially uniting the Kingdoms of England and Scotland to create the Kingdom of Great Britain.
1803  Egerton Ryerson, Canadian educator and politician was born.
1874  Harry Houdini, Hungarian born magician and escape artist, was born.
1882  German scientist Robert Koch announced in Berlin that he had discovered the bacillus responsible for tuberculosis.
1890  Agnes Macphail, Canadian politician, first female member of the Canadian House of Commons, was born.
1958  Elvis Presley was inducted into the Army in Memphis, Tenn.
1973  The album "Dark Side of the Moon" by Pink Floyd was released.

March 25
1306  Robert the Bruce became King of Scotland.
1947  Elton John, Rock singer, musician, was born.
1957  The Treaty of Rome established the European Economic Community.
1958  Canada's Avro Arrow made its first flight.

21 March 2013

Timeline March 21 to 23

March 21
1556  In Oxford, England, Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer was burned at the stake.
1685  Johann Sebastian Bach, German Composer, was born in Eisenach, Germany.
1867  Florenz Ziegfeld, American theatrical producer of spectacular revues, was born.
1963  Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay was closed.

March 22
1638  Anne Hutchinson was expelled from Massachusetts Bay Colony for religious dissent.
1765  Britain enacted the Stamp Act to raise money from the American colonies.
1894  Hockey's first Stanley Cup championship game was played in Montreal. That city's Amateur Athletic Association beat the Ottawa Capitals 3-1.
1908  Louis L'Amour, American best selling author, was born.
1923  The first radio broadcast of ice hockey was made by Foster Hewitt.

March 23
1749  Pierre-Simon Laplace, French mathematician, astronomer and physicist, was born.
1775  Patrick Henry called for America's independence from Britain, telling the Virginia Provincial Convention, "Give me liberty, or give me death!"
1994  Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings broke Gordie Howe's National Hockey League career record with his 802nd goal.
1998  "Titanic" won 11 Academy Awards, including best picture, best director and best song, to tie the record set by 1959's "Ben-Hur." (The record was tied again by "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" in 2003.)

19 March 2013

Ottawa Branch OGS Monthly Meeting - Saturday March 23

City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive
1:00 to 3:15 p.m. Room 115

Free refreshments (coffee, tea, cookies) and networking.

Speaker: Robert Serré

Remembering Clarkstown
The village of Clarkstown existed from the late 1880s until the last day of 1908. It then became part of Eastview (later Vanier), now part of Ottawa. Its name survived for decades, identifying a close-knit, largely French Canadian community centred on Beechwood Avenue and St. Charles’ Church, with its own school board and its own hockey team, the “Charlots.”
Robert Serré, President of the Gloucester Historical Society, will summarize Clarkstown’s history, and describe its municipal, economic and social characteristics​. A question period will follow, and – who knows – a few participants might provide their own personal recollections.

This meeting may be simulcast for members who can't join us in person. We will be using Live Meeting 2007 which is compatible with Windows PCs. Use this link (http://ogsotta​wa.on.ca/live-m​eeting-informat​ion/) for information on how to connect.

Then connect to the meeting room itself at: https://www.liv​emeeting.com/cc​/genealogicalst​udies/join?id=O​ttawaOGSMeeting​&role=attend&pw​=MembersDec2011

Breaking the Silence –British Home Children in Canada

Saturday April 6th 2013 1 - 4 p.m.
Ottawa Public Library

Ontario East British Home Child Family in cooperation with British Home Children Advocacy & Research Association, other organizations and individuals from across Ontario will be presenting information on British Home Children at the Ottawa Public Library. They will provide assistance in finding the stories associated with the over 120,000 children,who came to Canada between the 1860’s and the 1940's as indentured servants. Ranging in age from 1-16 years, these impoverished children from all parts of the British Isles came to our country in hopes of a chance at a better life. It was with these hopes that many philanthropic organizations working in tandem with the government to bring these children to Canada and other British Colonies. Hear how their stories have lay hidden for decades due to the stigma attached to them. Only now many Canadians are learning that their family member was a British Home Child.
Join us as we give these children a voice and place in Canadian History.

Carolyn Goddard  carol.goddard@sympatico.ca

Timeline March 19 & 20

March 19
1590  William Bradford, English colonial settler and politician, was born.
1813  David Livingstone, Scottish missionary and explorer, was born.
1848  Wyatt Earp, American frontiersman, lawman and gambler, was born.
2008  Science fiction writer Sir Arthur C. Clarke died at age 90.

March 20
687   St. Cuthbert, patron saint of Northumbria, died.
1727  Sir Isaac Newton, physicist, mathematician and astronomer, died in London, England.
1852  Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel about slavery, "Uncle Tom's Cabin," was published.
1879  Maud Menten, Canadian biochemist, was born.
2003  The United States and three other countries began military operations in Iraq.

18 March 2013

Timeline March 17 & 18

March 17
1040  Harold Harefoot, King of England, died.
1776  British forces evacuated Boston, Massachusetts, ending the Siege of Boston, after George Washington and Henry Knox placed artillery in positions overlooking the city.
1804  Jim Bridger, American trapper and explorer, was born.
1853  Christian Doppler, Austrian physicist and mathematician, died.
1861  The Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) was proclaimed.
1919  Nat King Cole, American musician & singer, was born.

March 18
1314  Jacques de Molay, the 23rd and the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, was burned at the stake.
1776  The British Parliament repealed the Stamp Act (American Revolution).
1834  Six farm labourers from Tolpuddle, Dorset, England were sentenced to be transported to Australia for forming a trade union (Tolpuddle Martyrs)
1858  Rudolf Diesel, German thermal engineer & inventor, was born.
1931  Schick Inc. marketed the first electric razor.
1965  The first spacewalk took place as Soviet cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov left his Voskhod 2 capsule and remained outside the spacecraft for 12 minutes, secured by a tether.
1968  The U.S. Congress repealed the requirement for a gold reserve to back US currency.

15 March 2013

Tmeline March 14 to 16

March 14
1794  Eli Whitney was granted a patent for the cotton gin.
1863  Casey Jones, American railroad engineer, was born.
1879  Albert Einstein, Nobel Prize-winning physicist and one of the great thinkers of the ages, was born.
1899  K.C. Irving, Canadian industrialist, was born.

March 15
44 BC Roman dictator Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of nobles that included Brutus and Cassius.
1493  Christopher Columbus returned to Spain, concluding his first voyage to the Western Hemisphere.
1918  Punch Imlach, Canadian ice hockey coach and manager, was born.
1964  Actress Elizabeth Taylor and actor Richard Burton were married.
2003  The World Health Organization issued a worldwide health alert for the respiratory illness SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

March 16
1521  Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Philippines.
1750  Caroline Herschel, German born English astronomer, was born.
1926  Jerry Lewis, actor and comedian, was born.

12 March 2013

Timeline March 12 & 13

March 12
1795  William Lyon Mackenzie, Scottish-Canadian politician and journalist, was born.
1821  Sir John Abbott, Canadian lawyer, statesman & prime minister 1891-2, was born.
1831  Clement Studebaker, American manufacturer; leader in the auto industry, was born.
1835  Simon Newcomb, Canadian-born American astronomer and mathematician, was born.
1930  Mahatma Gandhi leads a 200-mile march, known as the Salt March, to the sea in defiance of British opposition, to protest the British monopoly on salt.

March 13
1781  The planet Uranus was discovered by Sir William Herschel.
1855  Percival Lowell, the American astronomer who helped discover Pluto and believed that there was life on Mars, was born.
1884  Standard Time was adopted throughout the United States.

11 March 2013

Timeline March 10 & 11

March 10
1496  Christopher Columbus concluded his second visit to the Western Hemisphere as he left Hispaniola for Spain.
1804  In St. Louis, Missouri, a formal ceremony is conducted to transfer ownership of the Louisiana Territory from France to the United States.
1876  The first successful voice transmission over Alexander Graham Bell's telephone took place in Boston as his assistant heard Bell say, "Mr. Watson, come here. I want you."
1888  Barry Fitzgerald, Irish actor, was born.

March 11
1848  Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine and Robert Baldwin become the first Prime Ministers of the Province of Canada to be democratically elected under a system of responsible government.
1890  Vannevar Bush, American electrical engineer & gov. administrator WW II, was born.
1903  Lawrence Welk, American bandleader and showman, was born.
1941  US President Roosevelt signed into law the Lend-Lease Bill, providing war supplies to countries fighting the Axis.
2011  An earthquake measuring 9.0 in magnitude strikes 130 km (81 mi) east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people. This event also triggered the second largest nuclear accident in history.

07 March 2013

Timeline March 5 to 9

March 5
1496   King Henry VII of England issued letters patent to John Cabot and his sons, authorising them to explore unknown lands.
1512   Gerardus Mercator, Flemish cartographer, was born.
1616   Nicolaus Copernicus's book, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium was banned by the Catholic Church
1770  The Boston Massacre took place as British soldiers, taunted by a crowd of colonists, opened fire, killing five people.
1967  Georges Vanier, Canadian politician and Governor General of Canada, died.
1980  Jay Silverheels, Canadian actor, died.

March 6
1475  Michelangelo, Italian sculptor, painter and architect, was born.
1619  Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac, French dramatist and satirist, was born.
1834  The city of Toronto (formerly York) was incorporated.
1836  The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, fell to Mexican forces after a 13-day siege.
1899  Bayer registered "Aspirin" as a trademark.
1981  After 19 years of presenting the CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite signed off for the last time.

March 7
1788  Antoine César Becquerel, French physicist, was born.
1792  Sir John Herschel, English astronomer, was born.
1876  Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for the telephone.
1913  Emily Pauline Johnson, Native Canadian poet died,
1926  The first successful trans-Atlantic radio-telephone conversation took place, between New York City and London.

March 8
1702  England's Queen Anne ascended the throne upon the death of King William III.
1872  Cornelius Krieghoff, Canadian painter, died.
1917  Russia's February Revolution (so called because of the Old Style calendar used by Russians at the time) began with rioting and strikes in St. Petersburg.

March 9
1627  John Bowne, English-born American Quaker, was born. [My 8th great-grandfather.]
1796  Napoleon Bonaparte, the future emperor of France, married Josephine de Beauharnais.
1934  Yuri Gagarin, Russian cosmonaut, first space traveler, was born.
1996  Comedian George Burns died at age 100.

05 March 2013

Ottawa Genealogy 2013 - Saturday May 4th

The details of the event on 4 May are now available at http://ogsottawa.on.ca/ottawa-genealogy-2013/. On line registration is open and we already have almost 25% of the seats sold.

Marketplace is also filling up with GlobalGenealogy.com, Archive CD Books Canada, Patricia McGregor Books, Gloucester Historical Society, Ubbink Book & Paper Conservation, Grenville County Historical Society and Arnprior & McNab/Braeside Archives.