Canada Joins League Of Nations 1920
January 10, 2012 by staff
In A.D. 236, Fabian was elected pope of the early Christian Church. He served until 250, when he became the first martyr under Decius, the emperor who initiated the Roman Empire-wide persecution of Christians.
In 1645, William Laud, archbishop of Canterbury and a persecutor of the Puritans during the reign of Roman Catholic Queen Mary I, was executed in the Tower of London for treason.
In 1776, Thomas Paine anonymously published his influential pamphlet, “Common Sense.”
In 1799, residents of Lower Canada (now Quebec) celebrated their first Thanksgiving.
In 1810, Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, divorced his wife, Josephine.
In 1815, Britain prohibited American citizens from settling in Canada.
In 1840, the Penny Post was introduced in Britain by Rowland Hill.
In 1842, Sir Charles Bagot arrived in Upper Canada to take up his post as governor general of British North America.
In 1850, explorers Robert McClure and Richard Collinson began the extensive search for the Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin and his expedition. It has been described as the greatest search mission in the history of exploration. While looking for Franklin, the expedition discovered the Northwest Passage. It is likely that Franklin found it first, but none of his crew lived to report the discovery.
In 1863, the London Underground, the oldest subway system in the world, opened. The first trains — using steam locomotives that burned coke and later coal — began running from Paddington to Farringdon in the City of London, totalling seven stops over 6.4 kilometres.
In 1882, O. P. Brigg, an American, received a patent for barbed wire.
In 1901, a gusher at Beaumont, Texas started the great Texas oil boom.
In 1910, Henri Bourassa published “Le Devoir” in Montreal.
In 1917, American plainsman, scout and showman William “Buffalo Bill” Cody, died at 70.
In 1918, the U.S. House of Representatives voted for female suffrage.
In 1920, the “Treaty of Versailles,” ending the First World War, took effect. The Treaty also established the League of Nations, at which Canada and the other British Dominions could speak for themselves on international affairs. The United States never joined the League, which was replaced after the Second World War by the United Nations.
In 1942, the Quebec Bar admitted its first female lawyers, Elizabeth Monk and Suzanne Filion.
In 1946, the United Nations General Assembly met for the first time in London.
In 1946, the first man-made contact with the Moon was made as radar signals were bounced off the lunar surface.
In 1951, the world’s first jet passenger trip took place as an Avro jetliner flew from Chicago to New York in 102 minutes.
In 1957, Harold Macmillan became prime minister of Britain, following the resignation of Anthony Eden.
In 1967, Massachusetts Republican Edward W. Brooke, the first black elected to the U.S. Senate by popular vote, took his seat.
In 1969, the “Saturday Evening Post” ceased publishing after 147 years.
In 1972, the former passenger liner “Queen Elizabeth” was destroyed by fire in Hong Kong Harbour.
In 1977, Canada expelled five Cubans, including three diplomats, following an RCMP spy investigation.
In 1978, the Soviet Union launched two cosmonauts aboard the “Soyuz 27″ capsule for a rendezvous with the “Salyut 6″ space laboratory.
In 1984, the United States and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations for the first time in more than a century.
In 1985, Daniel Ortega was inaugurated as president of Nicaragua.
In 1989, Cuba began withdrawing its troops from Angola, more than 13 years after its first contingents arrived.
In 1990, Chinese premier Li Peng announced the lifting of martial law in Beijing.
In 1994, U.S. President Bill Clinton announced at a NATO meeting in Brussels that Ukraine, the world’s third most powerful nuclear-armed state, was set to give up its warheads and intercontinental missiles in a three-way deal with the United States and Russia.
In 1996, King Hussein of Jordan arrived in Tel Aviv on his first official visit to Israel.
In 1999, Walter Harris, the federal finance minister who introduced RRSP’s, died at 94.
In 2000, America Online proposed a $160 billion takeover of Time Warner Inc. which would create the largest corporate merger in history.
In 2002, James Bartleman, a member of the Minjikanig First Nation, became the first native lieutenant-governor of Ontario.
In 2003, British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell was arrested and jailed overnight for drunk driving while on vacation on the Hawaiian island of Maui. At a news conference in Vancouver two days later he apologized and asked British Columbians for forgiveness.
In 2003, North Korea withdrew from a nuclear arms control treaty.
In 2004, police seized the biggest indoor marijuana operation ever found in Canada at a closed-down Molson’s brewery in Barrie, Ont.
In 2007, U.S. President George W. Bush acknowledged that his strategy in Iraq had not been working as he announced a new plan to deploy another 20,000 American soldiers and spend billions more dollars.
In 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper unveiled a billion-dollar aid package aimed at supporting single-industry Canadian communities such as forestry, fishing and manufacturing, hit by economic upheaval.
In 2008, India’s Tata Motors unveiled the world’s cheapest car. The “Nana” was priced at only US$2,500.
In 2008, on his first trip to the West Bank, U.S. President George W. Bush called on Israel to end its 40-year-old occupation of Palestinian territories and to compensate Palestinian refugees.
In 2008, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin agreed to a 13-year extension worth US$124 million — the richest deal to date in NHL history.
In 2008, former U.S. figure skating champion Christopher Bowman was found dead in a hotel room in North Hills, California. He was 40. A coroner determined he died from an accidental drug overdose and an enlarged heart.
In 2009, Jean Pelletier, who spent 12 years as the mayor of Quebec City before running prime minister Jean Chrétien’s office through the recession of the 1990′s and the Quebec referendum, died in Quebec City at age 73.
In 2010, leftist opposition candidate Ivo Josipovic won Croatia’s presidency in an election run-off.
In 2010, “The Simpsons” marked its 20th anniversary as a series with its 450th episode, “Once Upon a Time in Springfield.” It became the longest-running comedy in television history. It also tied “Gunsmoke” and “The Red Skelton Show” for most consecutive seasons of a scripted series.
In 2010, Karlos Dansby returned a fumble in overtime to help the Arizona Cardinals defeat the Green Bay Packers 51-45 in the NFC Wild-card playoff game. The two teams set NFL playoff records for: combined points (96), most touchdowns (13); first downs (62).
In 2011, the publisher of Pl**yboy magazine announced it agreed to a sweetened offer by founder Hugh Hefner, valued at $207 million, to take the company private.
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