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Canal - Notable Historical Events

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Canal - Historical Events
Date Event
1805-11-26

Official opening of Thomas Telford's Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, carrying the Llangollen canal 126 feet above the River Dee

1812-10-14

Work on London's Regent's Canal starts.

1817-07-04

Construction on Erie Canal begins at Rome, NY

1817-07-04

Chief Engineer James Geddes begins construction on the Erie Canal, one of the first great engineering works in North America

1820-08-01

London's Regent's Canal opens.

1823-11-12

Great North Holland Canal (Amsterdam) opens

1824-11-30

First ground is broken at Allenburg for the building of the original Welland Canal.

1824-12-16

Great North Holland Canal opens

1825-10-26

Erie Canal between Hudson River & Lake Erie opened

1829-10-17

Delaware River & Chesapeake Bay Canal formally opens

1829-11-30

First Welland Canal opens for a trial run, 5 years to the day from the ground breaking.

1831-12-01

Erie Canal closes for entire month due to cold weather

1832-05-30

The Rideau Canal in eastern Ontario is opened.

1854-03-01

German psychologist Friedrich Eduard Beneke disappears; two years later his remains are found in a canal near Charlottenburg.

1854-11-15

In Egypt, the Suez Canal, linking the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea, is given the necessary royal concession.

1859-04-25

Ground broken for Suez Canal

1867-02-17

1st ship passes through Suez Canal

1869-11-17

Suez Canal (Egypt) opens, links Mediterranean & Red seas

1871-12-24

Giusseppi Verdi's "Aida" premieres in Cairo, at the opening of the Suez canal

1876-11-01

King Willem III opens North Sea Canal (Amsterdam-IJmuiden)

1879-08-17

Ferdinand de Lesseps forms French Panama Canal Company

1880-01-01

Building of Panama Canal, begins

1881-02-24

De Lesseps' Co begins work on Panama Canal

1887-11-11

Construction of the Manchester Ship Canal starts at Eastham.

1888-03-02

The Convention of Constantinople is signed, guaranteeing free maritime passage through the Suez Canal during war and peace.

1888-12-11

French Panama Canal Company fails

1890-04-07

Completion of the first Lake Biwa Canal.

1892-08-04

Queen Wilhelmina & Emma open Merwede Canal between Amsterdam and the Rhine

1893-02-09

Canal builder De Lesseps & others sentenced to prison for fraud

1894-01-01

Manchester Ship Canal in England opens to traffic

1894-05-23

William Love hosts ground breaking ceremonies for Love Canal

1895-06-17

US Ship Canal (W 225th St) in the Bronx completed; cutting Marble Hill off from Manhattan

1895-06-20

Canal of Smock officially opens

1900-02-05

The United States and the United Kingdom sign treaty for Panama Canal

1900-11-30

The First Isthmian Canal Commission, appointed by the President having examined possible routes for a canal, issues its report favoring that through Nicaragua over the Panama route

1901-11-18

The USA and Great Britain sign the Second Hay-Pauncefote Treaty, or Interoceanic Ship Canal Treaty

1902-01-04

The French Panama Canal Company offers to sell its right to build a canal to the US for 40 million; this will tip the balance away from those favoring a canal through Nicaraugua

1902-01-18

Despite reports that favor the US building a route through Nicaragua for a canal, a 'supplementary report' recommends the route through Panama

1902-06-28

US buys concession to build Panama canal from French for $40 million

1903-01-22

The Hay-Herran Treaty concerning the USA's right to the Panama Canal is signed by the Colombian Charge d'affaires in Washington DC (never ratified)

1903-11-18

Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty gives US exclusive canal rights in Panama

1904-02-23

US acquired control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million

1904-02-29

Theodore Roosevelt, appoints 7-man Panama Canal Commission to proceed with completing a canal at the Isthmus

1904-05-04

Construction begins by the United States on the Panama Canal.

1909-08-24

Workers start pouring concrete for Panama Canal

1911-01-31

Congress names SF as Panama Canal opening celebration site

1914-01-07

1st steamboat passes through Panama Canal

1914-04-08

US & Colombia sign a treaty concerning Panama Canal Zone

1914-08-03

1st seaworthy ship passes through the Panama Canal

1914-08-05

US and Nicaragua sign treaty granting canal rights to US

1914-08-15

Panama Canal opens (under cost)

1914-08-29

Arizonian is 1st vessel to arrive in SF via Panama Canal

1914-11-17

US declares Panama Canal Zone neutral

1915-02-03

Turkish & German army reach Suez Canal

1917-07-27

The Allies reach the Yser Canal at the Battle of Passchendaele.

1917-08-05

British troops attack canal of Ypres in Boesinghe Belgium

1926-07-28

US & Panamanian pact about safeguard of Panama Canal

1927-10-27

Queen Wilhelmina opens Meuse-Waal Canal in Nijmegen

1930-05-31

Building begins on Albert Canal in Belgium

1934-05-07

Princess Juliana of the Netherlands opens Juliana Canal

1934-07-11

FDR became 1st US president to travel through Panama Canal

1936-07-06

A major breach of the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal in England sends millions of gallons of water cascading 200 feet into the River Irwell.

1937-01-25

Miami-to-Tampa bus overturned in a canal, kills 13

1951-10-15

Egyptian parliament accept denounces Suez Canal Treaty

1951-12-29

Flying Enterprise in difficulty in Canal

1952-01-20

British army occupies Ismailiya, Suez Canal Zone

1952-05-21

Dutch Queen Juliana opens Amsterdam-Rhine Canal

1955-01-25

US & Panama sign canal treaty

1956-06-13

After 72 years, Britain gives up Suez Canal to Egyptian control

1956-06-18

Last of foreign troops leaves Egypt as British leave Suez Canal

1956-07-26

Egypt seizes Suez Canal

1956-10-31

Britain & France begin to bomb Egypt to reopen Suez Canal

1956-11-04

Israel captures Straits of Tiran & reach Suez Canal Egypt

1956-11-05

Britain & France land forces in Egypt in reaction to seizure of Suez Canal

1957-02-17

Suez Canal reopens

1957-03-08

Israeli troops leave Egypt; Suez Canal re-opened for minor ships

1957-04-09

Suez Canal cleared for all shipping

1957-04-10

Suez canal reopens for all traffic

1964-01-09

Anti-US rioting broke out in Panama Canal Zone

1965-09-25

Children find trunk with corpse in Amsterdam canal

1967-06-09

Israeli troops reach Suez Canal

1968-07-08

Israeli-Egyptian artillery duel along Suez Canal

1971-04-25

US canal rights in Nicaragua & rights to Corn Islands expire

1971-05-24

A commuter bus plunges into Panama Canal, killing 38 of 43 aboard

1973-02-18

54-kg octopus measuring 7m across captured in Hood Canal, Wash

1973-10-09

Israel announces loss of Bar-Lev defense line in Suez Canal

1973-10-16

Israeli tanks under Gen Sharon move through Suez Canal

1975-06-05

Egypt president Anwar Sadat reopens Suez Canal (closed since 1967)

1977-08-10

US & Panamana sign Panama Canal Zone accord

1977-09-07

Pres Carter & Gen Herrera sign Panama Canal treaties

1977-10-23

Panamanians vote 2:1 to approve new Canal treaties

1978-03-16

US Senate accepts Panama Canal treaty

1978-04-18

Senate votes to turn Panama Canal over to Panama on Dec 31, 1999

1979-01-08

Argentina & Chile sign Beagle Canal accord

1979-02-13

Washington State's Hood Canal Bridge breaks up in windstorm

1979-10-01

US returns Canal Zone (but not the canal) to Panama after 75 years

1979-10-10

Panama assumes sovereignty over Canal Area (ie Canal Zone)

1980-05-20

710 families in Love Canal area (Niagara Falls NY) are evacuated

1982-04-01

US formally transfers Canal Zone to Panama

1986-01-20

Chunnel announced (railroad tunnel under Canal)

1992-09-25

Opening Main-Donau canal (North Sea-Black Sea)

1999-12-31

Control of Panama Canal reverts to Panama

2006-01-12

The French warship Clemenceau reaches Egypt and is barred access to the Suez Canal. Greenpeace activists board the ship.

2006-10-22

A Panama Canal expansion proposal is approved by 77.8% of voters in a National referendum held in Panama.

2015-11-15

10 killed after French high-speed train derails and crashes into canal

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Canal - Birthdays
Date Event
1697-10-18

Giovanni Canaletto, Venetian painter (Venicei Regatta on Grand Canal)

1745-01-23

William Jessop, English canal engineer (d. 1814)

1763-07-22

James Geddes, Carlisle Pennsylvania, American Engineer and chief engineer in the construction of the Erie Canal

1805-11-19

Ferdinand de Lesseps, France, diplomat (built Suez Canal)

1858-06-29

George Washington Goethals, engineer (built Panama Canal)

1858-10-22

Empress Augusta Victoria, Opening of the Kiel Canal

1885-12-18

Cesare Ludovici, Canal grande

1890-01-29

Marguerite Canal, composer

1898-08-09

David de Jong, Dutch writer (Mutiny on the Canal)

1911-04-12

Mahmoud Younis, Suez Canal nationalization Engineer (d. 1976)

1914-07-24

Kenneth B Clark, Canal Zone, civil rights activist (Dark Ghetto)

1919-04-15

Sonia Rolt, Oxford Canal

1933-08-30

Walter LaFeber, Panama Canal

1949-11-24

Urbano Bettencourt, Mau Tempo no Canal

1951-07-05

Alfredo Suárez Canal, Episode dated 11 May 2009

1955-01-06

Fernando Sánchez-Rubio, Canal 24 horas

1958-11-03

John Boutte, At the Foot of Canal Street

1961-02-01

Aleix Canal, Altres direccions

1961-05-09

Sean Altman, The Canal Caper

1970-9-09

Ignatios Axis, Canal d'amour

1976-04-02

Roberto Velázquez Bolio, 10 mejores momentos de CNI canal 40

1984-05-05

Suzanne Emond, The House by the Canal

1987-02-10

Hannah Hoekstra, The Canal

1987-06-14

Morgan Hartley, Panama Canal

1990-9-27

Daiana De La Canal, Little House of Light

1995-9-15

Milton De La Canal, Kamchatka

Canal - Deaths
Date Event
1801-04-02

Thomas Dadford Junior, British canal engineer (b. circa 1761)

1838-08-19

James Geddes, American Engineer (Erie Canal), dies at 75

1921-04-11

Empress Augusta Victoria, Opening of the Kiel Canal

1976-04-18

Mahmoud Younis, Suez Canal nationalization Engineer (b. 1911)

1978-01-27

Marguerite Canal, composer, dies at 87

1985-04-23

Sam Ervin, A Firing Line Debate: Resolved: That the Senate Should Ratify the Proposed Panama Canal Treaties

1989-12-30

Madoline Thomas, actress (Girl in the Canal), dies

2014-10-22

Sonia Rolt, Oxford Canal


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