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This Week in New Brunswick History

This Week in New Brunswick History ! July 10, 1746
An expedition of 700 Canadian soldiers and warriors from Quebec, led by Commandant Jean-Baptiste-Nicolas-Roch de Ramezay, arrive at Baie Verte with plans to link with French forces at Beaubassin (Amherst, Nova Scotia) and attack Annapolis Royal.

July 10, 1843
In Saint John, John E. Turnbull patents a manual clothes washer with mounted wringer rolls. Activated by a gearing system, the washer is operated manually for 10 minutes, to clean each load of laundry.

July 10, 1943
The Carleton & York Regiment lands in Italy as part of the 1st Canadian Infantry Division. Just after dawn they go ashore near Pachino. Pushing forward through choking dust and mine-filled roads, they distinguish themselves on the road to Regalbuto.

July 10, 1972
The Maritime provinces experience a total eclipse of the sun.

July 11, 1764
Royal instructions are given to Governor Wilmot, that Acadians be permitted to resettle in the colony (but not own land) - provided they take an oath of allegiance and only settle in small groups.

July 11, 1788
Benedict Arnold's store on Main Street in the Lower Cove district of Saint John is burned. Rumoured to have been over-insured, Arnold is accused by his ex-partner, Munson Hayt, of starting the fire.

July 11, 1910
Fire destroys downtown Campbellton, leaving only four homes standing.

July 11, 1912
Construction commences in Courtenay Bay on Saint John's massive new dry-dock. Premier J. K. Flemming and invited dignitaries watch as the Honourable W.T. White detonates TNT, marking the beginning of site preparations.

July 11, 1933
On Deer Island, Hartley A. Wentworth patents a children’s vitamin supplement that combines fish liver with chocolate, to make a healthy treat!

July 5, 1700
Governor Joseph Robineau de Villebon dies at Fort Saint-Jean (Saint John).

July 5, 1854
An epidemic of Asiatic cholera breaks out in Saint John, killing an estimated 1,000 people by summer’s end. The city’s Board of Health orders all taverns to not sell alcohol; daily death tolls are posted; and all homes in Portland are fumigated.

July 5, 1872
The Honourable George Edwin King, of Saint John, becomes Premier of New Brunswick.

July 7, 1534
Jacques Cartier sails into a large bay and opening which he later names "Baye de Chaleur" (Chaleur Bay). He encounters Mi'kmaq in canoes and, 3 days later, trades iron utensils for fur - marking the first recorded exchange with Europeans.

July 7, 1670
Governor Hector d'Andigné de Grandfontaine takes possession of Acadia from Thomas Temple in Boston, as agreed by the Treaty of Bréda, and establishes the capital of Acadia at Pentagouet (Castine, Maine) as a defense against English encroachment.

July 7, 1830
The Saint John County Militia, under Lieutenant-Colonel Simonds, announces the formation of a separate African Company of the First Battalion comprised of "all the people of Color".

July 7, 1911
Singer, Charlie Chamberlain is born in Bathurst. Joining Don Messer's band "The New Brunswick Lumberjacks" in the 1930's, Chamberlain later becomes a feature on CBC television's "Don Messer's Jubilee".

July 7, 1985
His Excellency Monsignor André-Marie Cimichella, O.S.M., auxiliary Bishop of Montreal, presides over the official opening of the Popes' Museum in Grande-Anse.

July 8, 1760
The Battle of the Restigouche, the last naval battle in North America, is fought between British and French forces for possession of Canada. The French flagship " Machault " is sunk in the Restigouche River, along with two other French ships.

July 8, 1761
Mi’kmaq of Chignecto agree to the 1760 Treaty of Peace and Friendship, as a renewal of the agreements of 1725 and 1749 – re-affirming Mi’kmaq hunting and fishing rights.

July 8, 1783
The “July Fleet” of Loyalist evacuations depart New York for the river St. John, arriving in St. John harbour on July 29.

July 8, 1867
" Le Moniteur Acadien ", the first French-language newspaper in the Maritimes, is published in Shediac. The weekly is published by Israël Landry, who remains editor for only one year.

July 9, 1784
Colonel Thomas Carleton is received at the Court of St. James and, by kissing the hand of King George III, formally accepts his appointment as the first Governor of the Province of New Brunswick.

July 9, 1973
The town of Riverview is incorporated.

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