Blupete's History of Nova Scotia

Key Events in the History of Nova Scotia: 1863


§May 1: The Twenty-First Assembly of the Nova Scotia Legislature, first convened in 1860, was Dissolved.
§May 28: Election Date. The Conservatives, who had been in opposition, claimed the reins of government. They had the largest majority in a decade, winning 40 of the 55 seats. James William Johnson again for the third time became Premier replacing Joe Howe who had been Premier since 1859.
§April 14: Flags were flying and guns reporting, as Halifax was celebrating the occasion of the royal marriage that took place at Windsor Castle between Prince Edward Albert to Princess Alexandra of Denmark. In the evening the celebrations got out of hand and a riot broke out between certain of the civilian population and many of the British soldiers that were then in barracks. Many were injured and one man died; there was considerable property damage. Within a few days things settled down and a few of the leaders on both sides were found guilty in a court of law and sent to prison: the army men to Melville Island and the civilian men to Rockhead.
§July 1-3: Battle of Gettysburg.
§August 6: Angus "Giant" MacAskill dies at St. Ann's.
§August 22: A legless man is found on the shores of St Mary's Bay in 1864. He could not or would not speak and the Comeau family took care of him for the rest of his days. He was called Jerome; he died in 1912.
§November 5: The first issue of Halifax Citizen.
§U.S. Emancipation Proclamation.
§John Forbes, a native Nova Scotian, invented the "spring skates" and the Starr Manufacturing Company of Dartmouth went into production.
§Halifax Skating Rink Company incorporated.
§Nova Scotia Ice Company incorporated.
§Sydney County renamed by Statute to Antigonish County.
§Halifax: An act in respect to Board of Health.
§Halifax City Railroad Co. Incorporated by Statute.
§An act to authorize a loan, and for the construction and management of the Inter-colonial Railway.
§Yarmouth Gas Light Company incorporated.

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