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110 years ago, Carmelo Paladino passed away on March 10th, 1907 at the family residence at 138 Queen's Avenue.  He was the patriarch and co-founder, with Angelo Dambra, of London's Italian community in 1874.  He was also the maternal grandfather of Guy Lombardo. 

On March 5th, 1897, a celebration was held at the Grand Opera House in honour of Nicholas Wilson's 50 year of continuous teaching in London schools. On behalf of the students, Ed Flock presented Mr. Wilson with $1,000 in gold, enclosed in a silver casket.   

130 years ago on March 1st, 1887, a post office was established at Pottersburg, east of the city limits in London Township.  William Grray was the first postmaster.  D.F. Buchanan operated the office from his grocery store on the southwest corner of Dundas and Hale streets from May 1st, 1891 until his death on April 10th, 1923.  

60 years ago on February 18th, 1957, passenger service was discontinued on the London and Port Stanley Railway after almost 100 years of operation.  The railway could not compete with the automobile.  The railway's service was not always reliable, earning the railroad  the nickname Late and Poor Service.   

Daylight saving time was inaugurated on Monday February 9th, 1942 to conserve energy for the duration of the war. 

THe Birth of Sake - image from the film

Join us on Saturday, March 18 at 2 pm in the Stevenson & Hunt room for the third and last screening in a series titled Japanese Food.

On February 21st, 1927, Lt. Gov. William Donald Ross  formally opened Sir Adam Beck Collegiate Institute whose staff and students had moved from the East End Collegiate to the new school on Monday January 4th, 1927. 

140 years ago on February 11, 1877, Rev. William Stephen Rainsford (1850-1933), the Church of England revivalist preacher, drew such a large crowd at St. Paul's Church in London, Ontario that hundreds of people could not even get standing room  and had to leave.   

book cover image Landmarks

The isolation wrought by modern life, says naturalist Robert MacFarlane, makes us think nature is uninteresting. However, the power of words can reclaim our so-called barren lands.

book cover image How English Became English

Today, the English language is spoken by more than a billion people around the globe. But where did it come from ... and where might it be headed?