Hamilton is a port city in the Canadian province of Ontario. Conceived
by George Hamilton when he purchased the Durand farm shortly after the
War of 1812, the town of Hamilton has become the centre of a densely
populated and industrialized region at the west end of Lake Ontario
known as the Golden Horseshoe. On January 1, 2001 the new City of
Hamilton was formed through amalgamation of the former City with the
constituent towns of the Hamilton-Wentworth Regional Municipality.
Since 1981, the metropolitan area has been listed as the ninth largest
in Canada and the third largest in Ontario. Traditionally, the local
economy has been led by the steel and heavy manufacturing industries.
Within the last decade, there has been a shift towards the service
sector, particularly health and sciences. The Hamilton Health Sciences
corporation employs nearly 10,000 staff and serves approximately 2.2
million people in the region. Hamilton is home to the Royal Botanical
Gardens, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, the Bruce Trail,
McMaster University and several colleges. The Canadian Football
League's Hamilton Tiger-Cats play at Ivor Wynne Stadium, close to the
Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Partly because of its diverse
locations, numerous TV and film productions have been filmed in
Hamilton regulated by the Hamilton Film Liaison Office.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Joint French and Native American forces destroyed Deerfield,
Massachusetts during Queen Anne's War, killing over fifty colonists.
Unable to establish a joint sovereignty similar to England's William
and Mary, Queen Ulrika Eleonora of Sweden abdicated in favour of her
husband, who became Frederick I.
At the 12th Academy Awards ceremony, Hattie McDaniel became the
first African American to be awarded an Oscar, winning Best Supporting
Actress for her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind.
The Admiralty Islands campaign during the Pacific War of World War
II began when American forces assaulted Los Negros Island, the third
largest of the Admiralty Islands off the coast of the Papua New Guinea
Playboy Enterprises founder Hugh Hefner opened his first Playboy
Club in Chicago, featuring the first service uniform registered with
the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Wiktionary's Word of the day:
aforethought: Premeditated; planned ahead of time.
Wikiquote of the day:
God bless the King! (I mean our faith's defender!)
God bless! (No harm in blessing) the Pretender.
But who Pretender is, and who is King,
God bless us all! That's quite another thing!
-- John Byrom