Alberta in History

Alberta: Calgary - Edmonton - Red Deer

Historical Events

  • 1905-09-01 Alberta & Saskatchewan become 8th & 9th Canadian provinces

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1905-09-01 Wilfrid Laurier oversees Alberta and Saskatchewan joining the Confederation of Canada

Prime Minister of Canada Wilfrid Laurier
Prime Minister of Canada
Wilfrid Laurier
  • 1906-09-01 Alberta adopts Mountain Standard Time
  • 1908-09-04 Caledonia & Hillhurst Football Clubs play for Central Alberta Rugby Football League championship
  • 1908-09-23 University of Alberta opens
  • 1911-10-21 Manitoba, Saskatchewan & Alberta Unions form Western Canada Rugby Football Union
  • 1929-09-28 1st CF interception return for a touchdown (Joe Hess-U of Alberta)
  • 1987-07-31 A rare, class F-4 tornado rips through Edmonton, Alberta, killing 27 people and causing $330 million in damage.
  • 1990-06-13 "Les Miserables" opens at S Alberta Jubilee Centre, Calgary
  • 2005-03-03 Mayerthorpe Incident: James Roszko murders four Royal Canadian Mounted Police constables during a drug bust in Rochfort Bridge, Alberta, then commits suicide. Deadliest peace-time incident for the RCMP since 1885 North-West Rebellion.
  • 2016-05-05 Fort McMurray wildfires: Canadian state of Alberta declares a state of emergency as evacuation of 80,000 people continues

Famous Birthdays

  • 1907-09-15 Fay Wray, Canadian American actress (King Kong), born in Alberta, Canada (d. 2004)
  • 1910-12-07 Rod Cameron, actor (City Detective, State Trooper), born in Calgary, Alberta

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1911-07-21 Marshall McLuhan, Canadian writer (Medium is the Massage), born in Edmonton, Alberta (d. 1980)

Philosopher of Communication Theory Marshall McLuhan
Philosopher of Communication Theory
Marshall McLuhan
  • 1918-01-24 John McLiam, actor (Parker-Men From Shiloh), born in Alberta, Canada (d. 1994)
  • 1923-02-04 Conrad Bain, Alberta Canada, actor (Maude, Diff'rent Strokes), (d. 2013)
  • 1923-11-13 Arthur Hiller, Canadian director (Love Story), born in Edmonton, Alberta (d. 2016)
  • 1924-01-07 Roloff Beny, Alberta, painter/photographer (A Time of Gods)
  • 1938-05-24 Tommy Chong, Edmonton, Alberta, comedian/actor (Cheech & Chong)

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1939-06-05 Joe Clark [Charles Joseph], 16th Prime Minister of Canada (1979-80), born in High River, Alberta

16th Prime Minister of Canada Joe Clark
16th Prime Minister of Canada
Joe Clark

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1943-11-07 Joni Mitchell, [Roberta J Anderson], Canadian singer (Clouds), born in Fort Macleod, Alberta

  • 1943-11-22 Floyd Sneed, rock drummer (Three Dog Night-Joy to the World), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1950-06-21 Terry Miskolczi, Dunnville ON, Canadian Tour golfer (1976 Alberta-3rd)
  • 1953-09-15 Bruce Heuchan, Kingston Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Alberta-7th)
  • 1953-12-27 Arthur Kent [The Scud Stud], American newscaster (prominent Gulf War coverage for NBC), born in Alberta, Canada
  • 1954-10-05 Duncan Regehr, Alberta Canada, actor (Wizards & Warriors)
  • 1955-12-03 Melody Anderson, Canadian actress (Flash Gordon), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1956-08-29 Kelly Murray, Canadian Tour golfer (985 Alberta Open), born in Vancouver, Canada
  • 1957-07-02 Brett "the Hitman" Hart, Canadian WWF champion, born in Alberta
  • 1958-11-21 Frank Edmonds, Thunder Bay Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (1989 Alberta)

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1959-04-30 Paul Gross, Canadian actor (Constable Benton Fraser - Due South), director, and writer (Passchendaele), born in Calgary, Alberta

Actor and Director Paul Gross
Actor and Director
Paul Gross
  • 1961-05-12 Bruce McCulloch, Canadian actor (The Kids in the Hall), born in Edmonton, Alberta

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1961-06-09 Michael J. Fox, Canadian actor (Family Ties, Back to the Future, Teen Wolf), born in Edmonton, Alberta

  • 1961-10-27 Rick Gibson, Canadian Tour golfer (1990 CPGA), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1961-11-02 K.D. Lang [Kathy Dawn], Consort Alberta, Canadian country singer
  • 1962-02-28 Rae Dawn Chong, actress (Quest for Fire), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1962-06-02 Laura Witvoet, Alberta Canada, LPGA golfer (1995 LPGA Corning-52nd)
  • 1962-08-13 Adam Kase, Socorro NM, Canadian Tour golfer (1989 Alberta Open-3rd)
  • 1962-11-23 Andrea Blackwell, basketball forward (Olympics-96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1963-11-07 Michael Heidt, hockey defenseman (Team Germany), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1964-10-25 Barb Broen-Ouellette, volleyballer (Olympics-96), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1966-06-18 Kurt Browning, Alberta, figure skater (Olympic-5-1994)
  • 1966-09-09 Alison Sydor, x-ctry cyclist (Olympic silver 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1966-12-29 Bruce Bulina, Canadian Tour golfer (1990 Alberta Open), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1966-12-29 Drew Hartt, Canadian Tour golfer (1995 Desert Tour), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1967-03-23 David Ford, kayaker (Olympics-15-92, 96), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1967-08-04 Carrie Flemmer, Stettler Alberta, softball catcher (Olympics-96)
  • 1968-01-13 Kelly Boucher, Canadian basketball forward (1996 & 2000 Olympics), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1968-10-11 Cynthia Johnston, basketball forward (Olympics-96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1968-10-17 Heather McDermid, rower (Olympics-96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1968-10-28 Shawna Molcak, Cardston Alberta, basketball guard (Olympics-96)
  • 1969-01-29 Karen Fonteyne, synchronized swimmer (Olympics-silver-96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1969-02-22 Kahryn Tough, volleyball (Olympics-96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1969-12-12 Kris Wirtz, Red Deer Alberta, ice pairs (1994 Skate Canada)
  • 1970-09-04 Cari Read, synchronized swimmer (Olympics-silver-96), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1970-12-22 [Rafael Edward] Ted Cruz, US Politician (Senate-R-Texas 2013-), born in Calgary. Alberta
  • 1971-01-04 Deb Sonnenberg, softball pitcher (Olympics-96), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1971-03-27 Nathan Fillion, Canadian actor (Castle), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1971-04-08 Marc Peers, tornado sailor (Olympics-96), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1971-06-04 Roy Janse, tornado sailor (Olympics-96), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1971-11-01 Keith Whitecotton, Camrose Alberta, golfer (Alberta Jr-1989, 90)
  • 1971-11-03 Colbie Bell, 100kg Greco Roman wrestler (Oly-96), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1972-04-09 Karen Clark, synchronized swimmer (Olympics-silver-96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1973-04-25 Wes Martin, golfer (1990 Alberta Jr Masters-2nd), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1973-11-12 Colin Morgan, 78 kg judoka (Olympics-96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1973-11-12 Keith Morgan, 95 kg judoka (Olympics-96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1973-12-31 Curtis Myden, 200m/400m swimmer (Oly-2 bronze-96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1974-01-24 Kristy Sargeant, ice pairs (1994 Skate Canada), born in Edmonton, Alberta

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1974-08-29 Jay Onrait, Canadian sports broadcaster (TSN, Fox Sports 1), born in Athabasca, Alberta

Sports Anchor Jay Onrait
Sports Anchor
Jay Onrait
  • 1975-04-05 Nikki Dryden, 800m swimmer (Olympics-6th-92, 96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1976-08-01 Eryn Bulmer, diver (Olympics-96), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1979-08-03 Evangeline Lilly, Canadian actress (Lost, The Hobbit), born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta

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1982-05-11 Cory Monteith, Canadian actor and musician (Glee, Monte Carlo), born in Calgary, Alberta (d. 2013)

Actor & Musician Cory Monteith
Actor & Musician
Cory Monteith

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1926-08-26 Poet Arna Bontemps (24) weds fellow Seventh-Day Adventist Alberta Johnson

  • 2006-12-30 Canadian pair figure skaters David Pelletier (31) weds partner Jamie Sale (28) at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel in Alberta, Canada

Famous Deaths

  • 1976-03-14 Alberta Franklin, silent screen actress, dies at 79
  • 1992-04-26 Alberta Vaughn, actress (Wild Horse, Silver Devil), dies at 87
  • 1993-04-04 Bep [Alberta B] Ogterop, [Rita la Roche], singer, dies
  • 2005-01-06 Lois Hole, Lt. Governor of Alberta (b. 1933)