British Columbia in History

Historical Events

  • 1792-06-12 Captain George Vancouver discovers site of Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1871-07-20 British Columbia joins the confederation of Canada.
  • 1874-09-12 1874 The District of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada is founded.

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1886-08-13 John A. Macdonald uses a silver hammer to pound a gold spike, officially completing the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway in British Columbia

Prime Minister of Canada John A. Macdonald
Prime Minister of Canada
John A. Macdonald
  • 1906-01-22 SS Valencia runs aground on rocks on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, killing more than 130
  • 1912-08-21 Francis Carter-Cotton chosen 1st chancellor of University of British Columbia
  • 1926-09-01 British Columbia Rugby Football Union forms
  • 1935-06-03 One thousand unemployed Canadian workers board freight cars in Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning a protest trek to Ottawa, Ontario.
  • 1940-06-21 The first successful west-to-east navigation of Northwest Passage begins at Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1963-06-03 A Northwest Airlines DC-7 crashes in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of British Columbia, killing 101.
  • 1977-09-24 Ken Hinton of CFL British Columbia Lions returns a punt 130 yards
  • 1985-05-29 Amputee Steve Fonyo completes cross-Canada marathon at Victoria, British Columbia, after 14 months.
  • 1994-11-27 82nd CFL Grey Cup: British Columbia Lions defeat Balt Stallions, 26-23
  • 2006-03-22 BC Ferries' M/V Queen of the North runs aground on Gil Island British Columbia and sinks; 101 on board, 2 presumed deaths.
  • 2007-01-22 The jury portion of the trial against Robert Pickton, accused of being Canada's worst serial killer, opens in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1803-08-15 James Douglas, The Father of British Columbia, born in Demerara, Guyana (d. 1877)
  • 1899-12-08 John Qualen, actor (Grapes of Wrath, Searchers), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1912-11-08 June Havoc [Ellen Evangeline Hovick], Canadian-born American stage and screen actress, born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2010)
  • 1914-01-30 John Ireland, actor (Rawhide, Gunfight at OK Corral), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1914-07-24 Frances Oldham Kelsey, Canadian-American FDA Director (stopped thalidomide use in the US), born in Cobble Hill, British Columbia (d.2015)
  • 1917-10-31 William H. McNeill, Canadian-born historian (Rise of the West), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2016)
  • 1920-03-03 James Doohan, actor (Montgomery Scott-Star Trek), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1920-11-02 Ann Rutherford, Canadian actress, born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2012)
  • 1922-09-01 Yvonne De Carlo, Canadian actress (10 Commandments, Lily-Munsters), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2007)
  • 1929-03-31 Lee Patterson, actor (Dave-Surfside Six, Another World), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1930-10-02 Dave Barrett, Premier of British Columbia
  • 1931-07-02 Robert Ito, actor (Sam-Quincy ME), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1932-08-18 William R. Bennett, Premier of British Columbia
  • 1933-09-25 Ian Tyson, Canadian singer-songwriter (Ian & Sylvia), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • 1942-05-22 Barbara Parkins, actress (Betty-Peyton Place, Asylum), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1943-11-07 Judith Frost, British Columbia, artist (To Red, Dust Drawings)
  • 1944-11-06 Bill Henderson, rock vocalist/guitarist (Chilliwack), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1946-01-24 Michael Ontkean, actor (Rookies, Slap Shot, Twin Peaks), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1946-02-19 Paul Dean, rock guitarist/vocalist (Loverboy), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

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1947-03-10 [Avril] Kim Campbell, Canada's 1st female Prime Minister and 19th overall (1993), born in Port Alberni, British Columbia

19th Prime Minister of Canada Kim Campbell
19th Prime Minister of Canada
Kim Campbell
  • 1948-09-10 Margaret Trudeau, former Canadian 1st lady, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1951-02-22 Elaine Tanner, Canadian swimmer (1966 Commonwealth Games, 1968 Olympics), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1954-06-07 Lui Passaglia, CFL place kicker (BC Lions), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1955-01-08 Mike Reno, rock vocalist (Loverboy), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1955-10-15 Kristine Winder, playmate (Oct, 1977), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1956-07-02 Leslie Reid, equestrian dressage (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

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1957-08-26 Rick Hansen, Canadian paraplegic athlete (3 gold medals), born in Port Alberni, British Columbia

Paralympian and Philanthropist Rick Hansen
Paralympian and Philanthropist
Rick Hansen
  • 1959-05-30 Claudia Alexander, Canadian-born American NASA Scientist (led Galileo mission to Jupiter), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2015)
  • 1959-08-26 Jim Rutledge, Canadian golfer (1995 Indian Open), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • 1960-01-09 Lisa Walters, Canadian LPGA golfer (Itoki Hawaiian-1992, 93), born in Prince Rupert British Columbia
  • 1960-02-28 Dorothy Stratten, playmate (August, 1979) (Galixina), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1961-12-16 Kelly Tough, playmate (Oct, 1981), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1962-11-09 Teryl Rothery, Canadian actress (Stargate SG-1), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1963-03-28 Therese Washtock, 3 day equestrian (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1964-08-26 Karla Karch-Gailus, basketball guard (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1964-11-09 Leah Pells, 1.5k runner (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1965-01-24 Ross MacDonald, star sailor (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1965-10-21 Chima McLean, Canadian Tour golfer (1991 Conestoga), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1966-03-12 Alecia Stephenson, North softball ss (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1966-12-29 Bruce Bulina, Canadian Tour golfer (1990 Alberta Open), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1967-02-20 Theresa Luke, Canadian rower (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1968-01-01 Sandy Beasley, softball outfielder (Olympics-96), born in Richmond, British Columbia
  • 1968-01-28 Marnie McBean, rower (Olympics-gold-92, 96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1968-05-22 Carmie Vairo, softball infielder (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1968-11-03 Debbie Rochon, Canadian actress (Tromeo & Juliet), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1969-08-28 Jason Priestley, actor (Brandon-Beverly Hills 90210), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1970-01-03 Yogi Johl, 130 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1970-01-17 Candace Murray, softball shortstop (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1970-07-18 Margaret Langford, canoeist (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1970-12-15 Michael Shanks, Canadian actor and director (Stargate), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1971-02-06 Lance Bade, US double trap (Olympics-bronze-1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1971-09-04 Brian Storey, 470 sailor (Olympics-96), born in Richmond, British Columbia
  • 1971-10-07 Paul Hannam, 470 sailor (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1971-10-10 Bryn Parry, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 BC Amateur-2nd), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1972-05-02 Peter Ogilvie, 100m sprinter (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1972-07-03 Leigh Andrew-Pearso, North 470 sailor (Oly-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1973-04-25 Paige Gordon, North diver (Olympics-16-92, 96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1975-06-27 Sarah Evanetz, 100m butterfly (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1976-06-01 Camille Martens, gymnist (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1976-10-23 Ryan Reynolds, Canadian actor and comedian (Deadpool), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1978-06-11 Joshua Jackson, American actor (Dawson's Creek, Fringe), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1980-05-27 Jessica Deglau, 200m butterfly (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

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1981-04-19 Hayden Christensen, Canadian actor (Sam-Life as a House, Star Wars), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

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1982-04-15 Seth Rogen, Canadian actor and writer (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, The Interview), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

Actor & Writer Seth Rogen
Actor & Writer
Seth Rogen

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1985-11-21 Carly Rae Jepsen, Canadian singer ("Call Me Maybe"), born in Mission, British Columbia

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1993-01-26 Cameron Bright, Canadian actor (The Twilight Saga, X-Men), born in Victoria, British Columbia


Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

2008-09-27 Actress and singer Scarlett Johansson (23) weds film actor Ryan Reynolds (31) at Clayoquot Wilderness Retreat in Tofino, British Columbia

  • 2014-07-06 Talent manager Scooter Braun (33) weds philanthropist Yael Cohen (28) in Whistler, British Columbia

Famous Deaths

  • 1939-03-27 Constance Lindsay Skinner, Quesnel British Columbia, Canadian author (Rivers of America), dies at 57