Nova Scotia in History

Nova Scotia: Halifax

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1497-06-24 John Cabot claims Eastern Canada for England (believes he found Asia in Nova Scotia)

Explorer John Cabot
Explorer
John Cabot

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1621-09-21 King James I of England gives Sir Alexander Sterling royal charter for colonisation of Nova Scotia

King of Great Britain James I and VI
King of Great Britain
James I and VI
  • 1690-05-11 English troops of W Phips conquer Port Royal, Nova Scotia
  • 1710-10-13 English troops occupy Acadia (Nova Scotia)
  • 1710-10-16 British troops occupies Port Royal, Nova Scotia
  • 1713-06-23 The French residents of Acadia are given one year to declare allegiance to Britain or leave Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • 1749-06-21 Halifax, Nova Scotia, is founded.
  • 1750-07-11 Halifax, Nova Scotia, is almost completely destroyed by fire.
  • 1758-07-25 Seven Years' War: the island battery at Fortress Louisbourg in Nova Scotia is silenced and all French warships are destroyed or taken.
  • 1760-06-04 Great Upheaval: New England planters arrive to claim land in Nova Scotia, Canada taken from the Acadians.
  • 1773-07-20 Scottish settlers arrive at Pictou, Nova Scotia (Canada)
  • 1776-03-17 British forces evacuate Boston to Nova Scotia during Revolutionary War
  • 1782-07-01 American privateers attack Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
  • 1840-07-04 The Cunard Line's 700 ton wooden paddle steamer RMS Britannia departs from Liverpool bound for Halifax, Nova Scotia on the first transatlantic crossing with a scheduled end.

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1867-07-01 The Dominion of Canada is formed, comprising the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario & Quebec, with John A. Macdonald serving as the first Prime Minister

Prime Minister of Canada John A. Macdonald
Prime Minister of Canada
John A. Macdonald
  • 1873-04-01 British White Star steamship Atlantic sinks off Nova Scotia, 547 die
  • 1890-12-22 Cornwallis Valley Railway begins operation between Kingsport and Kentville, Nova Scotia.

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1907-10-17 Guglielmo Marconi's company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada and Clifden, Ireland

Inventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi
Inventor and Nobel Laureate
Guglielmo Marconi
  • 1918-11-10 Western Union Cable Office in North Sydney, Nova Scotia receives a top-secret coded message from Europe stating on November 11, 1918 all fighting would cease on land, sea and in the air
  • 1950-09-04 D McI Hodgson of St Ann Bay, Nova Scotia catches a 997 lb tuna
  • 1958-10-23 The Springhill Mine Bump - underground earthquake traps 174 miners in No. 2 colliery at Springhill, Nova Scotia, deepest coal mine in North America. By 1st November rescuers had dug out 100 victims, with death toll at 74.
  • 1964-11-16 Radio CJCX Sydney Nova Scotia (Canada) starts shortwave transmission
  • 1977-02-11 20.2-kg lobster caught off Nova Scotia (heaviest known crustacean)
  • 1996-04-01 The Halifax Regional Municipality in Nova Scotia is created.
  • 1998-09-02 Swissair Flight 111 crashes near Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia. All 229 people on board are killed.
  • 2003-09-29 Hurricane Juan makes landfall in Nova Scotia.

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1797-05-02 Abraham Gesner, Canadian geologist (inventor of kerosene), born in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia (d. 1864)

Physician and Geologist Abraham Gesner
Physician and Geologist
Abraham Gesner

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1821-07-02 Charles Tupper, 6th Prime Minister of Canada (C: 69-day term), born in Amherst, Nova Scotia (d. 1915)

6th Prime Minister of Canada Charles Tupper
6th Prime Minister of Canada
Charles Tupper
  • 1824-09-28 Alfred Gilpin Jones, Weymouth NS, lt-gov of Nova Scotia (1900-06)

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1845-11-10 John Thompson, 4th Prime Minister of Canada (C: 1892-94), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia (d. 1894)

4th Prime Minister of Canada John Thompson
4th Prime Minister of Canada
John Thompson

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1854-06-26 Robert Borden, 8th Prime Minister of Canada (C: 1911-20), born in Grand-Pre, Nova Scotia (d. 1937)

8th Prime Minister of Canada Robert Borden
8th Prime Minister of Canada
Robert Borden

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1883-12-27 Cyrus S. Eaton, Canadian-American financier, industrialist and steel magnate, born in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia (d. 1979)

Steel Magnate Cyrus S. Eaton
Steel Magnate
Cyrus S. Eaton
  • 1885-09-17 George Cleveland, Sydney Nova Scotia, actor (Courage of Lassie)
  • 1910-08-25 Ruby Keeler, Canadian actress, singer, and dancer (Dames, 42nd Street), born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia (d. 1993)
  • 1914-05-09 Hank Snow, Nova Scotia Canada, country singer (I Went to Your Wedding)
  • 1928-01-20 Peter Donat, Kentville Nova Scotia, (Flamingo Road, Different Story)
  • 1945-06-20 [Morna] Anne Murray, Springhill Nova Scotia Canada, singer (Snow Bird)
  • 1948-07-21 Art Hindle, Halifax Nova Scotia, actor (Jeff-Dallas, Berrengers)
  • 1964-06-14 Randall Thompson, Halifax Nova Scotia, boxer (Olympics-96)
  • 1966-01-24 Mike Forgeron, Main-A-Dieu Nova Scotia, rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1967-01-23 Christine Parris-Washington, Truro Nova Scotia, softball (Olympics-96)
  • 1967-06-17 Robyn Meagher, Antigonish Nova Scotia, 5k runner (Olympics-96)
  • 1970-05-12 Todd Hallett, Shelburne Nova Scotia, rower (Olympics-7-92, 96)
  • 1970-07-16 Phil Graham, Halifax Nova Scotia, rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1972-03-31 Kelly O'Leary, Halifax Nova Scotia, kayaker (Olympics-96)
  • 1974-01-29 Kris Burley, Truro Nova Scotia, gymnist (Olympics-96)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1987-02-21 Ellen Page, Canadian actress ("Juno"), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Actress Ellen Page
Actress
Ellen Page

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1846-10-08 Prime Minister of Canada Charles Tupper (25) weds Frances Amelia Morse (20) in Amherst, Nova Scotia

6th Prime Minister of Canada Charles Tupper
6th Prime Minister of Canada
Charles Tupper

Famous Deaths

  • 1906-03-15 Alfred Gilpin Jones, lt-gov of Nova Scotia (1900-06), dies at 81
  • 2003-12-16 Robert Stanfield, Premier of Nova Scotia (b. 1914)