Ontario in History

Historical Events

  • 1786-06-29 Alexander Macdonell and over five hundred Roman Catholic highlanders leave Scotland to settle in Glengarry County, Ontario.
  • 1814-07-05 Americans defeat British & Canadians at Chippewa, Ontario
  • 1822-07-08 Chippewas turn over huge tract of land in Ontario to the United Kingdom.
  • 1826-08-19 Canada Co chartered to colonize Upper Canada (Ontario)
  • 1832-05-30 The Rideau Canal in eastern Ontario is opened.
  • 1838-01-08 Rebellion at Amherstburg, Ontario breaks out
  • 1838-03-03 Rebellion at Pelee Island, Ontario, Canada
  • 1841-06-14 1st Canadian parliament opens in Kingston, Ontario
  • 1841-10-16 Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, is chartered
  • 1866-06-01 Renegade Irish Fenians from US invade Fort Erie, Ontario

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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
  • 1867-09-28 Toronto becomes capital of Ontario
  • 1867-12-27 Ontario & Quebec legislatures hold 1st meeting
  • 1868-03-27 The Lake Ontario Shore Railroad Company is organized in Oswego, New York.
  • 1874-07-12 Ontario Agricultural College founded
  • 1875-10-16 1st Quebec vs Ontario football game, Ontario wins
  • 1881-04-11 River ferry "Princess Victoria" sinks in Thames River, Ontario, 180 die
  • 1881-05-24 Canadian ferry Princess Victoria sinks near London Ontario, 200 die
  • 1883-01-04 Ontario Rugby Football Union (forerunner of CFL) forms
  • 1883-01-06 Ontario Rugby Football Union forms
  • 1884-01-04 Last sighting of an eastern cougar (Ontario)
  • 1885-11-12 Montreal & Britannia Football Clubs (QRFU) defeat Ontario Combined Team (ORFU) 3-0 in CRFU Championship game
  • 1891-06-29 Street railway in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, commences operation.
  • 1903-06-12 Niagara Falls, Ontario incorporated as a city
  • 1915-07-07 A Great Gorge and International Railway trolley with an extreme overload of 157 passengers crashes near Queenston, Ontario, killing 15.

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1932-07-04 Bradman scores 260, a North American record, v Western Ontario

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1934-05-28 Near Callander, Ontario, the Dionne quintuplets are born to Olivia and Elzire Dionne, later becoming the first quintuplets to survive infancy.
  • 1935-06-03 One thousand unemployed Canadian workers board freight cars in Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning a protest trek to Ottawa, Ontario.
  • 1936-01-06 Barbara Hanley became Canada's 1st woman mayor (Webbwood, Ontario)
  • 1957-10-04 Avro Arrow roll-out ceremony at Avro Canada plant in Malton, Ontario.
  • 1961-08-08 Ham Tigercats (CFL) beat Buff Bills (NFL) 38-21 in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1974-04-06 200,000 attend rock concert "California Jam" in Ontario
  • 1978-03-18 250,000 attend rock concert California Jam II in Ontario, Calif
  • 1979-11-10 Train detrailment in Mississauga, Ontario; a 106 car train derails causing the evacuation of 200,000 people
  • 1980-09-01 Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope ends in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
  • 1985-05-31 1985 United States-Canadian tornado outbreak: Forty-one tornadoes hit Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario, leaving 76 dead.
  • 1995-04-29 Longest sausage ever, at 28.77 miles, made in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 1996-06-30 Caroline Frolic (Miss Ontario), crowned Miss Renaissance USA
  • 1997-07-22 The second Blue Water Bridge opens between Port Huron, Michigan and Sarnia, Ontario.
  • 1998-01-05 Ice storm knocks out electricity in Quebec & Ontario
  • 2005-08-19 A series of strong storms lashes Southern Ontario spawning several tornadoes as well as creating extreme flash flooding within the city of Toronto and its surrounding communities. In Toronto, it is also dubbed as the Toronto Supercell.
  • 2006-04-08 Shedden massacre: The bodies of eight men, all shot to death, are found in a field in Ontario, Canada. The murders are soon linked to the Bandidos motorcycle gang.
  • 2006-10-24 Justice Rutherford of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice struck down the "motive clause", an important part of the Canadian Anti-Terrorism Act.
  • 2009-03-04 U.S. Steel announce the closure of the Stelco Lake Erie Works in Nanticoke, Ontario due to the increasingly worsening effects of the global economic slowdown
  • 2011-08-23 5.8 earthquake occurrs in Mineral, Virginia felt as far north as Ontario and as far south as Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2011-09-15 The St. Thomas Assembly plant is closed permanently after decades of providing employing to the region of St. Thomas, Ontario and resulting in the loss of roughly 1,400 well-paid jobs

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2012-02-06 Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot is presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot
Singer-songwriter
Gordon Lightfoot
  • 2012-02-26 Train derailment kills 3 and injures 45 in Burlington, Ontario

Famous Birthdays

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1844-05-02 Elijah McCoy, Canadian-American inventor of African descent, notable for his 57 US patents (lubrication of steam engines), born in Colchester, Ontario (d. 1929)

Inventor Elijah McCoy
Inventor
Elijah McCoy
  • 1859-01-19 Alice Eastwood, botanist (Handbook of Trees of California), born in Toronto, Ontario

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1861-11-06 James Naismith, Canadian physical educator and inventor (basketball, football helmet), born in Almonte, Ontario (d. 1939)

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith
  • 1863-05-14 John Charles Fields, Canadian mathematician and founder of the Fields Medal, born in Hamilton, Ontario (d. 1932)
  • 1867-06-28 William Courtleigh, Guelph Ontario, actor (Eyes of Youth, Madame X)
  • 1868-11-09 Marie Dressler, [Leila M Koerber], Cobourg Ontario, actress (Dinner at 8, Min and Bill)
  • 1871-05-19 Reginald Aldworth Daly, Napanee Ontario, Canadian-American Geologist who independently developed the theory of magmatic stopping

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1872-11-30 John McCrae, Canadian physician, soldier and poet (In Flanders Fields), born in Guelph, Ontario (d. 1918)

World War I Soldier & Poet John McCrae
World War I Soldier & Poet
John McCrae

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1874-06-16 Arthur Meighen, 9th Prime Minister of Canada (C: 1920-21, 1926), born in Anderson, Ontario (d. 1960)

9th Prime Minister of Canada Arthur Meighen
9th Prime Minister of Canada
Arthur Meighen

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1874-12-17 Mackenzie King, 10th Prime Minister of Canada (1921-30, 1935-48), born in Berlin, Ontario (d. 1950)

10th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie King
10th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie King

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1881-06-17 Tommy Burns, Canadian boxer, born in Hanover, Ontario (d. 1955)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1882-07-16 Edward Earle, actor (Charlie Chan-Meeting at Midnight), born in Toronto, Ontario

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1884-07-25 Davidson Black, Canadian paleoanthropologist and doctor of anatomy who identified "Peking Man", born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1934)

Paleoanthropologist Davidson Black
Paleoanthropologist
Davidson Black

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1887-02-20 Vincent Massey, Canadian diplomat, first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada (1952-59), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1967)

Governor General of Canada Vincent Massey
Governor General of Canada
Vincent Massey
  • 1889-10-13 Douglass Dumbrille, actor (Mr Deed Goes to Town), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1890-01-01 Florence Lawrence, silent screen actress (Confidence), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1890-04-18 James Rennie, actor (Lash, Little Damozel), born in Toronto, Ontario

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1891-12-23 Cy Denneny, Farran's Point Ontario, Canadian ice hockey hall of famer

NHL Star Cy Denneny
NHL Star
Cy Denneny

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1892-04-08 Mary Pickford [Gladys Smith], Candian actress (Poor Little Rich Girl), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1979)

Actress Mary Pickford
Actress
Mary Pickford

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1894-02-08 Billy Bishop [William Bishop], Owen Sound, Ontario, Canadian First World War flying ace

Canadian First World War Flying Ace Billy Bishop
Canadian First World War Flying Ace
Billy Bishop
  • 1894-05-29 Beatrice Lillie, comedian/actress (Around World in 80 Days), born in Toronto, Ontario

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1895-06-26 George Hainsworth, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Toronto, Ontario

NHL Goalie George Hainsworth
NHL Goalie
George Hainsworth

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1895-09-18 John Diefenbaker, 13th Prime Minister of Canada (Conservative: 1957-63), born in Neustadt, Ontario (d. 1979)

13th Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker
13th Prime Minister of Canada
John Diefenbaker
  • 1896-08-30 Raymond Massey, actor (Dr Gillespie-Dr Kildare), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1896-12-15 Margaret Bannerman, actress (Elopement), born in Toronto, Ontario

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1897-04-23 Lester B. Pearson, 14th Canadian Prime Minister (1963-68) (Nobel 1957), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1972)

Prime Minister of Canada Lester B. Pearson
Prime Minister of Canada
Lester B. Pearson
  • 1900-02-20 Graham Spry, St Thomas Ontario, Canadian radio pioneer
  • 1902-06-19 Guy Lombardo, London Ontario Canada, orchestra leader (Auld Lang Syne)

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1902-06-21 Howie Morenz, Canadian professional ice hockey player (Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Black Hawks, NY Rangers), born in Mitchell, Ontario (d. 1937)

NHL Star Howie Morenz
NHL Star
Howie Morenz
  • 1902-10-22 Frank Spedding, Canadian Chemist whose uranium extraction process helped make possible the first atomic bomb, born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1906-12-10 Walter Zinn, Canadian-American Nuclear-Physicist (invented the breeder reactor), born in Kitchener, Ontario

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1908-10-15 John Kenneth Galbraith, Canadian economist (Affluent Society-58 Hillman Award), born in Iona Station, Ontario (d. 2006)

Economist and Author John Kenneth Galbraith
Economist and Author
John Kenneth Galbraith
  • 1908-10-24 John Tuzo Wilson, Canadian geologist (contributions to plate tectonics), born in Ottawa, Ontario

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1908-11-03 Bronko Nagurski, Canadian-American NFL fullback (Chicago Bears), born in Rainy River, Ontario (d. 1990)

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
  • 1909-02-01 George Beverly Shea, Winchester, Ontario, American gospel singer
  • 1909-10-19 Robert Beatty, Ontario, actor (Amorous Mr Pawn, Where Eagles Dare)
  • 1910-10-08 Raymod Gray Lewis, Ontario Canada, 4X400 relayer (Olympic-bronze-1932)
  • 1911-07-18 Hume Cronyn, actor (World According to Garp, Cocoon), born in London, Ontario
  • 1913-03-11 John Jacob Weinzweig, composer (Enchanted Hill), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1913-08-28 Robertson Davies, Canadian novelist essayist/dramatist, born in Thamesville, Ontario (d. 1995)

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1913-12-27 Elizabeth Smart, Canadian author (By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept), born in Ottawa, Ontario

  • 1913-12-28 Lou Jacobi, comedian (Dean Martin Show, Melba), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1917-02-06 Arthur Gold, pianist, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1920-08-05 Selma Diamond, comedienne (Selma-Night Court), born in London, Ontario
  • 1921-05-12 Farley Mowat, Canadian writer and naturalist, born in Belleville, Ontario, (d. 2014)
  • 1921-06-12 James Houston, author/filmmaker (Tikta'Liktak), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1922-12-18 Larry D Mann, actor (Marty-Accidental Family), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2014)
  • 1923-04-25 Melissa Hayden, ballerina (1961 Silver Bowl), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1924-04-29 Al Balding, Canadian Tour golfer (Quebec Open-1952), born in Toronto, Ontario

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1925-07-29 Ted Lindsay, Canadian hockey player (Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks), born in Renfrew, Ontario

NHL Star Ted Lindsay
NHL Star
Ted Lindsay
  • 1926-11-18 Dorothy Collins, Windsor Ontario, singer (Your Hit Parade)
  • 1927-02-14 Lois Maxwell, actress (Miss Moneypenny), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 1928-02-18 Jim McElreath, auto racer (1970 Ontario 500)
  • 1928-05-09 Barbara Ann Scott, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1948), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 2012)
  • 1928-08-07 Amazing [James] Randi, skeptic magician (Nova), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1928-12-10 John Colicos, actor (Battlestar Galactica), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1929-07-10 Moe Norman, Canadian Tour golfer (1966 Quebec Open), born in Kitchener, Ontario

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1929-12-13 Christopher Plummer, Canadian actor (Sound of Music, Doll's House), born in Toronto, Ontario

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1930-01-12 [Miles] Tim Horton, Cochrane Ontario, Canadian ice hockey player and co-founder of Tim Hortons

NHL Star and Businessman Tim Horton
NHL Star and Businessman
Tim Horton
  • 1930-08-25 Graham Jarvis, Canadian actor (Mary Hartman, Misery), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1931-01-27 Rudi Maugeri, singer (The Crew Cuts), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2004)
  • 1931-06-07 Lang Jeffries, Ontario Canada, actor (Skip-Rescue 8)
  • 1931-08-28 John Perkins, singer (Crew Cuts), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1932-01-20 Lou Fontinato, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Guelph, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • 1932-09-25 Glenn Herbert Gould, pianist (sued Steinway Piano), born in Toronto, Ontario

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1932-10-24 Robert Mundell, Canadian economist and Nobel laureate (1999), born in Kingston, Ontario

Economist/Nobel Laureate Robert Mundell
Economist/Nobel Laureate
Robert Mundell
  • 1932-11-01 Al Arbour, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, born in Sudbury, Ontario (d. 2015)
  • 1933-07-18 Raymund Murray Schafer, Canada, composer (Patria), born in Sarnia, Ontario

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1933-10-31 Hobart "Hobie" Alter, American surf and sailing entrepreneur and pioneer who created the Hobie Cat, born in Ontario, California (d. 2014)

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1934-02-05 Don Cherry, Canadian hockey commentator (Hockey Night in Canada), born in Kingston, Ontario

Ice Hockey Coach and Commentator Don Cherry
Ice Hockey Coach and Commentator
Don Cherry
  • 1934-04-24 John Barbour, TV host (Real People), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1934-07-26 Ken Pogue, Canadian actor (Adderly, Katts and Dog), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2015)
  • 1935-03-02 Al Waxman, actor (Cagney & Lacey, Meatballs 3, Spasms), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1935-04-02 Sharon Acker, actress (Della Street-Perry Mason 1973), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1937-09-01 Al Geiberger, Red Bluff CA, PGA golfer (1962 Ontario Open)

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1938-01-10 Francis W "Frank" Mahovlich, Timmins Ontario, Canadian ice hockey player

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich
  • 1938-05-26 Teresa Stratas, [Anastasia Stratakis], soprano (Salome), born in Toronto, Ontario

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1938-07-29 Peter Jennings, news anchor (ABC Evening News), born in Toronto, Ontario

Journalist and T.V. News Anchor Peter Jennings
Journalist and T.V. News Anchor
Peter Jennings

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1938-08-28 Paul Martin, 21st Prime Minister of Canada (Liberal: 2003-06), born in Windsor, Ontario

21st Prime Minister of Canada Paul Martin
21st Prime Minister of Canada
Paul Martin

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1938-11-17 Gordon Lightfoot, Canadian folksinger (Sundown), born in Orillia, Ontario

Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot
Singer-songwriter
Gordon Lightfoot
  • 1939-01-11 Anne Heggtveit, Canadian alpine skier (Olympic-gold-1960), born in Ottawa, Ontario

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1939-11-18 Margaret Atwood, Canadian author/poet, born in Ottawa, Ontario

  • 1940-03-08 Susan Clark, actress (Night Moves, Webster), born in Sarnia, Ontario

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1940-07-22 Alex Trebek, Canadian-American TV game host (High Rollers, Jeopardy), born in Sudbury, Ontario

Host of Jeopardy! Alex Trebek
Host of Jeopardy!
Alex Trebek
  • 1940-09-19 Sylvia Tyson, Canadian singer-songwriter, born in Chatham, Ontario
  • 1941-07-30 Paul Anka, singer (Put Your Head on My Shoulder), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1942-06-25 Patrick Michael Mitchell, one of FBI's most wanted, born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1942-12-29 Rick Danko, Blayney Ontario, Canadain musician (The Band)
  • 1943-03-15 David Cronenberg, director (Shivers, Fly, Brood), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1943-07-05 Robbie Robertson [Jamie], Canadian-American singer-songwriter and rock guitarist (The Band), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1943-12-28 David Peterson, premier of Ontario Canada (L) (1982- ), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1944-05-14 Gene Cornish, rock bassist/vocalist (Fotomaker, Rascals), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1944-10-16 Johnny Washbrook, actor (Ken-My Friend Flicka), born in Toronto, Ontario

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1944-11-17 Lorne Michaels [Lipowitz], Canadian producer, actor and comedy writer (Saturday Night Live), born in Toronto, Ontario

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • 1945-01-23 Mike Harris, Canadian politician, Premier of Ontario

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1945-11-12 Neil Young, Canadian singer/songwriter (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), born in Toronto, Ontario

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Singer-songwriter
Neil Young
  • 1945-12-04 Roberta Lynn Bondar, Ontario, astronaut (STS 42)
  • 1947-03-01 Alan Thicke, Canadian actor, singer-songwriter (Thicke of the Night, Growing Pains), born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • 1947-06-18 Linda Thorson, actress (Tara-Avengers, Julia-1 Life to Live), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1948-05-20 Dave Thomas, St Catherines Ontario, comedian (SCTV, Grace Under Fire)

Famous Weddings


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1973-09-08 Ice hockey star Bobby Orr (25) weds speech therapist Peggy Wood at a secret ceremony in Ontario, Canada

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • 2004-07-24 Former MSNBC news anchor Ashleigh Banfield (36) weds real estate financier Howard Gould (31) in Kenora, Ontario

Famous Deaths

  • 1982-10-18 John Robarts, Canadian politician, Premier of Ontario (b. 1917)