Ottawa in History

Historical Events


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1857-12-31 Queen Victoria chooses Ottawa as new capital of Canada

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Victoria
  • 1867-09-16 Ottawa Rough Riders & Senators play Canadian Football game
  • 1876-09-19 Talks begin to set up a football club in Ottawa
  • 1876-09-20 Ottawa Football Club forms
  • 1876-09-23 Ottawa Rough Riders play their 1st game
  • 1877-05-12 Ottawa Rough Riders 1st outside competition vs Britannia
  • 1883-11-10 Toronto Argonauts defeat Ottawa FC 9-7, for 1st ORFU Championship
  • 1887-11-05 Ottawa College (ORFU) defeats Montreal Football Club (QRFU) 10-5 to win the Dominion championship
  • 1891-06-29 Street railway in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, commences operation.
  • 1893-05-22 Montreal Athletic Association beat Ottawa Generals 2-1, in 1st Cup Game
  • 1898-09-09 Ottawa Football Club re-organizes into the Rough Riders
  • 1901-05-23 Ottawa Mint Act receives Royal Assent
  • 1907-09-13 Canadian Interprovincial Rugby Football union (Big Four) forms with Hamilton Tigers, Toronto Argonauts, Ottawa Rough Riders & Montreal Foot Ball
  • 1907-11-02 Ottawa Mint Proclamation is published
  • 1908-01-02 Canadian branch of the Royal Mint opens in Ottawa
  • 1909-11-20 Jack Williams of Ottawa Rough Riders kicks 9 singles in a game
  • 1909-12-11 Canadian Football exhibition game played in Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, Hamilton Tigers beat Ottawa Rough Riders, 11-6 before 15,000
  • 1911-10-19 Royal Mint in London sends dies for Canadian $1 coin to Ottawa Branch
  • 1916-02-03 Canada's original Parliament buildings in Ottawa burn down

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1918-01-12 Montreal Canadien Joe Malone scores 5 goals beating Ottawa 9-4

Ice Hockey Player Joe Malone
Ice Hockey Player
Joe Malone
  • 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
  • 1931-11-14 Ottawa Mint Act is proclaimed in Britain
  • 1931-12-01 Ottawa branch of Royal Mint begins operation as Royal Canadian Mint
  • 1935-03-11 Bank of Canada first opens on Wellington Street, Ottawa
  • 1935-06-03 One thousand unemployed Canadian workers board freight cars in Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning a protest trek to Ottawa, Ontario.
  • 1938-11-05 Ottawa Roughriders score on 5-man, 4-lateral, 65-yard punt return
  • 1939-12-09 27th Grey Cup: Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeats Ottawa Rough Riders, 8-7
  • 1967-09-18 Yellowknife replaces Ottawa as capital of NW Territories, Canada
  • 1978-03-09 Ice Dance Championship at Ottawa Canada won by Linichuk & Karponosov
  • 1978-03-09 Ice Pairs Championship at Ottawa won by Rodnina & Zaitsev (URS)
  • 1978-03-09 Ladies Figure Skating Champions in Ottawa won by Anett Potzsch (GDR)
  • 1978-03-09 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Ottawa won by Charles Tickner (USA)
  • 1984-03-23 World Ice Dancing Championship won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (GRB) in Ottawa, Canada
  • 1984-03-23 Ice Pairs Championship at Ottawa won by Underhill & Paul Martini (CAN)
  • 1984-03-23 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Ottawa won by Katarina Witt (GDR)
  • 1984-03-23 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Ottawa won by Scott Hamilton (USA)
  • 1990-03-19 1st world ice hockey tournament for women held (Ottawa)

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1990-09-30 The Dalai Lama unveils the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights in Canada's capital city of Ottawa.

14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso
  • 1991-07-24 Ottawa Rough Riders Board of Directors resign
  • 1992-06-18 Ottawa Senators make goalie Peter Sidorkiewicz their 1st draft
  • 1993-04-10 Ottawa Senators win 1st road game (Islanders) after 38 straight loses
  • 1994-02-26 St Louis Blues beat Ottawa Senators 11-1
  • 2002-05-11 Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands unveils the Man With Two Hats monument in Ottawa and Apeldoorn (May 2), 2000, symbolically linking both the Netherlands and Canada for their assistance throughout the Second World War.
  • 2013-09-17 6 people are killed after a train and double-decker bus collide in Ottawa, Canada

Famous Birthdays

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

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

  • 1915-01-12 Joseph-Aurèle Plourde, Catholic archbishop of Ottawa
  • 1915-02-12 Lorne Greene, Ottawa Canada, actor (Bonanza, Battlestar Galactica)
  • 1928-05-09 Barbara Ann Scott, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1948), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 2012)
  • 1938-11-26 Rich Little, Ottawa Canada, impressionist/actor (Love on a Rooftop)
  • 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

  • 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
  • 1943-11-30 Terrence Malick, film director (Badlands, The Tree of Life), born in Ottawa, Illinois
  • 1944-05-14 Gene Cornish, rock bassist/vocalist (Fotomaker, Rascals), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1945-03-02 Gordon Thompson, Canadian actor (Adam Carrington in Dynasty), born in Ottawa
  • 1945-05-24 Richard Ottaway, British politician (C), born in Sonning, Berkshire
  • 1945-05-27 Bruce Cockburn, Ottawa Canada, folk rock vocalist (Waterwalker)
  • 1951-01-26 Walt Willey, Ottawa Ill, actor (Jackson Montgomery-All My Children)
  • 1951-12-12 Steven Alan Hawley, Ottawa Ks, PhD/ast (STS 41-D, 61-C, 31, 82)
  • 1952-07-01 Dan Aykroyd, Ottawa Canada, comedian/actor (SNL, Dragnet)
  • 1954-12-14 Steven Glenwood MacLean, astronaut (STS 52), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1960-07-06 Caroll-Ann Alie, sailor (Olympics-14-92, 96), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1963-04-10 Claire Smith, equestrian 3 day event (Olympics-96), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1963-10-26 Tom Cavanagh, Canadian actor/producer (Ed, Scrubs), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1965-12-18 Brian Walton, points race cyclist (Olympics-silver-96), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1966-12-05 Bruce Deacon, marathoner (Olympics-96), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1968-03-29 Sue Foley, Canadian singer and guitarist, born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1968-11-19 Gord Fraser, road race cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1969-05-09 Renn Crichlow, canoeist (Olympics-8-92, 96), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1969-10-06 Jeff Lay, rower (Olympics-96), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1970-11-22 Alison Korn, rower (Olympics-96), born in Ottawa, Ontario

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1971-12-25 Justin Trudeau, 23rd Prime Minister of Canada, born in Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau

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1974-06-01 Alanis Morisette, Canadian-America vocalist (Jagged Little Pill), born in Ottawa, Ontario

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Singer-Songwriter
Alanis Morissette
  • 1977-08-27 Sarah Chalke, actress (Becky-Roseanne, Ernest Goes to School), born in Ottawa, Ontario

Famous Weddings

  • 2005-06-01 "The Amazing Race 7" executive assistant Alex Ali weds Lynn Warren in Ottawa, Canada

Famous Deaths

  • 1975-01-25 Charlotte Whitton, Canadian politician, mayor of Ottawa (b. 1896)