Montreal in History

Historical Events


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1535-09-01 French navigator Jacques Cartier reaches Hochelaga (Montreal)

French Explorer Jacques Cartier
French Explorer
Jacques Cartier
  • 1535-10-02 Jacques Cartier discovers Mount Royal (Montreal)
  • 1641-10-15 Paul de Chomedy de Maisonneuve claims Montreal
  • 1642-05-06 Ville Marie (Montreal) forms
  • 1642-05-18 Montreal, Canada, founded
  • 1669-07-06 LaSalle leaves Montreal to explore Ohio River
  • 1689-08-25 Montreal taken by Iroquois
  • 1701-08-02 Great Peace of Montreal signed between New France and North American Indian nations at urging of Huron chief Kondiaronk
  • 1734-06-21 In Montreal, New France (Quebec), black slave Marie-Joseph Angélique, having been convicted of the arson that destroyed much of the city, is tortured and hanged by the French authorities in a public ceremony
  • 1760-09-08 French army surrenders Montreal to General Jeffrey Amherst
  • 1765-05-18 Fire destroys a large part of Montreal, Quebec.
  • 1775-11-13 American Revolutionary forces capture Montreal
  • 1831-03-31 Quebec & Montreal incorporated
  • 1844-08-29 1st white-indian lacrosse game in Montreal, Indians win
  • 1849-04-25 The Governor General of Canada, Lord Elgin, signs the Rebellion Losses Bill, outraging Montreal's English population and triggering the Montreal Riots.
  • 1851-12-09 1st Young Men's Christian Association in North America set up in Montreal
  • 1852-07-09 Fire destroys 1,100 construction sites in Montreal, Canada
  • 1853-07-18 Completion of Grand Trunk Line, trains begin running over 1st North American railroad between Portland, Maine & Montreal
  • 1872-10-12 Montreal Foot Ball Club 1st game playing Quebec City to 0-0 tie
  • 1874-05-14 1st admission charge at a football game, Harvard beats Uni of McGill (Montreal) 3-0
  • 1875-03-03 1st recorded hockey game (Montreal)
  • 1875-12-17 Violent bread riots in Montreal
  • 1884-11-06 Montreal Foot Ball Club (QFRU) defeats Toronto Argonauts (ORFU) 30-0 in 1st CRFU Championship game
  • 1885-09-18 Riots break out in Montreal to protest against compulsory smallpox vaccination.
  • 1885-11-12 Montreal & Britannia Football Clubs (QRFU) defeat Ontario Combined Team (ORFU) 3-0 in CRFU Championship game
  • 1887-11-05 Ottawa College (ORFU) defeats Montreal Football Club (QRFU) 10-5 to win the Dominion championship
  • 1892-11-10 1st CRU championship game: Osgoode Hall defeats Montreal, 45-5
  • 1893-05-22 Montreal Athletic Association beat Ottawa Generals 2-1, in 1st Cup Game
  • 1900-01-02 E Verlinger begins manufacturing 7" single-sided records (Montreal)
  • 1907-09-13 Canadian Interprovincial Rugby Football union (Big Four) forms with Hamilton Tigers, Toronto Argonauts, Ottawa Rough Riders & Montreal Foot Ball

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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

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1926-10-22 J. Gordon Whitehead sucker punches magician Harry Houdini in the stomach in Montreal

Magician & Escape Artist Harry Houdini
Magician & Escape Artist
Harry Houdini
  • 1926-11-16 NY Rangers 1st game, beat Montreal Maroons 1-0
  • 1927-01-09 Fire in Laurier Palace cinema in Montreal, 78 children died
  • 1928-12-20 1st international dogsled mail leaves Minot, Maine for Montreal, Quebec
  • 1931-01-03 Nels Stewart of Montreal Maroons scores 2 goals in 4 sec (record)
  • 1932-06-17 Oil tanker Cymbeline explodes in Montreal, Canada

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1932-07-07 Bradman scores a cricket double century in Montreal

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1942-10-07 Yvon Robert beats Bill Longson in Montreal to become wrestling champ

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1945-10-23 Jackie Robinson signs Montreal Royal contract

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson

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1955-03-16 Clarence Campbell suspends Montreal Canadiens superstar Maurice "Rocket" Richard for the remainder of the 1955 season

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
3rd President of the NHL Clarence Campbell
3rd President of the NHL
Clarence Campbell
  • 1955-03-17 After Maurice Richard is suspended for the remainder of the season, riots break out in Montreal. 37 people are injured and over 100 are arrested. The following morning, Richard goes on the radio to ask citizens to stop vandalizing the city.
  • 1963-11-29 Trans-Canada Airlines Flight 831: A Douglas DC-8 carrying 118, crashes after taking-off from Dorval Airport near Montreal, Canada

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1966-10-22 Ice hockey legend Bobby Orr scores his first career goal (vs Montreal Canadiens)

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • 1967-04-27 Expo 67 opens in Montreal, Canada
  • 1967-10-27 Expo 67 closes in Montreal, Canada
  • 1968-05-27 NL awards Montreal & SD major league franchises

  • 1969-04-14 1st major league baseball game outside US played (Montreal Canada)

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1969-05-26 John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their 2nd bed-in for peace (Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal)

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • 1969-08-11 Pittsburgh Steelers beat NY Giants 17-13 in Montreal (NFL expo)
  • 1969-08-25 Det Lions beat Boston Patriots 22-9 in Montreal (NFL expo)
  • 1972-09-04 Thieves steal 18 paintings from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in what was at the time the largest art theft in North America.
  • 1972-10-02 Bill Stoneman of Montreal pitches his 2nd no-hitter, beating Mets, 7-0
  • 1974-11-10 Montreal Canadiens shutout Washington Capitals 11-0
  • 1975-01-04 Montreal Canadiens shutout Washington Capitals 10-0
  • 1976-07-17 21st modern Olympic games opens in Montreal: 25 African teams (later rising to 33 nations) boycott the games due to New Zealand playing rugby in apartheid South Africa
  • 1976-08-01 21st Olympic games close at Montreal Canada
  • 1976-09-25 Expo's last game at Montreal's Jarry Park
  • 1977-04-15 1st baseball game at Montreal's Olympic Stadium
  • 1980-06-20 Roberto Duran takes WBC welterweight title from Sugar Ray Leonard at Olympic Stadium in Montreal by unanimous decision
  • 1981-05-10 Montreal Expo Charlie Lee no-hits SF Giants, 4-0
  • 1982-07-13 53rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-1 at Olympic Stadium, Montreal
  • 1984-04-21 Montreal Expo David Palmer no-hits St Louis Cards, 4-0 in a perfect 5 inn game

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1985-09-24 Montreal Expo Andre Dawson is 9th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (5th), and joins Willey McCovey to hit 2 HRs in an inn twice

MLB Star Andre Dawson
MLB Star
Andre Dawson

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1985-10-26 Doug Harvey's #2 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens

NHL Legend Doug Harvey
NHL Legend
Doug Harvey
  • 1989-05-25 Mariners trade Mark Langston to Montreal for Randy Johnson
  • 1989-12-06 Worst Canadian mass murder: Marc Lepine kills 14 women at U Montreal
  • 1991-01-24 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre St Denis, Montreal
  • 1991-09-13 55 ton concrete beam falls in Montreal's Olympic Stadium
  • 1992-06-06 WLAF World Bowl 2: Sacramento beats Orlando 21-17 (Montreal)
  • 1993-05-15 Montreal Expo retires their 1st #, #10 for Rusty Staub
  • 1993-10-26 NJ Devils lose 2-0 to Montreal, after winning 1st 7 games of 1993

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1995-12-02 After being left in the game to allow nine goals, Patrick Roy declares "It's my last game in Montreal", and is traded four days later

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy
  • 1996-03-16 Montreal Canadian's 1st game in their new arena (Bell Center)
  • 1997-09-02 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Montreal Canada on CHOM 97.7 FM and in in Toronto Canada on CILQ 107.1 FM
  • 2006-09-13 At Dawson College (Montreal), Kimveer Gill kills one student and wounds 19 others before committing suicide.

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2007-01-29 Ken Dryden's #29 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens

NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician Ken Dryden
NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician
Ken Dryden
  • 2008-11-22 Patrick Roy's #33 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens
  • 2012-03-22 Largest protest in Quebec's history occurs in Montreal with over 200,000 people marching against government tuition hikes and for free access to post-secondary education
  • 2015-11-11 Montreal begins a controversial dumping of raw sewage (2.1bn gallons) into the St Lawrence River

Famous Birthdays

  • 1763-12-28 John Molson, founded Montreal brewery (Molsons)
  • 1787-05-07 Jacques Viger, French Canadian politician, first mayor of Montreal (d. 1858)
  • 1799-10-30 Ignace Bourget, bishop of Montreal (d. 1885)
  • 1845-12-23 Emmanuel-Persillier Lachapelle, dr (found Notre Dame Hosp Montreal)
  • 1855-10-29 Paul Bruchési, archbishop of Montreal (d. 1939)
  • 1871-10-09 George Gauthier, Bishop of Montreal and rector of the Université de Montréal, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1940)
  • 1885-02-04 Cairine Ray Wilson, 1st female Canadian senator (appointed), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1889-08-13 Camillien Houde, Quebec politician, mayor of Montreal (d. 1958)
  • 1896-06-30 Wilfred Pelletier, conductor (Voice of Firestone), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1901-03-15 Colin McPhee, composer (H2O, Mechanical Princibles), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1901-09-12 Ben Blue, Canadian actor and comedian (Accidental Family, Frank Sinatra Show), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1975)

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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

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1902-08-10 Norma Shearer, Canadian-American actress (Escape, The Divorcee), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1983)

Actress Norma Shearer
Actress
Norma Shearer
  • 1904-04-16 Fifi D'Orsay, Canadian actress (Life Jimmy Dolan, Girl from Calgary), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1983)
  • 1904-04-26 Paul E "Cardinal" Leger, archbishop (Montreal)
  • 1909-02-14 A Moses Klein, poet (Hath Not a Jew...), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1911-10-24 Paul Grégoire, French Canadian archbishop of Montreal (d. 1993)
  • 1913-09-15 Henry Dreyfus Brant, composer (Great American Goot), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1916-02-18 Jean Drapeau, mayor of Montreal (1954- )
  • 1918-05-15 Joseph Wiseman, actor (Dr No, Viva Zapata, Les Miserables), born in Montreal, Quebec

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1919-10-18 Pierre Trudeau, 15th Canadian Prime Minister (Liberal: 1968-79, 1980-84), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2000)

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • 1919-12-25 Paul David, French Canadian cardiologist, founder of the Montreal Heart Institute (d. 1999)
  • 1920-05-30 George London, bass-baritone (Monterone-Rigoleto), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1985)

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1921-08-04 Maurice "Rocket" Richard, Canadian NHL star (Montreal Canadiens, MVP-1947), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2000)

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • 1922-10-17 Pierre Juneau, Canadian film and broadcast executive, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2012)
  • 1922-11-13 Madeleine Sherwood, actress (Mother Superior - Flying Nun), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2016)
  • 1924-06-13 Percy Rodrigues, actor (Brainwaves), born in Montreal, Quebec

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1924-12-19 Doug Harvey, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Montreal, Quebec

NHL Legend Doug Harvey
NHL Legend
Doug Harvey

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1925-08-15 Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, born in Montreal, Quebec

Jazz Musician Oscar Peterson
Jazz Musician
Oscar Peterson
  • 1926-06-03 Colleen Dewhurst, actress (Maggie-Blue & Grey), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1927-05-11 Mort Sahl, comedian/political satirist/beatnik (Big Party), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1928-12-12 Lionel Blair [Ogus], Canadian choreographer (Give Us a Clue), born in Montréal, Québec
  • 1928-12-19 Galt MacDermot, composer (Letting Down My Hair), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1930-07-25 Maureen Forrester, contralto (Ressurection Symphony), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1931-01-19 Robert MacNeil, news anchor (NBC Weekend News, 1965-67), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1931-01-27 Mordecai Richler, Montreal author, (Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz)

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1931-03-22 William Shatner, actor (Star Trek, T J Hooker), born in Montreal, Quebec

  • 1933-07-14 Robert Bourassa, premier of Quebec (1970-76, 1985- ), born in Montreal, Quebec

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1934-09-21 Leonard Cohen, Canadian writer and singer-songwriter (Death of Ladies Man), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2016)

Singer-songwriter and writer Leonard Cohen
Singer-songwriter and writer
Leonard Cohen
  • 1939-04-27 Jerry Mercer, rock drummer (April Wine), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1939-05-27 Jerry Mercer, rock drummer (April Wine Montreal Montreal)
  • 1939-06-10 Alexandra Stewart, actress (In Praise of Older Women), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1941-06-25 Denys Arcand, director (Jesus of Montreal)
  • 1941-07-10 Jake Eberts, film producer (Chariots of Fire, Dances with Wolves), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2012)
  • 1942-05-29 Pierre Bourque, Former mayor of Montreal
  • 1942-06-27 Frank Mills, Canadian pianist, composer and arranger (Music Box Dancer), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1942-07-01 Genevieve Bujold, actress (King of Hearts, Choose Me, Coma), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1944-12-04 Anna McGarrigle, Canadian folk music singer-songwriter, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1944-12-12 Jean Doré, Canadian politician, mayor of Montreal
  • 1946-02-06 Kate McGarrigle, Canadian folk muisc singer-songwriter, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2010)
  • 1948-01-15 Tommy Nolan, actor (Jody-Buckskin), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1948-05-31 Lynda Bellingham, Canadian-born English actress (Sweeney, Scarlet Tunic), born in Montreal, Quebec, (d. 2014)
  • 1948-06-23 Myles Goodwyn, rock guitarist/vocalist (April Wine), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1949-03-16 Victor Garber, actor (Days & Nights of Molly Dodd), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1949-03-24 Steve Lang, rock bassist (April Wine), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1949-05-26 Dayle Haddon, Montreal Quebec Canada, actress (Bedroom Eyes)
  • 1949-06-22 Gary Moffet, rock guitarist (April Wine), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1951-08-17 Robert Joy, actor (Big Shots, Suicide Club), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1951-10-01 Brian Greenway, rock guitarist/vocalist (April Wine), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1952-06-16 Gino Vannelli, Canadian singer (Living Inside Myself), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1953-05-09 Daniel Talbot, golfer (Quebec Open-1979, 81, 84), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1953-09-29 Jean-Claude Lauzon, director/writer (Leola, Night Zoo), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1954-11-20 Frank Marino, rock guitarist (Mahogany Rush), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1955-09-22 Jerry Anderson, Canadian Tour golfer (Quebec Open-1982, 83), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1958-11-13 Linda Jackson, cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1961-09-12 Mylene Farmer, french singer (Cendres de Lune), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1962-04-04 Tina Tombs, LPGA golfer (1990 Jamie Farr Toledo), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1962-05-31 Corey Hart, Canadian vocalist (Sunglasses at Night), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1963-04-23 Benoit Doucet, hockey forward (Team Germany 1998), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1963-10-20 Julie Payette, astronaut, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1963-10-23 David Bedard, 3m springboard diver (Oly-84, 88, 92, 96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1963-11-06 Jean-Marc Chouinard, epee (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1964-07-14 Jack Kay Jr, Canadian Tour golfer (1991 Singapore Open), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1966-09-28 Kevin Baker, Canadian Tour golfer (Manitoba Amateur-1988), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1966-11-16 Dan Nowosielski, fencing epee (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1967-08-13 Taro Tan, 65 kg judoka (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1969-02-16 Claude Lambert, boxer (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1969-09-16 Andrew Borodow, 130 kg freestyle wrestler (Oly-5-92, 96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1971-06-26 Eddie Parenti, 100m butterfly swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1971-11-26 Emma Robinson, rower (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1972-04-24 Nicolas Gill, 86kg judoka (Olympics-bronze-92, 96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1972-08-03 Alain Bolduc, sailor (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1973-01-28 Robert Braknis, 100m backstroke/4 x 100 (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1973-09-06 Greg Rusedski, tennis star (1995 Seoul), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1973-12-22 Annie Pelletier, 3m diver (Olympics-bronze-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1974-01-14 Hugues Legault, 50m swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1974-03-02 Martine Dessureault, 50m swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1974-09-04 Jean Lavertue, weightlifter (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec

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1975-01-15 Mary Pierce, tennis star (1995 Australian Open), born in Montreal, Quebec

Tennis Player Mary Pierce
Tennis Player
Mary Pierce
  • 1975-01-28 Anne Montminy, 10m diver (Olympics-17-92, 96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1975-02-16 Casey Barrett, 200m Butterfly (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1975-02-25 Hercules Kyvelos, boxer (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1975-06-09 Carolyne Lepage, 48 kg judoka (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1976-11-15 Jessica Amey, 100m butterfly/4 x 100 (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1977-08-01 Marc Denis, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1979-08-22 Jennifer Finnigan, Canadian actress (The Bold and the Beautiful), born in Montreal, Quebec

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1987-09-08 Alexandre Bilodeau, Canadian freestyle skier (Gold in 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics), born in Montreal, Quebec

Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist Alexandre Bilodeau
Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist
Alexandre Bilodeau

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1868-08-13 Prime Minister of Canada Wilfrid Laurier (26) weds Zoé Lafontaine (27) in Montreal, Canada

Prime Minister of Canada Wilfrid Laurier
Prime Minister of Canada
Wilfrid Laurier

HeartWedding of Interest

1970-10-02 Actor Christopher Plummer (40) weds actress Elaine Taylor (26) in Montreal, Quebec

HeartWedding of Interest

1994-12-17 Queen of Pop Celine Dion (26) weds her manager Rene Angelil (52) at Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal, Canada

Singer Celine Dion
Singer
Celine Dion
  • 1996-06-22 "Full House" actress Candace Cameron (20) weds Montreal Canadiens hockey player Valeri Bure (22) at the Church of the Valle in Van Nuys, California

HeartWedding of Interest

2005-05-28 Politician Justin Trudeau (33) weds tv host Sophie Grégoire (30) in a Catholic ceremony at Montreal's Sainte-Madeleine d'Outremont Church

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

Famous Deaths

  • 1840-04-19 Jean-Jacques Lartigue, Roman catholic bishop of Montreal (b. 1777)
  • 1858-12-12 Jacques Viger, antiquarian and archeologist, first mayor of Montreal (b. 1787)
  • 1885-06-08 Ignace Bourget, Bishop of Montreal (b. 1799)
  • 1906-10-07 Honoré Beaugrand, Canadian journalist and politician, mayor of Montreal (b. 1848)
  • 1939-09-20 Paul Bruchési, French Canadian Catholic archbishop of Montreal (b. 1855)
  • 1940-08-31 Georges Gauthier, French Canadian Roman Catholic archbishop of Montreal (b. 1871)
  • 1959-11-19 Joseph Charbonneau, French-Canadian Roman Catholic archbishop of Montreal, dies at 67
  • 1980-07-23 Sarto Fournier, Mayor of Montreal (b. 1908)
  • 1991-11-12 Paul E "Cardinal" Leger, cardinal/archbishop of Montreal, dies at 87
  • 1993-10-30 Paul Grégoire, Archbishop of Montreal (b. 1911)
  • 1999-08-12 Jean Drapeau, Quebec politician, mayor of Montreal (b. 1916)
  • 2002-09-28 Hartland Molson, Canadian businessman (Molson family), senator and sports executive (Montreal Canadiens) (b. 1907)