Canadian History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 570

  • 1000-10-09 Leif Ericson discovers "Vinland" (possibly L'Anse aux Meadows, Canada) reputedly becoming first European to reach North America

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

Explorer John Cabot
Explorer
John Cabot

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1534-06-29 Jacques Cartier discovers Prince Edward Islands Canada

French Explorer Jacques Cartier
French Explorer
Jacques Cartier
  • 1534-07-24 Jacques Cartier lands in Canada, claims it for France
  • 1536-07-09 French navigator Jacques Cartier returns to Saint-Malo from Canada
  • 1541-08-23 French explorer Jacques Cartier lands near Quebec City in his third voyage to Canada
  • 1578-05-31 Martin Frobisher sails from Harwich, England, to Frobisher Bay, Canada. Eventually mines fools gold, famously used to pave the streets of London.
  • 1613-03-27 The first English child born in Canada at Cuper's Cove, Newfoundland to Nicholas Guy
  • 1620-06-03 Construction of the oldest stone church in French North America, Notre-Dame-des-Anges, begins at Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
  • 1634-07-04 The city of Trois-Rivières is founded in New France, later to become the Canadian province of Quebec.
  • 1642-05-18 Montreal, Canada, founded
  • 1672-05-17 Frontenac becomes governor of New France (Canada)
  • 1713-06-23 The French residents of Acadia are given one year to declare allegiance to Britain or leave Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 1733-05-29 The right of Canadians to keep Indian slaves is upheld at Quebec City.

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1754-05-28 Battle of Jumonville Glen: forces led by George Washington kill French Canadian officer Joseph Coulon de Jumonville

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 1760-06-04 Great Upheaval: New England planters arrive to claim land in Nova Scotia, Canada taken from the Acadians
  • 1763-02-10 Treaty of Paris ends French-Indian War, surrendering Canada to Britain
  • 1771-05-07 Samuel Hearne explores Copper Mine River of Canada
  • 1773-07-20 Scottish settlers arrive at Pictou, Nova Scotia (Canada)
  • 1775-05-17 American Revolutionary War: the Continental Congress bans trade with Canada.
  • 1780-05-19 About midday, near-total darkness descends on New England, now known to be caused by forest fires in Canada
  • 1783-05-18 First United Empire Loyalists reach Parrtown, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after leaving the United States.
  • 1789-06-03 Alex Mackenzie explores Mackenzie River (Canada)
  • 1792-12-17 Opening of 1st legislative assembly of Lower Canada in Quebec city
  • 1793-07-22 Alexander Mackenzie reaches the Pacific Ocean, becoming the first Euro-American to complete a transcontinental crossing of Canada.
  • 1796-02-01 The capital of Upper Canada is moved from Newark to York
  • 1812-07-11 US invades Canada (Detroit frontier)
  • 1812-07-12 US forces led by Gen Hull invade Canada (War of 1812)
  • 1812-10-13 Battle of Queenstown Heights: British forces defeat United States forces attempting to invade Canada
  • 1813-05-27 Americans capture Ft George, Canada
  • 1813-06-06 US invasion of Canada halted at Stoney Creek (Ont)
  • 1813-10-05 Battle of Thames in Canada; Americans defeat British
  • 1814-07-03 Americans capture Fort Erie, Canada (War of 1812)
  • 1814-07-05 Americans defeat British & Canadians at Chippewa, Ontario
  • 1816-06-19 Battle of Seven Oaks between North West Company and Hudson's Bay Company, near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • 1818-04-16 Senate ratifies Rush-Bagot amendment (unarmed US-Canada border)
  • 1818-10-20 49th parallel forms as border between US & Canada
  • 1822-06-18 Part of US-Canadian boundary determined
  • 1825-02-22 Russia & Britain establish Alaska-Canada boundary
  • 1826-08-19 Canada Co chartered to colonize Upper Canada (Ontario)
  • 1827-08-10 Race riots in Cincinnati (1,000 blacks leave for Canada)
  • 1832-06-07 Asian cholera reaches Quebec, brought by Irish immigrants, and kills about 6,000 people in Lower Canada.
  • 1836-07-21 1st Canadian RR opens, between Laprairie & St John, Quebec
  • 1837-03-24 Canada gives its black citizens the right to vote
  • 1837-05-25 The Patriots of Lower Canada (Quebec) rebel against the British for freedom.
  • 1837-12-05 Uprising under William Lyon Mackenzie in Canada
  • 1837-12-29 Canadian militia destroy Caroline, a US steamboat docked at Buffalo
  • 1838-02-28 Robert Nelson, leader of the Patriotes, proclaims the independence of Lower Canada (today Québec)
  • 1838-03-03 Rebellion at Pelee Island, Ontario, Canada
  • 1839-09-11 1st Canadian track & field meet held (Caer Howell Grounds)
  • 1840-07-23 Union Act passed by British Parliament, uniting Upper & Lower Canada

  • 1841-06-14 1st Canadian parliament opens in Kingston, Ontario
  • 1841-10-16 Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, is chartered
  • 1842-08-09 US-Canada border defined by Webster-Ashburton Treaty
  • 1844-09-25 Canada defeats USA by 23 runs in the 1st cricket international
  • 1845-05-28 Fire in Quebec, Canada, 1,500 houses destroyed
  • 1848-03-11 Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine and Robert Baldwin become the first Prime Ministers of the Province of Canada to be democratically elected under a system of responsible government
  • 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.
  • 1851-04-23 Canada issues its 1st postage stamps
  • 1852-07-09 Fire destroys 1,100 construction sites in Montreal, Canada
  • 1857-06-10 Britain passes an act putting Canada on the decimal currency system

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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
  • 1858-01-01 Canada begins using decimal currency system
  • 1858-07-01 1st Canadian coins minted (1, 5, 10 and 20 cent)
  • 1858-12-12 1st Canadian coins circulated (1 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent & 20 cent)
  • 1859-06-15 Pig War: Ambiguity in the Oregon Treaty leads to the "Northwestern Boundary Dispute" between U.S. and British/Canadian settlers
  • 1861-11-09 1st documented Canadian football game (at U of Toronto)
  • 1867-03-08 British North America Act is passed in the House of Commons, serves as Canada's constitution for more than 100 years
  • 1867-03-29 British North America Act (Canadian constitution) is given Royal Assent

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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
  • 1867-09-16 Ottawa Rough Riders & Senators play Canadian Football game
  • 1867-10-23 72 Senators are summoned by Royal Proclamation to serve as the first members of the Canadian Senate.
  • 1868-04-07 Thomas D'Arcy McGee, one of the Canadian Fathers of Confederation is assassinated by the Irish, in one of the few Canadian political assassinations, and only federal politician.
  • 1868-10-10 1st written account of a Canadian football game
  • 1869-04-09 Hudson Bay Company cedes its territory to Canada
  • 1869-10-05 A strong hurricane known as the Saxby Gale devastates the Bay of Fundy region in Maritime Canada. Incredibly British naval officer Stephen Martin Saxby predicted the storm 10 months earlier in December 1868 via astronomy.
  • 1869-11-03 Canada's Hamilton Foot Ball Club forms
  • 1869-12-08 Timothy Eaton founds T. Eaton Co. Limited in Toronto, Canada.
  • 1869-12-18 Canada's Hamilton Foot Ball Club plays its 1st game
  • 1870-02-12 Official proclamation sets April 15 as last day of grace for US silver coins to circulate in Canada

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1870-03-04 On command of Louis Riel, Thomas Scott is executed by a firing squad. Riel rejects all appeals and requests to intervene in an attempt to demonstrate to the Canadian government that the Métis must be taken seriously

Politician Louis Riel
Politician
Louis Riel
  • 1870-04-15 Last day US silver coins allow to circulate in Canada
  • 1870-05-12 Manitoba becomes a province of Canada
  • 1870-07-15 Manitoba becomes 5th Canadian province & NW Territories created
  • 1870-07-15 Hudson's Bay & Northwest Territories transferred to Canada
  • 1871-04-14 Canada sets denominations of currency as dollars, cents, & mills
  • 1871-07-01 The decimal currency system is made uniform in Canada
  • 1871-07-20 British Columbia joins the confederation of Canada.
  • 1872-04-14 Dominion Lands Act passed: Canada's Homestead Act
  • 1872-06-14 Trade unions are legalised in Canada.
  • 1873-05-23 Canada's North West Mounted Police Force forms (it didn't get the "Royal" until 1904)
  • 1873-07-01 Prince Edward Island becomes 7th Canadian province
  • 1873-11-05 Due to the fallout from the Pacific Scandal, John A. Macdonald resigns as Prime Minister of Canada

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1873-11-07 Alexander Mackenzie becomes the second Prime Minister of Canada, succeeding John A. Macdonald

2nd Prime Minister of Canada Alexander Mackenzie
2nd Prime Minister of Canada
Alexander Mackenzie
Prime Minister of Canada John A. Macdonald
Prime Minister of Canada
John A. Macdonald
  • 1874-09-12 1874 The District of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada is founded.
  • 1876-06-03 Lacrosse introduced in Britain & Canada
  • 1876-08-10 1st phone call between Brantford & Paris, Canada
  • 1876-08-12 Madeline (US) beats Countess Dufferin (Canada) in 4th America's Cup

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1877-05-05 Indian Wars: Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army under Colonel Nelson Miles.

Lakota Sioux Chief Sitting Bull
Lakota Sioux Chief
Sitting Bull
  • 1878-07-01 Canada joins the Universal Postal Union.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 1,891


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1491-12-31 Jacques Cartier, French explorer who claimed what is now Canada for France, born in St. Malo, Brittany (d. 1557)

French Explorer Jacques Cartier
French Explorer
Jacques Cartier

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1606-11-12 Jeanne Mance, French-Canadian settler who founded the first hospital in North America, born in Langres, France (d. 1673)

Nurse and Settler of New France Jeanne Mance
Nurse and Settler of New France
Jeanne Mance
  • 1608-05-15 René Goupil, French Catholic missionary (Canadian Martyrs) (d. 1642)

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1620-04-17 Marguerite Bourgeoys, French founder of the Congregation of Notre Dame (first Canadian saint), born in Troyes, France (d. 1700)

First Canadian Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys
First Canadian Saint
Marguerite Bourgeoys
  • 1645-09-21 Louis Joliet, Canadian explorer (d. 1700)
  • 1665-06-04 Zacharie Robutel de La Noue, Canadian soldier (d. 1733)
  • 1678-03-03 Madeleine de Verchères, French Canadian heroine (d. 1747)
  • 1685-11-17 Pierre Gaultier, French-Canadian trader and explorer (d. 1749)
  • 1698-11-22 Pierre de Rigaud, Canadian-born French Governor (d. 1778)
  • 1701-07-15 Pierre Joubert, became oldest known Canadian (113 y 124 d at death)
  • 1701-10-15 Marie-Marguerite d'Youville, first native Canadian canonized (d. 1771)
  • 1714-12-21 John Bradstreet, Canadian-born soldier (d. 1774)
  • 1721-11-22 Joseph Frederick Wallet DesBarres, Swiss-born Canadian statesman (d. 1824)

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1727-01-02 James Wolfe, British Army officer who defeated the French in Canada and captured Quebec, born in Westerham, England (d. 1759)

British Army Officer James Wolfe
British Army Officer
James Wolfe
  • 1744-10-06 James McGill, Scottish-Canadian businessman and philanthropist, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1813)
  • 1746-11-15 Joseph Quesnel, French Canadian composer and playwright (d. 1809)
  • 1752-02-25 John Graves Simcoe, first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada (d. 1806)

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1769-10-06 Isaac Brock, British Army officer (successfully defended Upper Canada in War of 1812), born in St Peter Port, Guernsey (d. 1812)

British Army Officer and Administrator Isaac Brock
British Army Officer and Administrator
Isaac Brock
  • 1770-04-30 David Thompson, English/Canadian explorer (Columbia River)

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1775-09-13 Laura Secord, Canadian war heroine, born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts Bay (d. 1868)

Canadian War Heroine Laura Secord
Canadian War Heroine
Laura Secord
  • 1783-05-09 Alexander Ross, Canadian pioneer/fur trader
  • 1786-10-07 Louis-Joseph Papineau, Canadian lawyer and politician (d. 1871)
  • 1786-10-30 Philippe-Joseph Aubert de Gaspé, French Canadian writer (d. 1871)
  • 1787-05-07 Jacques Viger, French Canadian politician, first mayor of Montreal (d. 1858)
  • 1795-10-05 Alexander Keith, Scottish-born Canadian brewer (d. 1873)
  • 1796-03-24 John Corry Wilson Daly, Canadian politician (d. 1878)
  • 1796-10-04 John Richardson, Canadian writer (Wacousta, or the prophecy)
  • 1796-11-06 George Back, English sea officer and explorer (North Canada), born in Stockport, Cheshire (d. 1878)
  • 1796-12-17 Thomas Chandler Haliburton, Canadian novelist (d. 1865)

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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
  • 1799-01-22 Ludger Duvernay, Canadian printer and publisher (d. 1852)
  • 1802-10-25 Joseph Montferrand, French-Canadian logger and strong man, born in St. Lawrence, Montreal (d. 1864)
  • 1804-02-19 David Wark, Canadian politician (d. 1905)
  • 1804-05-12 Robert Baldwin, (L) help establish government in Canada (or 1904)
  • 1804-12-13 Joseph Howe, Canadian politician (d. 1873)
  • 1806-12-09 Jean-Olivier Chénier, French Canadian physician and Patriote (d. 1838)
  • 1807-10-04 Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, French Canadian politician, prime minister of the Province of Canada (d. 1864)
  • 1809-06-15 François-Xavier Garneau, French-Canadian poet and historian (d. 1866)
  • 1810-09-03 Paul Kane, Canadian painter (d. 1871)
  • 1811-12-02 Jean-Charles Chapais, French Canadian politician, Father of the Canadian Confederation (d. 1885)
  • 1814-09-06 George Cartier, Canadian co-PM (1858-62), born in Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada (d. 1873)

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1815-01-11 John A. Macdonald, First Prime Minister of Canada (1867-1873 and 1878-1891), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Prime Minister of Canada John A. Macdonald
Prime Minister of Canada
John A. Macdonald
  • 1815-06-19 Cornelius Krieghoff, Canadian painter (d. 1872)

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1816-03-07 James Donnelly, Irish-Canadian patriarch of the Donnelly family (Black Donnelly massacre), born in Ireland (d. 1880)

Squatter James Donnelly
Squatter
James Donnelly
  • 1817-09-06 Alexander Tilloch Galt, Canadian politician, a father of Canadian Confederation, born in Chelsea, England (d. 1893)
  • 1818-01-17 Antoine Dorion, (L) joint premier of Canada (1858, 1863-64)
  • 1818-11-29 George Brown, Canadian publisher (Toronto Globe), PM (L) (1858)
  • 1820-05-30 Pierre-Joseph-Olivier Chauveau, French Canadian politician (d. 1890)
  • 1820-08-12 Oliver Mowat, a founder of the Canadian Confederation
  • 1820-08-16 Andrew Rainsford Wetmore, Canadian politician, born in Fredericton, Canada (d. 1892)
  • 1820-10-13 John William Dawson, Canadian geologist (d. 1899)

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1821-03-12 John Abbott, 3rd Canadian Prime Minister (1891-92), born in Saint-Andre, Quebec (d. 1893)

3rd Prime Minister of Canada John Abbott
3rd Prime Minister of Canada
John Abbott

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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

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1822-01-28 Alexander Mackenzie, 2nd Prime Minister of Canada (Liberal: 1873-78), born in Logierait, Scotland (d. 1892)

2nd Prime Minister of Canada Alexander Mackenzie
2nd Prime Minister of Canada
Alexander Mackenzie
  • 1823-04-06 Joseph Medill, St John NB Canada, newspaper editor (Chicago Tribune)
  • 1823-06-02 Gédéon Ouimet, French Canadian politician (d. 1905)

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1823-12-27 Mackenzie Bowell, 5th Prime Minister of Canada (1894-96), born in Rickinghall, England (d. 1917)

5th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie Bowell
5th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie Bowell
  • 1824-02-03 Ranald MacDonald, Canadian-born Scottish educator and interpreter (d. 1894)
  • 1825-04-13 Thomas D'Arcy McGee, Canadian journalist and politician (d. 1868)
  • 1827-01-07 Sir Sandford Fleming, Scottish-Canadian engineer; introduced Universal Standard Time (d. 1915)
  • 1827-04-16 Octave Crémazie, French Canadian poet (d. 1879)
  • 1827-08-22 Ezra Butler Eddy, Canadian businessman (E.B. Eddy Company) and politician, born in Vermont (d. 1906)
  • 1827-12-10 Eugene O'Keefe, Canadian businessman and brewer (d. 1913)
  • 1829-12-05 Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière, French Canadian politician (d. 1908)
  • 1831-05-01 Emily Stowe, Canadian physician and suffragist (d. 1903)
  • 1838-09-16 James J. Hill, Canadian-American railroad entrepreneur (Great Northern Railroad), born in Eramosa Township, Ontario (d. 1916)
  • 1838-12-11 John Labatt, Canadian brewer and businessman (Labatt Brewing Company), born in Westminster Township (d. 1915)
  • 1839-05-08 Adolphe-Basile Routhier, French Canadian lyricist (O Canada) (d. 1920)
  • 1839-11-16 Louis-Honoré Fréchette, French Canadian poet (d. 1908)
  • 1840-01-10 Louis Nazaire Bégin, French Canadian archbishop and cardinal (d. 1925)
  • 1840-09-26 Louis-Olivier Taillon, French Canadian politician (d. 1923)
  • 1840-11-09 Joseph-Adolphe Chapleau, French-Canadian lawyer and politician, born in Sainte-Thérèse, Canada (d. 1898)
  • 1840-11-30 Henry Birks, Canadian businessman (d. 1928)
  • 1841-03-03 John Murray, Canada oceanographer (Depths of the Ocean)
  • 1841-04-15 Joseph E. Seagram, Canadian distillery founder (d. 1919)

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1841-11-20 Wilfrid Laurier, 7th Prime Minister of Canada (Liberal: 1896-1911), born in Saint-Lin, Quebec (d. 1918)

Prime Minister of Canada Wilfrid Laurier
Prime Minister of Canada
Wilfrid Laurier
  • 1843-08-23 William Southam, Canadian newspaper publisher, born in Montreal, Canada (d. 1932)
  • 1844-02-20 Joshua Slocum, Canadian seaman and adventurer (d. 1909)

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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

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1844-10-22 Louis Riel, Canadian politician, founder of the province of Manitoba and leader of the Métis people of the Canadian prairies, born in Red River Colony, Rupert's Land, British North America (d. 1885)

Politician Louis Riel
Politician
Louis Riel
  • 1845-01-14 Henry C K Petty-Fitzmaurice 5th marquess of Landsdowne/gov-gen Canada
  • 1845-08-09 André Bessette, Canadian religious figure (d. 1937)

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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
  • 1847-02-25 John Watson, Canadian philosopher (Objective Idealism)
  • 1847-11-01 Emma Albani, Canadian soprano (d. 1930)
  • 1847-11-16 Edmund James Flynn, Canadian politician (d. 1927)
  • 1848-01-05 Same Steele, Canadian soldier, born in Purbrook, Canada West, (d. 1919)
  • 1848-01-19 John F. Stairs, Canadian businessman (d. 1904)
  • 1848-02-24 C Grant B Allen, Canadian writer (Woman Who Did)
  • 1848-08-30 Andrew Onderdonk, American railway contractor (Canadian Pacific Railway), born in NYC, New York (d. 1905)
  • 1849-05-06 Wyatt Eaton, Canadian American artist, born in Philipsburg, Quebec (d. 1896)
  • 1849-07-12 William Osler, Canadian physician/author (circulatory system)
  • 1850-02-20 Nérée Beauchemin, Canadian physician and poet (d. 1931)
  • 1850-05-01 Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, Governor General of Canada (d. 1942)
  • 1853-12-19 Charles Fitzpatrick, Canadian politician who was the 12th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec and 5th Chief Justice of Canada, born in Quebec City, Canada (d. 1942)
  • 1854-06-08 Douglas Colin Cameron, Canadian politician, born in Hawkesbury, Ontario (d. 1921)

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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
  • 1855-09-12 Simon-Napoléon Parent, Canadian politician and 12th Premier of Quebec (1900-05), born in Beauport, Quebec City (d. 1920)
  • 1858-06-01 William W Campbell, Canadian poet (Beyond the Hills of Dream)

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1858-09-16 Andrew Bonar Law, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1922-23), born in Kingston, Colony of New Brunswick (now Canada)

British Prime Minister Bonar Law
British Prime Minister
Bonar Law

Famous Weddings


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1843-09-01 Prime Minister of Canada John A. Macdonald (28) weds his cousin Isabella Clark

Prime Minister of Canada John A. Macdonald
Prime Minister of Canada
John A. Macdonald

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

HeartWedding of Interest

1847-12-23 Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie Bowell (24) weds Harriet Moore

5th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie Bowell
5th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie Bowell

HeartWedding of Interest

1849-07-26 Prime Minister of Canada John Abbott (28) weds Mary Bethune at bride's parents home

3rd Prime Minister of Canada John Abbott
3rd Prime Minister of Canada
John Abbott

HeartWedding of Interest

1853-06-17 Prime Minister of Canada Alexander Mackenzie (31) weds second wife Jane Sym

2nd Prime Minister of Canada Alexander Mackenzie
2nd Prime Minister of Canada
Alexander Mackenzie

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

1870-07-05 Prime Minister of Canada John Thompson (24) weds Annie E. Affleck (25) in Portland, Maine

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

HeartWedding of Interest

1889-09-25 Prime Minister of Canada Robert Borden (34) weds Laura Bond

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

HeartWedding of Interest

1904-06-24 Prime Minister of Canada Arthur Meighen (30) weds Jessie Isabel Cox

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

HeartWedding of Interest

1908-05-19 Prime Minister of Canada Louis St. Laurent (26) weds Jeanne Renault

12th Prime Minister of Canada Louis St. Laurent
12th Prime Minister of Canada
Louis St. Laurent

HeartWedding of Interest

1911-07-05 "Anne of Green Gables" author Lucy Maud Montgomery (36) weds Ewen MacDonald in Prince Edward Island, Canada

HeartWedding of Interest

1915-06-04 Canadian diplomat Vincent Massey (28) weds Alice Parkin

Governor General of Canada Vincent Massey
Governor General of Canada
Vincent Massey

HeartWedding of Interest

1925-08-22 Prime Minister of Canada Lester B. Pearson (28) weds teacher Maryon Elspeth Moody (23)

Prime Minister of Canada Lester B. Pearson
Prime Minister of Canada
Lester B. Pearson

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1926-09-29 Canadian-American actress Norma Shearer weds film producer Irving Thalberg

Actress Norma Shearer
Actress
Norma Shearer

HeartWedding of Interest

1949-04-30 Ice hockey goaltender Jacques Plante (20) weds Jacqueline Gagne in Quebec, Canada

NHL Goalie Jacques Plante
NHL Goalie
Jacques Plante

HeartWedding of Interest

1953-12-08 Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker (58) weds second wife Olive Palmer (51) at Park Road Baptist Church in Toronto, Canada

13th Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker
13th Prime Minister of Canada
John Diefenbaker

HeartWedding of Interest

1956-08-12 Canadain actor William Shatner (Star Trek) marries Gloria Rand

HeartWedding of Interest

1957-09-10 Prime Minister of Canada Jean Chretien (23) weds Aline Chaine (21) in Canada

20th Prime Minister of Canada Jean Chretien
20th Prime Minister of Canada
Jean Chretien

HeartWedding of Interest

1963-05-11 Prime Minister of Canada John Turner (33) weds Geills McCrae Kilgour (25)

17th Prime Minister of Canada John Turner
17th Prime Minister of Canada
John Turner

HeartWedding of Interest

1971-03-04 Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau (51) weds author/actress Margaret Joan Sinclair (23) at a private ceremony in North Vancouver, Canada

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau

HeartWedding of Interest

1973-05-26 Prime Minister of Canada Brian Mulroney (34) weds Mila Pivnicki (19)

18th Prime Minister of Canada Brian Mulroney
18th Prime Minister of Canada
Brian Mulroney

HeartWedding of Interest

1973-06-30 Prime Minister of Canada Joe Clark (34) weds lawyer Maureen McTeer (21)

16th Prime Minister of Canada Joe Clark
16th Prime Minister of Canada
Joe Clark

HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding of Interest

1978-08-02 Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young (32) weds Pegi Morton

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Singer-songwriter
Neil Young

HeartWedding of Interest

1979-04-28 Actor and comedian John Candy (28) weds Rosemary Margaret Hobor at St. Basil's Church in Toronto, Canada

Actor and Comedian John Candy
Actor and Comedian
John Candy

HeartWedding of Interest

1993-12-11 Canada's PM Stephen Harper (34) weds Laureen Teskey (30)

22nd Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper
22nd Prime Minister of Canada
Stephen Harper

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
  • 1999-06-10 Model-actress Esther Canadas (22) weds model Mark Vanderloo (31) at the 900-year-old Vallombrosa Abbey in Tuscany
  • 2002-08-10 "Baywatch" actress Angelica Bridges (28) weds Canadian hockey player Sheldon Souray (26) at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2005-06-01 "The Amazing Race 7" executive assistant Alex Ali weds Lynn Warren in Ottawa, Canada
  • 2005-09-17 Country music singer Terri Clark (37) weds her tour manager Greg Kaczor at a resort on Lake Louise in Calgary, Canada
  • 2005-12-31 Olympic gold medal skater Jamie Sale (28) weds her pair figure skater David Pelletier (31) at Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Canada
  • 2006-12-30 Canadian pair figure skaters David Pelletier (31) weds partner Jamie Sale (28) at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel in Alberta, Canada
  • 2007-04-14 Supermodel Esther Canadas (30) weds MotoGP rider Sete Gibernau (34) in Spain

HeartWedding of Interest

2010-08-14 Actress and singer Hilary Duff (24) weds retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre Mike Comrie (31) at La Quinta Estate in Montecito, California

Actress/Singer Hilary Duff
Actress/Singer
Hilary Duff
  • 2011-03-31 Italian Canadian singer Michael Buble (35) weds actress and model Luisana Lopilato (23) in Buenos Aires
  • 2011-06-18 British peer and brother of Princess Diana Charles Spencer (47) weds Canadian social entrepreneur and former model Karen Gordon (39) at Althorp House in Northamptonshire

HeartWedding of Interest

2011-10-02 Canadian stand-up comedian and actor Seth Rogen (30) weds screenwriter Lauren Miller at Kunde Family Estate in Sonoma, California

Actor & Writer Seth Rogen
Actor & Writer
Seth Rogen
  • 2012-08-11 "The Hangover" actor-comedian Zach Galifianakis (42) weds co-founder of the Growing Voices charity Quinn Lundberg at the UBC Farm in Vancouver, Canada

HeartWedding of Interest

2013-07-01 Canadian singer Avril Lavigne (28) weds Canadian singer Chad Kroeger (38) at the Château de La Napoule, a reconstructed medieval castle on the Mediterranean Sea in the South of France.

Pop Singer and Songwriter Avril Lavigne
Pop Singer and Songwriter
Avril Lavigne
  • 2013-07-06 Actress Elisha Cuthbert (30) weds ice hockey player Dion Phaneuf at St James Catholic Church in Summerfield, Canada
  • 2015-10-10 Actor Victor Garber (66) weds artist and model Rainer Andreesen in Tofino, Canada

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1984-04-02 Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau (64) divorces Margaret Trudeau (35) due to irreconcilable differences after 13 years of marriage

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau

Famous Deaths

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Person of interestPerson of Interest

1557-09-01 Jacques Cartier, French explorer who claimed what is now Canada for France, dies at 65

French Explorer Jacques Cartier
French Explorer
Jacques Cartier
  • 1594-11-22 Martin Frobisher, English privateer, explorer (Canada) and later vice-admiral who helped defeat the Spanish Armada, dies aged between 55 and 59
  • 1642-09-29 René Goupil, French Catholic missionary, one of Canadian Martyrs (b. 1608)
  • 1648-07-04 Antoine Daniel, French Jesuit missionary, one of the Canadian Martyrs (b. 1601)
  • 1649-03-17 Gabriel Lallemant, French Jesuit missionary, one of the Canadian Martyrs (b. 1610)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1673-06-18 Jeanne Mance, French Canadian settler and founder of the first hospital in North America, dies at 66

Nurse and Settler of New France Jeanne Mance
Nurse and Settler of New France
Jeanne Mance
  • 1696-01-11 Charles Albanel, French missionary explorer in Canada (b. 1616)
  • 1706-07-09 Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville, French Canadian sailor and explorer (b. 1661)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1759-09-13 James Wolfe, British Army officer who defeated the French in Canada and captured Quebec, dies in battle at 32

British Army Officer James Wolfe
British Army Officer
James Wolfe
  • 1771-12-23 Marie-Marguerite d'Youville, Canadian saint (b. 1701)
  • 1774-09-25 John Bradstreet, Canadian-born soldier (b. 1714)
  • 1806-10-26 John Graves Simcoe, first lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada (b. 1752)
  • 1809-07-03 Joseph Quesnel, French-Canadian composer and playwright (b. 1746)
  • 1813-12-19 James McGill, Scottish-Canadian businessman and philanthropist, dies at 69
  • 1836-01-11 John Molson, Canadian brewer (b. 1763)
  • 1838-12-14 Jean-Olivier Chénier, French Canadian physician and Patriote (b. 1806)
  • 1852-05-12 John Richardson, Canadian writer (War of 1812), dies
  • 1857-02-10 David Thompson, Canadian explorer (b. 1770)
  • 1857-09-03 John McLoughlin, Canadian trapper (b. 1784)
  • 1858-12-09 Robert Baldwin, Canadian politician (b. 1804)
  • 1862-04-19 Simon Fraser, Canadian explorer, dies
  • 1864-02-26 Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, French Canadian politician (b. 1807)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1864-04-29 Abraham Gesner, Canadian geologist (inventor of kerosene), dies at 66

Physician and Geologist Abraham Gesner
Physician and Geologist
Abraham Gesner
  • 1864-10-04 Joseph Montferrand, French-Canadian logger and strong man, dies at 61
  • 1865-04-28 Samuel Cunard, Canadian-born British shipping magnate (b. 1787)
  • 1866-02-03 François-Xavier Garneau, French Canadian poet and historian (b. 1809)
  • 1866-10-26 John Kinder Labatt, Irish-Canadian brewer (Labatt Brewing Company) (b. 1803)
  • 1868-04-07 D'Arcy McGee, Canadian journalist and Father of Confederation (b. 1825)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1868-10-17 Laura Secord, Canadian heroine of the war of 1812, dies at 93

Canadian War Heroine Laura Secord
Canadian War Heroine
Laura Secord
  • 1870-09-27 Henry TP Comstock, Canadian silver prospector, dies at 50
  • 1871-01-29 Philippe-Joseph Aubert de Gaspé, French Canadian writer and Seigneur (b. 1786)
  • 1872-11-29 Cornelius Kreighoff, Canadian, dies
  • 1873-05-20 Sir George-Étienne Cartier, French-Canadian statesman (b. 1814)
  • 1873-06-01 Joseph Howe, Canadian politician (b. 1804)
  • 1878-04-01 John Corry Wilson Daly, Canadian politician (b. 1796)
  • 1879-01-16 Octave Crémazie, French Canadian poet (b. 1827)

MurderMurder of Interest

1880-02-04 James Donnelly, Irish-Canadian patriarch of the "Black Donnellys", murdered in the Black Donnelly massacre at 63

Squatter James Donnelly
Squatter
James Donnelly
  • 1885-07-17 Jean-Charles Chapais, Canadian politician (b. 1811)

BattleExecution

1885-11-16 Louis Riel, Canadian rebel leader and "Father of Manitoba", hanged for treason at 41

Politician Louis Riel
Politician
Louis Riel
  • 1886-03-30 Joseph-Alfred Mousseau, French Canadian politician (b. 1838)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1891-06-06 John A. Macdonald, 1st Prime Minister of Canada (1867-73 and 1878-91), dies of a stroke at 76

Prime Minister of Canada John A. Macdonald
Prime Minister of Canada
John A. Macdonald

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1892-04-17 Alexander Mackenzie, 2nd Prime Minister of Canada, dies of a stroke at 70

2nd Prime Minister of Canada Alexander Mackenzie
2nd Prime Minister of Canada
Alexander Mackenzie
  • 1892-06-09 William Grant Stairs, Canadian explorer (b. 1863)
  • 1893-06-05 Mary Ann Shadd, American-Canadian publisher and anti-slavery campaigner, 1st African American newspaper publisher, dies at 69
  • 1893-09-19 Alexander Tilloch Galt, Canadian politician, a father of Canadian Confederation, dies at 76

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1893-10-30 John Abbott, 3rd PM of Canada (C) (1891-92), dies of brain cancer at 72

3rd Prime Minister of Canada John Abbott
3rd Prime Minister of Canada
John Abbott
  • 1894-06-22 Alexandre-Antonin Taché, Canadian archbishop (b. 1823)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1894-12-12 Sir John Thompson, fourth Prime Minister of Canada, dies of a sudden heart attack at 49

4th Prime Minister of Canada John Thompson
4th Prime Minister of Canada
John Thompson
  • 1896-06-07 Wyatt Eaton, Canadian American artist, dies from tuberculosis at 47
  • 1898-06-13 Joseph-Adolphe Chapleau, French-Canadian lawyer and politician, dies at 57
  • 1899-10-28 C Grant B Allen, Canada, British writer (Woman Who Did), dies
  • 1901-05-04 John Jones Ross, Canadian politician, Premier of Quebec (1884-1887), dies at 69
  • 1901-06-02 George Leslie Mackay, Canadian missionary (b. 1844)
  • 1903-04-30 Emily Stowe, Canadian physician and suffragist (b.1831)
  • 1904-07-03 Edouard Beaupré, Canadian giant and strongman (b. 1881)
  • 1904-08-25 William Hall, Canadian Royal Naval sailor (b. 1827)
  • 1904-09-26 John F. Stairs, Canadian businessman and statesman (b. 1848)
  • 1905-10-29 Etienne Desmarteau, Canadian athlete (b. 1873)
  • 1906-02-10 Ezra Butler Eddy, Canadian businessman (E.B. Eddy Company) and politician, dies at 78
  • 1906-10-07 Honoré Beaugrand, Canadian journalist and politician, mayor of Montreal (b. 1848)
  • 1907-01-31 Timothy Eaton, Canadian department store founder (b. 1834)
  • 1908-05-31 Louis-Honoré Fréchette, French Canadian poet (b. 1839)
  • 1908-06-14 Frederick Arthur Stanley, Governor general of Canada (b. 1841)
  • 1908-11-16 Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière, French-born Canadian politician (b. 1829)
  • 1908-12-30 Thomas-Alfred Bernier, Canadian lawyer, journalist and senator (b. 1844)
  • 1911-04-14 Henri Elzéar Taschereau, French Canadian jurist and Chief Justice of Canada (b. 1836)
  • 1911-08-21 W R Wister, cricketer (USA v Canada 1859), dies
  • 1912-11-10 Louis Cyr, Canadian strongman (b. 1863)
  • 1913-03-07 Emily Pauline Johnson, Native Canadian poet
  • 1913-10-01 Eugene O'Keefe, Canadian businessman and philanthropist (b. 1827)
  • 1915-04-27 John Labatt, Canadian brewer and businessman (Labatt Brewing Company), dies at 76
  • 1915-07-22 Sir Sandford Fleming, Scottish-Canadian engineer and inventor (b. 1827)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1915-10-30 Charles Tupper, sixth Prime Minister of Canada, dies of heart failure at 94

6th Prime Minister of Canada Charles Tupper
6th Prime Minister of Canada
Charles Tupper
  • 1917-07-08 Tom Thomson, Canadian painter (b. 1877)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1917-12-10 Sir Mackenzie Bowell, fifth Prime Minister of Canada, dies of pneumonia at 93

5th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie Bowell
5th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie Bowell
  • 1917-12-28 Alfred Edwin McKay, Canadian World War One flying ace (b. 1892)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1918-01-28 John McCrae, Canadian poet/physician/soldier, dies of pneumonia at 45

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1918-02-17 Wilfrid Laurier, 7th Prime Minister of Canada (Liberal: 1896-1911), dies of a stroke at 76

Prime Minister of Canada Wilfrid Laurier
Prime Minister of Canada
Wilfrid Laurier
  • 1918-11-11 George Lawrence Price, Canadian soldier, last person to be killed in WW I (b. 1892)
  • 1919-01-01 William W Campbell, Canadian poet (Ian of the Orcades), dies at 60
  • 1919-01-30 Sam Steele, Canadian soldier, dies from influenza at 71
  • 1919-08-18 Joseph E. Seagram, Canadian distillery founder (b. 1841)
  • 1919-10-29 A. B. Simpson, Canadian preacher (b. 1843)
  • 1921-03-24 Larry McLean, Canadian baseball player (b. 1881)
  • 1921-11-27 Douglas Colin Cameron, Canadian politician]] (b. 1854)
  • 1928-04-16 Henry Birks, Canadian businessman, founder of Henri Birks and Sons (b. 1840)
  • 1929-06-08 Bliss Carman, Canadian poet, dies at 68

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1929-10-10 Elijah McCoy, Canadian-American inventor (57 patents), dies at 86

Inventor Elijah McCoy
Inventor
Elijah McCoy

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1930-03-12 William George Barker, Canadian fighter ace (Victoria Cross recipient), dies in a training accident at 35

First World War Flying Ace William George Barker
First World War Flying Ace
William George Barker
  • 1930-04-03 Emma Albani, Canadian soprano (b. 1847)
  • 1930-04-19 Georges-Casimir Dessaulles, Canadian senator (b. 1827)
  • 1930-06-12 Dyce Willcocks, cricketer ("Grand Old Man" of Canadian cricket), dies
  • 1931-05-31 Felix-Raymond-Marie Rouleau, French Canadian cardinal, archbishop of Quebec (b. 1866)
  • 1932-02-27 William Southam, Canadian newspaper publisher, dies at 88
  • 1932-06-14 Dorimène Roy Desjardins, Canadian business pioneer
  • 1932-07-22 Reginald Fessenden, Canadian inventor and radio pioneer (b. 1866)
  • 1932-08-09 John Charles Fields, Canadian mathematician and founder of the Fields Medal, dies after a three-month illness at 69
  • 1933-01-03 Jack Pickford, Canadian-American actor (The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come), dies at 37
  • 1933-11-30 Sir Arthur Currie, Canadian general (b. 1875)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1934-07-28 Marie Dressler, Canadian-American actress (Dinner at 8, Anna Christie), dies at 65 of cancer