Alberta in History

Alberta: Calgary - Edmonton - Red Deer

Historical Events

  • 1905-09-01 Alberta & Saskatchewan become 8th & 9th Canadian provinces

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1905-09-01 Wilfrid Laurier oversees Alberta and Saskatchewan joining the Confederation of Canada

Prime Minister of Canada Wilfrid Laurier
Prime Minister of Canada
Wilfrid Laurier
  • 1906-09-01 Alberta adopts Mountain Standard Time
  • 1908-09-23 University of Alberta opens
  • 1911-10-21 Manitoba, Saskatchewan & Alberta Unions form Western Canada Rugby Football Union
  • 1929-09-28 1st CF interception return for a touchdown (Joe Hess-U of Alberta)
  • 1971-05-18 Vampire rapist Wayne Boden's last victim found in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1972-10-11 World Hockey Association officially makes it's debut as the Alberta Oilers defeat the Ottawa Nationals, 7-4 at the Ottawa Civic Centre
  • 1987-07-31 A rare, class F-4 tornado rips through Edmonton, Alberta, killing 27 people and causing $330 million in damage
  • 1990-06-13 "Les Miserables" opens at S Alberta Jubilee Centre, Calgary
  • 2005-03-03 Mayerthorpe Incident: James Roszko murders four Royal Canadian Mounted Police constables during a drug bust in Rochfort Bridge, Alberta, then commits suicide. Deadliest peace-time incident for the RCMP since 1885 North-West Rebellion.
  • 2016-05-05 Fort McMurray wildfires: Canadian province of Alberta declares a state of emergency as evacuation of 80,000 people continues
  • 2018-07-24 First bison born in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada, in 140 years, after being reintroduced

Famous Birthdays

  • 1893-01-01 Barney Stanley, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame forward (Stanley Cup 1915, Vancouver Millionaires; coach Chicago Black Hawks 1927-28), born in Edmonton, Alberta (d. 1971)
  • 1900-04-19 Roland Michener, 20th Governor General of Canada (1967-74), born in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada (d. 1991)
  • 1906-11-02 Paul Thompson, Canadian ice hockey forward and coach (Stanley Cup 1928 [NY Rangers], 1934, 38 Chicago Black Hawks), born in Calgary, Alberta (d. 1991)
  • 1907-09-15 Fay Wray, Canadian American actress (King Kong), born in Alberta, Canada (d. 2004)
  • 1907-12-16 Barbara Kent, Canadian actress (Lonesome, Flesh and the Devil), born in Gadsby, Alberta, Canada (d. 2011)
  • 1908-02-13 Gerald Strang, American classical and electronic music composer, born in Claresholm, Alberta, Canada (d. 1983)
  • 1910-12-07 Rod Cameron [Nathan Roderick Cox], Canadian actor (City Detective, State Trooper, Trigger Trail), born in Calgary, Alberta (d. 1983)

Person of interestMarshall McLuhan

1911-07-21 Marshall McLuhan, Canadian writer (Medium is the Message), born in Edmonton, Alberta (d. 1980)

Philosopher of Communication Theory Marshall McLuhan
Philosopher of Communication Theory
Marshall McLuhan
  • 1915-10-26 Golfredo Corradetti, Canadian conductor and composer, born in Calgary, Alberta; (d. 1995)
  • 1918-01-24 John McLiam [Williams], Canadian actor (First Blood, Sleeper, Men From Shiloh), born in Alberta, Canada (d. 1994)
  • 1922-06-11 Erving Goffman, American sociologist (presentation of self in everyday life), born in Mannville, Alberta, Canada (d. 1982)
  • 1923-02-04 Conrad Bain, Canadian actor (Maude, Diff'rent Strokes), born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada (d. 2013)
  • 1923-11-01 Gordon R. Dickson, Canadian-American sci-fi author (Genetic General), born in Edmonton, Alberta (d. 2001)
  • 1923-11-13 Arthur Hiller, Canadian director (Love Story), born in Edmonton, Alberta (d. 2016)
  • 1924-01-07 Roloff Beny, Alberta, painter/photographer (A Time of Gods)
  • 1925-08-02 John McCormack, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (d. 2017)
  • 1927-03-03 William Kurelek, Canadian artist and writer (The Maze, Passion of Christ series), born near Whitford, Alberta (d. 1977)
  • 1928-07-26 Peter Lougheed, Canadian politician (10th Premier of Alberta), born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada (d. 2012)
  • 1930-07-10 [Andrew] Bruce Boa, Canadian actor (The Empire Strikes Back), born in Calgary, Alberta (d. 2004)
  • 1931-04-22 Bruce Dickson, Canadian ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1952), born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 1932-03-03 Fred Storey, Canadian curler (World C'ship gold 1966, 68, 69), born in Empress, Alberta (d. 2019)
  • 1938-05-24 Thomas "Tommy" Chong, Canadian-American comedian, actor, and cannabis rights activist (Cheech & Chong), born in Edmonton, Alberta

Person of interestJoe Clark

1939-06-05 Joe Clark [Charles Joseph], 16th Prime Minister of Canada (1979-80), born in High River, Alberta

16th Prime Minister of Canada Joe Clark
16th Prime Minister of Canada
Joe Clark
  • 1942-11-22 Floyd Sneed, Canadian rock drummer (Three Dog Night), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1943-09-07 Beverley McLachlin, Canadian jurist (17th Chief Justice of Canada), born in Pincher Creek, Alberta, Canada

Person of interestJoni Mitchell

1943-11-07 Joni Mitchell [Roberta J Anderson], Canadian singer (Clouds), born in Fort Macleod, Alberta

  • 1948-04-02 Roy Gerela American NFL placekicker (Super Bowl 1974, 75, 78; Pro Bowl 1972, 74; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Sarrail, Alberta
  • 1952-10-05 Duncan Regehr, Canadian actor 9My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Legend of Errol Flynn), born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
  • 1953-09-16 Nancy Huston, Canadian novelist (Cantique des plaines) and essayist, born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1953-12-27 Arthur Kent [The Scud Stud], American newscaster (prominent Gulf War coverage for NBC), born in Alberta, Canada
  • 1955-12-03 Melody Anderson, Canadian actress (Flash Gordon), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1957-07-02 Brett "the Hitman" Hart, Canadian WWF champion, born in Alberta
  • 1957-08-01 Glen Gorbous, Canadian MLB outfielder (record for longest throw of a regulation baseball [445' 10"]), born in Drumheller, Alberta (d. 1990)
  • 1959-03-29 Barry Blanchard, Canadian mountaineer, born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Person of interestPaul Gross

1959-04-30 Paul Gross, Canadian actor (Constable Benton Fraser - Due South), director, and writer (Passchendaele), born in Calgary, Alberta

Actor and Director Paul Gross
Actor and Director
Paul Gross
  • 1961-05-12 Bruce McCulloch, Canadian actor (The Kids in the Hall), born in Edmonton, Alberta

Person of interestMichael J. Fox

1961-06-09 Michael J. Fox, Canadian actor, author, comedian and activist (Family Ties, Back to the Future, Teen Wolf), born in Edmonton, Alberta

  • 1961-11-02 K.D. Lang [Kathy Dawn], Canadian country singer, born in Consort, Alberta
  • 1962-02-28 Rae Dawn Chong, actress (Quest for Fire), born in Edmonton, Alberta

Person of interestJordan Peterson

1962-06-12 Jordan Peterson, Canadian psychologist and author (12 Rules for Life), born in Edmonton, Alberta

Psychologist and Author Jordan Peterson
Psychologist and Author
Jordan Peterson
  • 1962-10-02 Mark Rypien, Canadian NFL quarterback (Super Bowl MVP 1991; Washington Redskins), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1962-11-23 Andrea Blackwell, basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1963-11-07 Michael Heidt, hockey defenseman (Team Germany), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1964-10-25 Barb Broen-Ouellette, volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1965-05-07 Owen Hart, Canadian-American professional wrestler, born in Calgary, Alberta (d. 1999)
  • 1966-06-18 Kurt Browning, Canadian figure skater (Olympic-5-1994), born in Alberta, Canada
  • 1966-09-09 Alison Sydor, Canadian cyclist (Olympic silver 1996), born in Edmonton, Canada
  • 1967-08-04 Carrie Flemmer, Stettler Alberta, softball catcher (Olympics 1996)
  • 1968-01-13 Kelly Boucher, Canadian basketball forward (1996 & 2000 Olympics), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1968-07-02 Mark Tewksbury, Canadian swimmer (Olympic gold 100m backstroke 1992), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1968-10-11 Cynthia Johnston, Canadian basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1968-10-17 Heather McDermid, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1968-10-28 Shawna Molcak, Cardston Alberta, basketball guard (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969-01-29 Karen Fonteyne, Canadian synchronized swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1969-02-22 Kahryn Tough, Canadian volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1969-12-12 Kris Wirtz, Canadian ice pairs skater (1994 Skate Canada), born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
  • 1970-04-11 Trevor Linden, Canadian ice hockey right wing (Canucks, NY Islanders), born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
  • 1970-09-04 Cari Read, Canadian synchronized swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1970-12-22 Ted Cruz [Rafael Edward], Canadian-born US politician (Senate-R-Texas 2013-), born in Calgary. Alberta
  • 1971-01-04 Deb Sonnenberg, Canadian softball pitcher (Olympics 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1971-03-27 Nathan Fillion, Canadian actor (Castle), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1971-04-08 Marc Peers, tornado sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1971-06-04 Roy Janse, tornado sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1972-04-09 Karen Clark, Canadian synchronized swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1973-11-12 Colin Morgan, Canadian 78 kg judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1973-11-12 Keith Morgan, Canadian 95 kg judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1973-12-31 Curtis Myden, Canadian 200m/400m swimmer (Olympic 2 bronze-96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1974-01-24 Kristy Sargeant, Canadian ice pairs (1994 Skate Canada), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1974-04-11 Tricia Helfer, Canadian model and actress (Battlestar), born in Donalda, Alberta, Canada
  • 1974-05-23 Matt Hindle, Canadian bobsledder, born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1974-08-01 Beckie Scott, Canadian cross-country skiing athlete, born in Vegreville, Alberta, Canada

Person of interestJay Onrait

1974-08-29 Jay Onrait, Canadian sports broadcaster (TSN, Fox Sports 1), born in Athabasca, Alberta

Sports Anchor Jay Onrait
Sports Anchor
Jay Onrait
  • 1975-04-05 Nikki Dryden, 800m swimmer (Olympic 6th 1992, 96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1976-08-01 Eryn Bulmer, Canadian diver (Olympics 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1976-11-06 Catherine Clark, Canadian journalist; daughter of Joe Clark, born in High River, Alberta
  • 1976-11-20 Jason Thompson, Canadian actor, born in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada
  • 1978-07-06 Kevin Senio, New Zealand rugby player, born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 1979-05-02 Jason Chimera, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 1979-08-03 Evangeline Lilly, Canadian actress (Lost, The Hobbit), born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
  • 1979-11-07 Mike Commodore, Canadian professional hockey player (Carolina Hurricanes), born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
  • 1980-02-02 Teddy Hart [Edward Annis], Canadian professional wrestler, born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 1980-09-11 Mike Comrie, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 1980-09-19 Sara Quin, Canadian singer and songwriter (Tegan and Sara), born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 1980-09-19 Tegan Quin, Canadian singer and songwriter (Tegan and Sara), born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Person of interestCory Monteith

1982-05-11 Cory Monteith, Canadian actor and musician (Glee, Monte Carlo), born in Calgary, Alberta (d. 2013)

Actor & Musician Cory Monteith
Actor & Musician
Cory Monteith
  • 1982-06-12 Jason David, American NFL cornerback (Indianapolis Colts), born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 1982-11-30 Elisha Cuthbert, Canadian actress (24), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1983-02-06 Myron Wolf Child, Canadian politician, born in Cardston, Alberta (d. 2007)
  • 1983-04-23 Jennifer Heil, Canadian free style skier (Olympic gold 2006), born in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada
  • 1984-05-25 Kyle Brodziak, Canadian ice hockey player, born in St. Paul, Alberta, Canada
  • 1985-04-10 Dion Phaneuf, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 1985-08-02 Davey Boy Smith Jr. [Harry Smith], Canadian professional wrestler (multiple tag team champion), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1985-10-12 Mike Green, Canadian ice hockey player (Detroit Red Wings), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1988-07-25 Heather Marks, Canadian model, born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 1995-03-23 Jan Lisiecki, Canadian classical pianist, born in Calgary, Alberta

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1926-08-26 Poet Arna Bontemps (24) weds fellow Seventh-Day Adventist Alberta Johnson

  • 2006-12-30 Canadian pair figure skaters David Pelletier (31) weds partner Jamie Sale (28) at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel in Alberta, Canada

Famous Deaths

  • 1976-03-14 Alberta Franklin, silent screen actress, dies at 79
  • 1992-04-26 Alberta Vaughn, American actress (Wild Horse, Silver Devil), dies at 87
  • 1993-04-04 Bep [Alberta B] Ogterop, [Rita la Roche], singer, dies
  • 2005-01-06 Lois Hole, Lt. Governor of Alberta (b. 1933)
  • 2012-09-13 Peter Lougheed, Canadian politician (10th Premier of Alberta), dies at 84