Edmonton in History

Alberta: Calgary - Red Deer

Historical Events

  • 1907-11-09 Edmonton Rugby Foot-ball Club 1st game, loses to Calgary City Rugby Foot-ball Club 26-5 at Edmonton Exhibition Grounds
  • 1908-10-16 Edmonton Rugby Foot-ball Club re-organizes as Esquimoux
  • 1908-12-30 Stanley Cup, Montreal Arena, Westmount, Quebec: Montreal Wanderers outscore Edmonton HC, 14-9 in 2 game challenge series
  • 1910-01-20 Stanley Cup, Dey's Arena, Ottawa, ON: Ottawa Senators outclass Edmonton HC, 13-7 for a 2-0 sweep of challenge series
  • 1929-09-21 1st legal pass in Canada was thrown by Gerry Seiberling & 1st reception by Ralph Losie of Calgary Altomah-Tigers against Edmonton
  • 1958-08-14 Canadian Football League plays 1st game (Winnipeg 29, Edmonton 21)
  • 1978-08-03 11th Commonwealth Games open in Edmonton, Canada

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1978-11-02 Wayne Gretzky is sold to the Edmonton Oilers after just 8 games with the Indianapolis Racers of the WHA (scoring 6 points); scores 104 points in 72 games (both teams combined) and is named WHA rookie of the year

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1981-03-03 NY Islanders & Edmonton Oilers play to an 8-8 tie

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1982-01-16 Edmonton's rookie goaltender Grant Fuhr has his 23-game unbeaten streak end with a 7-1 Oilers' defeat in Toronto

NHL Goalie Grant Fuhr
NHL Goalie
Grant Fuhr
  • 1982-04-10 LA Kings losing 5-0 to Edmonton in 3rd period, win in OT 6-5
  • 1983-05-17 Stanley Cup Final, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY: 4 consecutive titles for NY Islanders; sweep Edmonton Oilers in 4 games with a 4-2 Game 4 win
  • 1983-11-19 Edmonton Oilers beat NJ Devils, 13-4, Wayne Gretzky calls the Devils "a Mickey Mouse organization"
  • 1984-05-19 Stanley Cup Final, Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, AL: Wayne Gretzky scores twice as Edmonton Oilers beat NY Islanders, 5-2 for a 4-1 series win; Oilers first SC title
  • 1985-01-26 Edmonton Oiler Wayne Gretzky scores 50th goal in 49th game of season

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1985-01-29 Jari Kurri of Edmonton Oilers scores 100th pt of season in game 39

NHL Star Jari Kurri
NHL Star
Jari Kurri

  • 1985-05-30 Stanley Cup Final, Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, AL: Edmonton Oilers take back-to-back titles; beat Philadelphia Flyers, 8-3 for a 4-1 series victory; Wayne Gretzky and Jari Kurri each post a goal and 3 assists
  • 1987-05-31 Stanley Cup Final, Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, AL: Edmonton Oilers beat Philadelphia Flyers, 3-1 to win title 4 games to 3: Oilers' 3rd SC
  • 1987-07-31 A rare, class F-4 tornado rips through Edmonton, Alberta, killing 27 people and causing $330 million in damage
  • 1988-05-26 Stanley Cup Final, Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, AL: Edmonton Oilers beat Boston Bruins, 6-3 for 4 game series sweep
  • 1988-07-23 Saskatchewan's Dave Ridgway kicks record 8 field goals vs Edmonton
  • 1988-08-09 Edmonton Oilers trade Wayne Gretzky to LA Kings for $15-$20 millions
  • 1988-10-01 Bradley Center in Milwaukee opens with an exhibition hockey game between Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers; construction cost $90 million; closed 2018
  • 1990-05-15 Edmonton Oiler Klima beats Boston Bruins in 6th period
  • 1990-05-18 Edmonton right wing Jari Kurri sets record for scoring in a Stanley Cup Finals game with 3 goals and 2 assists in 7-2 win at Boston Garden
  • 1990-05-24 Stanley Cup Final, Boston Garden, Boston, MA: Edmonton Oilers beat Boston Bruins, 4-1 for a 4-1 series win; Oilers' 5th Cup win in 7 years

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1991-10-04 Edmonton Oilers trade captain Mark Messier (on the team for all 5 Stanley Cups) to the NY Rangers in exchange for Bernie Nicholls, Steven Rice & Louie DeBrusk; Messier leads Rangers to Cup 2 seasons later

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • 1996-03-25 Ice Dance Championship at Edmonton won by Gritshuk & Platov (RUS)
  • 1996-03-25 Ice Pairs Championship at Edmonton won by Eltsova & Bushkov (RUS)
  • 1996-03-25 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Edmonton won by Michelle Kwan (USA)
  • 1996-03-25 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Edmonton won by Todd Eldredge (USA)

Sport awardGolf Major

1996-08-04 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Edmonton CC: Laura Davies wins by 2 from Karrie Webb and Nancy Lopez

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 2001-08-03 8th Athletics World Championships open at Edmonton, Canada
  • 2001-08-03 Olympic champion Gezahegne Abera of Ethiopia becomes first athlete to achieve Olympics-World Championships marathon double; runs 2:12:42 to beat Kenya's Simon Biwott by just 0.1s in Edmonton World Championships

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2001-08-06 Two-time champion Marion Jones is disqualified and has her string of 42 consecutive 100m final victories snapped by Zhanna Pintusevich-Block of Ukraine at the World Athletics Championships in Edmonton, Canada

Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat Marion Jones
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat
Marion Jones
  • 2006-06-19 Stanley Cup Final, PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC: Carolina Hurricanes beat Edmonton Oilers, 3-1 for a 4-3 series victory; Hurricane's first Championship
  • 2007-02-27 Mark Messier's #11 jersey is retired by the Edmonton Oilers

Sports record brokenNHL Record

2008-10-23 Joe Sakic scores his final career goal (#625) against the Edmonton Oilers

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic

Famous Birthdays

  • 1887-08-06 Dudley Benjafield, British racing driver, born in Edmonton, London (d. 1957)

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
  • 1923-11-13 Arthur Hiller, Canadian director (Love Story), born in Edmonton, Alberta (d. 2016)
  • 1925-03-26 Lord Graham of Edmonton, House of Lords (chief opposition whip)
  • 1925-08-02 John McCormack, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (d. 2017)
  • 1931-04-22 Bruce Dickson, Canadian ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1952), born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 1938-05-24 Thomas "Tommy" Chong, Canadian-American comedian, actor, and cannabis rights activist (Cheech & Chong), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1942-07-16 Frank Field, British Labour politician, born in Edmonton, Middlesex
  • 1946-10-24 Jerry Edmonton, Canadian rock drummer (Steppenwolf), born in Oshawa, Ontario (d. 1993)
  • 1951-08-21 Margo Kane, Canadian playwright, born in Edmonton, Canada
  • 1955-12-03 Melody Anderson, Canadian actress (Flash Gordon), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1956-04-22 Catherine Mary Stewart, Edmonton, actress (Passion & Paradise)
  • 1958-06-20 Kelly Johnson [Bernadette], Edmonton, London, guitarist (Girlschool), (d. 2007)
  • 1960-10-02 Glenn Anderson, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (6 Stanley Cup wins; Edmonton Oilers [5]), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 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

  • 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
  • 1964-10-25 Barb Broen-Ouellette, volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1965-04-04 Tony Burse, American football running back (Edmonton Eskimos), born in LaFayette, Georgia
  • 1965-07-07 Paula Devicq, Canadian actress, born in Edmonton, Canada
  • 1966-09-09 Alison Sydor, Canadian cyclist (Olympic silver 1996), born in Edmonton, Canada
  • 1967-04-10 Donald Dufresne, Canadian ice hockey defenseman (Edmonton Oilers), born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • 1969-11-25 Jacqueline Hennessy, Edmonton, actress (Dead Ringers)
  • 1969-11-25 Jillian Hennessy, Edmonton, twin actress (Claire-Law & Order, Paper)
  • 1970-09-04 Cari Read, Canadian synchronized swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Edmonton, 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
  • 1971-04-12 Kent Manderville, Canadian ice hockey player (Edmonton Oilers), born in Edmonton, Canada
  • 1971-06-04 Roy Janse, tornado sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1974-01-24 Kristy Sargeant, Canadian ice pairs (1994 Skate Canada), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1976-08-01 Eryn Bulmer, Canadian diver (Olympics 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1977-01-08 Ron Pederson, Canadian actor, born in Edmonton, Canada
  • 1979-05-02 Jason Chimera, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 1980-09-11 Mike Comrie, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 1982-06-12 Jason David, American NFL cornerback (Indianapolis Colts), born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 1985-04-10 Dion Phaneuf, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 1987-11-12 Bryan Little, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Edmonton, Canada

Famous Deaths

  • 1993-11-28 Jerry Edmonton, Canadian rock drummer (Steppenwolf), dies at 47