British Columbia in History

Historical Events

  • 1791-07-05 Jose Maria Narvaez discovers Point Grey (now Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • 1792-06-12 Captain George Vancouver discovers site of Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1792-06-21 Vancouver meets Spanish ships Sutil & Mexicana off Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1808-07-02 Simon Fraser completes his trip down Fraser River, British Columbia, lands at Musqueam
  • 1871-07-20 British Columbia joins the confederation of Canada.
  • 1874-09-12 1874 The District of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada is founded.
  • 1886-05-03 M A Maclean elected 1st mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1886-06-13 Fire destroys nearly 1,000 buildings in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1886-07-04 1st scheduled transcontinental passenger train reaches Port Moody, British Columbia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1886-08-13 John A. Macdonald uses a silver hammer to pound a gold spike, officially completing the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway in British Columbia

Prime Minister of Canada John A. Macdonald
Prime Minister of Canada
John A. Macdonald
  • 1887-05-23 1st transcontinental train arrives in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1888-05-16 CPR opens Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1906-01-22 SS Valencia runs aground on rocks on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, killing more than 130
  • 1912-08-21 Francis Carter-Cotton chosen 1st chancellor of University of British Columbia
  • 1926-09-01 British Columbia Rugby Football Union forms
  • 1935-06-03 One thousand unemployed Canadian workers board freight cars in Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning a protest trek to Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1940-06-21 The first successful west-to-east navigation of Northwest Passage begins at Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1963-06-03 A Northwest Airlines DC-7 crashes in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of British Columbia, killing 101
  • 1965-02-18 27 copper miners die in avalanche, Granduc Mountain, British Columbia
  • 1977-09-24 Ken Hinton of CFL British Columbia Lions returns a punt 130 yards
  • 1985-05-29 Amputee Steve Fonyo completes cross-Canada marathon at Victoria, British Columbia, after 14 months
  • 1994-11-27 82nd CFL Grey Cup: British Columbia Lions defeat Balt Stallions, 26-23
  • 2006-03-22 BC Ferries' M/V Queen of the North runs aground on Gil Island British Columbia and sinks; 101 on board, 2 presumed deaths
  • 2007-01-22 The jury portion of the trial against Robert Pickton, accused of being Canada's worst serial killer, opens in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1803-08-15 James Douglas, The Father of British Columbia, born in Demerara, Guyana (d. 1877)
  • 1899-07-24 Chief Dan George [Tes-wah-no], Canadian Indian author, poet and actor (Harry & Tonto, Little Big Man, Smith!), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1899-12-08 John Qualen, Canadian actor (Casablanca, The Grapes of Wrath, The Searchers), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1987)
  • 1908-11-10 Charles Merritt, Canadian Army officer and recipient of the Victoria Cross during World War II, born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2000)
  • 1912-11-08 June Havoc [Ellen Evangeline Hovick], Canadian-born American stage and screen actress, born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2010)
  • 1914-01-30 John Ireland, Canadian actor (All the King's Men, Rawhide, Gunfight at OK Corral), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1992)
  • 1914-07-24 Frances Oldham Kelsey, Canadian-American FDA Director (stopped thalidomide use in the US), born in Cobble Hill, British Columbia (d.2015)
  • 1916-05-16 Bernard Braden, Canadian-born British broadcaster and actor (All Night Lone, Full Treatment), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1993)
  • 1917-05-21 Raymond Burr, Canadian-American actor (Perry Mason, Ironsides, Godzilla), born in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada (d. 1993)
  • 1917-10-31 William H. McNeill, Canadian-born historian (Rise of the West), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2016)
  • 1920-03-03 James Doohan, Canadian actor (Star Trek), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2005)
  • 1920-11-02 Ann Rutherford, Canadian actress (Gone with the Wind, Whistling in the Dark), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2012)
  • 1921-06-08 Alexis Smith, Canadian actress and singer (The Age of Innocence, Follies), born in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada (d. 1993)
  • 1922-09-01 Yvonne De Carlo, Canadian actress (10 Commandments, Lily-Munsters), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2007)
  • 1924-10-05 Barbara Kelly, Canadian-born actress (What's My Line?, United Kingdom), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2007)
  • 1929-03-31 Lee Patterson, actor (Dave-Surfside Six, Another World), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1930-10-02 Dave Barrett, Premier of British Columbia
  • 1931-07-02 Robert Ito, actor (Sam-Quincy ME), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1932-02-28 Don Francks, actor (Terminal Choice, Finian's Rainbow), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1932-08-18 William R. Bennett, Premier of British Columbia
  • 1933-09-25 Ian Tyson, Canadian singer-songwriter (Ian & Sylvia), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • 1942-05-22 Barbara Parkins, actress (Betty-Peyton Place, Asylum), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1943-11-07 Judith Frost, British Columbia, artist (To Red, Dust Drawings)
  • 1944-11-06 Bill Henderson, Canadian rock vocalist and guitarist (Chilliwack), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1946-01-24 Michael Ontkean, actor (Rookies, Slap Shot, Twin Peaks), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1946-02-19 Paul Dean, rock guitarist/vocalist (Loverboy), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1946-04-05 Jennifer Penney, Canadian ballerina, born in Vancouver, British Columbia

Person of interestKim Campbell

1947-03-10 [Avril] Kim Campbell, Canada's 1st female Prime Minister and 19th overall (1993), born in Port Alberni, British Columbia

19th Prime Minister of Canada Kim Campbell
19th Prime Minister of Canada
Kim Campbell
  • 1948-01-29 Marc Singer, actor (V, Dallas), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1948-07-13 Don Sweet, CFL, NFL place kicker (Montreal, Green Bay), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1948-09-10 Margaret Trudeau, former Canadian 1st lady, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1949-11-01 David Foster, Canadian musician and record producer, born in British Columbia, Canada
  • 1951-02-22 Elaine Tanner, Canadian swimmer (1966 Commonwealth Games, 1968 Olympics), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1954-06-07 Lui Passaglia, CFL place kicker (BC Lions), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1955-01-08 Mike Reno, rock vocalist (Loverboy), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1955-10-09 Linwood Boomer, actor (Adam-Little House on the Prairie), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1955-10-15 Kristine Winder, playmate (Oct, 1977), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1956-07-02 Leslie Reid, equestrian dressage (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1956-08-29 Kelly Murray, Canadian Tour golfer (985 Alberta Open), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

Person of interestRick Hansen

1957-08-26 Rick Hansen, Canadian paraplegic athlete (3 gold medals), born in Port Alberni, British Columbia

Paralympian and Philanthropist Rick Hansen
Paralympian and Philanthropist
Rick Hansen
  • 1959-05-30 Claudia Alexander, Canadian-born American NASA Scientist (led Galileo mission to Jupiter), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2015)
  • 1959-08-26 Jim Rutledge, Canadian golfer (1995 Indian Open), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • 1960-01-09 Lisa Walters, Canadian LPGA golfer (Itoki Hawaiian-1992, 93), born in Prince Rupert British Columbia
  • 1960-02-28 Dorothy Stratten [Hoogstraten], Canadian playmate (August, 1979), model and actress (Galixina), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1980)
  • 1960-12-05 Darryl James,Canadian Tour golfer (Glenco-1992, 93), born in Kamloops, British Columbia
  • 1961-12-16 Kelly Tough, playmate (Oct, 1981), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1962-11-09 Teryl Rothery, Canadian actress (Stargate SG-1), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1963-03-28 Therese Washtock, 3 day equestrian (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1963-05-11 Blair Piercy, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Cordova Bay Open), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1964-08-26 Karla Karch-Gailus, basketball guard (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1964-11-09 Leah Pells, 1.5k runner (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1965-01-24 Ross MacDonald, star sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1965-10-21 Chima McLean, Canadian Tour golfer (1991 Conestoga), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1965-12-10 Jennifer Wyatt, golfer (1992 Crestar-Farm Fresh), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1966-03-12 Alecia Stephenson, North softball ss (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1966-12-29 Bruce Bulina, Canadian Tour golfer (1990 Alberta Open), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1967-02-20 Theresa Luke, Canadian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1967-06-28 Gil Bellows, Canadian actor, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1967-08-21 Carrie-Anne Moss, Canadian actress (The Matrix Trilogy), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1968-01-01 Sandy Beasley, softball outfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Richmond, British Columbia
  • 1968-01-28 Marnie McBean, rower (Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1968-05-22 Carmie Vairo, softball infielder (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1968-11-03 Debbie Rochon, Canadian actress (Tromeo & Juliet), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1969-05-04 Micah Aivazoff, Armenian-descent Canadian ice hockey player, born in Powell River, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1969-08-28 Jason Priestley, actor (Brandon-Beverly Hills 90210), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1970-01-03 Yogi Johl, 130 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1970-01-17 Candace Murray, softball shortstop (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1970-04-04 Barry Pepper, Canadian actor (The Kennedys), born in Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1970-07-18 Margaret Langford, canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1970-12-15 Michael Shanks, Canadian actor and director (Stargate), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1971-02-06 Lance Bade, US double trap (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1971-09-04 Brian Storey, 470 sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Richmond, British Columbia
  • 1971-10-07 Paul Hannam, 470 sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1971-10-10 Bryn Parry, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 BC Amateur-2nd), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1972-05-02 Peter Ogilvie, Canadian 100m sprinter (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1972-07-03 Leigh Andrew-Pearso, North 470 sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1973-04-25 Paige Gordon, North diver (Olympics-16-92, 96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1974-02-10 Andrew English, CFL receiver (BC Lions), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1974-04-27 Johnny Devine, Canadian professional wrestler, born in Merritt, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1975-02-12 Chris Szarka, CFL fullback (Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1975-06-27 Sarah Evanetz, 100m butterfly (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1976-04-10 Sara Renner, Canadian cross-country skier, born in Golden, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1976-04-24 Sonya Jeyaseelan, Canadian tennis star (1995 Futures Fla), born in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1976-06-01 Camille Martens, gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1976-10-23 Ryan Reynolds, Canadian actor and comedian (Deadpool), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1977-05-03 Ryan Dempster, Canadian baseball player, born in Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1977-05-04 Emily Perkins, Canadian actress (Hiccups), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1978-03-04 Rachel Roberts, Canadian model and actress, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1978-04-11 Tom Thacker, Canadian musician (Gob), born in Langley, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1978-06-11 Joshua Jackson, American actor (Dawson's Creek, Fringe), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1979-02-15 Kaj-Erik Eriksen, Canadian actor (Quarantine), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1980-04-10 Bryce Soderberg, American musician (Lifehouse), born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1980-05-27 Jessica Deglau, 200m butterfly (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1980-08-24 Sonja Bennett, Canadian actress (Punch), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

Person of interestHayden Christensen

1981-04-19 Hayden Christensen, Canadian actor (Sam-Life as a House, Star Wars), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

  • 1982-04-03 Cobie Smulders, Canadian actress (How I Met Your Mother), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

Person of interestSeth Rogen

1982-04-15 Seth Rogen, Canadian actor and writer (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, The Interview), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

Actor & Writer Seth Rogen
Actor & Writer
Seth Rogen
  • 1983-02-11 Nicki Clyne, Canadian actress, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1983-04-04 Doug Lynch, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1984-03-13 Noel Fisher, Canadian actor (Shameless, The Riches), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

2008-09-27 Actress and singer Scarlett Johansson (23) weds film actor Ryan Reynolds (31) at Clayoquot Wilderness Retreat in Tofino, British Columbia

  • 2014-07-06 Talent manager Scooter Braun (33) weds philanthropist Yael Cohen (28) in Whistler, British Columbia

Famous Deaths

  • 1939-03-27 Constance Lindsay Skinner, Quesnel British Columbia, Canadian author (Rivers of America), dies at 57