Manitoba in History

Manitoba: Winnipeg

Historical Events

  • 1800-06-07 David Thompson reaches the mouth of the Saskatchewan River in Manitoba
  • 1816-06-19 Battle of Seven Oaks between North West Company and Hudson's Bay Company, near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • 1870-01-27 Manitoba & Northwest Territories incorporated
  • 1870-05-12 Manitoba becomes a province of Canada
  • 1870-07-15 Manitoba becomes 5th Canadian province & NW Territories created
  • 1870-08-24 The Wolseley Expedition reaches Manitoba to end the Red River Rebellion.
  • 1892-02-22 Manitoba Rugby Football Union forms
  • 1906-03-27 Founding of the Alpine Club of Canada in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1911-10-21 Manitoba, Saskatchewan & Alberta Unions form Western Canada Rugby Football Union
  • 1975-03-08 Royal Canadian Mint announces branch opening in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1976-04-30 Royal Canadian Mint opens a branch in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1983-07-23 Gimli Glider: Air Canada Flight 143 runs out of fuel and makes a deadstick landing at Gimli, Manitoba.

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Politician Louis Riel
Louis Riel

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1894-11-03 William George Barker, Canadian flying ace (Victoria Cross recipient), born in Dauphin, Manitoba (d. 1930)

First World War Flying Ace William George Barker
First World War Flying Ace
William George Barker
  • 1906-12-02 Donald Woods, Canadian actor (True Grit, Craig Kennedy; Criminologist), born in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada (d. 1998)
  • 1908-10-29 Stewart Myles MacPherson, Canadian-born British broadcaster (WWII), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1995)
  • 1910-10-27 Jack Carson, Canadian-American actor (Star is Born, Mildred Pierce), born in Manitoba, Canada (d. 1963)
  • 1910-12-01 Louis Slotin, Winnipeg Manitoba, Canadian Physicist and Chemist (Manhattan Project, Los Alamos) who assembled the plutonium core for 'Trinity', the first detonated atomic device
  • 1913-04-25 Russ Conway, Canadian-American character actor (Richard Diamond Private Eye), born in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada (d. 2009)
  • 1918-08-21 Billy Reay, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (d. 2004)
  • 1920-02-07 Oscar Brand, Canadian-born American folk vocalist (Draw Me a Laugh), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2016)
  • 1921-12-04 Deanna Durbin [Edna Mae Durbin], Canadian actress and vocalist (Every Sunday, Three Smart Girls, 100 Men & a Girl), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (d. 2013)
  • 1924-09-16 Paddy Stone, Winnipeg Manitoba, choreographer (Piccadilly Palace)
  • 1927-01-10 Gisele MacKenzie, Winnipeg Manitoba, singer/actress (Your Hit Parade)
  • 1935-12-21 Edward Schreyer, Canadian politician, Premier of Manitoba
  • 1939-09-30 Len Cariou, Winnipeg Manitoba, actor (Four Seasons-Sherry)
  • 1947-05-03 Doug Henning, Ft Garry Manitoba, magician (Broadway play-Magic)
  • 1947-08-05 Greg Leskiw, Canadian rocker (The Guess Who), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1954-01-29 Dick Manitoba, vocalist (Dictators)
  • 1955-02-13 Scott Smith, Canadian rock bassist (Loverboy), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2000)
  • 1958-07-28 Terry Fox [Terrance Stanley], Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canadian one-legged marathoner (1980 Marathon of Hope)
  • 1962-08-31 Wanda Guenette, Winnipeg Manitoba, volleyballer (Olympics-96)
  • 1964-05-06 Mike Grob, Canadian Tour golfer (1988 Manitoba-3rd), born in Billings, Montana
  • 1964-10-07 Stuart Hendley, Canadian Tour golfer (1989 Manitoba Open), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1965-01-26 Allison Hossack, Manitoba, actress (Olivia-Another World)
  • 1965-07-29 Karen Doell, Winkler Manitoba, softball 2nd baseman (Olympics-96)
  • 1966-03-25 David Hohl, Winnipeg Manitoba, freestyle wrestler (Olympics-9-92, 96)
  • 1966-09-28 Kevin Baker, Canadian Tour golfer (Manitoba Amateur-1988), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1967-12-30 Colleen Miller, Winnipeg Manitoba, rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1968-02-12 Todd Fanning, Saskatoon Sask, golfer (Manitoba Amat-1984, 90, 91, 92)
  • 1969-01-10 Juanita Clayton, Manitou Manitoba, softball catcher (Olympics-96)
  • 1969-07-13 Ewan Beaton, Winnipeg Manitoba, 60 kg judoka (Olympics-9-92, 96)
  • 1969-11-07 Tanya Dubnicoff, Winnipeg Manitoba, cyclist (Olympics-6th-92, 96)
  • 1970-05-08 Christine Stark, Winnipeg Manitoba, volleyballer (Olympics-96)
  • 1970-06-23 Kerri Ann Buchberger, Russell Manitoba, volleyballer (Olympics-96)
  • 1970-07-14 Michelle Sawatzky, Steinbach Manitoba, volleyballer (Olympics-96)
  • 1970-10-05 Tina Poitras, Thompson Manitoba, 10k walker (Olympics-96)
  • 1971-03-20 Janis Kelly, Winnipeg Manitoba, volleyball player (Olympics-96)
  • 1972-04-02 Graham Hood, Winnipeg Manitoba, 1.5k runner (Olympics-9-92, 96)
  • 1972-09-27 Clara Hughes, Winnipeg Manitoba, cyclist (Olympics-2 bronze-96)
  • 1973-07-27 Niki Jenkins, Selkirk Manitoba, 72 kg judoka (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1974-06-07 Jason Caswell, Winnipeg Manitoba, Skeet shooter (Olympics-96)
  • 1977-06-12 Andrea Schwartz, Winnipeg Manitoba, 200m butterfly (Olympics-96)
  • 1978-10-25 Riley Mants, Winnipeg Manitoba, 200m breaststroker (Olympics-96)
  • 1982-07-24 Anna Paquin, Canadian-born New Zealand Oscar-winning actress (The Piano, True Blood), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Famous Deaths


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

Politician Louis Riel
Louis Riel