Winnipeg in History

Historical Events

  • 1816-06-19 Battle of Seven Oaks between North West Company and Hudson's Bay Company, near Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1906-03-27 Founding of the Alpine Club of Canada in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1920-09-25 Vern Bradburn of Winnipeg Victorias kicks 9 singles in a game
  • 1928-08-25 Tri-City Rugby Football Union forms consisting of Moose Jaw, Regina & Winnipeg
  • 1930-06-10 Winnipeg Rugby Football Club forms
  • 1930-09-13 Winnipeg Rugby Football Club 1st game, loses to St John's Rugby, 7-3
  • 1939-12-09 CFL Grey Cup, Landsdowne Park, Ottawa: Winnipeg Blue Bombers claim 2nd title; defeat Ottawa Rough Riders, 8-7
  • 1953-10-28 Bud Grant of Winnipeg Blue Bombers intercepts 5 passes (record)
  • 1958-08-14 Canadian Football League plays 1st game (Winnipeg 29, Edmonton 21)
  • 1962-12-02 50th Grey Cup, Exhibition Stadium, Toronto: Winnipeg Blue Bombers edge Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 28-27; play starts 1 December; only final ever suspended during play (fog), and first to be finished on a Sunday
  • 1975-03-08 Royal Canadian Mint announces branch opening in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1976-04-30 Royal Canadian Mint opens a branch in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1980-02-12 NY Islanders 2nd scoreless tie, vs Winnipeg Jets
  • 1987-10-04 Winnipeg CFL defensive back James Jefferson scores 2 TDs on interception returns without making an interception; scores both on laterals in Blue Bombers' 47-14 win v Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Famous Birthdays

  • 1897-01-23 William Stephenson, Canadian soldier & spymaster, born in Winnipeg, Canada (d. 1989)
  • 1908-10-29 Stewart Myles MacPherson, Canadian-born British broadcaster (WWII), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1995)
  • 1910-12-01 Louis Slotin, Canadian Physicist and Chemist (Manhattan Project, Los Alamos) who assembled the plutonium core for 'Trinity', the first detonated atomic device, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1912-01-02 Barbara Pentland, Winnipeg Canada, composer
  • 1917-12-06 Irv Robbins, Canadian-American entrepreneur (co-founded the Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlor chain), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2008)
  • 1918-08-21 Billy Reay, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2004)
  • 1920-02-07 Oscar Brand, Canadian-born American folk vocalist (Draw Me a Laugh), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2016)
  • 1921-08-25 Monty Hall, Canadian-American TV game show host (Let's Make a Deal), born in Winnipeg Canada (d. 2017)
  • 1921-11-02 Bill Mosienko, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (fastest hat trick in NHL history, 21 seconds 1952; 5-time All Star), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1994)
  • 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 (d. 2013)
  • 1922-03-20 Jack Kruschen, Canadian character actor (The Apartment, Busting Loose), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2002)
  • 1924-09-16 Paddy Stone, choreographer (Piccadilly Palace), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1927-01-10 Gisele MacKenzie [LaFlèche], Canadian singer and actress (Your Hit Parade), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2003)
  • 1929-07-25 Eddie Mazur, Canadian ice hockey player (Montreal Canadiens), born in Winnipeg, Mnaitoba, Canada (d. 1995)
  • 1935-04-25 James Peebles, Canadian American astrophysicist (Ostriker–Peebles criterion), 2019 Nobel Prize for Physics, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1936-07-18 Ted Harris, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • 1937-06-28 George Knudson, Canadian golfer (8 PGA Tour titles; Masters 1969 runner-up), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1989)
  • 1937-12-04 Donnelly Rhodes, Canadian actor (Da Vinci's Inquest, Danger Bay), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2018)
  • 1939-09-30 Len Cariou, actor (Four Seasons-Sherry), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1942-08-09 David Steinberg, Canadian comedian and director (End), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • 1943-03-29 Chad Allan [Allan Kowbel], Canadian musician (The Guess Who), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1943-09-27 Randy Bachman, Winnipeg, rocker (Bachman-Turner Overdrive-Roll On)
  • 1944-03-29 Terrence "Terry" Jacks, Canadian singer-songwriter, record producer and environmentalist (Seasons in the Sun), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1946-04-02 Kurt Winter, Canadian musician (The Guess Who), born in Winnipeg, Canada (d. 1997)
  • 1946-11-06 Fred Penner, Canadian children's entertainer, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1947-01-14 Bill Weberniuk, Canadian snookers player, born in Winnipeg, Canada (d. 2003)
  • 1947-05-03 Doug Henning, Canadian magician, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2000)
  • 1947-08-05 Greg Leskiw, Canadian rocker (The Guess Who), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1947-12-31 Burton Cummings, Canadian musician (Guess Who-These Eyes), born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • 1949-05-18 William Wallace, Canadian musician (The Guess Who), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1950-01-20 Chuck Lefley, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • 1950-07-23 Belinda Montgomery, Canadian actress (Man From Atlantis), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1950-08-02 Sue Rodriguez, Canadian assisted suicide advocate, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1994)
  • 1951-08-01 Tim Bachman, Canadian guitarist and vocalist (Brave Belt and Bachman–Turner Overdrive), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1953-02-18 Robin "Robbie" Bachman, Canadian drummer (BTO-You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet, Brave Belt), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1955-02-13 Scott Smith, Canadian rock bassist (Loverboy), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2000)
  • 1956-04-04 Evelyn Hart, Canadian prima ballerina (Royal Winnipeg Ballet), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1958-07-28 Terry Fox [Terrance Stanley], Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canadian one-legged marathoner (1980 Marathon of Hope)
  • 1962-08-31 Wanda Guenette, volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1962-09-24 Nia Vardalos, Canadian American actress (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1964-01-10 Brad Roberts, Canadian singer (Crash Test Dummies), born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • 1966-03-25 David Hohl, American freestyle wrestler (Olympics-9-92, 96), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1967-02-12 Chris McKinstry, Canadian computer scientist, born in Winnipeg, Canada (d. 2006)
  • 1967-12-29 Ashleigh Banfield, Canadian journalist, born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • 1969-07-13 Ewan Beaton, 60 kg judoka (Olympics-9-92, 96), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1969-11-07 Tanya Dubnicoff, Canadian cyclist (Olympic 6th 1992, 96), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1970-05-08 Christine Stark, volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1970-09-06 Igor Korolev, Russian ice hockey player (Team Russia, Winnipeg), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1971-03-20 Janis Kelly, volleyball player (Olympics 1996), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1972-09-27 Clara Hughes, cyclist (Olympics 2 bronze-96), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1974-06-07 Jason Caswell, Skeet shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1976-08-14 Steve Braun, Canadian actor, born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • 1978-10-25 Riley Mants, 200m breaststroker (Olympics 1996), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1982-07-24 Anna Paquin, Canadian-born New Zealand Oscar-winning actress (The Piano, True Blood), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1986-04-04 Cameron Barker, Canadian professional ice hockey player, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba