New Brunswick in History

New Brunswick: Fredericton - Moncton - Saint John

Historical Events

  • 1534-07-07 European colonization of the Americas: first known exchange between Europeans and natives of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, in New Brunswick
  • 1783-05-18 First United Empire Loyalists reach Parrtown, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after leaving the United States
  • 1825-10-07 Miramichi Fire - forest fire disaster in New Brunswick
  • 1839-02-12 Aroostoock (or "Pork & Beans) War: Boundary dispute between Maine & New Brunswick

Historic Event

1867-07-01 The Dominion of Canada is formed, comprising the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario & Quebec, with John A. Macdonald serving as the first Prime Minister

  • 1881-07-01 1st international telephone conversation, Calais, Maine to St Stephen, New Brunswick
  • 1883-12-09 New Brunswick adopts Eastern Standard Time (until 1902)
  • 1954-06-07 1st microbiology laboratory dedicated (New Brunswick NJ)
  • 1997-05-31 The Confederation Bridge opens, linking Prince Edward Island with mainland New Brunswick

Famous Birthdays

  • 1821-05-08 William Henry Vanderbilt, American businessman, member of the Vanderbilt family, born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 1885)

Bonar LawBonar Law (1858-1923)

1858-09-16 British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1922-23), born in Kingston, Colony of New Brunswick (now Canada)

  • 1861-04-15 Bliss Carman, Canadian poet, born in Fredericton, New Brunswick (d. 1929)

Richard Bedford BennettRichard Bedford Bennett (1870-1947)

1870-07-03 11th Prime Minister of Canada (Conservative: 1930-35), born in Hopewell Hill, New Brunswick

  • 1873-05-04 Joe De Grasse, Canadian film director, born in Bathurst, New Brunswick Canada (d. 1940)
  • 1875-06-12 Sam De Grasse, Canadian actor, born in Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada (d. 1953)

Joyce KilmerJoyce Kilmer (1886-1918)

1886-12-06 American poet (Trees), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey

  • 1897-09-23 Walter Pidgeon, Canadian actor (Mrs Miniver, Madame Curie), born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada (d. 1984)
  • 1900-09-06 W.A.C. Bennett, Canadian politician, born in New Brunswick, Canada (d. 1979)

John Peters HumphreyJohn Peters Humphrey (1905-1995)

1905-04-30 Canadian jurist and human rights advocate (Universal Declaration on Human Rights), born in Hampton, New Brunswick

  • 1917-04-18 Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player, born in Edmundston, New Brunswick (d. 1947)
  • 1920-02-03 Margaret "Bibi" Osterwald, American actress (As Good as It Gets, Bridget Loves Bernie), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 2002)
  • 1923-06-25 Dorothy Gilman, American mystery writer, born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • 1925-10-21 Louis J. Robichaud, Canadian premier of New Brunswick (d. 2005)
  • 1927-11-03 Harrison McCain, Canadian businessman (McCain Foods Limited), born in Florenceville, New Brunswick
  • 1929-01-13 Joe Pass [Passalaqua], American jazz guitarist ("The Trio" with Oscar Peterson; Ella Fitzgerald) and composer, born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 1994)
  • 1931-04-09 Richard Hatfield, Canadian politician (26th Premier of New Brunswick), born in Hartland, New Brunswick (d. 1991)
  • 1935-07-17 Donald Sutherland, Canadian actor (The Dirty Dozen; M*A*S*H (film): Ordinary People; Hunger; Games films), born in St. John, New Brunswick
  • 1935-10-15 Willie O'Ree, Canadian former professional ice hockey player and the first black player in the National Hockey League (Boston Bruins), born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
  • 1938-03-06 Lovelace Watkins, American singer known as "The Black Sinatra" (The Big, Big Voice of Lovelace Watkins), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 1995)

Michael DouglasMichael Douglas (78 years old)

1944-09-25 American actor (Coma, Wall St, Jewel of the Nile), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey

  • 1957-03-12 Jerry Levine, American actor (Born on 4th of July), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • 1965-09-27 Bernard Lord, Premier of New Brunswick
  • 1967-04-23 Rh√©al Cormier, Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (St. Louis Cardinals; Philadelphia Phillies; Boston Red Sox), born in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1967-05-11 Eric Young, infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • 1967-08-08 Margo Malowney, Canadian beach volleyball player (Olympics, 1996), born in Saint John, New Brunswick

Lisa MarieLisa Marie (53 years old)

1968-12-05 American actress (Mars Attack), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey

  • 1969-07-19 David Goldsmith, actor (Eric-Models Inc), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • 1972-07-04 Stephen Giles, Canadian sprint canoeist (World C'ship gold C-1 1,000 1998; Olympic bronze 2000), born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick
  • 1973-07-13 Gavin Hassett, Saint John New Brunswick, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1976-08-29 Chris Renaud, Canadian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Fredericton, Canada
  • 1983-09-08 Wali Lundy, American NFL football player, born in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • 1986-09-11 Dwayne Jarrett, American football player, born in New Brunswick, New Jersey

Famous Deaths

  • 1991-04-26 Richard Hatfield, Canadian politician (26th Premier of New Brunswick), dies at 60
  • 2005-01-06 Louis Robichaud, Premier of New Brunswick (b. 1925)