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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Prime Minister of Canada John A. Macdonald
Prime Minister of Canada
John A. Macdonald
  • 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)

Person of interestBonar Law

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

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

Person of interestRichard Bedford Bennett

1870-07-03 Richard Bedford Bennett, 11th Prime Minister of Canada (C: 1930-35), born in Hopewell Hill, New Brunswick (d. 1947)

11th Prime Minister of Canada Richard Bedford Bennett
11th Prime Minister of Canada
Richard Bedford Bennett
  • 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)
  • 1881-07-18 Larry McLean, Canadian baseball player, born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada (d. 1921)

Person of interestJoyce Kilmer

1886-12-06 Joyce Kilmer, American poet (Trees), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 1918)

  • 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)

Person of interestJohn Peters Humphrey

1905-04-30 John Peters Humphrey, Canadian jurist and human rights advocate (Universal Declaration on Human Rights), born in Hampton, New Brunswick (d. 1995)

  • 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 [Joseph Passalaqua], American virtuoso jazz guitarist (The Trio) and composer, born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 1994)
  • 1929-10-14 Yvon Durelle, Canadian boxer, born in Baie-Sainte-Anne, New Brunswick, Canada (d. 2007)
  • 1931-04-09 Richard Hatfield, Canadian politician (26th Premier of New Brunswick), born in Hartland, New Brunswick (d. 1991)
  • 1935-07-17 Donald Sutherland, St John New Brunswick, Canadian actor (M*A*S*H, Body Snatchers)
  • 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)

Person of interestMichael Douglas

1944-09-25 Michael Douglas, 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 Rheal Cormier, Canadian baseball pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
  • 1967-05-11 Eric Young, infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • 1967-08-08 Margo Malowney, Saint John New Brunswick, volleyball player (Olympics 1996)
  • 1968-12-05 Lisa Marie [Sliwa], 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 Steve Giles, English canoeist (Olympics-6-92, 96), born in Sussex, United Kingdom
  • 1972-10-11 Brigitte Soucy, Canadian volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Moncton, 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)