St. John's in History

Historical Events

  • 1527-08-03 First known letter sent from North America by John Rut while at St. John's, Newfoundland
  • 1892-07-08 St. John's, Newfoundland is devastated in the Great Fire of 1892
  • 1942-12-12 A fire in a hostel in St. John's, Newfoundland, kills 100 people
  • 1980-04-12 Terry Fox begins his "Marathon of Hope" at St. John's, Newfoundland
  • 1983-03-12 4th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: St. John's beats Boston College, 85-77
  • 1985-03-08 6th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats St. John's, 92-80
  • 1986-03-08 7th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: St. John's beats Syracuse, 70-69
  • 1999-03-06 20th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Connecticut beats St. John's, 82-63
  • 2000-03-11 21st Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: St. John's beats Connecticut, 80-70

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestCluny MacPherson

1879-03-18 Cluny MacPherson, Canadian doctor and inventor of the gas mask, born in St. John's, Newfoundland (d. 1966)

  • 1969-12-09 Sebastian Spence, Canadian actor, born in St. John's, Canada
  • 1971-01-18 Seamus O'Regan, Canadian politician & television personality, born in St. John's, Canada

Famous Deaths

  • 2005-11-12 William G. Adams, former mayor of St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada (b. 1923)