London, Ont in History

Historical Events

  • 1881-05-24 Overloaded Canadian river ferry "Princess Victoria" sinks near London, Ontario, 180 die

Famous Birthdays

  • 1880-04-13 Charles Christie, Canadian film studio owner, born in London, Ontario, Canada (d. 1955)
  • 1892-08-02 Jack L Warner [Jacob Warner], Canadian-American film executive and president of the Warner Bros. Studios, born in London, Ontario, Canada (d. 1978)
  • 1902-06-19 Guy Lombardo, Canadian-American orchestra leader (Auld Lang Syne), born in London, Ontario, Canada (d. 1977)
  • 1903-07-16 Carmen Lombardo, Canadian saxophonist, singer, and songwriter (Royal Canadians - "Coquette"; "Seems Like Old Times"), born in London, Ontario (d. 1971)
  • 1911-07-18 Hume Cronyn, Canadian stage and screen Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor (Lifeboat; Cocoon; To Dance with the White Dog), and screenwriter, born in London, Ontario (d. 2003)
  • 1920-08-05 Selma Diamond, Canadian-American comedy writer (Your Show Of Shows), and actress (Night Court, 1984-85 - "Selma"), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1985)
  • 1951-03-16 Kate Nelligan, actress (Bethune, Eye of the Needle), born in London, Ontario
  • 1959-05-26 Brian Peaker, rower (Olympics 1996), born in London, Ontario
  • 1968-11-03 Paul Quantrill, Canadian baseball pitcher and coach (MLB All Star 2001; Toronto Blue Jays), born in London, Ontario
  • 1969-03-12 Karen Snelgrove, softball pitcher (Olympics 1996), born in London, Ontario
  • 1974-11-21 Casey Patton, boxer (Olympics 1996), born in London, Ontario
  • 1975-05-07 Jason Tunks, discus thrower (Olympics 1996), born in London, Ontario

Joe ThorntonJoe Thornton (43 years old)

1979-07-02 Canadian NHL center, (#1 draft pick Boston Bruins 1997; San Jose Sharks; Olympic gold 2010), born in St. Thomas, Ontario

Ryan GoslingRyan Gosling (42 years old)

1980-11-12 Canadian actor (The Notebook, Drive), born in London, Ontario

Justin BieberJustin Bieber (28 years old)

1994-03-01 Canadian Pop Singer and musician ("Baby"; "Sorry"; "What Do You Mean?"), born in London, Ontario


Famous Deaths

Anne BoleynAnne Boleyn (1501/1507-1536)

1536-05-19 Queen of England (1533-36), second wife of Henry VIII, beheaded at the Tower of London on charges of adultery, incest and treason, at between age 28 to 35