Ottawa in History

Historical Events

  • 1816-08-24 The Treaty of St. Louis is signed by the USA and the united tribes of Ottawa, Ojibwa, and Potawatomi in St. Louis, Missouri.

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1857-12-31 Queen Victoria chooses Ottawa as new capital of Canada

Queen of the United Kingdom Queen Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Queen Victoria
  • 1867-09-16 Ottawa Rough Riders & Senators play Canadian Football game
  • 1876-09-19 Talks begin to set up a football club in Ottawa
  • 1876-09-20 Ottawa Football Club forms
  • 1876-09-23 Ottawa Rough Riders play their 1st game
  • 1877-05-12 Ottawa Rough Riders 1st outside competition vs Britannia
  • 1883-11-10 Toronto Argonauts defeat Ottawa FC 9-7, for 1st ORFU Championship
  • 1887-11-05 Ottawa College (ORFU) defeats Montreal Football Club (QRFU) 10-5 to win the Dominion championship
  • 1891-06-29 Street railway in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, commences operation.
  • 1893-05-22 Montreal Athletic Association beat Ottawa Generals 2-1, in 1st Cup Game
  • 1898-09-09 Ottawa Football Club re-organizes into the Rough Riders
  • 1901-05-23 Ottawa Mint Act receives Royal Assent
  • 1907-09-13 Canadian Interprovincial Rugby Football Union (IRFU) forms with merge of Hamilton Tigers, Toronto Argonauts (ORFU) and Ottawa Rough Riders, Montreal FC (QRFU)
  • 1907-11-02 Ottawa Mint Proclamation is published
  • 1908-01-02 Canadian branch of the Royal Mint opens in Ottawa

  • 1909-11-20 Jack Williams of Ottawa Rough Riders kicks 9 singles in a game
  • 1909-12-11 Canadian Football exhibition game played in Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, Hamilton Tigers beat Ottawa Rough Riders, 11-6 before 15,000
  • 1911-10-19 Royal Mint in London sends dies for Canadian $1 coin to Ottawa Branch
  • 1916-02-03 Canada's original Parliament buildings in Ottawa burn down

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1918-01-12 Montreal Canadien's center Joe Malone scores 5 goals in a 9-4 win over Ottawa to become the first 20 goal scorer in NHL history; goes on to score 44 regular season goals

Ice Hockey Player Joe Malone
Ice Hockey Player
Joe Malone
  • 1918-11-10 Western Union Cable Office in North Sydney, Nova Scotia receives a top-secret coded message from Europe stating on November 11, 1918 all fighting would cease on land, sea and in the air
  • 1931-11-14 Ottawa Mint Act is proclaimed in Britain
  • 1931-12-01 Ottawa branch of Royal Mint begins operation as Royal Canadian Mint
  • 1935-03-11 Bank of Canada first opens on Wellington Street, Ottawa
  • 1935-06-03 One thousand unemployed Canadian workers board freight cars in Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning a protest trek to Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1938-11-05 Ottawa Roughriders score on 5-man, 4-lateral, 65-yard punt return
  • 1939-12-09 CFL Grey Cup, Landsdowne Park, Ottawa: Winnipeg Blue Bombers claim 2nd title; defeat Ottawa Rough Riders, 8-7
  • 1967-09-18 Yellowknife replaces Ottawa as capital of NW Territories, Canada
  • 1972-10-11 World Hockey Association officially makes it's debut as the Alberta Oilers defeat the Ottawa Nationals, 7-4 at the Ottawa Civic Centre
  • 1978-03-09 Ice Dance Championship at Ottawa Canada won by Linichuk & Karponosov
  • 1978-03-09 Ice Pairs Championship at Ottawa won by Rodnina & Zaitsev (Soviet Union)
  • 1978-03-09 Ladies Figure Skating Champions in Ottawa won by Anett Pötzsch (East Germany)
  • 1978-03-09 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Ottawa won by Charles Tickner (USA)
  • 1984-03-23 World Ice Dancing Championship won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (GRB) in Ottawa, Canada
  • 1984-03-23 Ice Pairs Championship at Ottawa won by Underhill & Paul Martini (CAN)
  • 1984-03-23 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Ottawa won by Katarina Witt (GDR)
  • 1984-03-23 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Ottawa won by Scott Hamilton (USA)
  • 1990-03-19 1st world ice hockey tournament for women held (Ottawa)

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1990-09-30 The Dalai Lama unveils the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights in Canada's capital city of Ottawa.

14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso
  • 1991-07-24 Ottawa Rough Riders Board of Directors resign
  • 1992-06-18 Ottawa Senators make goalie Peter Sidorkiewicz their 1st draft
  • 1993-04-10 Ottawa Senators win 1st road game (Islanders) after 38 straight loses
  • 1994-02-26 St Louis Blues beat Ottawa Senators 11-1
  • 1994-07-06 CFL American expansion Shreveport Pirates lose game, 40-10 at the Ottawa Rough Riders; fold 1995
  • 2002-05-11 Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands unveils the Man With Two Hats monument in Ottawa and Apeldoorn (May 2), 2000, symbolically linking both the Netherlands and Canada for their assistance throughout the Second World War.

Hall of fameHall of Fame

2003-11-03 Grant Fuhr, Pat LaFontaine, Red Wings owner Mike Illitch and Ottawa 67’s coach Brian Kilreais are inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame

NHL Goalie Grant Fuhr
NHL Goalie
Grant Fuhr
NHL Star Pat LaFontaine
NHL Star
Pat LaFontaine
  • 2013-09-17 6 people are killed after a train and double-decker bus collide in Ottawa, Canada

Famous Birthdays

  • 1885-12-21 Frank Patrick, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Ottawa, Canada (d. 1960)
  • 1896-03-08 Charlotte Whitton, Canadian politician, Mayor of Ottawa (1951-56), born in Renfrew, Ontario (d. 1975)
  • 1901-08-29 Aurel Joliat, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Ottawa, Canada (d. 1986)
  • 1907-07-16 Frances Horwich, American educator and television personality (Ding Dong School), born in Ottawa, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • 1908-10-24 John Tuzo Wilson, Canadian geologist (contributions to plate tectonics), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 1993)
  • 1911-01-14 George Amadee Tremblay, Canadian pianist & composer, born in Ottawa, Canada (d. 1982)
  • 1911-09-18 Syd Howe, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (d. 1976)

Person of interestElizabeth Smart

1913-12-27 Elizabeth Smart, Canadian author (By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept), born in Ottawa, Ontario

  • 1915-01-12 Joseph-Aurèle Plourde, Catholic archbishop of Ottawa, born in Saint-François-de-Madawaska, Canada (d. 2013)
  • 1915-02-12 Lorne Greene [Lyon Chaim Green], Canadian actor (Bonanza, Battlestar Galactica), born in Ottawa, Canada (d. 1987)
  • 1923-07-10 Suzanne Cloutier, Canadian film actress (Othello), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 2003)
  • 1928-05-09 Barbara Ann Scott, Canadian figure skater (Olympic gold 1948, World champion 1947-48), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 2012)
  • 1932-07-11 Bob McGrath, American musician, voice artist and actor (Sesame Street), born in Ottawa, Illinois
  • 1938-11-26 Rich Little, Canadian-American impressionist and actor (Love on a Rooftop), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1939-01-11 Anne Heggtveit, Canadian alpine skier (Olympic gold 1960), born in Ottawa, Ontario

Person of interestMargaret Atwood

1939-11-18 Margaret Atwood, Canadian author/poet, born in Ottawa, Ontario

  • 1941-07-30 Paul Anka, Canadian singer (Put Your Head on My Shoulder), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1942-06-25 Patrick Michael Mitchell, one of FBI's most wanted, born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1942-09-20 Gérald Tremblay, Québec politician (41st Mayor of Montreal), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1943-11-30 Terrence Malick, film director (Badlands, The Tree of Life), born in Ottawa, Illinois
  • 1944-05-14 Gene Cornish, rock bassist/vocalist (Fotomaker, Rascals), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1945-01-05 Roger Spottiswoode, Canadian-British film director, born in Ottawa, Canada
  • 1945-03-02 Gordon Thompson, Canadian actor (Adam Carrington in Dynasty), born in Ottawa
  • 1945-05-24 Richard Ottaway, British politician (C), born in Sonning, Berkshire
  • 1945-05-27 Bruce Cockburn, folk rock vocalist (Waterwalker), born in Ottawa, Canada
  • 1947-08-30 Allan Rock, Canadian politician and diplomat, born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 1950-01-05 John Manley, Canadian politician, born in Ottawa, Canada
  • 1951-01-26 Walt Willey, American actor (Jackson Montgomery-All My Children), born in Ottawa, Illinois
  • 1951-12-12 Steven Alan Hawley, American NASA astronaut (STS 41-D, 61-C, 31, 82), born in Ottawa, Kansas

Person of interestDan Aykroyd

1952-07-01 Daniel "Dan" Aykroyd, Canadian-American comedian and actor (SNL, Dragnet), born in Ottawa, Canada

Actor and Comedian Dan Aykroyd
Actor and Comedian
Dan Aykroyd
  • 1953-10-15 Betsy Clifford, Canadian alpine skier, born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1954-10-24 Tom Mulcair, Quebec politician (Leader of the New Democratic Party 2012-17), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1954-12-14 Steve MacLean, Canadian astronaut (STS 52), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1958-07-26 Angela Hewitt, Canadian classical pianist, born in Ottawa, Canada
  • 1959-06-26 Mark McKinney, Canadian comedian and actor (The Kids in the Hall), born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 1960-07-06 Caroll-Ann Alie, Canadian sailor (Olympics-14-92, 96), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1963-04-10 Claire Smith, equestrian 3 day event (Olympics 1996), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1963-10-26 Tom Cavanagh, Canadian actor and producer (Ed, Scrubs), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1965-10-26 Kelly Rowan, Canadian actress and producer, born in Ottawa, Canada
  • 1965-12-18 Brian Walton, points race cyclist (Olympic silver 1996), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1966-02-27 Donal Logue, Canadian actor, born in Ottawa, Canada
  • 1966-07-27 Al Charron, Canadian rugby union forward, born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1966-12-05 Bruce Deacon, Canadian marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1968-03-29 Sue Foley, Canadian singer and guitarist, born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1968-08-29 Darren Joseph, Canadian football fullback (Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Ottawa, Canada
  • 1968-11-19 Gord Fraser, road race cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1969-05-09 Renn Crichlow, canoeist (Olympics-8-92, 96), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1970-01-20 Rob Gaudreau, American ice hockey player (Ottawa Senators), born in Cranston, Rhode Island
  • 1970-11-22 Alison Korn, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1971-05-04 Steve Glenn, Canadian football linebacker (BC Lions), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1971-06-25 Mike Sutherland, Canadian football offensive linebacker (Montreal Alouettes), born in Ottawa, Ontario
Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau
  • 1973-12-25 Alexandre Trudeau, Canadian journalist, born in Ottawa, Canada

Person of interestAlanis Morissette

1974-06-01 Alanis Morissette, Canadian-America vocalist (Jagged Little Pill), born in Ottawa, Ontario

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Singer-Songwriter
Alanis Morissette
  • 1976-12-04 Kristina Groves, Canadian speed skater (Olympic silver 1,500m, team pursuit 2006, silver 1500m bronze 3000m 2010), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1977-07-17 Marc Savard, Canadian hockey player, born in Ottawa, Canada
  • 1977-08-27 Sarah Chalke, Canadian American actress (Roseanne, Scrubs), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1977-12-20 Saukrates, Canadian rapper, born in Ottawa, Canada
  • 1979-05-01 Jennifer Botterill, Canadian ice hockey forward (Olympic gold 2002, 06, 10; Toronto Aeros, Harvard), born in Ottawa, Canada
  • 1980-07-19 Bender [Alexander Buchanan], Canadian underground hip hop artist (Flight Distance, King of the Dot), born in Ottawa, Canada (d. 2018)
  • 1982-04-09 Jay Baruchel, Canadian actor (Man Seeking Woman), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1984-01-22 Ben Eager, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Ottawa, Canada

Famous Weddings

  • 2005-06-01 "The Amazing Race 7" executive assistant Alex Ali weds Lynn Warren in Ottawa, Canada

Famous Deaths

  • 1975-01-25 Charlotte Whitton, Canadian politician, Mayor of Ottawa (1951-56), dies at 78