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 Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
  • 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 (Big Four) forms with Hamilton Tigers, Toronto Argonauts, Ottawa Rough Riders & Montreal Foot Ball
  • 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 Joe Malone scores 5 goals beating Ottawa 9-4

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 27th Grey Cup: Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeats Ottawa Rough Riders, 8-7
  • 1967-09-18 Yellowknife replaces Ottawa as capital of NW Territories, Canada
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 2013-09-17 6 people are killed after a train and double-decker bus collide in Ottawa, Canada

Famous Birthdays

  • 1901-08-29 Aurel Joliat, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Ottawa, Canada (d. 1986)
  • 1908-10-24 John Tuzo Wilson, Canadian geologist (contributions to plate tectonics), born in Ottawa, Ontario

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
  • 1915-02-12 Lorne Greene [Lyon Chaim Green], Canadian actor (Bonanza, Battlestar Galactica), born in Ottawa, Canada (d. 1987)
  • 1928-05-09 Barbara Ann Scott, figure skater (Olympic gold 1948), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 2012)
  • 1938-11-26 Rich Little, impressionist/actor (Love on a Rooftop), born in Ottawa, Canada
  • 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, 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
  • 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
  • 1945-03-02 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
  • 1951-01-26 Walt Willey, actor (Jackson Montgomery-All My Children), born in Ottawa, Illinois
  • 1951-12-12 Steven Alan Hawley, PhD/ast (STS 41-D, 61-C, 31, 82), born in Ottawa, Kansas
  • 1952-07-01 Dan Aykroyd, comedian and actor (SNL, Dragnet), born in Ottawa, Canada
  • 1954-12-14 Steven Glenwood MacLean, astronaut (STS 52), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1960-07-06 Caroll-Ann Alie, 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/producer (Ed, Scrubs), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1965-12-18 Brian Walton, points race cyclist (Olympic silver 1996), 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
  • 1968-11-19 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
  • 1969-10-06 Jeff Lay, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1970-11-22 Alison Korn, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Ottawa, Ontario
Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau

Person of interestAlanis Morissette

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

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette
  • 1977-08-27 Sarah Chalke, Canadian American actress (Roseanne, Scrubs), born in Ottawa, Ontario

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