Ontario in History (Part 2)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 430

  • 1928-03-09 Gerald Bull, Canadian long range artillery designer and engineer, born in North Bay, Ontario (d. 1990)
  • 1928-05-09 Barbara Ann Scott, figure skater (Olympic gold 1948), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 2012)
  • 1928-08-07 Amazing [James] Randi, skeptic magician (Nova), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1928-12-10 John Colicos, Canadian actor (Battlestar Galactica), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2000)
  • 1929-07-10 Moe Norman, Canadian Tour golfer (1966 Quebec Open), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 1929-07-23 Jack Richardson, Canadian record producer (The Guess Who), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2011)

Person of interestChristopher Plummer

1929-12-13 Christopher Plummer, Canadian actor (Sound of Music, Doll's House), born in Toronto, Ontario

Person of interestTim Horton

1930-01-12 Tim Horton, Canadian ice hockey player and co-founder of Tim Hortons, born in Cochrane, Ontario (d. 1974)

NHL Star and Businessman Tim Horton
NHL Star and Businessman
Tim Horton
  • 1930-08-25 Graham Jarvis, Canadian actor (Mary Hartman, Misery), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2003)
  • 1931-01-27 Rudi Maugeri, singer (The Crew Cuts), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2004)
  • 1931-06-07 Lang Jeffries, Canadian actor (Skip-Rescue 8), born in Ontario, Canada (d. 1987)
  • 1931-07-10 Alice Munro, Canadian author (Dance of the Happy Shades) and Nobel laureate 2013, born in Wingham, Ontario, Canada
  • 1931-08-28 John Perkins, Canadian singer (Crew Cuts), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1931-12-17 Dave Madden, Canadian-born American actor (Charlotte's Web, Alice, The Partridge Family), born in Sarnia, Ontario (d. 2014)
  • 1932-01-20 Lou Fontinato, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Guelph, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • 1932-09-25 Glenn Gould, Canadian pianist (sued Steinway Piano), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1982)

Person of interestRobert Mundell

1932-10-24 Robert Mundell, Canadian economist and Nobel laureate (1999), born in Kingston, Ontario

Economist/Nobel Laureate Robert Mundell
Economist/Nobel Laureate
Robert Mundell
  • 1932-11-01 Al Arbour, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, born in Sudbury, Ontario (d. 2015)
  • 1933-03-09 Mel Lastman, Canadian businessman and politician, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1933-07-18 Raymond Murray Schafer, Canadian composer (Patria), born in Sarnia, Ontario

Person of interestHobart "Hobie" Alter

1933-10-31 Hobart "Hobie" Alter, American surf and sailing entrepreneur and pioneer who created the Hobie Cat, born in Ontario, California (d. 2014)

Person of interestDon Cherry

1934-02-05 Don Cherry, Canadian hockey commentator (Hockey Night in Canada), born in Kingston, Ontario

Ice Hockey Coach and Commentator Don Cherry
Ice Hockey Coach and Commentator
Don Cherry
  • 1934-04-24 John Barbour, TV host (Real People), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1934-07-26 Ken Pogue, Canadian actor (Adderly, Katts and Dog), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2015)
  • 1934-07-30 André Prévost, Canadian composer, born in Hawkesbury, Ontario, Canada (d. 2001)
  • 1935-03-02 Al Waxman, actor (Cagney & Lacey, Meatballs 3, Spasms), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1935-04-02 Sharon Acker, Canadian actress (Della Street-Perry Mason 1973), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1936-11-02 Abdullah the Butcher [Lawrence Robert Shreve], Canadian wrestler, born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • 1937-08-02 Garth Hudson, Canadian pop musician (The Band-Life is a Carnival), born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • 1937-09-01 Al Geiberger, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1966, 1st sub-60), born in Red Bluff, California

Person of interestFrank Mahovlich

1938-01-10 Frank Mahovlich, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Timmins, Ontario

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich
  • 1938-05-26 Teresa Stratas [Anastasia Stratakis], Canadian operatic soprano (Salome), born in Toronto, Ontario

Person of interestPeter Jennings

1938-07-29 Peter Jennings, news anchor (ABC Evening News), born in Toronto, Ontario

Journalist and T.V. News Anchor Peter Jennings
Journalist and T.V. News Anchor
Peter Jennings

Person of interestPaul Martin

1938-08-28 Paul Martin, 21st Prime Minister of Canada (Liberal: 2003-06), born in Windsor, Ontario

21st Prime Minister of Canada Paul Martin
21st Prime Minister of Canada
Paul Martin

Person of interestGordon Lightfoot

1938-11-17 Gordon Lightfoot, Canadian folksinger (Sundown), born in Orillia, Ontario

Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot
Singer-songwriter
Gordon Lightfoot
  • 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

  • 1940-03-08 Susan Clark, actress (Night Moves, Webster), born in Sarnia, Ontario

Person of interestAlex Trebek

1940-07-22 Alex Trebek, Canadian-American TV game host (High Rollers, Jeopardy), born in Sudbury, Ontario

Host of Jeopardy! Alex Trebek
Host of Jeopardy!
Alex Trebek
  • 1940-09-19 Sylvia Tyson, Canadian singer-songwriter, born in Chatham, Ontario
  • 1941-07-30 Paul Anka, Canadian singer (Put Your Head on My Shoulder), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1941-08-13 Erin Fleming, Canadian actress, born in New Liskeard, Ontario (d. 2003)
  • 1941-10-20 Bob Panasik, Canadian Tour golfer (1986 Canadian TPC), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • 1942-06-25 Patrick Michael Mitchell, one of FBI's most wanted, born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1943-01-28 Paul Henderson, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Kincardine, Ontario, Canada
  • 1943-03-15 David Cronenberg, director (Shivers, Fly, Brood), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1943-04-03 Richard Manuel, Canadian rock pianist and vocalist (The Band), born in Stratford, Ontario (d. 1986)
  • 1943-07-05 Robbie Robertson [Jamie], Canadian-American singer-songwriter and rock guitarist (The Band), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1943-12-28 David Peterson, premier of Ontario Canada (L) (1982- ), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1943-12-29 Rick Danko, Canadian bassist and singer (The Band - Stagefright), born in Blayney, Ontario (d. 1999)
  • 1944-05-14 Gene Cornish, rock bassist/vocalist (Fotomaker, Rascals), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1944-10-16 Johnny Washbrook, actor (Ken-My Friend Flicka), born in Toronto, Ontario

Person of interestLorne Michaels

1944-11-17 Lorne Michaels [Lipowitz], Canadian producer, actor and comedy writer (Saturday Night Live), born in Toronto, Ontario

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • 1945-01-23 Mike Harris, Canadian politician, Premier of Ontario
  • 1945-05-02 Goldy McJohn, Canadian musician (Steppenwolf), born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (d. 2017)

Person of interestNeil Young

1945-11-12 Neil Young, Canadian singer/songwriter (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), born in Toronto, Ontario

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Singer-songwriter
Neil Young
  • 1945-12-04 Roberta Lynn Bondar, Ontario, astronaut (STS 42)
  • 1946-02-18 Buddy Cage, American pedal steel guitarist (New Riders of the Purple Sage, Great Speckled Bird), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1946-03-05 Richard Bell, Canadian musician (Full Tilt Boogie Band), born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (d. 2007)
  • 1946-06-15 Duris Maxwell [a.k.a. Ted Lewis], Canadian drummer (Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers, Powder Blues Band), born in East York, Ontario, Canada
  • 1947-03-01 Alan Thicke, Canadian actor, singer-songwriter (Thicke of the Night, Growing Pains), born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • 1947-06-18 Linda Thorson, actress (Tara-Avengers, Julia-1 Life to Live), born in Toronto, Ontario

Person of interestKen Dryden

1947-08-08 Ken Dryden, Canadian politician and hockey player (Montreal Canadiens, 6 Stanley Cups), born in Hamilton, Ontario

NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician Ken Dryden
NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician
Ken Dryden
  • 1947-08-30 Allan Rock, Canadian politician and diplomat, born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 1948-05-20 Dave Thomas, St Catherines Ontario, comedian (SCTV, Grace Under Fire)

Person of interestPhil Hartman

1948-09-24 Phil Hartman, Canadian-American actor (SNL, Peewee's Playhouse), born in Brantford, Ontario (d. 1998)

  • 1949-06-01 Mike Levine, Canadian rock keyboardist, bassist (Triumph), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1949-06-20 Paul Shaw, Collingwood Ontario, trap shooter (Olympics 1996)
  • 1949-11-28 Paul Shaffer, orchestra leader (SNL, David Letterman), born in Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • 1949-12-03 Heather Menzies, actress (Jessica-Logan's Run), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1949-12-03 Heather Menzies-Urich, Canadian actress (The Sound of Music, Piranha), born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (d. 2017)

Person of interestMartin Short

1950-03-26 Martin Short, Canadian comedian (SNL, SCTV, 3 Amigos), born in Hamilton, Ontario

  • 1950-06-02 Joanna Gleason, actress (Morgan-Hello Larry), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1950-07-23 Ian Thomas, Canadian singer-songwriter (Painted Ladies), born in Hamilton, Ontario

Person of interestChris Haney

1950-08-09 Chris Haney, Canadian journalist who created the board game "Trivial Pursuit", born in Welland, Ontario (d. 2010)

Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit Chris Haney
Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit
Chris Haney

Person of interestDarryl Sittler

1950-09-18 Darryl Sittler, Canadian ice hockey player (Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings), born in Kitchener, Ontario

NHL Legend Darryl Sittler
NHL Legend
Darryl Sittler

Person of interestJohn Candy

1950-10-31 John Candy, Canadian actor and comedian (SCTV, Uncle Buck), born in Newmarket, Ontario (d. 1994)

Actor and Comedian John Candy
Actor and Comedian
John Candy
  • 1950-12-12 William "Billy" Smith, Canadian ice hockey goaltender (New York Islanders), born in Perth, Ontario
  • 1950-12-18 Martha Johnson, rocker (M+M), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1951-02-24 Helen Shaver, Ontario Canada, actress (WIOU, Praise of Older Women)
  • 1951-03-16 Kate Nelligan, actress (Bethune, Eye of the Needle), born in London, Ontario
  • 1952-03-24 Nicholas Campbell, actor (Nick-Insiders), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1952-04-11 Michael Daly, Canadian Tour golfer (1991 BC Winter Tour), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1952-07-10 Kim Mitchell, Canadian guitarist and singer, born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • 1952-09-12 Neil Peart, Canadian musician and drummer (Rush-A Farewell to Kings), born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Person of interestRick Moranis

1953-04-18 Rick Moranis, Canadian actor (SCTV, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Spaceballs), born in Toronto, Ontario

Actor and Musician Rick Moranis
Actor and Musician
Rick Moranis
  • 1953-05-14 Tom Cochrane, Canadian rock vocalist/guitarist (Red Rider), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1953-07-10 Rik "The Rocket" Emmett, rock vocalist (Triumph), born in Toronto, Ontario

Person of interestGeddy Lee

1953-07-29 Geddy Lee, lead vocalist/bassist (Rush-Tom Sawyer), born in Toronto, Ontario

Singer-Songwriter Geddy Lee
Singer-Songwriter
Geddy Lee
  • 1953-08-27 Alex Lifeson, rock guitarist (Rush), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1953-10-04 Gil "The Bird" Moore, Canadian rock drummer and vocalist (Triumph), born in Toronto, Ontario

Person of interestDenis Potvin

1953-10-29 Denis Potvin, Canadian born NHL defenseman (NY Islanders - Norris trophy), born in Vanier, Ontario

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
  • 1953-12-17 Mark Gane, rocker (M+M), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1954-03-04 Catherine O'Hara, Canadian actress (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Home Alone), born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 1954-03-13 Robin Duke, Canadian actress and comedienne (SNL, SCTV, Club Paradise), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1954-04-12 Pat Travers, Canadian rock guitarist (Puttin' it Straight), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1954-05-21 Bill Abbott, sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • 1954-06-03 Daniel "Dan" Hill, Canadian pop singer and songwriter (Sometimes When We Touch, Can't We Try), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1954-07-07 Steve Gilchrist, Canadian politician (Cabinet Minister and Member of Provincial Parliament, in Ontario), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1954-07-23 Marisa DeFranco, Canadian musician (The DeFranco Family), born in Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada

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Famous Deaths