Ontario in History (Part 2)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 552

  • 1916-09-05 Frank Shuster, Canadian comedian (Wayne and Shuster), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2002)
  • 1917-02-06 Arthur Gold, Canadian pianist, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1990)
  • 1917-06-20 Ash Brownridge, American conservationist (National Wildlife Federation), creator of Ranger Rick, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2015)
  • 1917-07-24 Robert Farnon, Canadian classical and light music composer and conductor, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2005)
  • 1917-07-25 Whipper Billy Watson, Canadian professional wrestler, born in East York, Ontario, Canada (d. 1990)

Alfred J. Gross

1918-02-22 Alfred J. Gross, American inventor (invented the walkie-talkie), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2000)

  • 1918-03-15 Punch Imlach, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame coach and general manager (Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1987)
  • 1918-04-03 Louis Applebaum, Canadian conductor and composer, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2000)
  • 1919-06-29 Lloyd Richards, Canadian-American theaterical director (Joe Turner’s Come and Gone), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2006)
  • 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)
  • 1921-05-12 Farley Mowat, Canadian writer and naturalist, born in Belleville, Ontario, (d. 2014)
  • 1921-06-12 James Archibald Houston, Canadian author and filmmaker (Tikta'Liktak), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2005)
  • 1922-05-02 A. M. Rosenthal, American journalist and newspaper editor (NY Times), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada (d. 2006)
  • 1922-06-02 Carmen Silvera, Canadian-born British actress ('Allo 'Allo!), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2002)
  • 1922-12-18 Larry D Mann, Canadian actor and broadcaster (Accidental Family, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2014)
  • 1923-04-25 Melissa Hayden, Canadian ballerina (1961 Silver Bowl), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2006)
  • 1923-07-10 Suzanne Cloutier, Canadian film actress (Othello), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 2003)
  • 1924-04-29 Al Balding, Canadian golfer (first Canadian to win PGA Tour event in US, 4-time winner), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2006)
  • 1924-07-29 Lloyd Bochner, Canadian actor (Point Blank, Dynasty, Batman), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2005)
  • 1924-11-02 David Bauer, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame player and builder (priest, school coach; National Team manager), born in Kitchener, Ontario (d. 1988)
  • 1924-11-04 Howie Meeker, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing, coach, broadcaster (NHL All Star 1947-49; Stanley Cup 1947, 48, 49, 51; Toronto Maple Leafs) and politician (Member of Parliament), born in Kitchener, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • 1924-12-02 John Herbert "Jonathan" Frid, Canadian actor (Barnabas Collins-Dark Shadows), born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (d. 2012)
  • 1925-08-11 Floyd Curry, Canadian ice hockey right wing (Stanley Cup 1953, 56-58; Montreal Canadiens), born in Chapleau, Ontario (d. 2006)
  • 1925-09-11 Harry Somers, Canadian composer, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1999)
  • 1925-09-15 Wally Halder, Canadian ice hockey forward (Olympic gold 1948, tournament top scorer), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1994)
  • 1926-03-01 Allan Stanley, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (Stanley Cup 1962-64, 67; NHL All-Star 1960, 61, 66; Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Timmins, Ontario (d. 2013)
  • 1926-04-27 Ernest McCulloch, Canadian stem cell research pioneer, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2011)
  • 1926-05-26 Phyllis Gotlieb, Canadian sci-fi novelist (Sunburst), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2009)
  • 1926-11-11 Harry Lumley, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Owen Sound, Ontario (d. 1998)
  • 1926-11-18 Dorothy Collins [Marjorie Chandler], Canadian-American singer and actress (Your Hit Parade), born in Windsor, Ontario (d. 1994)
  • 1927-02-14 Lois Maxwell [Hooker], Canadian actress (Goldfinger, Dr. No, Miss Moneypenny), born in Kitchener, Ontario (d. 2007)
  • 1927-07-09 Red Kelly, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center, coach; politician (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Simcoe, Ontario (d. 2019)
  • 1927-12-03 Isabelle Harriet Lucas, Canadian-born British actress and singer (Outland, Comics), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1997)
  • 1928-02-18 Jim McElreath, auto racer (1970 Ontario 500)
  • 1928-03-09 Gerald Bull, Canadian long range artillery designer and engineer, born in North Bay, Ontario (d. 1990)
  • 1928-04-30 Hugh Hood, Canadian author (White Figure, White Ground), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2000)
  • 1928-05-09 Barbara Ann Scott, Canadian figure skater (Olympic gold 1948, World champion 1947-48), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 2012)
  • 1928-08-07 James Randi, Canadian 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 golfer (Canadian Golf Hall of Fame), born in Kitchener, Ontario (d. 2004)
  • 1929-07-23 Jack Richardson, Canadian record producer (The Guess Who), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2011)
  • 1929-10-07 Graeme Ferguson, Canadian filmmaker and executive, born in Toronto, Ontario

Christopher Plummer

1929-12-13 Christopher Plummer, Canadian Emmy, Tony, and Oscar winning actor (Sound of Music; Cyrano; Beginners), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2021) [1]

Tim Horton

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

  • 1930-04-09 Nathaniel Branden, Canadian-American psychotherapist, born in Brampton, Ontario, Canada (d. 2014)
  • 1930-08-20 Mario Bernardi, Canadian pianist and conductor, born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario (d. 2013)
  • 1930-08-25 Graham Jarvis, Canadian actor (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - "Charlie"; Misery; 7th Heaven), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2003)
  • 1931-01-27 Rudi Maugeri, Canadian doo-wop vocalist (Crew Cuts - "Sh-Boom"), and broadcaster, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2004)
  • 1931-04-03 Tom Collins, Canadian ice skating promoter (Champions on Ice), born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario (d. 2019)
  • 1931-04-19 Walter Stewart, Canadian writer and journalist, 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
  • 1931-11-08 Morley Safer, Canadian-American TV newscaster (60 Minutes), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • 1931-12-04 Alex Delvecchio, Canadian ice hockey forward, coach, and executive (Stanley Cup 1952, 54-55, Detroit Red Wings 1,549 games, 1,281 points), born in Fort William, 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 classical pianist (Bach's Goldberg Variations) and broadcaster (Solitude Trilogy), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1982)

Robert Mundell

1932-10-24 Robert Mundell, Canadian economist and Nobel laureate (1999) "father of the euro", born in Kingston, Ontario

  • 1932-11-01 Al Arbour, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman, coach and executive (coach NY Islanders Stanley Cup 1980-83), born in Sudbury, Ontario (d. 2015)
  • 1932-12-28 Harry Howell, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (NY Rangers 1952-69), born in Hamilton, Ontario (d. 2019)
  • 1933-03-09 Mel Lastman, Canadian businessman and politician, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1933-05-27 (Edward) "Ted" Rogers, Canadian entrepreneur (Rogers Communications), MLB team owner (Toronto Blue Jays), and philanthropist, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2008)
  • 1933-07-18 R. Murray Schafer, Canadian composer (Patria), music educator, and environmentalist, born in Sarnia, Ontario (d. 2021)

Hobart "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)

Don Cherry

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

  • 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, Canadian 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
  • 1935-09-24 Sean McCann, Canadian actor (...First Do No Harm), born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • 1936-03-31 Bob Pulford, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing, coach (coach: LA Kings, Chicago Blackhawks), born in Newton Robinson, Ontario
  • 1936-11-02 Lawrence Robert Shreve, Canadian pro wrestler (Abdullah the Butcher), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • 1937-08-02 Garth Hudson, Canadian rock Lowrey organist, accordion player and saxophonist (The Band - "Chest Fever"; "Up On Cripple Creek"), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • 1937-09-01 Al Geiberger, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1966; first sub-60 PGA Tour round 1977; Players Tour C'ship 1975), born in Red Bluff, California
  • 1937-09-12 George Chuvalo, Canadian boxer, born in Toronto, Ontario

Frank Mahovlich

1938-01-10 Frank Mahovlich, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing, politician (6-time Stanley Cup winner, born in Timmins, Ontario

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

Peter Jennings

1938-07-29 Peter Jennings, Canadian-American news anchor (ABC Evening News), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2005)

  • 1938-10-08 Walter Gretzky, father of Wayne Gretzky, born in Canning, Ontario, Canada

Gordon Lightfoot

1938-11-17 Gordon Lightfoot, Canadian folksinger ("Sundown"; "The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald"), born in Orillia, Ontario

  • 1938-11-26 Rich Little, Canadian-American impressionist and actor (Love on a Rooftop), born in Ottawa, Ontario

Bobby Hull

1939-01-03 Bobby Hull, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing (Art Ross Trophy 1960, 62, 66; Hart Memorial Trophy 1965, 66), born in Pointe Anne, Ontario

  • 1939-01-11 Anne Heggtveit, Canadian alpine skier (Olympic gold 1960), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1939-10-25 Robin Spry, Canadian filmmaker and producer (Action: The October Crisis of 1970), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2005)
  • 1940-03-08 Susan Clark, actress (Night Moves, Webster), born in Sarnia, Ontario

Alex Trebek

1940-07-22 Alex Trebek, Canadian-American Emmy Award-winning TV game show host (Jeopardy, 1984-2020; High Rollers, 1974-80), born in Sudbury, Ontario (d. 2020)

  • 1940-09-19 Sylvia Tyson, Canadian singer-songwriter, born in Chatham, Ontario
  • 1940-12-02 Gerry Cheevers, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goalie and broadcaster (longest undefeated streak-32 games 1972; Boston Bruins), born in St. Catharines, Ontario
  • 1941-06-02 Lou Nanne, Canadian-born American hockey player (Minnesota North Stars), born in Sault Ste. Maria, Ontario
  • 1941-07-01 Myron Scholes, Canadian-American financial economist (Nobel 1997), born in Timmins, 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)

Phil Esposito

1942-02-20 Phil Esposito, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center, coach, GM, broadcaster (Black Hawks, Bruins, Rangers), born in Sault Ste. Marie, 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
  • 1943-01-28 Paul Henderson, Canadian ice hockey left wing (Summit Series vs Soviet Union 1972; Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Kincardine, Ontario

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