Ontario in History (Part 3)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 550

  • 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 - "The Shape I'm In"; "Tears Of Rage"), born in Stratford, Ontario (d. 1986)
  • 1943-04-23 Tony Esposito, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender (6 x NHL All Star; Vezina Trophy 1970, 72, 74; Chicago Blackhawks), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario (d. 2021)
  • 1943-07-05 (Jaime) "Robbie" Robertson, Canadian-Native American singer-songwriter and rock guitarist (The Band - "The Weight"; "Up On Cripple Creek"), and soundtrack composer (Martin Scorsese films), born in Toronto, Ontario [1]
  • 1943-12-28 David Peterson, premier of Ontario Canada (L) (1982- ), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1943-12-29 Rick Danko, Canadian rock bassist and singer (The Band - "Stage Fright"), born in Blayney, Ontario (d. 1999)
  • 1944-05-14 Gene Cornish, Canadian rock bassist/vocalist (Fotomaker, Rascals - "Good Lovin'"), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1944-08-24 Bill Goldsworthy, Canadian ice hockey player (Minnesota North Stars), born in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (d. 1996)
  • 1944-09-12 Ron Ward, Canadian ice hockey player (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
  • 1944-10-16 Johnny Washbrook, actor (Ken-My Friend Flicka), born in Toronto, Ontario

Lorne Michaels

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

  • 1945-01-23 Mike Harris, Canadian politician
  • 1945-03-18 Joy Fielding, Canadian novelist and actress, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1945-04-12 Doug Riley, Canadian jazz keyboard player (Dr. Music), and musical director (Famous People Players), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2007)
  • 1945-05-02 Goldy McJohn [John Goadsby], Canadian rock keyboard and Hammond B3 organ player (Steppenwolf - "Magic Carpet ride"; 'Born To Be Wild"), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2017)

Neil Young

1945-11-12 Neil Young, Canadian-American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and organ player (Buffalo Springfield; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - "Helpless"; solo - "The Needle And The Damage Done"; "Harvest Moon"), born in Toronto, Ontario

  • 1945-12-04 Roberta Lynn Bondar, Canadian neurologist and astronaut (STS 42), born in Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario
  • 1946-02-18 Buddy Cage, American pedal steel guitarist (New Riders of the Purple Sage; Great Speckled Bird), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • 1946-03-05 Richard Bell, Canadian musician (Full Tilt Boogie Band), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2007)
  • 1946-04-18 (Alexander) "Skip" Spence, Canadian guitarist and vocalist (Moby Grape - "Omaha"), born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • 1946-06-15 Duris Maxwell [Ted Lewis], Canadian session and touring drummer (Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers; Powder Blues Band), born in East York, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • 1946-10-24 Jerry Edmonton, Canadian rock drummer (Steppenwolf), born in Oshawa, Ontario (d. 1993)
  • 1947-03-01 Alan Thicke, Canadian actor (Thicke of the Night; Growing Pains), and TV theme song composer (Doff'rent Strokes; The Facts Of Life), born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • 1947-06-18 Linda Thorson [Robinson], Canadian actress (The Avengers - "Tara", One Life To Live - "Julia"), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1947-07-18 Steven W. Mahoney, Canadian politician (Member of the Canadian Parliament for Mississauga West), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Ken Dryden

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

  • 1947-08-13 John Stocker, Canadian voice actor (The Dream Team), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 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)
  • 1948-06-04 Sandra Post, Canadian golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1968), born in Oakville, Ontario

Phil Hartman

1948-09-24 Phil Hartman [Hartmann], Canadian-American actor (NewsRadio, 1995-98; The Simpsons, 1991-91; SNL, 1986-94: Peewee's Playhouse), and graphic artist, 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, Canadian keyboardist (SNL, 1975-80), orchestra leader (David Letterman, 1982-2015; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), and songwriter ("It's Raining Men"), born in Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • 1949-12-03 Heather Menzies-Urich, Canadian actress (The Sound of Music; Piranha), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2017)
  • 1950-02-12 Michael Ironside, Canadian actor (Starship Troopers), born in Toronto, Ontario

Martin 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
  • 1950-06-17 Cathy Sherk, Canadian golfer (Canadian Women's PGA C'ship 1988, 90-91), born in Bancroft, Ontario
  • 1950-06-21 Anne Carson, Canadian poet (Autobiography of Red), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1950-07-23 Ian Thomas, Canadian singer-songwriter (Painted Ladies), born in Hamilton, Ontario

Chris Haney

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

Darryl Sittler

1950-09-18 Darryl Sittler, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (NHL record for most points in a game, 10), born in St. Jacobs, Ontario

John Candy

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

  • 1950-12-12 Billy Smith, Canadian Hockey HOF goaltender (Vezina Trophy 1982; Conn Smythe Trophy 1983; Stanley Cup 1980, 81, 82, 83; NY Islanders), born in Perth, Ontario
  • 1950-12-18 Martha Johnson, Canadian 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
  • 1952-07-10 Kim Mitchell, Canadian guitarist and singer, born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • 1952-09-12 Neil Peart, Canadian rock drummer and lyricist (Rush - "Limelight"; "Peaceable Kingdom"), born in Hamilton, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • 1952-09-27 André Viger, French Canadian wheelchair marathoner (3 Paralympics gold medals), born in Windsor, Ontario (d. 2006)
  • 1953-05-14 Tom Cochrane, Canadian rock vocalist and guitarist (Red Rider - "Lunatic Fringe"), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1953-07-10 Rik "The Rocket" Emmett, Canadian rock vocalist (Triumph), born in Toronto, Ontario

Geddy Lee

1953-07-29 Geddy Lee, Canadian rock vocalist, and bassist (Rush - "Tom Sawyer"; "The Trees"; "New World Man"), born in Toronto, Ontario

  • 1953-08-27 Alex Lifeson [Živojinović], Serbian-Canadian rock guitarist (Rush - "Limelight"), born in n Fernie, British Columbia
  • 1953-10-04 Gil "The Bird" Moore, Canadian rock drummer and vocalist (Triumph), born in Toronto, Ontario [some sources give birth date as Feb. 12, 1951]
  • 1953-10-15 Betsy Clifford, Canadian alpine skier, born in Ottawa, Ontario

Denis Potvin

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

  • 1953-12-04 Rick Middleton, Canadian ice hockey right wing (Canada Cup gold 1984; NHL All-Star Game 1981-82, 84; Boston Bruins), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1953-12-17 Mark Gane, rocker (M+M), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1954-03-04 Catherine O'Hara, Canadian actress (Home Alone movies, Schitt's Creek), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 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, Canadian sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • 1954-06-03 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
  • 1954-07-25 Ken Greer, Canadian rock guitarist (Red Rider - "Lunatic Fringe"; "Big League"), born in Toronto, Ontario

James Cameron

1954-08-16 James Cameron, Canadian film director and writer (Titanic, Avatar), born in Kapuskasing, 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
  • 1955-02-22 Tim Young, Canadian ice hockey player (Minnesota North Stars), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • 1955-04-08 John Campbell, Canadian harness racing driver (6 x Hambletonian Stakes; 3 x Yonkers Trot; 8 x Kentucky Futurity), born in Ailsa Craig, Ontario
  • 1955-04-25 Joanne Abbott, Canadian sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • 1955-06-07 Joey Scarbury, American singer-songwriter ("Theme from The Greatest American Hero (Believe It or Not)"), born in Ontario, California
  • 1955-10-12 Jane Siberry, Canadian singer-songwriter ("Calling All Angels"; "Everything Reminds Me Of My Dog"), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1955-11-29 Howie Mandel, Canadian comedian (Dr Wayne Fiscus-St Elsewhere), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1955-12-04 Dave Taylor, Canadian ice hockey right wing and executive (NHL All-Star 1981-82, 86, 94; LA Kings; St. Louis Blues), born in Levack, Ontario
  • 1956-02-13 Richard Eden, Canadian actor (Brick-Santa Barbara, Solar Crisis, Robocop), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1956-04-04 Evelyn Hart, Canadian prima ballerina (Royal Winnipeg Ballet), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1956-10-03 Hart Bochner, actor (Aron-East of Eden, Supergirl, Die Hard), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1956-11-10 Matt Craven, Canadian actor (Juror, Killer, K2), born in Port Colborne, Ontario
  • 1956-11-26 Don Lake, Canadian television writer (The Bonnie Hunt Show), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1957-02-27 Danny Antonucci, Canadian animator, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1957-05-08 Jeff Wincott, Canadian actor (Night Heat), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1957-05-23 Thereza Bazar, British-Canadian singer (Dollar - "Love's Gotta Hold on Me"), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1957-05-27 Eddie Harsch [Hawrysch], Canadian keyboardist (Bulldog; The Black Crowes - "Hard To Handle"), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • 1957-07-05 Doug Wilson, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Ottaw, Ontario, Canada
  • 1957-07-06 Ron Duguay, Canadian hockey player (NY Rangers, Detroit Red Wings), born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
  • 1957-08-20 Cindy Nicholas, Canadian swimmer (swam English Channel 19 times), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1957-10-08 Doug Cox, Canadian 90 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Guelph, Ontario
  • 1957-11-19 George Leary, Canadian trap shooter (Olympics-16-92, 96), born in Newmarket, Ontario
  • 1958-07-03 Matthew Fraser, Canadian-British journalist, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1958-08-20 Patricia Rozema, Canadian film director (I've Heard the Mermaids Singing), born in Kingston, Ontario
  • 1958-12-25 Alannah Myles, Canadian singer-songwriter and actress (Rockinghorse, Black Velvet), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1959-01-04 Vanity [Denise Matthews] Canadian-American pop and R&B singer, Prince protégé, and actress (52 Pick Up), born in Niagara Falls, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • 1959-04-17 Teri Austin, Canadian actress (Terminal Choice; Knots Landing), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1959-05-02 Alan Best, Canadian animation director and producer, born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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