Montreal in History

Historical Events

Historic Event

1535-09-01 French navigator Jacques Cartier reaches Hochelaga (Montreal)

Historic Event

1642-05-18 Ville-Marie (later Montreal), Canada, founded by the Société Notre-Dame de Montréal

Historic Event

1698-07-01 Congregation of Notre Dame of Montreal founded by Marguerite Bourgeoys canonically constituted a community

  • 1701-08-02 Great Peace of Montreal signed between New France and North American Indian nations at urging of Huron chief Kondiaronk
  • 1734-06-21 In Montreal, New France (Quebec), black slave Marie-Joseph Angélique, having been convicted of the arson that destroyed much of the city, is tortured and hanged by the French authorities in a public ceremony
  • 1760-09-08 French army surrenders Montreal to General Jeffrey Amherst
  • 1765-05-18 Fire destroys a large part of Montreal, Quebec
  • 1775-11-13 American Revolutionary forces capture Montreal
  • 1831-03-31 Quebec & Montreal incorporated
  • 1844-08-29 1st white-indian lacrosse game in Montreal, Indians win
  • 1849-04-25 The Governor General of Canada, Lord Elgin, signs the Rebellion Losses Bill, outraging Montreal's English population and triggering the Montreal Riots.
  • 1851-12-09 1st Young Men's Christian Association in North America set up in Montreal
  • 1852-07-09 Fire destroys 1,100 construction sites in Montreal, Canada
  • 1853-07-18 Completion of Grand Trunk Line, trains begin running over 1st North American railroad between Portland, Maine and Montreal
  • 1872-10-12 Montreal Foot Ball Club 1st game playing Quebec City to 0-0 tie
  • 1874-05-14 1st admission charge at a football game, Harvard beats Uni of McGill (Montreal) 3-0
  • 1875-03-03 1st recorded hockey game (Montreal)
  • 1875-12-17 Violent bread riots in Montreal
  • 1884-11-06 Montreal Foot Ball Club (QFRU) defeats Toronto Argonauts (ORFU) 30-0 in 1st CRFU Championship game
  • 1885-09-18 Riots break out in Montreal to protest against compulsory smallpox vaccination.
  • 1885-11-12 Montreal & Britannia Football Clubs (QRFU) defeat Ontario Combined Team (ORFU) 3-0 in CRFU Championship game
  • 1887-11-05 Ottawa College (ORFU) defeats Montreal Football Club (QRFU) 10-5 to win the Dominion championship
  • 1892-11-10 1st CRU championship game: Osgoode Hall defeats Montreal, 45-5
  • 1893-05-22 Montreal Athletic Association beat Ottawa Generals 2-1, in 1st Cup Game
  • 1900-01-02 E Verlinger begins manufacturing 7" single-sided records (Montreal)
  • 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)
  • 1907-10-05 Canadian Interprovincial Rugby Football Union (IRFU) plays first game; Montreal beats Toronto, 17-8 in Montreal

Sports History

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

  • 1925-12-15 1st hockey game at Madison Square Garden, NYC: Montreal Canadiens 3, NY Americans 1
  • 1926-10-02 Bert Gibb kicks 9 singles as Hamilton Tigers beat Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers 12-10 in Montreal in Canadian Inter-provincial Rugby Football Union opening round

Film & TV History

1926-10-22 J. Gordon Whitehead sucker punches magician Harry Houdini in the stomach in Montreal

  • 1926-11-16 New York Rangers ice hockey club first game; beat Montreal Maroons, 1-0 at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1927-01-09 Fire in Laurier Palace cinema in Montreal, 78 children died

Sports History

1928-11-20 Boston Gardens opens, Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 1-0

  • 1928-12-20 1st international dogsled mail leaves Minot, Maine for Montreal, Quebec
  • 1931-01-03 Montreal Maroons centre Nels Stewart scores fastest 2 goals in NHL history with a pair 4 seconds apart in a 5-3 win over Boston Bruins at Montreal Arena
  • 1931-04-09 Chicago Cy Wentworth beats Montreal Canadiens at 13:50 of 6th period
  • 1932-06-17 Oil tanker Cymbeline explodes in Montreal, Canada

Sports History

1932-07-07 Australian cricket batsman supreme Don Bradman scores a double century during a Goodwill Tour in Montreal, Canada

Contract of Interest

1945-10-23 American baseball player Jackie Robinson signs contract with Montreal Royals, minor league farm team of Brooklyn Dodgers

  • 1945-10-30 Branch Rickey signs Jackie Robinson to a Montreal Royals
  • 1946-04-18 Jackie Robinson debuts as 2nd baseman for the Montreal Royals
  • 1952-09-06 Canadian TV begins in Montreal
  • 1953-12-09 Montreal Canadiens (106) & Toronto Maple Leafs (98) combine for 204 penalty minutes
  • 1954-04-06 Montreal Canadiens score 3 goals in 56 sec in playoff game against Det
  • 1954-08-30 BC Lions play franchise's first CFL game in Vancouver; lose to Saskatchewan Roughriders, 17-0

Sports History

1955-03-16 NHL President Clarence Campbell suspends Montreal Canadiens superstar Maurice "Rocket" Richard for the remainder of the season after he viciously attacked an opponent; Riots ensued in Montreal

  • 1955-03-17 After Maurice Richard is suspended for the remainder of the season, riots break out in Montreal. 37 people are injured and over 100 are arrested. The following morning, Richard goes on the radio to ask citizens to stop vandalizing the city.
  • 1963-11-29 Trans-Canada Airlines Flight 831: A Douglas DC-8 carrying 118, crashes after taking-off from Dorval Airport near Montreal, Canada

NHL Record

1966-10-22 Ice hockey legend Bobby Orr scores his first career goal (vs Montreal Canadiens)

  • 1967-04-27 Expo 67 opens in Montreal, Canada, featuring a giant Biosphere designed by Buckminster Fuller
  • 1967-10-29 Expo 67 closes in Montreal, Canada
  • 1968-05-27 NL awards Montreal & SD major league franchises
  • 1969-04-14 First regular-season MLB game played outside the United States; Montreal Expos beat St. Louis Cardinals, 8-7 at Parc Jarry, Montreal

Music History

1969-05-26 John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their 2nd bed-in for peace at Hotel La Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

  • 1969-08-25 Det Lions beat Boston Patriots 22-9 in Montreal (NFL expo)
  • 1972-09-04 Thieves steal 18 paintings from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in what was at the time the largest art theft in North America
  • 1972-10-02 Bill Stoneman of Montreal pitches his 2nd no-hitter, beating Mets, 7-0
  • 1973-06-17 Canadian Open Golf (La Canadienne), Montreal Municipal GC: Jocelyne Bourassa of Canada wins inaugural event in a playoff with Sandra Haynie & Judy Rankin
  • 1974-11-10 Montreal Canadiens shutout Washington Capitals 11-0
  • 1975-01-04 Montreal Canadiens shutout Washington Capitals 10-0
  • 1976-07-17 21st modern Olympic games opens in Montreal: 25 African teams (later rising to 33 nations) boycott the games due to New Zealand playing rugby in apartheid South Africa

Olympic Games

1976-07-18 Nadia Comăneci (14) becomes the first gymnast in Olympic Games history to score a perfect 10 score (doing so 7 times) at Montreal Games

  • 1976-07-31 East German runner Waldemar Cierpinski beats American Frank Shorter by 50 seconds to win the Olympic Games marathon in 2:09:55 in Montreal
  • 1976-08-01 XXI Summer Olympic Games, Montreal, Canada: Officially close
  • 1976-09-25 Expo's last game at Montreal's Jarry Park
  • 1977-04-15 1st baseball game at Montreal's Olympic Stadium

Sports History

1980-06-20 Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán takes WBC welterweight title from Sugar Ray Leonard at Olympic Stadium in Montreal by unanimous points decision

Baseball Record

1980-10-04 Future Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt's 2-run homer off Stan Bahnsen in 11th inning gives Philadelphia, 6-4 win v Montreal and NL East title; Schmidt's 48th of the season; breaks Eddie Mathews' single-season MLB record for 3rd basemen

  • 1981-05-10 Montreal Expo Charlie Lee no-hits SF Giants, 4-0
  • 1982-07-13 53rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-1 at Olympic Stadium, Montreal
  • 1982-10-31 Pope John Paul II canonizes Canadian Marguerite Bourgeoys, founder of the Congregation of Notre Dame of Montreal, as a saint
  • 1984-04-21 Montreal Expo David Palmer no-hits St Louis Cards, 4-0 in a perfect 5 inn game

Sports History

1984-11-26 After 518 goals & 14 years with Montreal Canadiens, Guy Lafleur retires abruptly

Baseball Record

1985-09-24 Montreal Expo Andre Dawson is 9th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (5th), and joins Willey McCovey to hit 2 HRs in an inn twice

Sports History

1985-10-26 Doug Harvey's #2 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens

  • 1986-07-06 Atlanta infielder Bob Horner becomes 11th player to hit 4 home runs in a MLB game during Braves 11-8 loss v Montreal
  • 1989-05-25 Mariners trade Mark Langston to Montreal for Randy Johnson
  • 1989-12-06 Worst Canadian mass murder: Marc Lepine kills 14 women at U Montreal
  • 1991-01-24 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre St Denis, Montreal
  • 1991-09-13 55 ton concrete beam falls in Montreal's Olympic Stadium
  • 1992-06-06 WLAF World Bowl 2, Olympic Stadium, Montreal: Sacramento Surge beats Orlando Thunder, 21-17

Music History

1992-08-08 Metallica singer and guitarist James Hetfield suffers second and third-degree burns during a pyrotechnics explosion on stage at Olympic Stadium, Montreal

  • 1993-05-15 Montreal Expo retires their 1st number, #10 for Rusty Staub
  • 1993-10-26 NJ Devils lose 2-0 to Montreal, after winning 1st 7 games of 1993

Sports History

1995-12-02 Montreal Canadiens coach Mario Tremblay leaves goaltender Patrick Roy in the game too long, allowing an embarrassing 9 goals in 11-1 rout by Detroit Red Wings; Roy demands trade; moves to Colorado Avalanche and wins Stanley Cup that season

  • 1996-03-16 Montreal Canadien's 1st game in their new arena (Bell Center)
  • 1997-09-02 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Montreal Canada on CHOM 97.7 FM and in Toronto Canada on CILQ 107.1 FM
  • 1999-08-06 Tony Gwynn goes 4 for 5 and collects his 3,000th MLB hit as San Diego beats Expos, 12-10 at Montreal Olympic Stadium
  • 2004-08-03 St. Louis 1st baseman Albert Pujols becomes first player in MLB history to hit at least 30 HRs in each of his first 4 seasons as Cardinals beat Montreal, 10-6
  • 2006-09-13 At Dawson College (Montreal), Kimveer Gill kills one student and wounds 19 others before committing suicide.

Sports History

2007-01-29 Ken Dryden's #29 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens

  • 2007-09-30 Presidents Cup Golf, Royal Montreal GC: David Toms and Scott Verplank remain undefeated as US beats International team, 19½–14½
  • 2008-11-22 Patrick Roy's #33 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens

Famous Birthdays

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Jeanne Mance

1606-11-12 Jeanne Mance, French-Canadian settler who founded the first hospital in North America (Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal), born in Langres, France (d. 1673)

  • 1665-06-04 Zacharie Robutel de La Noue, Canadian soldier, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1733)
  • 1701-10-15 Marie-Marguerite d'Youville, first native Canadian canonized (founded the Order of Sisters of Charity of Montreal), born in Varennes, Quebec (d. 1771)
  • 1763-12-28 John Molson, founded Montreal brewery (Molsons)
  • 1787-05-07 Jacques Viger, French Canadian politician, 1st mayor of Montreal (1833-36), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1858)
  • 1799-10-30 Ignace Bourget, French Canadian Bishop of Montreal, born in Lévis, Province of Lower Canada, British Empire (d. 1885)
  • 1802-10-25 Joseph Montferrand, French Canadian logger and strong man, born in St. Lawrence, Montreal (d. 1864)
  • 1822-05-04 Charles Boucher de Boucherville, Premier of Quebec, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1915)
  • 1828-10-27 Jacob Dolson Cox, Canadian-American statesman, lawyer, and Major General (Union Army), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1900)
  • 1840-11-30 Henry Birks, Canadian businessman and founder of Henri Birks and Sons, born in Montreal, Lower Canada (d. 1928)
  • 1843-08-23 William Southam, Canadian newspaper publisher, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1932)
  • 1845-12-23 Emmanuel-Persillier Lachapelle, Canadian physician and founder of Hôpital Notre-Dame, Montreal), born in Sault-au-Récollet, Montreal
  • 1855-10-29 Paul Bruchési, French Canadian Catholic archbishop of Montreal, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1939)
  • 1858-11-12 Alexis Contant, Canadian pianist, organist and composer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1918)
  • 1859-09-17 Frank Dawson Adams, Canadian geologist, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1942)
  • 1871-10-09 George Gauthier, Bishop of Montreal and rector of the Université de Montréal, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1940)
  • 1879-12-10 James E. Norris, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame team owner (Detroit Red Wings), born in Montréal, Canada (d. 1952)
  • 1879-12-24 Émile Nelligan, Canadian francophone poet, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1941)
  • 1880-01-03 Donat Raymond, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame builder (head Canadian Arena Company, Montreal Forum rebuilt in 1968) and politician, born in St. Stanislas de Kostka, Quebec (d. 1963)
  • 1882-10-03 A. Y. Jackson, Canadian painter (Group of Seven), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1974)
  • 1883-09-01 Didier Pitre, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (Montreal Canadiens), born in Valleyfield, Quebec (d. 1934)
  • 1883-11-02 Jean-Marie-Rodrigue Villeneuve, French cardinal and Archbishop of Quebec, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1947)
  • 1885-02-04 Cairine Ray Wilson, 1st female Canadian senator (appointed), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1887-10-08 Huntley Gordon, Canadian actor, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1956)
  • 1887-10-31 Newsy Lalonde, Canadian ice hockey (Montreal Canadiens) and lacrosse player, born in Cornwall, Ontario (d. 1970)
  • 1888-04-23 Georges Vanier, French Canadian soldier and 19th Governor General of Canada, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1967)
  • 1889-08-13 Camillien Houde, French Canadian politician and Mayor of Montreal, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1958)
  • 1891-05-27 Claude Champagne, Canadian composer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1965)
  • 1892-07-31 Joseph Charbonneau, French Canadian Roman Catholic archbishop of Montreal (1940-50), born in Lefaivre, Canada (d. 1959)
  • 1896-06-20 Wilfred Pelletier, Canadian conductor (Voice of Firestone), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1982)
  • 1896-07-10 Thérèse Casgrain, French Canadian politician and senator, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1981)
  • 1896-11-07 Esdras Minville, Quebec writer, economist and sociologist, born in Quebec, Montreal (d. 1975)
  • 1900-03-15 Colin McPhee, Canadian-American pianist, composer (Tabuh-Tabuhan; H2O; Mechanical Principles), and ethno-musicologist (Bali), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1964)
  • 1901-09-12 Ben Blue, Canadian actor and comedian (Accidental Family, Frank Sinatra Show), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1975)
  • 1902-04-14 Sylvio Mantha, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1974)

Norma Shearer

1902-08-10 Norma Shearer, Canadian-American actress (Escape, The Divorcee), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1983)

Howie Morenz

1902-09-21 Howie Morenz, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Montreal Canadiens, 3-time Stanley Cup winner), born in Mitchell, Ontario (d. 1937)

  • 1902-12-29 Nels Stewart, Canadian hockey player, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1957)
  • 1902-12-31 Lionel Daunais, Quebec singer and composer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1982)
  • 1904-04-16 Fifi D'Orsay [Yvonne Lussier] Canadian-American vaudeville and film actress and singer known as the "French Bombshell" (The Life Jimmy Dolan; Dixie Jamboree),, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1983)
  • 1904-04-26 Paul-Émile Léger, Canadian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and Archbishop (Montreal), born in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec, Canada (d. 1991)
  • 1907-01-14 Georges-Émile Lapalme, Quebec politician, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1985)
  • 1907-05-29 Hartland Molson, Canadian businessman (Molson family), senator and sports executive (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2002)
  • 1907-12-01 Alex Wilson, Canadian athlete (Olympic silver 800m, 2 x bronze 400m, 4x400m relay 1932), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1994)
  • 1908-06-12 Alphonse Ouimet, Canadian television pioneer and president of the CBC, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1988)
  • 1909-02-14 A. Moses Klein, Canadian poet (Hath Not a Jew...), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1911-10-24 Paul Grégoire, French Canadian Archbishop of Montreal, born in Viauville, Montreal, Quebec (d. 1993)
  • 1911-12-01 Calvin Griffith, Canadian baseball team owner (Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins 1955-84), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1999)
  • 1912-06-10 Jean Lesage, Canadian politician (19th Premier of Quebec), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1980)
  • 1913-08-11 Paul Dupuis, French Canadian actor (The Fortress; Passport to Pimlico), born in Montréal, Québec (d. 1976)
  • 1913-09-15 Henry Dreyfus Brant, Canadian composer (Great American Goot), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1914-04-26 H. L. Gold, American sci-fi writer and editor, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1996)
  • 1915-01-05 Arthur H. Robinson, Canadian-born cartographer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2004)
  • 1916-02-18 Jean Drapeau, mayor of Montreal (1954- )
  • 1916-07-04 Fernand Leduc, Canadian abstract expressionist painter (Les Automatistes), and teacher, born in Viauville, Montreal, Quebec (d. 2014)
  • 1916-07-25 Lucien Saulnier, Canadian politician, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1989)
  • 1918-01-18 Gustave Gingras, French Canadian physician, born in Montreal, Canada (d. 1996)
  • 1918-05-15 Joseph Wiseman, Canadian actor (Dr No, Viva Zapata, Les Miserables), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2009)
  • 1918-10-31 Ian Stevenson, Canadian-American parapsychologist and reincarnation expert, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2007)
  • 1919-04-17 Gilles Lamontagne, Canadian politician, 24th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (1984-90), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2016)

Pierre Trudeau

1919-10-18 Pierre Trudeau, 15th Canadian Prime Minister (Liberal: 1968-79, 1980-84), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2000)

  • 1919-12-25 Paul David, French Canadian cardiologist, founder of the Montreal Heart Institute (d. 1999)
  • 1920-05-30 George London, bass-baritone (Monterone-Rigoleto), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1985)

Maurice Richard

1921-08-04 Maurice "Rocket" Richard, Canadian NHL star (Montreal Canadiens, MVP-1947), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2000)

  • 1921-11-09 Pierrette Alarie, Canadian operatic soprano, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2011)
  • 1922-08-23 Pierre Gauvreau, Canadian painter, television writer and producer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2011)
  • 1922-10-17 Pierre Juneau, Canadian film and broadcast executive, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2012)
  • 1922-11-13 Madeleine Sherwood, Canadian actress (Mother Superior - Flying Nun), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2016)
  • 1923-06-07 Jules Deschênes, Canadian Quebec Superior Court judge, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2000)
  • 1923-10-25 Jean Duceppe, Quebec actor (Mon oncle Antoine), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1990)
  • 1924-06-13 Percy Rodriguez [Rodrigues], Canadian actor (Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, Brainwaves), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2007)
  • 1924-09-08 Mimi Parent, Canadian painter, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2005)

Doug Harvey

1924-12-19 Doug Harvey, Canadian ice hockey defence player ('100 Greatest NHL Players), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1989)

  • 1925-01-14 Louis Quilico, Canadian opera singer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2000)
  • 1925-04-11 Pierre Péladeau, Canadian businessman and founder of Quebecor, born in Montreal (d. 1997)

Oscar Peterson

1925-08-15 Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer (Downbeat Magazine's Pianist of the Year, 1950-62), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2007)

  • 1925-12-15 Sam Pollock, Canadian NHL hockey general manager, 9X Stanley Cups (Montreal Canadiens, 1964-78), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2007)
  • 1927-05-11 Mort Sahl, American stand-up comedian, political satirist, writer, and TV personality (The Big Party), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2021)
  • 1928-01-25 Jérôme Choquette, Quebec lawyer and politician, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1928-02-26 Monique Leyrac, French Canadian singer and actress (Lights of My City; Act of the Heart), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1928-12-12 Lionel Blair [Ogus], Canadian choreographer (Give Us a Clue), born in Montréal, Québec
  • 1928-12-19 Galt MacDermot, Canadian composer (Hair), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2018)
  • 1929-02-18 André Mathieu, Canadian pianist & composer (Concerto de Québec), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1968)
  • 1929-05-14 Gump Worsley, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2007)
  • 1929-07-30 Sid Krofft, Canadian-American puppeteer (Barbara Mandrell Show), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1929-09-14 Maurice Vachon, Canadian professional wrestler, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2013)
  • 1929-10-24 Hubert Aquin, French Canadian novelist, political activist and editor, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1977)
  • 1929-11-09 Marc Favreau, French Canadian humourist, born in Montréal, Quebec (d. 2005)
  • 1930-06-08 Marcel Léger, Canadian politician, born in Montreal (d. 1993)
  • 1930-07-25 Maureen Forrester, Canadian operatic contralto (Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2010)
  • 1930-08-29 Jacques Bouchard, Canadian advertising executive, born in Montreal, Québec, Canada (d. 2006)
  • 1930-11-14 Monique Mercure, French Canadian actress (Naked Lunch), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1931-01-19 Robert MacNeil, news anchor (NBC Weekend News, 1965-67), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1931-01-27 Mordecai Richler, Montreal author, (Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz)

William Shatner

1931-03-22 William Shatner, Canadian author, director and actor (Star Trek; T J Hooker), born in Montreal, Quebec

  • 1931-05-16 Denise Filiatrault, French Canadian actress and director (The Plouffe Family), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1931-07-06 Jean Campeau, French Canadian businessman and politician, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1932-08-09 John Gomery, Canadian jurist, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1933-03-29 Jacques Brault, French Canadian poet (Quand nous serons heureux - When we are happy), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1933-07-14 Robert Bourassa, Canadian politician, Prime Minister of Quebec province (1970-76, 85-93), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1996)

Famous Weddings

Wilfrid Laurier

1868-08-13 Prime Minister of Canada Wilfrid Laurier (26) weds Zoé Lafontaine (27) in Montreal, Canada

Christopher Plummer

1970-10-02 Actor Christopher Plummer (40) weds actress Elaine Taylor (26) in Montreal, Quebec

Celine Dion

1994-12-17 Queen of Pop Céline Dion (26) weds her manager Rene Angelil (52) at Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal, Canada

  • 1996-06-22 "Full House" actress Candace Cameron (20) weds Montreal Canadiens hockey player Valeri Bure (22) at the Church of the Valle in Van Nuys, California

Justin Trudeau

2005-05-28 Politician Justin Trudeau (33) weds tv host Sophie Grégoire (30) in a Catholic ceremony at Montreal's Sainte-Madeleine d'Outremont Church


Famous Deaths

Jeanne Mance

1673-06-18 Jeanne Mance, French Canadian settler and founder of the first hospital in North America (Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal), dies at 66

  • 1771-12-23 Marie-Marguerite d'Youville, first native Canadian canonized (founded the Order of Sisters of Charity of Montreal), dies at 70,
  • 1840-04-19 Jean-Jacques Lartigue, Roman catholic bishop of Montreal (b. 1777)
  • 1858-12-12 Jacques Viger, French Canadian politician, 1st mayor of Montreal (1833-36), dies at 71
  • 1885-06-08 Ignace Bourget, French Canadian Bishop of Montreal, dies at 85
  • 1906-10-07 Honoré Beaugrand, Canadian journalist and politician, mayor of Montreal (b. 1848)
  • 1934-07-29 Didier Pitre, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (Montreal Canadiens), dies of acute indigestion at 50
  • 1939-09-20 Paul Bruchési, French Canadian Catholic archbishop of Montreal, dies at 83
  • 1940-08-31 George Gauthier, French Canadian Roman Catholic Bishop of Montreal and rector of the Université de Montréal, dies at 68
  • 1958-09-11 Camillien Houde, French Canadian politician and Mayor of Montreal, dies at 69
  • 1959-11-19 Joseph Charbonneau, French Canadian Roman Catholic archbishop of Montreal, dies at 67
  • 1963-06-05 Donat Raymond, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame builder (head Canadian Arena Company, Montreal Forum rebuilt in 1968) and politician, dies at 83
  • 1970-11-21 Newsy Lalonde, Canadian ice hockey (Montreal Canadiens) and lacrosse player, dies at 83
  • 1980-07-23 Sarto Fournier, Mayor of Montreal (b. 1908)
  • 1991-11-12 Paul-Émile Léger, Canadian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and Archbishop (Montreal), dies at 87
  • 1993-10-30 Paul Grégoire, French Canadian Archbishop of Montreal, dies at 82
  • 1999-08-12 Jean Drapeau, Quebec politician, mayor of Montreal (b. 1916)
  • 2002-09-28 Hartland Molson, Canadian businessman (Molson family), senator and sports executive (Montreal Canadiens), dies at 95
  • 2007-08-15 Sam Pollock, Canadian NHL hockey general manager, 9X Stanley Cups (Montreal Canadiens, 1964-78), dies at 81
  • 2015-06-15 Jean Doré, Canadian politician (39th Mayor of Montreal), dies at 70
  • 2018-05-03 Joe Scannella, American football coach (Oakland Raiders, Montreal Alouettes, Cleveland Browns), dies at 89