Quebec City in History

Historical Events


DiscoveryVoyage of Discovery

1541-08-23 French explorer Jacques Cartier lands near Quebec City in his third voyage to Canada

French Explorer Jacques Cartier
French Explorer
Jacques Cartier
  • 1615-06-02 First Récollet missionaries arrive at Quebec City, from Rouen, France
  • 1620-06-03 Construction of the oldest stone church in French North America, Notre-Dame-des-Anges, begins at Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
  • 1733-05-29 The right of Canadians to keep Indian slaves is upheld in Quebec City
  • 1759-09-18 Battle of Quebec ends, French surrender to British who capture Quebec City
  • 1792-12-17 Opening of 1st legislative assembly of Lower Canada in Quebec city
  • 1872-10-12 Montreal Foot Ball Club 1st game playing Quebec City to 0-0 tie
  • 1912-03-13 Stanley Cup, Quebec Skating Rink, Quebec City, Quebec: Quebec Bulldogs rout Moncton Victorias (NB), 8-0 for a 2-0 sweep of the challenge series
  • 1913-03-10 Stanley Cup, Quebec Skating Rink, Quebec City, Quebec: Quebec Bulldogs retain trophy; defeat Sydney Millionaires (NS), 6-2 for a 2-0 sweep of the challenge series
  • 1968-05-24 FLQ separatists bomb the U.S. consulate in Quebec City
  • 2012-08-26 A Legionella outbreak in Quebec City, Canada, kills 8 and infects 104

Famous Birthdays

  • 1786-10-30 Philippe-Joseph Aubert de Gaspé, French Canadian writer, born in Quebec City, Quebec (d. 1871)
  • 1827-04-16 Octave Crémazie, French Canadian poet, born in Quebec City, Canada (d. 1879)
  • 1831-08-16 John Jones Ross, Canadian politician, 7th Premier of Quebec (1884-87), born in Quebec City, Canada (d. 1901)
  • 1853-12-19 Charles Fitzpatrick, Canadian politician who was the 12th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec and 5th Chief Justice of Canada, born in Quebec City, Canada (d. 1942)
  • 1855-09-12 Simon-Napoléon Parent, Canadian politician and 12th Premier of Quebec (1900-05), born in Beauport, Quebec City (d. 1920)
  • 1881-11-18 Percy LeSueur, Canadian hockey player and inventor (large goalie glove), born in Quebec City, Quebec (d. 1962)

Person of interestJoe Malone

1890-02-28 Joe Malone, Canadian ice hockey center (Quebec Bulldogs), born in Quebec City, Québec (d. 1969)

Ice Hockey Player Joe Malone
Ice Hockey Player
Joe Malone
  • 1905-09-21 Robert Lebel, French Canadian ice hockey executive, born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (d. 1999)
  • 1921-07-27 Émile Genest, French-Canadian actor (The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Les Plouffe), born in Quebec City, Canada (d. 2003)
  • 1926-04-11 Victor Bouchard, Canadian pianist and composer, born in Quebec City, Canada (d. 2011)
  • 1926-04-17 Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (d. 2004)
  • 1926-05-06 Gilles Grégoire, Quebec politician (co-founder of the Parti Québécois), born in Quebec City, Quebec (d. 2006)
  • 1937-01-31 Andrée Boucher, Canadian politician (mayor of Quebec City), born in Sainte-Foy, Quebec (d. 2007)
  • 1940-05-22 Michael Sarrazin, Canadian actor (Seduction, They Shoot Horses Don't They), born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (d. 2011)
  • 1943-12-21 André Arthur, Canadian radio host & politician, born in Quebec City, Canada
  • 1944-06-08 Marc Ouellet, Canadian Cardinal prelate of the Catholic Church, Archbishop of Quebec City, born in La Motte, Quebec, Canada
  • 1944-10-29 Claude Brochu, Canadian Major League Baseball executive (Montreal Expos), born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • 1945-09-26 Louise Beaudoin, French Canadian politician, born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • 1947-12-06 Lawrence Cannon, Canadian politician (9th Minister of Foreign Affairs), born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • 1948-04-23 Serge Thériault, French-Canadian comedian and actor (Ding et Dong), born in Quebec City, Canada

Person of interestMarc Garneau

1949-02-23 Marc Garneau, Canadian astronaut (STS 13, 77), born in Quebec City, Québec

Astronaut Marc Garneau
Astronaut
Marc Garneau
  • 1950-07-06 Hélène Scherrer, Canadian politician (MP of Louis-Hébert, Quebec, 2000-04), born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • 1951-04-18 Pierre Pettigrew, Canadian politician (Minister for International Trade), born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
  • 1954-07-31 Derek Smith, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • 1957-12-24 Diane Tell, Quebec singer, born in Québec City, Canada
  • 1959-06-30 Michel Dion, Canadian Rifle shooter (Olympics 24-92, 96), born in Quebec City, Québec
  • 1960-01-10 Benoît Pelletier, Canadian politician, born in Quebec City, Canada
  • 1960-10-08 François Pérusse, Quebec humorist 9Les 2 minutes du peuple), born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
  • 1962-01-10 Michael Fortier, Canadian politician, born in Quebec City, Canada
  • 1962-08-07 Bruno Pelletier, Québécois singer, born in Quebec City, Canada

Person of interestPatrick Roy

1965-10-05 Patrick Roy, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goalie (4-time Stanley Cup, 3-time Vezina Trophy winner), born in Québec City, Québec

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy
  • 1966-05-21 Manon Kelley, Canadian actress (Red Lips 2), born in Quebec City, Québec
  • 1967-01-25 Mario Brunetta, Canadian hockey goaltender (Team Italy 1998, Quebec Nordiques), born in Quebec City, Canada
  • 1967-04-10 Donald Dufresne, Canadian ice hockey defenseman (Edmonton Oilers), born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • 1969-03-20 Caroline Brunet, Canadian kayaker (Olympic silver 1996), born in Quebec City, Québec
  • 1969-12-22 Myriam Bédard, Canadian biathlete, born in Loretteville, Quebec City
  • 1973-09-14 Mike Ward, French-Canadian comedian, born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • 1983-01-25 Andrée Watters, Canadian singer, born in Quebec City, Canada

Famous Deaths


Person of interestSamuel de Champlain

1635-12-25 Samuel de Champlain, French explorer and founder of Quebec City, dies of a stroke at 61

French Explorer Samuel de Champlain
French Explorer
Samuel de Champlain
  • 2007-08-24 Andrée P. Boucher, Canadian politician, Mayor of Quebec City, dies at 70