Saskatchewan in History

Saskatchewan: Regina - Saskatoon

Historical Events

Victory in Battle

1885-05-12 Battle of Batoche: Louis Riel and the Metis defeated by Frederick Middleton, leads to collapse of Provincial Government of Saskatchewan and surrender of Riel

  • 1885-05-15 Canadian Métis insurgent Louis Reil captured in the aftermath of the Battle of Batoche in Saskatchewan

Historic Event

1905-09-01 Wilfrid Laurier oversees Alberta and Saskatchewan joining the Confederation of Canada as its 8th and 9th Canadian provinces

  • 1910-09-06 Saskatchewan (then Regina) Roughrider football club formed
  • 1910-09-22 Saskatchewan Rugby Football Union forms with an initial 9 team competition
  • 1911-10-21 Manitoba, Saskatchewan & Alberta Unions form Western Canada Rugby Football Union

Historic Event

1944-07-10 "Father of Medicare" Tommy Douglas becomes the 7th Premier of Saskatchewan

  • 1981-04-03 Arnie Boldt of Saskatchewan jumps 6' 8.25," with 1 leg
  • 1988-07-23 Saskatchewan's Dave Ridgway kicks record 8 field goals vs Edmonton
  • 2018-04-06 Canadian Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team involved in a bus crash outside Tisdale, Saskatchewan that kills 16

Famous Birthdays

  • 1912-07-17 Art Linkletter, Saskatchewan Canada, TV host (People are Funny)
  • 1913-04-30 Edith Fowke, Canadian folklorist, born in Lumsden, Saskatchewan, Canada (d. 1996)
  • 1915-05-03 Stu Hart, Canadian professional wrestler and trainer, born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada (d. 2003)
  • 1916-01-01 Murray Armstrong, Canadian ice hockey centre and NCAA coach (Detroit Red Wings; coach University of Denver 1956-77, 5 NCAA C'ships), born in Manor, Saskatchewan (d. 2010)
  • 1916-02-25 Ralph Baldwin, Canadian harness driver and trainer (11 major world records; Hambletonian Stakes 1963, 73), born in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan (d. 1982)
  • 1918-01-22 Elmer Lach, Canadian NHL ice hockey player, 1940-54, 3X Stanley Cup, Hall of Fame (Montreal Canadiens), born in Nokomis, Saskatchewan (d. 2015)
  • 1920-03-01 Max Bentley, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Hart Trophy 1946; Chicago Blackhawks), born in Delisle, Saskatchewan (d. 1984)
  • 1922-04-26 Jeanne Sauvé, 23rd Governor-General of Canada (1984-90), born in Prud'homme, Saskatchewan, Canada (d. 1993)
  • 1922-08-01 Arthur Hill, Canadian actor (Owen Marshall, Glitter), born in Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada (d. 2006)
  • 1923-12-04 Eagle Keys, American Canadian Football Hall of Fame linebacker and coach (Grey Cup champion 1949, 54-56, 66; Edmonton Eskimos, Saskatchewan R'riders), born in Tompkinsville, Kentucky (d. 2012)
  • 1925-09-07 Allan Blakeney, Canadian politician (10th Premier of Saskatchewan), born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia (d. 2011)
  • 1926-02-11 Leslie Nielsen, Canadian actor (Spy Hard, Forbidden Planet, Naked Gun), born in Regina, Saskatchewan (d. 2010)
  • 1926-09-04 Bert Olmstead, Canadian Hockey HOF left wing (Stanley Cup, Montreal Canadiens 1953, 56, 57, 58; Toronto Maple Leafs 1962), born in Sceptre, Saskatchewan (d. 2015)
  • 1926-10-29 Jon Vickers, Canadian operatic tenor (Covent Garden, 1957-87; New York Metropolitan Opera, 1960-87), born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan (d. 2015)
  • 1929-09-24 Edward M. Lawson, Canadian trade unionist and politician, born in Gerald, Saskatchewan, Canada (d. 2016)

Glenn HallGlenn Hall (91 years old)

1931-10-03 Canadian Hockey HOF goaltender (7 x NHL First All-Star Team; Stanley Cup 1961 Chicago Black Hawks; butterfly goalkeeping), born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan

  • 1932-02-24 John Vernon [Adolphus Agopsowicz], Canadian actor (Animal House, Chained Heat, Dirty Harry), born in Zehner, Saskatchewan (d. 2005)
  • 1935-03-19 Burt Metcalfe, Saskatchewan Canada, actor/dir (Father of the Bride)
  • 1946-10-02 Eric Peterson, Canadian actor (Street Legal), born in Indian Head, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • 1948-06-13 Garnet Bailey, Canadian ice hockey player and executive, born in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Canada (d. 2001)
  • 1949-10-05 Ralph Goodale, Canadian politician and diplomat (Member of Parliament, 1993-2019; Minister of Public Safety, 2015-19; High Commissioner to UK, 2019-), born in Regina, Saskatchewan

Roddy PiperRoddy Piper (1954-2015)

1954-04-17 Canadian pro wrestler (WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight C'ship 1992; World Tag Team C'ship [Ric Flair] 2006), born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

  • 1954-05-16 Dafydd "Dave" Williams, Canadian physician and astronaut (sk: STS 90), born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • 1962-04-03 Nancy Filteau, Canadian athlete, 72k judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan
  • 1963-06-04 Carey Nelson, Canadian marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Saskatchewan, Western Canada
  • 1963-06-11 Sandra Schmirler, Canadian curler (Olympic gold 1998), born in Biggar, Saskatchewan, Canada (d. 2000)
  • 1965-02-21 Jayson Meyer, Canadian hockey defenseman (Team Germany), born in Regina, Canada
  • 1969-09-24 Andrew Greene, Canadian football guard (NFL: Miami Dolphins; 4 x CFL All Star, Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1973-04-17 Gene Makowsky, Canadian football offensive linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • 1973-10-31 Fiona Smith, Canadian ice hockey defenseman (Canada, Olympics 1998), born in Saskatchewan, Canada
  • 1974-11-20 Kirk Reynolds, Canadian trap shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Outlook, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • 1977-06-11 Shane Meier, Canadian actor (The Matthew Shepard Story), born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • 1979-08-03 Evangeline Lilly, Canadian actress (Lost, The Hobbit), born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
  • 1979-11-07 Mike Commodore, Canadian professional hockey player (Carolina Hurricanes), born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
  • 1981-11-26 Gina Kingsbury, Canadian hockey player, born in Uranium City, Saskatchewan
  • 1985-09-22 Tatiana Maslany, Canadian actress (Orphan Black), born in Regina, Saskatchewan

Famous Deaths

  • 2011-04-16 Allan Blakeney, Canadian politician (10th Premier of Saskatchewan), dies at 85
  • 2012-12-20 Eagle Keys, American Canadian Football Hall of Fame linebacker and coach (Grey Cup champion 1949, 54-56, 66; Edmonton Eskimos, Saskatchewan R'riders), dies at 89