Yukon in History

Historical Events

  • 1852-08-21 Tlingit Indians destroy Fort Selkirk, Yukon Territory.
  • 1896-04-04 Announcement of gold discovery in Yukon
  • 1897-07-17 1st ship arrives in Seattle carrying gold from Yukon
  • 1898-06-13 Yukon Territory of Canada established, Dawson chosen as capital
  • 1905-01-16 Stanley Cup, Dey's Arena, Ottawa, ON: Ottawa Senators rout Dawson City (Yukon), 23-2 for 2-0 series sweep; most lopsided challenge playoff game in history; Frank McGee 14 goals
  • 1947-02-03 -81°F (-63°C), Snag Yukon (North American record)
  • 1995-01-01 Centennial of Canadian Mounties presence in Canada's Yukon Territory

Famous Birthdays

  • 1902-11-28 Victor Jory, Canadian actor (Kings Row, Manhunt), born in Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada (d. 1982)

Person of interestPierre Berton

1920-07-12 Pierre Berton, Canadian author (War of 1812), born in Whitehorse, Yukon (d. 2004)


Famous Deaths

  • 2018-05-09 Poldine Carlo, American writer & Koyukon elder, dies at 97