Canadian History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 579


Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1878-10-17 After serving as the opposition for five years, John A. Macdonald is re-elected as Prime Minister of Canada

Prime Minister of Canada John A. Macdonald
Prime Minister of Canada
John A. Macdonald
  • 1879-02-08 Sandford Fleming first proposes adoption of Universal Standard Time at a meeting of the Royal Canadian Institute.
  • 1879-11-06 Canada celebrates 1st Thanksgiving Day
  • 1880-06-24 First performance of "O Canada," the song that would become the national anthem of Canada, at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français
  • 1880-07-16 Dr. Emily Stowe becomes the first woman licenced to practise medicine in Canada.
  • 1881-05-24 Canadian ferry Princess Victoria sinks near London Ontario, 200 die
  • 1883-05-10 First appendectomy performed in North America by Abraham Groves in Canada
  • 1883-11-18 Standard time zones forms by railroads in US & Canada
  • 1884-02-07 Canadian Rugby Football Union forms

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1884-12-10 "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain is first published in the UK and Canada (US Feb 1885, due to printing error)

Author Mark Twain
Author
Mark Twain

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1885-03-19 Louis Riel returns to Canada, proclaims provisional government, Sask

Politician Louis Riel
Politician
Louis Riel
  • 1885-03-26 Louis Riel's forces defeat Canadian forces at Duck Lake, Sask
  • 1885-05-15 Canadian Meti insurgent Louis Reil captured, Saskatchewan
  • 1885-07-01 The United States terminates reciprocity and fishery agreement with Canada
  • 1885-07-02 Canada's North-west Insurrection ends with surrender of Big Bear
  • 1885-11-07 Canadian Pacific Railway completed at Craigellachie
  • 1888-03-13 Great Blizzard of 1888 rages across the east coast of the USA and Canada
  • 1889-06-03 The Canadian Pacific Railway is completed from coast to coast.
  • 1890-07-01 Canada and Bermuda are linked by telegraph cable.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1891-06-16 John Abbott becomes Canada's third prime minister

3rd Prime Minister of Canada John Abbott
3rd Prime Minister of Canada
John Abbott
  • 1891-06-29 Street railway in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, commences operation.
  • 1891-12-19 Canadian Rugby Union forms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1892-12-05 Sir John Thompson becomes the fourth Prime Minister of Canada.

4th Prime Minister of Canada John Thompson
4th Prime Minister of Canada
John Thompson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1894-12-21 Mackenzie Bowell becomes the 5th Prime Minister of Canada

5th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie Bowell
5th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie Bowell

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1896-05-01 Seven days after parliament was dissolved, Charles Tupper is sworn in as the 6th Prime Minister of Canada

6th Prime Minister of Canada Charles Tupper
6th Prime Minister of Canada
Charles Tupper
  • 1896-07-01 Wilfrid Laurel sworn in as 1st French speaking premier of Canada
  • 1896-07-08 Charles Tupper resigns as Prime Minister of Canada after losing the June 23rd election, his 69-day term the shortest in Canadian history

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1896-07-11 Wilfrid Laurier sworn in as the 7th Prime Minister of Canada

Prime Minister of Canada Wilfrid Laurier
Prime Minister of Canada
Wilfrid Laurier
  • 1897-11-24 Canadian Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union forms in Kingston
  • 1898-06-13 Yukon Territory of Canada established, Dawson chosen as capital
  • 1898-10-08 First Canadian Intercollegiate football game: McGill beats Queen's, 3-2
  • 1900-01-21 The second contingent of Canadian troops sails from Halifax to fight in South Africa against the Boers
  • 1900-04-19 4th Boston Marathon won by Jim Caffrey of Canada in 2:39:44.4
  • 1900-07-23 The Canadian government reviews immigration policy, prohibiting criminals and paupers from landing in Canada
  • 1900-11-07 Battle of Leliefontein, a battle during which the Royal Canadian Dragoons win three Victoria Crosses.
  • 1900-11-07 In Canada, the Liberal Government led by Wilfrid Laurier retains its majority
  • 1901-04-19 5th Boston Marathon won by Jim Caffrey of Canada in 2:29:23.6
  • 1901-07-12 Striking Canadian salmon fishermen on the Pacific coast, resentful of the non-union Japanese who continue to fish, maroon and imprison 47

CommunicationHistoric Communication

1901-12-12 Guglielmo Marconi sends the first transatlantic radio signal, from Poldhu in Cornwall to Newfoundland, Canada

Inventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi
Inventor and Nobel Laureate
Guglielmo Marconi
  • 1902-06-15 Canada's Maritime Provinces switch from Eastern to Atlantic time
  • 1902-07-29 Union of Orthodox Rabbis of US and Canada forms
  • 1902-11-21 The Canadian government appoints a commission to consider revising, classifying, and consolidating the many public statutes passed over the years
  • 1903-10-20 US wins disputed boundary between District of Alaska & Canada
  • 1904-09-26 Earl Grey is named British governor-general of Canada
  • 1905-09-01 Alberta & Saskatchewan become 8th & 9th Canadian provinces
  • 1905-09-01 Wilfrid Laurier oversees Alberta and Saskatchewan joining the Confederation of Canada
  • 1906-03-27 Founding of the Alpine Club of Canada in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1906-05-22 A British garrison leaves Esquimalt, on the Pacific coast, after a military occupation that began in 1858: the last British soldiers stationed in Canada
  • 1907-04-19 11th Boston Marathon won by Tom Longboat of Canada in 2:24:24
  • 1907-08-29 The Quebec Bridge in St Lawrence, Canada collapses during construction, killing 75 workers.
  • 1907-09-13 Canadian Interprovincial Rugby Football union (Big Four) forms with Hamilton Tigers, Toronto Argonauts, Ottawa Rough Riders & Montreal Foot Ball

  • 1907-09-23 Proclamation sets fineness & weight of silver & bronze coins of Canada
  • 1907-10-17 Guglielmo Marconi's company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada and Clifden, Ireland
  • 1907-11-07 Test tokens are struck in 1st production of Canadian coins
  • 1908-01-02 Canadian branch of the Royal Mint opens in Ottawa
  • 1908-09-12 Canada appoints a Civil Service Commission, initiating a more equitable system for selecting civil servants
  • 1909-12-11 Canadian Football exhibition game played in Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, Hamilton Tigers beat Ottawa Rough Riders, 11-6 before 15,000
  • 1910-04-19 14th Boston Marathon won by Fred Cameron of Canada in 2:28:52.4
  • 1910-05-04 Canadian Currency Act, 1910, receives Royal Assent
  • 1910-05-04 Wilfrid Laurier passes the Naval Service Act, which creates the Royal Canadian Navy
  • 1910-05-14 Canada authorizes issuing of silver dollar coins
  • 1910-05-17 Canada sets the designs for the 1-50 cent coins
  • 1910-09-07 In the Hague, the International Court arbitrates a fishing-rights dispute between the US and Newfoundland (still separate from Canada)
  • 1911-01-30 The Canadian Naval Service becomes the Royal Canadian Navy
  • 1911-02-22 The Canadian Parliament resolves to maintain union with the British Empire, while controlling domestic fiscal affairs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1911-06-22 King George V crowned King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Canada, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and all his realms and territories beyond the sea

King of the United Kingdom George V
King of the United Kingdom
George V
  • 1911-07-01 Proclamation removes "Dei Gratia" (by the Grace of God) from Canadian coins
  • 1911-09-21 Canadian Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier loses the election to Robert Bordon of the Conservative Party

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1911-10-10 Robert Borden becomes the 8th Prime Minister of Canada

8th Prime Minister of Canada Robert Borden
8th Prime Minister of Canada
Robert Borden
  • 1911-10-19 Royal Mint in London sends dies for Canadian $1 coin to Ottawa Branch
  • 1911-10-21 Manitoba, Saskatchewan & Alberta Unions form Western Canada Rugby Football Union
  • 1911-11-15 Proclamation sets designs for Canadian $5 & $10 gold coins
  • 1911-12-29 Proclamation restores "Dei Gratia" from Canada's coins
  • 1912-03-22 Agnes Martin, Macklin Canada, Canadian-American abstract painter
  • 1914-04-20 18th Boston Marathon won by James Duffy of Canada in 2:25:01.2
  • 1914-05-29 Ship rams Canadian ship Empress of Ireland on St Lawrence River; 1,024 die
  • 1914-08-22 Canada's Finance Act, 1914, receives assent
  • 1914-09-05 Proclamation prohibits Canadian mint from issuing gold coins
  • 1914-09-09 First fully mechanized unit in the British Army created - the Canadian Automobile Machine Gun Brigade (WWI)
  • 1914-10-01 The first division of Canadian troops, 33,000 sail for Britain; most Canadians are volunteers, anxious to prove their loyalty to the Commonwealth
  • 1915-04-19 19th Boston Marathon won by Edouard Fabre of Canada in 2:31:41.2
  • 1916-02-03 Canada's original Parliament buildings in Ottawa burn down
  • 1916-03-16 US & Canada sign migratory bird treaty

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1916-11-15 Canadian pilot William George Barker flying over Ancre River, spots concentration of German troops massing for counter-attack on Beaumont Hamel, sends emergency Zone Call to break up German infantry apart. Barker later receives Military Cross

First World War Flying Ace William George Barker
First World War Flying Ace
William George Barker
  • 1917-01-02 Royal Bank of Canada takes over Quebec Bank

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1917-03-25 Canadian ace Billy Bishop claims his first victory, shooting down and mortally wounding German Leutnant Theiller

Canadian First World War Flying Ace Billy Bishop
Canadian First World War Flying Ace
Billy Bishop
  • 1917-04-09 Vimy Ridge in France stormed by Canadian troops
  • 1917-06-02 Canadian ace Billy Bishop undertakes a solo mission behind enemy lines, shooting down three aircrafts as they were about to take off and several more on the ground, for which he is awarded the Victoria Cross
  • 1917-07-25 Sir Thomas Whyte introduces the first income tax in Canada as a "temporary" measure (lowest bracket is 4% and highest is 25%).
  • 1917-08-09 Canadian Parliament passes the Compulsory Military Act which is oppossed by many French-Canadians from Québec
  • 1917-10-06 Battle of Passchendaele: Canadian troops capture the village of Passchendaele in the Third Battle of Ypres, after 250,000 casualties on both sides

BattleBattle of Interest

1918-04-21 World War I: German fighter ace Baron Manfred von Richthofen "The Red Baron", shot down and killed over Vaux sur Somme in France, Canadian pilot Arthur Roy Brown credited with the kill

World War I Fighter Ace The Red Baron
World War I Fighter Ace
The Red Baron
  • 1918-06-01 Canadian ace Billy Bishop downs 6 aircrafts over a three-day span, including German ace Paul Bilik, reclaiming his top scoring title from James McCudden
  • 1918-08-29 Bapaume taken by Australian Corps and Canadian Corps in the Hundred Days Offensive
  • 1918-10-25 Canadian steamship "Princess Sophia" hits a reef off Alaska, 398 die
  • 1919-06-06 Assent is given to an Act to amend the Canadian Currency Act, 1910
  • 1919-12-20 Canadian National Railways established (N America's longest, 50,000 KM)
  • 1920-02-01 Royal Canadian Mounted Police forms as Royal Northwest Mounted Police merge with Dominion Police
  • 1920-04-15 New Canadian small cent coin is released
  • 1920-11-01 American Fishing Schooner Esperanto defeats the Canadian Fishing Schooner Delawana in the first International Fishing Schooner Championship Races in Halifax.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 2,070

  • 1849-05-06 Wyatt Eaton, Canadian American artist, born in Philipsburg, Quebec (d. 1896)
  • 1849-07-12 William Osler, Canadian physician/author (circulatory system)
  • 1850-02-20 Nérée Beauchemin, Canadian physician and poet (d. 1931)
  • 1850-05-01 Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, Governor General of Canada (d. 1942)
  • 1853-11-26 Bat Masterson, American gunfighter in the Wild West, born in Henriville, Canada East (d. 1921)
  • 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)
  • 1854-06-08 Douglas Colin Cameron, Canadian politician, born in Hawkesbury, Ontario (d. 1921)

Person of interestRobert Borden

1854-06-26 Robert Borden, 8th Prime Minister of Canada (C: 1911-20), born in Grand-Pre, Nova Scotia (d. 1937)

8th Prime Minister of Canada Robert Borden
8th Prime Minister of Canada
Robert Borden
  • 1855-09-12 Simon-Napoléon Parent, Canadian politician and 12th Premier of Quebec (1900-05), born in Beauport, Quebec City (d. 1920)
  • 1858-06-01 William W Campbell, Canadian poet (Beyond the Hills of Dream)

Person of interestBonar Law

1858-09-16 Andrew Bonar Law, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1922-23), born in Kingston, Colony of New Brunswick (now Canada)

British Prime Minister Bonar Law
British Prime Minister
Bonar Law
  • 1859-09-17 Frank D Adams, Canada geologist/educator
  • 1861-04-15 Bliss Carman, Canadian poet (d. 1929)
  • 1861-07-25 Andrew Cowper Lawson, Scottish-Canadian Geologist who was the first person to identify and name the San Andreas Fault, born in Anstruther ,Scotland (d. 1952)

Person of interestJames Naismith

1861-11-06 James Naismith, Canadian-American physical educator and inventor (basketball, football helmet), born in Almonte, Ontario (d. 1939)

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith
  • 1863-05-14 John Charles Fields, Canadian mathematician and founder of the Fields Medal, born in Hamilton, Ontario (d. 1932)
  • 1863-07-01 William Grant Stairs, Canadian explorer (d. 1892)
  • 1863-10-10 Louis Cyr, French Canadian strongman (d. 1912)
  • 1864-10-08 Ozias Leduc, Canadian painter, born in Saint-Hilaire-de-Rouville, Quebec (d. 1955)
  • 1865-04-10 Jack Miner, Canadian naturalist and conservationist, born in Dover Center, Ohio (d. 1944)
  • 1865-11-17 John S Plaskett, Canadian astronomer (Plaskett's twins)

Person of interestHerbert Henry Dow

1866-02-26 Herbert Henry Dow, American chemical industrialist (Dow Chemical), born in Ontario, Canada (d. 1930)

Chemical Industrialist Herbert Henry Dow
Chemical Industrialist
Herbert Henry Dow
  • 1867-06-28 William Courtleigh, Canadian actor (The Birth of Character, Ashes, The Nightingale), born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada (d. 1930)
  • 1868-09-01 Henri Bourassa, French Canadian politician and publisher (d. 1952)
  • 1868-09-17 James Alexander Calder, Canadian politician (d. 1956)

Person of interestMarie Dressler

1868-11-09 Marie Dressler [Leila Koerber], Canadian-American actress (Dinner at 8, Min and Bill), born in Cobourg, Ontario (d. 1934)

  • 1869-12-30 Stephen Leacock, Canadian economist/humorist/professor

Person of interestRichard Bedford Bennett

1870-07-03 Richard Bedford Bennett, 11th Prime Minister of Canada (C: 1930-35), born in Hopewell Hill, New Brunswick (d. 1947)

11th Prime Minister of Canada Richard Bedford Bennett
11th Prime Minister of Canada
Richard Bedford Bennett
  • 1870-08-11 Walter Bowman, Canadian soccer player (d. ?)
  • 1871-01-30 Wilfred Lucas, Canadian actor (Pardon Us, Chump at Oxford), born in Ontario, Canada (d. 1940)
  • 1871-05-19 Reginald Aldworth Daly, Napanee Ontario, Canadian-American Geologist who independently developed the theory of magmatic stopping
  • 1871-12-13 Emily Carr, Canadian artist (d. 1945)

Person of interestJohn McCrae

1872-11-30 John McCrae, Canadian physician, soldier and poet (In Flanders Fields), born in Guelph, Ontario (d. 1918)

World War I Soldier & Poet John McCrae
World War I Soldier & Poet
John McCrae
  • 1873-01-10 George Orton, Canadian athlete (d. 1958)
  • 1873-02-01 Joseph Allard, Canadian fiddler (d. 1947)
  • 1873-02-04 Étienne Desmarteau, Canadian athlete (d. 1905)
  • 1873-05-04 Joe De Grasse, Canadian film director, born in Bathurst, New Brunswick Canada (d. 1940)
  • 1873-09-20 Sidney Olcott, Canadian film director (d. 1949)
  • 1874-01-16 Robert Service, England, Canadian poet (Cremation of Sam McGee)
  • 1874-04-14 Count Alexander, of Athlone, gov-gen (South-Africa/Canada)

Person of interestArthur Meighen

1874-06-16 Arthur Meighen, 9th Prime Minister of Canada (C: 1920-21, 1926), born in Anderson, Ontario (d. 1960)

9th Prime Minister of Canada Arthur Meighen
9th Prime Minister of Canada
Arthur Meighen
  • 1874-07-29 James Shaver Woodsworth, Canadian politician (d. 1942)

Person of interestLucy Maud Montgomery

1874-11-30 Lucy Maud Montgomery, Canadian author (Anne of Green Gables), born in Clifton, Prince Edward Island (d. 1942)

Person of interestMackenzie King

1874-12-17 Mackenzie King, 10th Prime Minister of Canada (1921-30, and 1935-48), born in Berlin, Ontario (d. 1950)

10th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie King
10th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie King
  • 1875-06-12 Sam De Grasse, Canadian actor, born in Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada (d. 1953)
  • 1875-08-26 John Buchan, Scotland, Gov-Gen of Canada/writer (Battle of Somme)
  • 1875-11-10 Maude Eburne, Canadian actress (Ladies They Talk About, Guardsman), born in Bronte-on-the-Lake, Ontario (d. 1960)
  • 1875-12-05 Sir Arthur Currie, Canadian soldier (d. 1933)
  • 1876-01-01 Harriet Brooks, Canadian physicist (d. 1933)
  • 1876-09-06 John Macleod, Scottish-Canadian physiologist (Nobel 1923), born in Clunie, Dunkeld, Scotland (d. 1935)
  • 1876-10-06 Ernest Lapointe, French-Canadian politician (d. 1941)
  • 1876-12-09 Berton Churchill, Canadian-American actor (I'm Nobody's Sweetheart Now), born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (d. 1940)
  • 1877-03-25 Walter Little, Canadian politician (d. 1961)
  • 1877-08-05 Tom Thomson, Canadian painter (d. 1917)
  • 1878-01-13 Lionel Groulx, Canadian nationalist, born in Vaudreuil, Quebec, Canada (d. 1967)
  • 1878-12-30 William Aberhart, Canadian politician (d. 1943)
  • 1878-12-31 Elizabeth Arden, Canadian businesswoman (d. 1966)
  • 1879-01-15 Mazo de la Roche, Canadian author (d. 1961)

Person of interestCluny MacPherson

1879-03-18 Cluny MacPherson, Canadian doctor and inventor of the gas mask, born in St. John's, Newfoundland (d. 1966)

  • 1879-03-20 Maud Menten, Canadian biochemist (d. 1960)
  • 1879-05-25 William Maxwell Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook, Canadian English newspaper publisher (Daily Express), born in Maple, Ontario (d. 1964)
  • 1879-05-27 Lucile Watson, Canadian actress (Great Lie, Watch on the Rhine, Let's Dance), born in Québec, Canada (d. 1962)
  • 1879-06-22 Thibaudeau Rinfret, jurist and Chief Justice of Canada (d. 1962)
  • 1879-07-27 Jack Laviolette, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1960)
  • 1879-11-03 Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Canadian Arctic explorer/ethnologist
  • 1880-03-22 Ernie Quigley, Canadian-American sports official (d. 1960)
  • 1880-04-13 Charles Christie, Canadian film studio owner (d. 1955)
  • 1880-08-29 Marie-Louise Meilleur, French-Canadian supercentenarian lived past 117, born in Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada (d. 1998)
  • 1880-10-12 Healey Willan, Anglo-Canadian composer, born in Balham, London (d. 1968)

Person of interestTommy Burns

1881-06-17 Tommy Burns, Canadian boxer, born in Hanover, Ontario (d. 1955)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1881-11-24 Al Christie, Canadian-born film director and producer (d. 1951)

Person of interestLouis St. Laurent

1882-02-01 Louis St. Laurent, 12th Prime Minister of Canada (Liberal: 1948-57), born in Compton, Quebec (d. 1973)

12th Prime Minister of Canada Louis St. Laurent
12th Prime Minister of Canada
Louis St. Laurent
  • 1882-06-09 Bobby Kerr, Canadian sprinter (d. 1963)
  • 1882-06-24 Athanase David, Canadian politician and businessman (d. 1953)
  • 1882-07-16 Edward Earle, Canadian actor (Charlie Chan-Meeting at Midnight), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1972)
  • 1882-08-31 Charles O'Neill, Canadian composer and bandmaster, born in Duntocher, near Glasgow, (d. 1964)
  • 1882-10-03 A. Y. Jackson, Canadian painter (d. 1974)
  • 1883-03-04 Sam Langford, Canadian boxer (d. 1956)
  • 1883-03-05 Marius Barbeau, French Canadian ethnographer and folklorist (b. 1969)
  • 1883-04-06 Walter Huston, Canadian actor (Maltese Falcon, Treasure of Sierra Madre), born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (d. 1950)
  • 1883-09-01 Didier Pitre, French Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1934)
  • 1883-11-02 Jean-Marie-Rodrigue Villeneuve, French cardinal and Archbishop of Quebec, born in Montreal, Canada (d. 1947)
  • 1883-11-19 Edward "Ned" Sparks, Canadian actor (42nd Street, Imitation of Life), born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada (d. 1957)

Person of interestCyrus Eaton

1883-12-27 Cyrus Eaton, Canadian-American financier, industrialist and steel magnate, born in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia (d. 1979)

Steel Magnate Cyrus Eaton
Steel Magnate
Cyrus Eaton
  • 1884-02-18 Andrew Watson Myles, Canadian politician (d. 1970)

Person of interestDavidson Black

1884-07-25 Davidson Black, Canadian paleoanthropologist and doctor of anatomy who identified "Peking Man", born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1934)

Paleoanthropologist Davidson Black
Paleoanthropologist
Davidson Black
  • 1884-09-26 J. P. Bickell, Canadian businessman and sports team owner (d. 1951)
  • 1885-02-04 Cairine Ray Wilson, 1st female Canadian senator (appointed), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1885-09-17 George Cleveland, Canadian actor (Mystery Liner, Courage of Lassie), born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada (d. 1957)
  • 1885-10-23 Lawren Harris, Canadian painter (d. 1970)
  • 1885-12-21 Frank Patrick, Canadian hockey player (d. 1960)
  • 1886-01-02 Florence Lawrence, Canadian actress (Lady Helen's Escapade), born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (d. 1938)
  • 1886-01-13 Art Ross, Canadian ice hockey player and executive (d. 1964)
  • 1886-08-02 John Alexander Douglas McCurdy Canadian Aviator (d. 1961)

Person of interestGeorges Vezina

1887-01-21 Georges Vezina, Canadian ice hockey goalie (Vezina Trophy), born in Chicoutimi, Quebec (d. 1926)

NHL Goalie Georges Vezina
NHL Goalie
Georges Vezina

Person of interestVincent Massey

1887-02-20 Vincent Massey, Canadian diplomat, first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada (1952-59), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1967)

Governor General of Canada Vincent Massey
Governor General of Canada
Vincent Massey
  • 1887-04-13 Gordon S. Fahrni, Canadian physician and President of the Canadian Medical Association (d. 1995)
  • 1887-06-21 Norman L. Bowen, Canadian petrologist, born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada (d. 1956)
  • 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)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 200 of 753

  • 1932-06-14 Dorimène Roy Desjardins, Canadian business pioneer
  • 1932-07-22 Reginald Fessenden, Canadian inventor and radio pioneer (b. 1866)
  • 1932-08-09 John Charles Fields, Canadian mathematician and founder of the Fields Medal, dies after a three-month illness at 69
  • 1933-01-03 Jack Pickford, Canadian-American actor (The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come), dies at 37
  • 1933-11-30 Sir Arthur Currie, Canadian general (b. 1875)

Person of interestMarie Dressler

1934-07-28 Marie Dressler, Canadian-American actress (Dinner at 8, Anna Christie), dies at 65 of cancer

  • 1934-07-29 Didier Pitre, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1883)
  • 1935-03-16 John Macleod, Scottish-Canadian physiologist (Nobel 1923), dies at 58
  • 1937-01-06 André Besette, Canadian religious figure (b. 1845)
  • 1937-01-21 Marie Prevost, Canadian actress (b. 1898)

Person of interestHowie Morenz

1937-03-08 Howie Morenz, Canadian ice hockey player, dies of a heart attack at 34

NHL Star Howie Morenz
NHL Star
Howie Morenz

Person of interestRobert Borden

1937-06-10 Robert Borden, eighth Prime Minister of Canada, dies at 82

8th Prime Minister of Canada Robert Borden
8th Prime Minister of Canada
Robert Borden
  • 1938-04-13 Archibald Belaney, Canadian conservationist (b. 1888)
  • 1939-03-27 Constance Lindsay Skinner, Quesnel British Columbia, Canadian author (Rivers of America), dies at 57
  • 1939-08-25 Babe Siebert, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1904)
  • 1939-09-20 Paul Bruchési, French Canadian Catholic archbishop of Montreal (b. 1855)
  • 1939-11-12 Norman Bethune, Canadian doctor, communist and humanitarian (Spanish Civil War, Second Sino-Japanese War), dies of blood poisoning from a cut on his finger from operating on a wounded soldier at 49

Person of interestJames Naismith

1939-11-28 James Naismith, Canadian-American physical educator and inventor (basketball, football helmet), dies at 78

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith
  • 1940-02-11 John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, Gov-Gen of Canada (1935-40), dies
  • 1940-05-25 Joe De Grasse, Canadian film director, dies at 67
  • 1940-08-31 Georges Gauthier, French Canadian Roman Catholic archbishop of Montreal (b. 1871)
  • 1940-10-10 Berton Churchill, Canadian-American actor (I'm Nobody's Sweetheart Now), dies at 63
  • 1940-12-05 Wilfred Lucas, Canadian actor (Pardon Us, Chump at Oxford), dies at 69
  • 1941-02-20 La Bolduc, French Canadian singer and songwriter (b. 1894)

Person of interestFrederick Banting

1941-02-21 Frederick Banting, Canadian physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, dies in a plane crash at 49

  • 1941-03-16 John Murray, Canada oceanographer (Challenger), dies at 73
  • 1941-10-17 John S Plaskett, Canadian astronomer (Plaskett's twins), dies
  • 1941-11-26 Ernest Lapointe, French-Canadian politician (b. 1876)

Person of interestLucy Maud Montgomery

1942-04-24 Lucy Maud Montgomery, Canadian author (Anne of Green Gables), dies at 67

  • 1942-06-17 Charles Fitzpatrick, Canadian politician who was the 12th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec and 5th Chief Justice of Canada, dies at 88
  • 1942-12-29 Frank D Adams, Canadian geologist, dies at 83
  • 1943-07-08 Harry Oakes, Canadian ruler of Bahamas, murdered
  • 1943-10-24 Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau, French Canadian poet (b. 1912)
  • 1944-09-27 Aimee Semple McPherson, Canadian-American evangelist (Pentecostal), dies at 53
  • 1944-11-03 Jack Miner, Canadian naturalist and conservationist, dies at 79
  • 1945-02-23 Aubrey Cousins, Canadian sergeant (Victoria Cross), dies in battle
  • 1945-03-02 Emily Carr, Canadian artist (b. 1871)
  • 1945-03-24 J S Nicklin, Lt-Col/Canada's 1st parachutist, dies
  • 1946-05-30 Louis Slotin, Canadian Physicist and Chemist at Los Alamos, dies of radiation poisoning at 35 (b. 1910)
  • 1947-01-11 Eva Tanguay, Canadian-born singer and entertainer (b. 1879)
  • 1947-05-05 Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player (b. 1917)
  • 1947-06-10 Alexander Bethune, Canadian politician (b. 1852)

Person of interestRichard Bedford Bennett

1947-06-26 Richard Bedford Bennett, 11th Prime Minister of Canada, dies of a heart attack at 76

11th Prime Minister of Canada Richard Bedford Bennett
11th Prime Minister of Canada
Richard Bedford Bennett
  • 1947-11-14 Joseph Allard, French Canadian fiddler (b. 1873)
  • 1950-04-07 Walter Huston, Canadian actor (Maltese Falcon, Treasure of Sierra Madre), dies from an aneurysm at 67

Person of interestMackenzie King

1950-07-22 Mackenzie King, 10th Prime Minister of Canada (1921-30, and 1935-48), dies of pneumonia at 75

10th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie King
10th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie King
  • 1951-04-04 Al Christie, Canadian film director and producer (b. 1881)
  • 1951-06-08 Eugène Fiset, French Canadian military officer and politician (b. 1874)
  • 1951-08-22 J. P. Bickell, Canadian businessman and sports team owner (b. 1884)
  • 1952-05-09 Canada Lee [Leonard Canegata], African-American actor (Lost Boundaries), dies from a Heart attack at 45
  • 1952-06-21 Wop May, Canadian aviator, flying ace in the WWI, dies at 56
  • 1952-07-06 Louis-Alexandre Taschereau, French Canadian politician (b. 1867)
  • 1952-08-31 Henri Bourassa, French Canadian political leader (b. 1868)
  • 1953-01-26 Athanase David, French Canadian politician and businessman (b. 1882)
  • 1953-11-29 Sam De Grasse, Canadian actor, dies from a heart attack at 78
  • 1954-04-13 Angus Lewis Macdonald, Canadian politician (b. 1890)
  • 1954-05-26 Lionel Conacher ["The Big Train"], Canadian athlete and politician, dies from a heart attack at 54

Person of interestTommy Burns

1955-05-10 Tommy Burns, Canadian boxer, dies of a heart attack at 73

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1955-06-16 Ozias Leduc, Canadian painter, dies at 90
  • 1955-08-02 Alfred Lépine, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1901)
  • 1956-01-21 Sam Langford, Canadian boxer (b. 1883)
  • 1956-07-20 James Alexander Calder, Canadian politician (b. 1868)

Person of interestBilly Bishop

1956-09-11 Billy Bishop, Canadian First World War flying ace, dies at 62

Canadian First World War Flying Ace Billy Bishop
Canadian First World War Flying Ace
Billy Bishop
  • 1956-12-07 Huntley Gordon, Canadian actor, dies at 77
  • 1957-01-16 Alexander Cambridge, gov-gen (South African 1923-31/Canada 1940-5), dies at 82
  • 1957-04-03 Edward "Ned" Sparks, Canadian actor (42nd Street, Imitation of Life), dies from intestinal obstruction at 73
  • 1957-04-04 E. Herbert Norman, Canadian diplomat (b. 1909)
  • 1957-07-15 George Cleveland, Canadian actor (Mystery Liner, Courage of Lassie), dies from a heart attack at 74
  • 1957-09-19 Reginald Aldworth Daly, Canadian-American Geologist who independently developed the theory of magmatic stopping, dies at 86
  • 1958-06-26 George Orton, Canadian athlete (b. 1873)
  • 1958-09-11 Robert W. Service, Scottish-born Canadian poet (b. 1874)
  • 1958-09-11 Camillien Houde, French Canadian politician (b. 1889)
  • 1959-11-19 Joseph Charbonneau, French-Canadian Roman Catholic archbishop of Montreal, dies at 67
  • 1960-01-02 Paul Sauvé, Canadian politician (b. 1907)
  • 1960-01-10 Jack Laviolette, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1879)
  • 1960-02-28 Jonathan Hale [Hatley], Canadian-born American actor (Blondie), shoots himself at 68
  • 1960-07-26 Maud Menten, Canadian biochemist (b. 1879)

Person of interestArthur Meighen

1960-08-05 Arthur Meighen, 9th Prime Minister of Canada, dies at 86

9th Prime Minister of Canada Arthur Meighen
9th Prime Minister of Canada
Arthur Meighen
  • 1961-05-31 Walter Little, Canadian politician (b. 1877)
  • 1961-07-12 Mazo de la Roche, Canadian author (b. 1879)
  • 1961-07-15 John E. Brownlee, Canadian politician (b. 1884)
  • 1961-09-30 Onésime Gagnon, French Canadian politician, lieutenant-governor of Québec (b. 1888)
  • 1962-03-04 Cairine R Wilson, 1st Canadian female senator (appointed), dies at 77
  • 1962-07-25 Thibaudeau Rinfret, Canadian jurist and Chief Justice (b. 1879)
  • 1963-01-02 Jack Carson, Canadian-American actor (Star is Born, Mildred Pierce), dies at 52
  • 1963-05-12 Bobby Kerr, Canadian runner (b. 1882)
  • 1963-08-19 Kathleen Parlow, Canadian violinist (b. 1890)
  • 1964-04-26 Edwin John Pratt, Canadian poet (Towards the Last Spike), dies at 81
  • 1964-06-26 Leo Dandurand, American-born Canadian sports executive (b. 1889)
  • 1964-08-05 Art Ross, Canadian hockey player and executive (b. 1886)
  • 1964-09-09 Charles O'Neill, Canadian composer, dies at 82
  • 1965-04-01 Henry D G Crerar, Canadian general (WW I, Normandy), dies at 76
  • 1965-06-19 James B Collip, Canadian bio-chemist (insulin), dies at 72
  • 1966-02-21 Paul Comtois, French Canadian politician, dies at 70

Person of interestCluny MacPherson

1966-11-16 Cluny MacPherson, Canadian inventor of the gas mask, dies at 87

  • 1967-03-05 Georges Vanier, French-Canadian soldier and 19th Governor General of Canada, dies at 78
  • 1967-07-11 Guy Favreau, French Canadian lawyer, politician and judge (b. 1917)
  • 1967-09-19 Monica Proietti, Canadian criminal (b. 1940)

Person of interestVincent Massey

1967-12-30 Vincent Massey, Canadian diplomat, 1st Canadian-born Governor General of Canada (1952-59), dies at 80

Governor General of Canada Vincent Massey
Governor General of Canada
Vincent Massey
  • 1968-01-15 Bill Masterton, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)