Canadian History Timeline (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 820

Election of Interest

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

  • 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

Murder of Interest

1880-02-04 "Black Donnelly" massacre in Biddulph, Ontario, Canada: Irish immigrants James (63), Johannah (56), John (32), Thomas (25) and Bridget (21) Donnelly murdered at home by members of the Vigilance Committee

  • 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 Overloaded Canadian river ferry "Princess Victoria" sinks near London, Ontario, 180 die
  • 1883-05-10 First appendectomy performed in North America by Abraham Groves in Canada
  • 1884-02-07 Canadian Rugby Football Union forms

Historic 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)

Historic Event

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

  • 1885-03-26 Louis Riel's forces defeat Canadian forces at Duck Lake, Sask
  • 1885-05-15 Canadian Métis insurgent Louis Reil captured in the aftermath of the Battle of Batoche in 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
  • 1885-11-25 Banff National Park, Canada's first national park established as Rocky Mountains Park, Alberta [1]
  • 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
  • 1890-06-27 Canadian boxer George Dixon becomes first black world champion when he stops English bantamweight champion Edwin "Nunc" Wallace in 18 rounds in London, England
  • 1890-07-01 Canada and Bermuda are linked by telegraph cable

Historic Event

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

  • 1891-06-29 Street railway in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, commences operation
  • 1891-12-19 Canadian Rugby Union forms

Historic Event

1892-12-05 John Thompson becomes the 4th Prime Minister of Canada.

  • 1893-03-17 Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup (Stanley Cup): Montreal Hockey Club claim inaugural trophy after finishing top of final Amateur Hockey Association of Canada standings with a 7–1–0 record
  • 1894-05-26 German Emanuel Lasker becomes undisputed World Chess Champion by beating Austrian-American defending titleholder Wilhelm Steinitz, 10-5 (4 draws) in Montreal, Canada

Historic Event

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

Around The World Alone In A Fishing Boat

1895-04-24 Canadian-American adventurer Joshua Slocum sets sail from Boston, Massachusetts on a solo around-the-world voyage aboard 'Spray', an 11.2-m oyster sloop [1]

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

1896-07-01 Wilfrid Laurier sworn in as 1st French speaking Prime Minister 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
  • 1896-07-11 Wilfrid Laurier sworn in as the 7th Prime Minister of Canada
  • 1896-08-16 Gold first discovered in Klondike, found at Bonanza Creek in the Yukon, Canada by George Carmack
  • 1897-11-24 Canadian Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union forms in Kingston
  • 1898-04-18 2nd Boston Marathon won by Canadian Ron McDonald in race record 2:42:00
  • 1898-06-13 Yukon Territory of Canada established, Dawson chosen as capital
  • 1898-06-27 Canadian-American adventurer Joshua Slocum arrives in Newport, Rhode Island, completing the 1st solo circumnavigation of the globe
  • 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
  • 1900-04-16 4th Boston Marathon won by Canadian Jim Caffrey in race record 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
  • 1901-04-15 5th Boston Marathon won for second straight year by Canadian Jim Caffrey in race record 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

Radio Premiere

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

  • 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
  • 1903-04-29 Limestone slide at Turtle Mountain drops 30 million cubic metres (82 million tons) on to town of Frank, Alberta, Canada, kills 70-90 residents
  • 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 Wilfrid Laurier oversees Alberta and Saskatchewan joining the Confederation of Canada as its 8th and 9th Canadian provinces
  • 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

Boxing Title Fight

1906-10-02 Canadian world heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Burns KOs American challenger 'Fireman' Jim Flynn in 15 rounds to retain his title in Los Angeles, California

  • 1906-11-28 Canadian Tommy Burns retains his world heavyweight boxing title after being pushed to a 20-round draw by 'Philadelphia' Jack O'Brien in Los Angeles, California
  • 1907-01-01 Joe Gans lands a devastating right to the head of Canadian challenger Kid Herman to retain his world lightweight boxing title with an 8th round knockout in Tonopah, Nevada
  • 1907-04-15 11th Boston Marathon won by Canadian Tom Longboat in race record 2:24:24
  • 1907-05-08 Canadian Tommy Burns retains his world heavyweight boxing title after beating 'Philadelphia' Jack O'Brien on points in 20 rounds in Los Angeles, California
  • 1907-07-04 Canadian world heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires of Australia in round 1 in Colma, California, his 6th title defence
  • 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)
  • 1907-09-23 Proclamation sets fineness & weight of silver & bronze coins of Canada
  • 1907-10-05 Canadian Interprovincial Rugby Football Union (IRFU) plays first game; Montreal beats Toronto, 17-8 in Montreal
  • 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
  • 1907-12-02 Canadian world heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Burns retains his title; KOs Englishman Gunner Moir in 10th round at the National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London
  • 1908-01-02 Canadian branch of the Royal Mint opens in Ottawa
  • 1908-02-10 Canadian world heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Burns KOs Englishman Jack Palmer in round 4 in London in his 8th title defence
  • 1908-03-17 Canadian champion Tommy Burns KOs Irish challenger Jem Roche in 1:28s of the 1st round at the Theatre Royal, Dublin; then quickest world heavyweight boxing title fight
  • 1908-04-18 Canadian champion Tommy Burns KOs Jewey Smith of England in 5th round at Neuilly Bowling Palace, Paris to retain his world heavyweight boxing title
  • 1908-06-13 Canadian champion Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires of Australia in 8th round at Neuilly Bowling Palace, Paris to retain world heavyweight boxing title
  • 1908-08-24 Canadian champion Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 13th round at the Sydney Stadium, Australia to retain world heavyweight boxing title; Burns' 3rd KO of Squires
  • 1908-09-03 Canadian world heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Burns KOs Australian Bill Lang in 6 rounds in Melbourne in a warmup fight for his famous title bout with Jack Johnson
  • 1908-09-12 Canada appoints a Civil Service Commission, initiating a more equitable system for selecting civil servants

Boxing Title Fight

1908-12-26 African-American boxer Jack Johnson stops Canadian defending champion Tommy Burns in the 14th round in Sydney, Australia, to become the first black man to win world heavyweight title; Burns is favourite in 12th title defence but Johnson dominates before police stop the bout

  • 1909-11-20 Jack Williams of Canadian football team Ottawa Rough Riders kicks 9 singles in a game
  • 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
  • 1910-04-18 14th Boston Marathon won by Canadian Fred Cameron 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

Royal Coronation

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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
  • 1914-04-20 18th Boston Marathon won by Canadian James Duffy 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)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 2,584

Louis RielLouis Riel (1844-1885)

1844-10-22 Canadian politician, founder of the province of Manitoba and leader of the Métis people of the Canadian prairies, born in Red River Colony, Rupert's Land, British North America

  • 1845-03-07 Daniel David Palmer, Canadian founder of chiropractic (1897 Palmer School of Chiropractic), born in Port Perry, Canada West (d. 1913)
  • 1845-06-09 Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 4th Earl of Minto, Governor General of Canada and India, born in London (d. 1914)
  • 1845-08-09 André Bessette, Canadian Roman Catholic religious figure, born in Mont-Saint-Grégoire, Quebec, Canada (d. 1937)

John ThompsonJohn Thompson (1845-1894)

1845-11-10 4th Prime Minister of Canada (Conservative: 1892-94), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia

  • 1845-12-21 Emmanuel-Persillier Lachapelle, Canadian physician and founder of Hôpital Notre-Dame, Montreal), born in Sault-au-Récollet, Montreal (d. 1918)
  • 1847-02-25 John Watson, Canadian philosopher (Objective Idealism)
  • 1847-11-01 Emma Albani, Canadian operatic soprano, born in Chambly, United Province of Canada (d. 1930)
  • 1847-11-16 Edmund James Flynn, Canadian politician (10th Premier of Quebec), born in Percé, Canada (d. 1927)
  • 1848-01-05 Same Steele, Canadian soldier, born in Purbrook, Canada West (d. 1919)
  • 1848-01-19 John F. Stairs, Canadian businessman (d. 1904)
  • 1848-02-24 C Grant B Allen, Canadian writer (Woman Who Did)
  • 1848-08-30 Andrew Onderdonk, American railway contractor (Canadian Pacific Railway), born in NYC, New York (d. 1905)
  • 1849-05-06 Wyatt Eaton, Canadian-American artist, born in Philipsburg, Quebec (d. 1896)
  • 1849-07-12 William Osler, Canadian physician and author (circulatory system), born in Bond Head, Province of Canada (d. 1919)
  • 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 (1911-16), born in Buckingham Palace, London (d. 1942)
  • 1850-05-27 Thomas Neill Cream, Scottish-Canadian serial killer (Lambeth poisoner), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1892)
  • 1851-10-23 Guillaume Couture, Canadian choir conductor, composer, and teacher, born In Montreal, Quebec (d. 1915)
  • 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)

Robert BordenRobert Borden (1854-1937)

1854-06-26 Canadian politician and 8th Prime Minister of Canada (Conservative: 1911-20), born in Grand-Pre, Nova Scotia

  • 1855-09-12 Simon-Napoléon Parent, Canadian politician and 12th Premier of Quebec (1900-05), born in Beauport, Quebec City (d. 1920)
  • 1855-10-29 Paul Bruchési, French Canadian Catholic archbishop of Montreal, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1939)
  • 1858-06-01 William Wilfred Campbell, Canadian poet (Beyond the Hills of Dream, Ian of the Orcades), born in Newmarket, Ontario (d. 1918)

Bonar LawBonar Law (1858-1923)

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

  • 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)
  • 1861-04-15 Bliss Carman, Canadian poet, born in Fredericton, New Brunswick (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)

James NaismithJames Naismith (1861-1939)

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

  • 1862-06-27 May Irwin, Canadian comedienne and singer ("Hot Time in the Old Town"), born in Whitby, Ontario, Canada (d. 1938)
  • 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-British explorer and adventurer who had a leading role in two of the most controversial expeditions in the history of the colonisation of Africa, born in Halifax, Nova Scotia (d. 1892)
  • 1863-10-10 Louis Cyr, French Canadian strongman (lifting 500 pounds (227 kg) with one finger and backlifting 4,337 pounds (1,967 kg)), born in Quebec, Canada (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 Stanley Plaskett, Canadian astronomer (Plaskett's twins), born in Hickson, Ontario (d. 1941)

Herbert Henry DowHerbert Henry Dow (1866-1930)

1866-02-26 American chemical industrialist (Dow Chemical), born in Ontario, Canada

  • 1866-10-19 Clarence Lucas, Canadian composer, librettist, conductor, and music professor, born in Six Nations Reserve, Ontario (d. 1947)
  • 1867-06-28 William Courtleigh, Canadian actor (The Birth of Character, Ashes, The Nightingale), born in Guelph, Ontario (d. 1930)
  • 1868-09-01 Henri Bourassa, French Canadian politician and publisher (d. 1952)
  • 1868-09-17 James Alexander Calder, Canadian politician, born in Oxford County, Ontario (d. 1956)

Marie DresslerMarie Dressler (1868-1934)

1868-11-09 Canadian-American actress (Dinner at 8, Min and Bill), born in Cobourg, Ontario

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

Richard Bedford BennettRichard Bedford Bennett (1870-1947)

1870-07-03 11th Prime Minister of Canada (Conservative: 1930-35), born in Hopewell Hill, New Brunswick

  • 1870-07-29 George Dixon, Canadian boxer (World Bantamweight title, 1892; World Featherweight champion, 1891-97 & 1898-1901; 1st Black athlete to win a World C'ship in any sport), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia (d. 1908)
  • 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 painter, born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (d. 1945)

John McCraeJohn McCrae (1872-1918)

1872-11-30 Canadian physician, soldier and poet (In Flanders Fields), born in Guelph, Ontario

  • 1873-01-10 George Orton, Canadian athlete, born in Strathroy-Caradoc, Canada (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 (Ben Hur), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1949)
  • 1874-01-16 Robert W. Service, English-Canadian poet (Cremation of Sam McGee), born in Lancashire, England (d. 1958)
  • 1874-04-14 Alexander Cambridge, 1st Earl of Athlone, Governor-General of the Union of South Africa and Canada, born in Kensington Palace, London (d. 1957)

Arthur MeighenArthur Meighen (1874-1960)

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

  • 1874-07-29 James Shaver Woodsworth, Canadian politician (d. 1942)

Lucy Maud MontgomeryLucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

1874-11-30 Canadian author (Anne of Green Gables), born in Clifton, Prince Edward Island

Mackenzie KingMackenzie King (1874-1950)

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

  • 1875-06-12 Sam De Grasse, Canadian actor, born in Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada (d. 1953)
  • 1875-08-26 John Buchan, Scottish politician, Governor-General of Canada (1935-40), writer (The Thirty-Nine Steps) and historian, born in Perth, Scotland (d. 1940)
  • 1875-11-10 Maude Eburne, Canadian actress (Ladies They Talk About, Guardsman), born in Bronte-on-the-Lake, Ontario (d. 1960)
  • 1875-12-05 Arthur Currie, Canadian soldier (fought in WWI), born in Napperton, Ontario (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 (d. 1940)
  • 1877-03-25 Walter Little, Canadian politician (d. 1961)
  • 1877-08-05 Tom Thomson, Canadian painter, born in Claremont, Ontario (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, born in Woodbridge, Ontario (d. 1966)
  • 1879-01-15 Mazo de la Roche, Canadian author, born in Newmarket, Canada (d. 1961)

Cluny MacPhersonCluny MacPherson (1879-1966)

1879-03-18 Canadian doctor and inventor of the gas mask, born in St. John's, Newfoundland

  • 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, born in Belleville, Ontario, Canada (d. 1960)
  • 1879-11-03 Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Canadian-American Arctic explorer and ethnologist, born in Arnes, Manitoba (d. 1961)
  • 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)
  • 1880-03-22 Ernie Quigley, Canadian Basketball HOF official (St. Mary's College, Kansas Uni), basketball umpire (1936 Olympics), MLB umpire (6xWorld Series) & football referee, born in Newcastle, New Brunswick (d. 1960)
  • 1880-04-13 Charles Christie, Canadian film studio owner, born in London, Ontario, Canada (d. 1955)
  • 1880-08-29 Marie-Louise Meilleur, French Canadian supercentenarian lived past 117, born in Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada (d. 1998)
  • 1880-10-12 (James) Healey Willan, British-Canadian organist, composer, and educator, born in Balham, London, England (d. 1968)
  • 1881-03-18 Oliver Seibert, Canadian hall of fame hockey player (elected 1963), born in Berlin, Ontario (d. 1944)

Tommy BurnsTommy Burns (1881-1955)

1881-06-17 Canadian boxer, born in Hanover, Ontario

  • 1881-11-04 Gena Branscombe, Canadian pianist and composer, born in Picton, Ontario (d. 1977)
  • 1881-11-18 Percy LeSueur, Canadian hockey player and inventor (large goalie glove), born in Quebec City, Quebec (d. 1962)
  • 1881-11-24 Al Christie, Canadian-born film director and producer (d. 1951)

Louis St. LaurentLouis St. Laurent (1882-1973)

1882-02-01 12th Prime Minister of Canada (Liberal: 1948-57), born in Compton, Quebec

  • 1882-06-09 Robert Kerr, Canadian sprinter (1909 Olympics), born in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland (d. 1963)
  • 1882-06-24 Athanase David, Canadian politician and businessman (d. 1953)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 200 of 1,045

Charles TupperCharles Tupper (1821-1915)

1915-10-30 6th Prime Minister of Canada (Conservative: 69-day term in 1896), dies of heart failure at 94

  • 1917-07-08 Tom Thomson, Canadian painter (b. 1877)
  • 1917-12-28 Alfred Edwin McKay, Canadian Royal Flying Corps WWI flying ace, shot down and killed over Belgium at 25
  • 1918-01-01 William Wilfred Campbell, Canadian poet (Beyond the Hills of Dream, Ian of the Orcades), dies of pneumonia at 57

John McCraeJohn McCrae (1872-1918)

1918-01-28 Canadian physician, soldier and poet (In Flanders Fields), dies of pneumonia at 45

Wilfrid LaurierWilfrid Laurier (1841-1918)

1918-02-17 7th Prime Minister of Canada (Liberal: 1896-1911), dies of a stroke at 76

  • 1918-11-11 George Lawrence Price, Canadian soldier, last person to be killed in WW I (b. 1892)
  • 1918-11-28 Alexis Contant, Canadian pianist, organist and composer, dies at 60
  • 1919-01-30 Sam Steele, Canadian soldier, dies from influenza at 71
  • 1919-08-18 Joseph E. Seagram, Canadian distillery founder (Seagram Distilleries), dies at 78
  • 1919-10-29 A. B. Simpson, Canadian preacher (b. 1843)
  • 1919-12-29 William Osler, Canadian physician and author (circulatory system), dies at 70
  • 1920-06-27 Adolphe-Basile Routhier, French Canadian lyricist ("O Canada"), dies at 81
  • 1920-09-07 Simon-Napoléon Parent, Canadian politician and 12th Premier of Quebec (1900-05), dies at 64
  • 1920-10-31 Alphonse Desjardins, Canadian founder of the Caisses populaires Desjardins, dies at 65
  • 1921-11-27 Douglas Colin Cameron, Canadian politician (b. 1854)
  • 1923-04-25 Louis-Olivier Taillon, French Canadian politician, dies at 82
  • 1924-06-28 Jack Darragh, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (Stanley Cup 1911, 20-21, 23; Ottawa Senators), dies of peritonitis at 33
  • 1924-10-05 Joseph Vézina, Canadian conductor (Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, 1902-24), and composer (Le Rajah), dies at 75
  • 1927-06-07 Edmund James Flynn, Canadian politician (10th Premier of Quebec), dies at 79
  • 1928-04-16 Henry Birks, Canadian businessman and founder of Henri Birks and Sons, dies at 87
  • 1929-06-08 Bliss Carman, Canadian poet, dies at 68

Elijah McCoyElijah McCoy (1844-1929)

1929-10-10 Canadian-American inventor (57 patents), dies at 86

William George BarkerWilliam George Barker (1894-1930)

1930-03-12 Canadian Fighter Ace (Victoria Cross recipient), dies in a training accident at 35

  • 1930-04-03 Emma Albani, Canadian operatic soprano, dies at 82
  • 1930-04-19 Georges-Casimir Dessaulles, Canadian senator (b. 1827)
  • 1930-06-12 Dyce Willcocks, cricketer ("Grand Old Man" of Canadian cricket), dies
  • 1930-12-27 William Courtleigh, Canadian actor (The Birth of Character, Ashes, The Nightingale), dies at 63
  • 1931-05-31 Felix-Raymond-Marie Rouleau, French Canadian cardinal, archbishop of Quebec (b. 1866)
  • 1932-02-27 William Southam, Canadian newspaper publisher, dies at 88
  • 1932-06-14 Dorimène Roy Desjardins, Canadian business pioneer
  • 1932-07-22 Reginald Fessenden, Canadian-American inventor and radio pioneer - reputedly broadcast 1st program of voice & music, dies at 65
  • 1932-07-23 Frank Rankin, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame rover (Toronto Eatons, Toronto St. Michael's Majors) and coach (Toronto Granites-Canada Olympic gold 1924), dies at 41
  • 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 Arthur Currie, Canadian soldier (fought in WWI), dies at 57

Marie DresslerMarie Dressler (1868-1934)

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

  • 1934-07-29 Didier Pitre, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (Montreal Canadiens), dies of acute indigestion at 50
  • 1935-03-16 John Macleod, Scottish-Canadian physiologist (Nobel 1923), dies at 58
  • 1937-01-06 André Bessette, Canadian Roman Catholic religious figure, dies at 91
  • 1937-01-21 Marie Prevost, Canadian actress (b. 1898)

Howie MorenzHowie Morenz (1902-1937)

1937-03-08 Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Montreal Canadiens, 3-time Stanley Cup winner), dies of a heart attack at 34

Robert BordenRobert Borden (1854-1937)

1937-06-10 Canadian politician and 8th Prime Minister of Canada (Conservative: 1911-20), dies at 82

  • 1938-04-13 Grey Owl [Archibald Belaney], Canadian conservationist, dies at 49
  • 1938-10-22 May Irwin, Canadian comedienne and singer (Hot Time in the Old Town), dies at 76
  • 1939-03-27 Constance Lindsay Skinner, Quesnel British Columbia, Canadian author (Rivers of America), dies at 57
  • 1939-09-20 Paul Bruchési, French Canadian Catholic archbishop of Montreal, dies at 83
  • 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

James NaismithJames Naismith (1861-1939)

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

  • 1940-02-11 John Buchan, Scottish politician, Governor-General of Canada (1935-40), writer (The Thirty-Nine Steps) and historian dies at 64
  • 1940-05-25 Joe De Grasse, Canadian film director, dies at 67
  • 1940-08-31 George Gauthier, French Canadian Roman Catholic Bishop of Montreal and rector of the Université de Montréal, dies at 68
  • 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 (Mary) La Bolduc (née Travers), French Canadian singer and songwriter, dies of cancer at 46

Frederick BantingFrederick Banting (1891-1941)

1941-02-21 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)
  • 1942-01-16 Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, Governor General of Canada (1911-16), dies at 91

Lucy Maud MontgomeryLucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

1942-04-24 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 Dawson Adams, Canadian geologist, dies at 83
  • 1943-07-08 Harry Oakes, Canadian-British prominent businessman in Bahamas, murdered under mysterious circumstances at 68
  • 1943-10-02 R. Nathaniel Dett, Canadian-American pianist, organist, choral director, and composer (In The Bottoms), dies of a heart attack while on tour with the USO at 60
  • 1943-10-24 Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau, French Canadian poet (Regards et jeux dans l'espace), dies at 31
  • 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 painter, dies at 73
  • 1945-03-24 (Jevon) "Jeff" Nicklin, Canadian CFL football player,1934-40 (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), and Army paratrooper officer killed in action at 30
  • 1946-05-30 Louis Slotin, Canadian Physicist and Chemist (Manhattan Project, Los Alamos) who assembled the plutonium core for 'Trinity', the first detonated atomic device, dies of radiation poisoning at 35 (b. 1910)
  • 1947-01-11 Eva Tanguay, Canadian-born vaudeville and film singer and entertainer dies at 68
  • 1947-05-05 Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player, dies at 30
  • 1947-06-10 Alexander Bethune, Canadian politician (b. 1852)
  • 1947-07-01 Clarence Lucas, Canadian composer, dies at 80
  • 1947-11-14 Joseph Allard, French Canadian fiddler and composer, dies at 74
  • 1949-01-09 Tom Longboat, Canadian athlete (Boston Marathon 1907 record time 2:24:24), dies at 61
  • 1949-12-16 Sidney Olcott, Canadian film director (Ben Hur), dies at 76
  • 1950-04-07 Walter Huston, Canadian actor (Maltese Falcon, Treasure of Sierra Madre), dies from an aneurysm at 67

Mackenzie KingMackenzie King (1874-1950)

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

  • 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 (Toronto Maple Leafs), dies at 66
  • 1952-05-09 Canada Lee [Leonard Canegata], African-American actor (Lost Boundaries), dies of 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)
  • 1952-12-04 James E. Norris, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame team owner (Detroit Red Wings), dies at 72
  • 1953-01-26 Athanase David, French Canadian politician and businessman (b. 1882)
  • 1953-05-11 Jean Adair, Canadian actress, dies at 80
  • 1953-11-29 Sam De Grasse, Canadian actor, dies from a heart attack at 78
  • 1954-04-13 Angus Lewis Macdonald, Canadian politician, dies at 63
  • 1954-05-26 Lionel Conacher, Canadian Hockey HOF defenceman (Stanley Cup 1934 Chicago Black Hawks, 1935 Montreal Maroons) and politician (MP Trinity), dies from a heart attack at 54
  • 1955-06-16 Ozias Leduc, Canadian painter, dies at 90
  • 1955-07-24 Harry Haden, Canadian American actor (Harry-Stu Erwin Show), dies at 72
  • 1955-08-02 Alfred Lépine, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, dies at 54