Canadian History Timeline (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 820

  • 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 Canadian Édouard Fabre in 2:31:41.2

Historic Invention

1915-05-10 Canadian physician Cluny MacPherson first presents his gas mask invention to the British War Office

  • 1916-02-03 Canada's original Parliament buildings in Ottawa burn down
  • 1916-03-16 US & Canada sign migratory bird treaty

Historic Event

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

  • 1917-01-02 Royal Bank of Canada takes over Quebec Bank

Historic Event

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

  • 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 aircraft 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 opposed 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
  • 1917-12-06 French munition ship "Mont Blanc" explodes in Halifax, Canada killing 1,700

Battle 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

  • 1918-06-01 Canadian ace Billy Bishop downs 6 aircraft 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
  • 1920-04-26 Ice hockey makes its Olympic debut at the Antwerp Games with center Frank Fredrickson scoring 7 goals in Canada's 12-1 drubbing of Sweden in the gold medal match
  • 1920-11-01 American fishing schooner 'Esperanto' defeats Canadian yacht 'Delawana' in the first International Fishing Schooner Championship Races off Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1921-02-14 Canadian 5 cent nickel coin is authorized

Polio

1921-08-10 FDR stricken with a paralytic illness at summer home on Canadian island of Campobello. At the time it was thought to be polio, but could possibly have been Guillain–Barré syndrome

Election of Interest

1921-12-06 Canada's Liberal Party and its leader Mackenzie King defeats Arthur Meighen's Conservative Party and Thomas Crerar' Progressive Party in general election, goes on to form a minority government

Historic Invention

1922-01-11 Insulin first used on humans to treat diabetes, when Frederick Banting injects fellow Canadian Leonard Thompson, aged 14

  • 1922-06-29 France grants 1 km² at Vimy Ridge "freely, and for all time, to the Government of Canada, the free use of the land exempt from all taxes."

1st Winter Olympics

1924-02-03 Canada beats United States, 6-1 to retain the Olympic ice hockey gold medal (won at 1920 Summer Games) at the Chamonix Games; Canadian LW Harry Watson top scores with 46 points

  • 1924-03-27 Canada recognizes USSR
  • 1924-04-01 The Royal Canadian Air Force is formed.
  • 1925-06-10 Inaugural service for the United Church of Canada, a union of Presbyterian, Methodist, and Congregationalist churches held in Toronto Arena
  • 1925-06-29 Canada House opens in London, England
  • 1926-04-19 30th Boston Marathon won by Canadian Johnny Miles in 2:25:40.4

Historic Event

1926-06-29 Arthur Meighen returns to office as Prime Minister of Canada

  • 1926-07-01 Canada restores gold standard
  • 1926-09-25 Mackenzie King is re-elected as Prime Minister of Canada
  • 1926-10-02 Bert Gibb kicks 9 singles as Hamilton Tigers beat Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers 12-10 in Montreal in Canadian Inter-provincial Rugby Football Union opening round

Historic Event

1926-11-10 Vincent Massey becomes 1st Canadian minister to USA

  • 1927-02-18 US & Canada open diplomatic relations
  • 1927-06-01 Peace Bridge between US and Canada opens
  • 1927-08-07 Peace Bridge between US and Canada dedicated
  • 1928-02-19 Canada retains the Olympic ice hockey title when they rout Switzerland, 13-0 in the final round in St. Moritz; Canadian left-wing Dave Trottier top scores with 15 points
  • 1928-02-19 Canadian hockey team wins 3rd consecutive gold medal
  • 1928-06-24 With declining business, the Great Gorge and International Railway begins using one-person crews on trolley operations in Canada
  • 1928-07-31 In the first women’s Olympic track event, American sprinter Elizabeth Robinson equals her own world record 12.2s to win 100m gold medal in Amsterdam; Canadians Fanny Rosenfeld & Ethel Smith dead-heat (12.3s)
  • 1929-01-02 US & Canada agree to preserve Niagara Falls
  • 1929-03-22 US Coast Guard vessel sinks Canadian schooner suspected of carrying liquor
  • 1929-04-15 33rd Boston Marathon won by Canadian Johnny Miles in 2:33:08.6; his second win in the event
  • 1929-09-21 1st legal pass in Canada was thrown by Gerry Seiberling & 1st reception by Ralph Losie of Calgary Altomah-Tigers against Edmonton
  • 1929-10-18 Women are considered "Persons" under Canadian law
  • 1930-07-29 Airship R100, 1st passenger-carrying flight from England to Canada
  • 1930-08-16 I British Empire Games open in Hamilton, Canada
  • 1930-08-23 1st British Empire Games close in Hamilton, Canada
  • 1930-09-29 1st Canadian football game played under lights, Hamilton-UBC
  • 1930-10-29 1st Eastern Canada night CF game: Oshawa vs Toronto Balmy Beach
  • 1931-02-28 Canadian Rugby Union adopts the forward pass
  • 1931-10-10 A J Bennett hits H Garbarino for 1st scoring pass in Canada's Big 4
  • 1931-12-01 Ottawa branch of Royal Mint begins operation as Royal Canadian Mint
  • 1931-12-11 Statute of Westminster gives complete legislative independence to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland (Free State), and Newfoundland (not then part of Canada)
  • 1932-02-13 A 2-2 final round tie with the US is good enough for Canada to clinch its 4th consecutive Olympic ice hockey gold medal at Lake Placid; Canadian center Walter Monson is tournament top scorer with 11 points
  • 1932-06-17 Oil tanker Cymbeline explodes in Montreal, Canada

Sports History

1932-07-07 Australian cricket batsman supreme Don Bradman scores a double century during a Goodwill Tour in Montreal, Canada

  • 1932-07-18 US and Canada sign a treaty to develop St Lawrence Seaway
  • 1933-07-01 The Canadian Parliament suspends all Chinese immigration.
  • 1934-04-16 38th Boston Marathon won by Dave Komonen of Canada in 2:32:53.8
  • 1935-03-11 Bank of Canada first opens on Wellington Street, Ottawa
  • 1935-04-12 Royal Proclamation sets design of Canada's new Jubilee Silver Dollar
  • 1935-05-01 Canada's 1st silver dollar is circulated
  • 1935-06-03 One thousand unemployed Canadian workers board freight cars in Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning a protest trek to Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1935-10-23 Mackenzie King is elected as Prime Minister of Canada for the third time
  • 1936-01-06 Barbara Hanley becomes Canada's 1st woman mayor in Webbwood, Ontario
  • 1936-02-15 Great Britain’s 0-0 tie with the US is enough to clinch their first ever Olympic ice hockey gold medal at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Games; breaks Canada’s 4 straight Games golden streak
  • 1936-08-14 United States beats Canada, 19-8 in poor conditions outdoors to win the gold medal in the inaugural men's basketball competition at the Olympic Games in Berlin
  • 1936-09-04 British-Kenyan aviator Beryl Markham takes off from Abingdon in England on a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean; crash-lands at Baleine Cove on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada, becoming the 1st woman to make the east-west trip [1]
  • 1936-11-02 The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is established
  • 1937-04-19 41st Boston Marathon won by Walter Young of Canada in 2:33:20

Historic Event

1938-08-18 FDR dedicates Thousand Islands Bridge connecting US & Canada

  • 1939-03-07 Guy Lombardo & Royal Canadians 1st record "Auld Lang Syne"
  • 1939-09-03 World War II: Britain declares war on Germany after invasion of Poland. France follows 6 hours later quickly joined by Australia, New Zealand, South Africa & Canada
  • 1939-09-10 Canada, under the leadership of Mackenzie King, declares war on Germany
  • 1940-02-25 1st televised (W2XBS, NYC) hockey game (Rangers vs Canadians)
  • 1940-04-15 44th Boston Marathon won by Gérard Côté of Canada in 2:28:28.6; first of 4 wins in the event
  • 1940-06-10 Canada declares war on Italy
  • 1940-08-17 FDR & Canadian PM William M King agree to joint defense commission
  • 1940-10-02 British liner Empress, loaded with refugees for Canada, sunk
  • 1941-01-03 Canada & US acquire air bases in Newfoundland (99 yr lease)
  • 1941-01-09 Maiden flight by Canada's British-built Avro Lancaster military plane
  • 1941-12-25 Japan announces surrender of British-Canadian garrison at Hong Kong

The Taming of Winston Churchill

1941-12-30 In an emotional speech to the Canadian Parliament Winston Churchill states Britain will never surrender to "Hitler and his Nazi gang" and that "they have asked for total war. Let us make sure they get it". Afterwards Yousef Karsh captures him in his famous photograph, "The Roaring Lion".

  • 1942-03-03 1st combat flight for Canadian British-built Avro Lancaster bomber
  • 1942-07-05 Ian Fleming graduates from a training school for spies in Canada
  • 1942-08-06 Canadian destroyer HMCS Assiniboine sinks U-210
  • 1942-08-19 World War II: Over 4,000 Canadian and British soldiers killed, wounded or captured raiding Dieppe, France
  • 1942-09-18 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation authorized for radio service
  • 1943-01-03 Canadian Army troops arrive in North Africa
  • 1943-03-18 British merchant vessel "Canadian Star" is torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic by German U-boat U-221, 34 die with 54 survivors [1]

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 2,584

  • 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 (Group of Seven), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1974)
  • 1882-10-11 R. Nathaniel Dett, Canadian-American pianist, organist, choral director, and composer (In The Bottoms), born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada (d. 1943)
  • 1883-03-04 Sam Langford, Canadian boxer (d. 1956)
  • 1883-03-05 Marius Barbeau, French Canadian ethnographer and folklorist (d. 1969)
  • 1883-04-06 Walter Huston, Canadian actor (Maltese Falcon, Treasure of Sierra Madre), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1950)
  • 1883-09-01 Didier Pitre, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (Montreal Canadiens), born in Valleyfield, Quebec (d. 1934)
  • 1883-11-19 Edward "Ned" Sparks, Canadian actor (42nd Street, Imitation of Life), born in Guelph, Ontario (d. 1957)

Cyrus EatonCyrus Eaton (1883-1979)

1883-12-27 Canadian-American financier, industrialist and steel magnate, born in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia

  • 1883-12-30 Lester Patrick, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (6 x Stanley Cups as player, coach and manager), born in Drummondville, Quebec (d. 1960)
  • 1884-02-18 Andrew Watson Myles, Canadian politician (d. 1970)
  • 1884-06-23 Cyclone Taylor, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame rover (Stanley Cup 1909 Ottawa, 1915 Vancouver), born in Tara, Ontario (d. 1979)

Davidson BlackDavidson Black (1884-1934)

1884-07-25 Canadian paleoanthropologist and doctor of anatomy who identified "Peking Man", born in Toronto, Ontario

  • 1884-09-26 J. P. Bickell, Canadian businessman and sports team owner (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Molesworth, Ontario, Canada (d. 1951)
  • 1885-02-04 Cairine Ray Wilson, 1st female Canadian senator (appointed), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1885-04-03 (Joseph Aloysius) "Allan" Dwan, Canadian-American screenwriter and film director (Robin Hood; Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farms; Sands Of Iwo Jima), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1981)
  • 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 landscape painter, born in Brantford, Ontario (d. 1970)
  • 1885-12-21 Frank Patrick, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Ottawa, Canada (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, born in Baddeck, Nova Scotia (d. 1961)

Georges VezinaGeorges Vezina (1887-1926)

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

Vincent MasseyVincent Massey (1887-1967)

1887-02-20 Canadian diplomat and 1st Canadian-born Governor General of Canada (1952-59), born in Toronto, Ontario

  • 1887-03-06 Henri Gagnon, Canadian organist (Notre-Dame Basilica (Quebec), 1915-1961), composer (Rondel de Thibaut de Champagne), and music educator, born in Quebec City, Quebec (d. 1961)
  • 1887-04-13 Gordon S. Fahrni, Canadian physician and President of the Canadian Medical Association, born in Gladstone, Manitoba (d. 1995)
  • 1887-06-04 Tom Longboat, Canadian athlete (Boston Marathon 1907 record time 2:24:24), born in Six Nations Reserve Brantford, Ontario (d. 1949)
  • 1887-06-21 Norman L. Bowen, Canadian petrologist, born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada (d. 1956)
  • 1887-07-10 Alfred Ernest Whitehead, English-Canadian composer, born in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England (d. 1974)
  • 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)
  • 1888-04-23 Georges Vanier, French Canadian soldier and 19th Governor General of Canada, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1967)
  • 1888-04-27 Florence La Badie, Canadian-American actress (Cinderella, The Evidence of the Film), born in NYC, New York (d. 1917)

Harry CrerarHarry Crerar (1888-1965)

1888-04-28 Canadian WWI and WWII general (First Canadian Army), born in Hamilton, Ontario

  • 1888-10-23 Onésime Gagnon, Canadian politician, 20th Lieutenant Governor of Québec (d. 1961)
  • 1889-01-06 Alan M Bateman, Canadian geologist (Yale professor), born in Kingston, Canada
  • 1889-07-09 Léo Dandurand, American-Canadian hockey executive, born in Bourbonnais, Illinois (d. 1964)
  • 1889-08-13 Camillien Houde, French Canadian politician and Mayor of Montreal, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1958)
  • 1889-10-13 Douglass Dumbrille, Canadian actor (Mr Deed Goes to Town), born in Hamilton, Ontario (d. 1974)
  • 1889-10-28 Juliette Béliveau, Canadian actress (Le gros Bill) and singer, born in Nicolet, Quebec (d. 1975)
  • 1890-01-01 Florence Lawrence, Canadian silent screen actress (Confidence), born in Hamilton, Ontario (d. 1938)
  • 1890-03-03 Norman Bethune, Canadian doctor, communist and humanitarian (Spanish Civil War, Second Sino-Japanese War), born in Gravenhurst, Ontario (d. 1939)
  • 1890-04-18 James Rennie, Canadian actor (Lash, Little Damozel), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1965)
  • 1890-04-20 Maurice Duplessis, 16th Premier of Quebec, born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada (d. 1959)
  • 1890-08-10 Angus L. MacDonald, Canadian politician (d. 1954)
  • 1890-10-09 Aimee Semple McPherson, Canadian-American evangelist (Pentecostal), born in South-West Oxford, Canada (d. 1944)
  • 1890-12-04 Jack Darragh, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (Stanley Cup 1911, 20-21, 23; Ottawa Senators), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 1924)
  • 1891-01-26 Wilder Penfield, American-born Canadian neurosurgeon (d. 1976)
  • 1891-02-10 Harold RLG, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, Gov-gen of Canada (1945-52)
  • 1891-03-21 Jonathan Hale [Hatley], Canadian-American, actor (Blondie films; The Saint films), born in Hamilton, Ontario (d. 1960)
  • 1891-04-01 Frank Rankin, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame rover (Toronto Eatons, Toronto St. Michael's Majors) and coach (Toronto Granites-Canada Olympic gold 1924), born in Stratford, Ontario (d. 1932)
  • 1891-05-27 Claude Champagne, Canadian composer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1965)
  • 1891-10-25 Father Coughlin, Canadian-American Roman Catholic priest and pro-Fascist radio broadcaster, born in Hamilton, Canada (d. 1979)

Frederick BantingFrederick Banting (1891-1941)

1891-11-14 Canadian physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, born in Alliston, Ontario

Mary PickfordMary Pickford (1892-1979)

1892-04-08 Canadian actress (Poor Little Rich Girl, Suds, Secrets), born in Toronto, Ontario

  • 1892-07-19 Dick Irvin, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (Chicago Black Hawks), born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (d. 1957)
  • 1892-07-31 Joseph Charbonneau, French Canadian Roman Catholic archbishop of Montreal (1940-50), born in Lefaivre, Canada (d. 1959)
  • 1892-08-02 Jack L Warner [Jacob Warner], Canadian-American film executive and president of the Warner Bros. Studios, born in London, Ontario, Canada (d. 1978)
  • 1892-08-16 Harold Foster, Canadian-American cartoonist (Prince Valian), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (d. 1982)
  • 1892-09-24 Adélard Godbout, Canadian politician (15th Premier of Québec), born in Saint-Éloi, Quebec, Canada (d. 1956)
  • 1892-11-20 James Collip, Canadian biochemist and physiologist (insulin), born in Belleville, Ontario (d. 1965)
  • 1892-12-27 Alfred Edwin McKay, Canadian Royal Flying Corps WWI flying ace, born in Brussels, Ontario (d. 1917)
  • 1893-01-01 Barney Stanley, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame forward (Stanley Cup 1915, Vancouver Millionaires; coach Chicago Black Hawks 1927-28), born in Edmonton, Alberta (d. 1971)
  • 1893-05-07 Frank J. Selke, Canadian Hockey HOF executive (9 x Stanley Cup Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens), born in Berlin, Ontario (d. 1985)
  • 1893-08-18 Ernest MacMillan, Canadian organist, conductor and composer, born in Etobicoke, Ontario (d. 1973)

Billy BishopBilly Bishop (1894-1956)

1894-02-08 Canadian First World War flying ace, born in Owen Sound, Ontario

  • 1894-05-18 Lou Hooper, Canadian jazz pianist, and educator, born in North Buxton, Ontario (d. 1977)
  • 1894-05-29 Beatrice Lillie, Canadian comedian and actress (Around World in 80 Days), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1989)
  • 1894-06-01 Frank D. Smith, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame administrator (Beaches/Greater Toronto Hockey League), born in Chatham, Ontario (d. 1964)
  • 1894-06-05 Roy Thomson, 1st Baron Thomson of Fleet, Canadian-English publisher, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1976)
  • 1894-06-11 Dai Vernon [David Frederick Wingfield Verner], Canadian magician, The Professor (d. 1992)
  • 1894-06-14 Jack Adams, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Vancouver Millionaires, Toronto St. Patricks; Ottawa Senators) and coach / GM (Detroit Red Wings), born in Fort William, Ontario (d. 1968)

William George BarkerWilliam George Barker (1894-1930)

1894-11-03 Canadian fighter ace (Victoria Cross recipient), born in Dauphin, Manitoba

  • 1894-11-26 James Charles McGuigan, Catholic cardinal archbishop of Toronto, born in Hunter River, Prince Edward Island, Canada (d. 1974)
  • 1895-02-01 Conn Smythe, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame team owner (Toronto Maple Leafs 1927-61; Stanley Cup x 8), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1980)
  • 1895-02-15 Earl Thomson, Canadian athlete (d. 1971)
  • 1895-04-30 Philippe Panneton, Canadian physician, diplomat and writer (Trente arpents), born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec (d. 1960)
  • 1895-08-22 Paul Comtois, French Canadian politician, born in Pierreville, Quebec (d. 1966)

John DiefenbakerJohn Diefenbaker (1895-1979)

1895-09-18 13th Prime Minister of Canada (Conservative: 1957-63), born in Neustadt, Ontario

  • 1896-03-08 Charlotte Whitton, Canadian politician, Mayor of Ottawa (1951-56), born in Renfrew, Ontario (d. 1975)
  • 1896-04-11 Léo-Paul Desrosiers, Quebec novelist (Les Engagés du Grand Portage), born in Berthier, Canada (d. 1967)
  • 1896-04-20 Wop May, Canadian aviator, flying ace in the WWI, born in Carberry, Manitoba (d. 1952)
  • 1896-07-10 Thérèse Casgrain, French Canadian politician and senator, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1981)
  • 1896-08-15 Catherine Doherty, Russian-born Canadian activist, born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (d. 1985)
  • 1896-08-18 Jack Pickford, Canadian-American actor (The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1933)
  • 1896-08-31 Félix-Antoine Savard, French Canadian priest and novelist, born in Quebec, Canada (d. 1982)
  • 1896-09-10 Robert Taschereau, Canadian judge and politician (d. 1970)
  • 1896-12-15 Margaret Bannerman, Canadian actress (Elopement), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1976)
  • 1897-01-23 William Stephenson, Canadian soldier & spymaster, born in Winnipeg, Canada (d. 1989)

Lester B. PearsonLester B. Pearson (1897-1972)

1897-04-23 14th Canadian Prime Minister (1963-68) (Nobel Peace Prize 1957), born in Toronto, Ontario

  • 1897-06-29 Fulgence Charpentier, French Canadian journalist, born in Sainte-Anne-de-Prescott, Ontario, Canada (d. 2001)
  • 1897-09-23 Walter Pidgeon, Canadian actor (Mrs Miniver, Madame Curie), born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada (d. 1984)
  • 1898-04-19 Sybil Andrews, English-Canadian painter, born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England (d. 1992)
  • 1898-05-17 A. J. Casson, Canadian painter (member of Group of Seven), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1992)
  • 1898-07-17 Osmond Borradaile, Canadian cinematographer (d. 1999)
  • 1898-07-23 Red Dutton, Canadian ice hockey player (Calgary Tigers) and coach, born in Russell, Manitoba (d. 1987)
  • 1898-11-08 Marie Prevost, Canadian actress (The Marriage Circle, The Racket), born in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada (d. 1937)
  • 1899-01-06 Sophie-Carmen "Sonia" Eckhardt-Gramatté, Russian-Canadian pianist and composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1974) [1]

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 201 - 300 of 1,045

  • 1956-01-21 Sam Langford, Canadian boxer (b. 1883)
  • 1956-01-30 Jane Seymour [Marjorie S Fitz-patrick], Canadian-American actress (Tom, Dick and Harry, Young Mr Bobbin), dies at 62
  • 1956-07-20 James Alexander Calder, Canadian politician, dies at 87

Billy BishopBilly Bishop (1894-1956)

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

  • 1956-09-18 Adélard Godbout, Canadian politician (15th Premier of Quebec), dies at 63
  • 1956-12-07 Huntley Gordon, Canadian actor, dies at 77
  • 1957-01-16 Alexander Cambridge, 1st Earl of Athlone, Governor-General of the Union of South Africa and Canada, 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)
  • 1957-05-16 Dick Irvin, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (Chicago Black Hawks), dies at 64
  • 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
  • 1957-11-07 Roy Worters, Canadian Hockey HOF goaltender (Hart Memorial Trophy 1929; Vezina Trophy 1931; NY Americans), dies at 57
  • 1958-06-26 George Orton, Canadian athlete (b. 1873)
  • 1958-09-11 Camillien Houde, French Canadian politician and Mayor of Montreal, dies at 69
  • 1958-09-11 Robert W. Service, English-Canadian poet (Cremation of Sam McGee), dies at 84
  • 1959-11-19 Joseph Charbonneau, French Canadian Roman Catholic archbishop of Montreal, dies at 67
  • 1960-01-02 Paul Sauvé, Canadian politician, dies at 52
  • 1960-01-10 Jack Laviolette, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 80
  • 1960-02-22 Paul-Émile Borduas, Canadian abstract painter, dies at 54
  • 1960-06-01 Lester Patrick, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (6 x Stanley Cups as player, coach and manager), dies from a heart attack at 76
  • 1960-07-26 Maud Menten, Canadian biochemist (b. 1879)
  • 1960-10-15 Maude Eburne, Canadian actress (Ladies They Talk About, Guardsman), dies at 84
  • 1960-12-10 Ernie Quigley, Canadian Basketball HOF official (St. Mary's College, Kansas Uni), basketball umpire (1936 Olympics), MLB umpire (6xWorld Series) & football referee, dies at 80
  • 1960-12-29 Philippe Panneton, Canadian physician, diplomat and writer (Trente arpents), dies at 65
  • 1961-03-27 Jack Kane, British-Canadian arrranger, composer, and orchestra leader (Steve & Eydie; Andy Williams Show), dies at 37
  • 1961-05-17 Henri Gagnon, Canadian organist (Notre-Dame Basilica (Quebec), 1915-1961), composer (Rondel de Thibaut de Champagne), and music educator, dies at 74
  • 1961-05-31 Walter Little, Canadian politician (b. 1877)
  • 1961-06-25 John Alexander Douglas McCurdy, Canadian aviator, dies at 74
  • 1961-07-12 Mazo de la Roche, Canadian author (b. 1879)
  • 1961-07-15 John E. Brownlee, Canadian politician (b. 1884)
  • 1961-08-20 Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Canadian-American Arctic explorer and ethnologist, dies at 82
  • 1961-09-30 Onésime Gagnon, Canadian politician, 20th Lieutenant Governor of Québec, dies at 72
  • 1962-01-27 Percy LeSueur, Canadian hockey player and inventor (large goalie glove), dies at 80
  • 1962-03-04 Cairine R. Wilson, 1st Canadian female senator (appointed), dies at 77
  • 1962-06-24 Lucile Watson, Canadian actress (Great Lie, Model Wife, Florian), dies at 83
  • 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 Robert Kerr, Canadian runner (1908 Olympics), dies at 80
  • 1963-06-05 Donat Raymond, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame builder (head Canadian Arena Company, Montreal Forum rebuilt in 1968) and politician, dies at 83
  • 1963-08-19 Kathleen Parlow, Canadian violinist, and educator, dies at 72
  • 1964-01-07 Colin McPhee, Canadian-American pianist, composer (Tabuh-Tabuhan; H2O; Mechanical Principles), and ethno-musicologist (Bali), dies at 63
  • 1964-04-26 Edwin John Pratt, Canadian poet (Towards the Last Spike), dies at 81
  • 1964-06-09 [William Maxwell] Max Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook, Canadian British newspaper owner (Leatherhead), dies at 85
  • 1964-06-11 Frank D. Smith, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame administrator (Beaches/Greater Toronto Hockey League), dies at 70
  • 1964-06-26 Léo Dandurand, American-Canadian hockey executive, dies at 74
  • 1964-08-05 Art Ross, Canadian hockey player and executive (b. 1886)
  • 1964-09-09 Charles O'Neill, Canadian composer, dies at 82
  • 1965-03-19 Lavere "Buster" Harding, Canadian-American jazz pianist, composer and arranger (Count Basie; Dizzy Gillespie; Billie Holiday), dies at 53

Harry CrerarHarry Crerar (1888-1965)

1965-04-01 Canadian WWI and WWII general (First Canadian Army), dies at 76

  • 1965-06-19 James Collip, Canadian biochemist and physiologist (insulin), dies at 72
  • 1965-07-31 James Rennie, Canadian actor (Lash, Little Damozel), dies at 75
  • 1965-12-21 Claude Champagne, Canadian composer, dies at 74
  • 1966-01-29 Pierre Mercure, Canadian composer, dies in an accident at 38
  • 1966-02-21 Paul Comtois, French Canadian politician, dies at 70
  • 1966-02-28 Jonathan Hale [Hatley], Canadian-American, actor (Blondie films; The Saint films), shoots himself at 74

Cluny MacPhersonCluny MacPherson (1879-1966)

1966-11-16 Canadian doctor and 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, dies at 50
  • 1967-09-19 Monica Proietti, Canadian criminal (b. 1940)

Vincent MasseyVincent Massey (1887-1967)

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

  • 1968-01-15 Bill Masterton, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)
  • 1968-02-16 (James) Healey Willan, British-Canadian organist, composer, and educator, dies at 87
  • 1968-05-01 Jack Adams, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Vancouver Millionaires, Toronto St. Patricks; Ottawa Senators) and coach / general manager (Detroit Red Wings), dies at 73
  • 1968-06-02 André Mathieu, Canadian pianist and composer (Concerto de Québec), dies at 39
  • 1968-09-26 Daniel Johnson, Sr., Canadian politician, 20th Premier of Quebec, dies at 53
  • 1968-12-15 Antonio J. Barrette, French Canadian politician, premier of Quebec, dies at 69
  • 1969-02-27 Marius Barbeau, French Canadian folklorist (b. 1883)
  • 1969-06-16 Harold Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, British field marshal and Governor General of Canada (1946-52), dies at 78
  • 1969-09-13 Charles Foulkes, Canada general and honorary citizen of Wageningen, dies at 66
  • 1970-02-27 Marie Dionne, one of the French Canadian Dionne quintuplets (b. 1934)
  • 1970-03-23 Del Lord, Canadian director (b. 1894)
  • 1970-05-09 Andrew Watson Myles, Canadian politician, dies at 86

Terry SawchukTerry Sawchuk (1929-1970)

1970-05-31 Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender (4-time Vezina Trophy & Stanley Cup winner), dies from liver injuries at 40

  • 1970-07-26 Robert Taschereau, French Canadian lawyer and Chief Justice of Canada, dies at 73
  • 1970-11-21 Newsy Lalonde, Canadian ice hockey (Montreal Canadiens) and lacrosse player, dies at 83
  • 1971-01-05 Douglas Shearer, Canadian film engineer (b. 1899)
  • 1971-04-13 Michel Brière, Canadian ice hockey player, dies from injuries sustained in a car crash at 21
  • 1971-04-17 Carmen Lombardo, Canadian musician, dies at 67
  • 1971-05-16 Barney Stanley, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame forward (Stanley Cup 1915, Vancouver Millionaires; coach Chicago Black Hawks 1927-28), dies at 77
  • 1971-07-07 Claude Gauvreau, Canadian writer (b. 1925)
  • 1972-10-17 Walter "Turk" Broda, Canadian ice hockey goaltender, 5x Stanley Cup, 2x Vezina Trophy (Toronto Maple Leafs, 1935-51), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 1972-10-31 Bill Durnan, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1916)
  • 1972-12-15 Edward Earle, Canadian actor (Charlie Chan-Meeting at Midnight), dies at 90

Lester B. PearsonLester B. Pearson (1897-1972)

1972-12-27 14th Canadian Prime Minister (Nobel Peace Prize 1957), dies at 75

  • 1973-03-13 Stacy Harris, Canadian born actor (NOPD, Doorway to Danger), dies at 54
  • 1973-03-26 Don Messer, Canadian folk fiddler, and television host (Jubilee, 1959-73), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • 1973-05-06 Ernest MacMillan, Canadian organist, conductor and composer, dies at 79
  • 1973-10-06 Arnold Maria Walter, Canadian composer, dies at 71
  • 1974-01-13 Raoul Jobin, Canadian tenor (b. 1906)
  • 1974-02-16 John Garand, Canadian rifle engineer and manufacturer (b. 1888)

Tim HortonTim Horton (1930-1974)

1974-02-21 Canadian ice hockey player and co-founder of the Tim Hortons restaurant chain, dies in a car crash at 44

  • 1974-04-01 Alfred Ernest Whitehead, English-Canadian composer, dies at 86
  • 1974-04-02 Douglass Dumbrille, Canadian actor (Mr Deed Goes to Town), dies at 84
  • 1974-04-05 A. Y. Jackson, Canadian painter (Group of Seven), dies at 91
  • 1974-05-15 Guy Simonds, Canadian army, youngest General officer, dies at 71
  • 1974-08-07 Sylvio Mantha, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 72
  • 1974-12-04 Sophie-Carmen "Sonia" Eckhardt-Gramatté, Russian-Canadian pianist and composer, dies at 75