Canadian History Timeline (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 820

  • 1943-04-19 47th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:28:25.8; his 2nd of 4 wins in the event
  • 1943-07-10 US, British and Canadian forces invade Sicily in WW II (Operation Husky)

Historic Event

1943-08-04 British premier Winston Churchill travels on the Queen Mary to Canada

  • 1943-11-18 First US ambassador to Canada, Ray Atherton, nominated
  • 1943-12-10 British 8th Army (1st Canadian Infantry Division) occupies Orsogna/Ortona Italy
  • 1944-04-17 48th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:31:50.4; second straight victory; 3rd of 4 titles
  • 1944-05-23 British and Canadian troops occupy Pontecorvo, Italy
  • 1944-06-07 Canadian 50th Division occupies Bayeux during the Normandy invasion
  • 1944-07-20 British and Canadian troops occupy Hill 67/Ifs/Bras/Frenouville, Normandy
  • 1944-07-20 Canadian Cameron Highlanders conquer St Andre
  • 1944-07-25 World War II: Operation Spring - one of Canada's bloodiest days, 18,444 casualties and 5,021 killed
  • 1944-08-07 Canada/Polish offensive direction Falaise: Total Cooperation
  • 1944-08-08 Canada/Polish troops occupy Cramesnil/Secqueville/Cintheaux/St-Aignan
  • 1944-08-14 Operation Tractable: new Canadian offensive
  • 1944-08-16 2nd Canadian Division occupies Falaise, Normandy
  • 1944-08-17 4th Canadian Armoured division occupiers Trun, Normandy
  • 1944-08-17 Canadian 2nd division conquers Falaise, Normandy
  • 1944-09-03 Canadian troops liberate Abbeville, France

Conference of Interest

1944-09-12 Second Quebec Conference: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and the Combined Chiefs of Staff meet in Quebec City, Canada to discuss Allied occupation zones, the Morgenthau Plan, U.S. Lend-Lease aid to Britain and the role of the Royal Navy

  • 1944-10-06 Canadians free Austria
  • 1944-10-09 Canadian offensive in West-Zeeuws-Flanders
  • 1944-10-19 Canadian troops liberate Aardensburg
  • 1944-10-21 Canadian troops occupy Breskens
  • 1944-11-02 Canadian troops occupy Knokke
  • 1944-11-05 Canadian & British troops liberate Dinteloord
  • 1945-02-22 Canadian 3rd Division occupies Moyland
  • 1945-02-23 Canadian troops occupy Kalkar
  • 1945-03-24 Operation Varsity: In the largest one-day airborne operation of all time, British, US & Canadian paratroopers land east of the Rhine in Northern Germany
  • 1945-04-01 World War II: Canadian troops free the Dutch cities of Doetinchem, Enschede, Borculo and Eibergen
  • 1945-04-03 World War II: Dutch city of Hengelo freed from Nazi control by the Canadian Army
  • 1945-04-05 World War II: Dutch city of Almelo is freed by the Second Canadian Corps
  • 1945-04-06 World War II: Dutch city of Coevorden freed from German occupation by Canadian forces
  • 1945-04-10 Canadian troops conquer Deventer
  • 1945-04-12 Canadian troops liberate Nazi concentration camp Westerbork, Netherlands
  • 1945-04-13 Canadian soldier Léo Major single-handedly liberates Dutch town of Zwolle by fooling Germans into thinking a raid had begun
  • 1945-04-13 WWII: Canadian army liberates Teuge & Assen, Netherlands, from Nazis
  • 1945-04-16 World War II: Dutch town of Arnhem, site of failed Operation Market Garden, is freed by British and Canadian forces
  • 1945-05-08 Canadian troops move into Amsterdam

Golf Tournament

1945-08-04 American golfer Byron Nelson wins Canadian Open at Uplands & Thornhill CC for a record 11th consecutive PGA victory, on way to record season tally of 18

  • 1945-09-28 Canadian football's Calgary Bronks changes its name to Stampeders

Historic Event

1945-10-08 US President Harry Truman announces atomic bomb secret shared with Britain and Canada

  • 1946-06-14 Canadian Library Association established
  • 1946-09-22 Canadian woman Evelyn Dick charged with butchering her husband in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1947-04-19 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: Toronto Maple Leafs edge Montreal Canadiens, 2-1 for a 4-2 series win; first all-Canadian final since 1935
  • 1948-02-06 World & European champion Barbara Ann Scott becomes the first Canadian to win a women's figure skating Olympic gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Games
  • 1948-02-08 Canada beats Switzerland 3-0, to regain the Olympic ice hockey title at the St. Moritz Winter Games; forward Walter Halder top scores with 29 points in Canada’s 5th Olympic title
  • 1948-04-19 52nd Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:31:02; his 4th victory in the event

Historic Event

1948-11-15 Louis St. Laurent is sworn in as the 12th Prime Minister of Canada

Historic Event

1948-11-15 Mackenzie King retires after 22 years as Prime Minister of Canada

  • 1948-12-29 Canada recognizes Israel
  • 1949-02-12 Team Canada beats Denmark 47-0 in hockey
  • 1949-03-31 Newfoundland becomes Canada's 10th province
  • 1949-09-17 128 die as fire guts Canadian passenger steamer Noronic in Toronto
  • 1950-01-19 Maiden flight by Canada's Avro Canada CF-100 military plane
  • 1950-09-23 Canada's first mountain rescue by helicopter of a forestry worker from a Wells Gray Park forestry lookout

Historic Event

1952-02-06 Queen Elizabeth II succeeds King George VI to the British throne and proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms including Canada, Australia and New Zealand

  • 1952-02-24 Canada wins 6th Olympic ice hockey title courtesy of a final round 3-3 tie with the US at the Oslo Winter Games; Canadian center Billy Gibson top scores with 19 points

Historic Event

1952-02-28 Vincent Massey is sworn in as the first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada

  • 1952-07-01 The first NASCAR Grand National event is run outside of the US with Buddy Shuman winning the 200-lap race at Stamford Park, Ontario, Canada
  • 1952-07-04 Canadian Currency, Mint and Exchange Fund Act allows gold coins of $5, $10, and $20 to be minted
  • 1952-09-06 Canadian TV begins in Montreal
  • 1952-11-19 Scandinavian Airlines opens a commercial route from Canada to Europe
  • 1952-11-29 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Toronto Argonauts prove to be the dominant club in Canada with their record 10th Championship; beat Edmonton Eskimos, 21-11
  • 1953-01-20 1st US telecast transmitted to Canada from Buffalo, New York
  • 1953-03-03 Canadian Comet crashes at Karachi, 11 killed
  • 1954-02-10 World Figure Skating Championship at Oslo: Pairs - won by Canadian team of Frances Dafoe and Norris Bowden
  • 1954-07-30 5th British Empire Games and Commonwealth Games open in Vancouver, Canada
  • 1954-10-15 Hurricane Hazel makes landfall in the US in North Carolina as a category 4 hurricane, 195 die in US and Canada
  • 1954-10-18 Hurricane Hazel becomes most severe to ever hit the US, killing 195 in US and Canada
  • 1955-02-17 Ice Pairs Championship at Vienna won by Frances Dafoe and Norris Bowden of Canada
  • 1956-01-22 Canadian Football Council forms
  • 1956-02-04 Soviet Union beats Canada, 2-0 at Cortina d'Ampezzo to clinch their first ever Olympic ice hockey gold medal; US takes silver, Canada bronze

United Nations

1956-11-07 Suez Crisis ends with a ceasefire as the United Nations Emergency Force is established at instigation of Canadian diplomat Lester B. Pearson and UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld

  • 1957-03-03 Ice Pairs Championship at Colorado Springs won by Wagner & Paul of Canada
  • 1957-05-27 Toronto's CHUM-AM, (1050 kHz) becomes Canada's first radio station to broadcast only top 40 Rock n' Roll music format

Election of Interest

1957-06-10 John Diefenbaker (C) elected Prime Minister of Canada

  • 1957-06-21 Ellen Louks Fairclough is sworn in as Canada's first woman Cabinet Minister
  • 1957-06-21 John Diefenbaker (C) takes office as Prime Minister of Canada
  • 1957-06-21 Louis St. Laurent resigns as Prime Minister of Canada, ending the longest uninterrupted run at the federal level in Canadian history

Conference of Interest

1957-07-08 First Pugwash Conference, the "Thinkers Lodge" held on nuclear disarmament at Pugwash, Nova Scotia, Canada, founded by Joseph Rotblat and hosted by Cyrus Eaton

  • 1957-08-01 US and Canada create North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)
  • 1957-10-04 Avro Arrow roll-out ceremony at Avro Canada plant in Malton, Ontario
  • 1957-10-12 Canadian Prime Minister Lester Bowles Pearson wins Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1957-10-14 Queen Elizabeth II becomes the first Canadian monarch to open the Parliament of Canada with the Speech from the Throne.
  • 1957-10-20 Lester B. Pearson is the first Canadian to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his aid in resolving the Suez Crisis
  • 1958-01-19 Canadian Football Council renamed Canadian Football League
  • 1958-04-05 Ripple Rock, an underwater threat to navigation in the Seymour Narrows in Canada is destroyed in one of the largest ever non-nuclear controlled explosions
  • 1958-05-12 US & Canada form North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)
  • 1958-06-17 The Wooden Roller Coaster at Playland, which is in the Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, Canada opened, and is still open to this day
  • 1958-07-01 The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation links television broadcasting across Canada via microwave
  • 1958-08-14 Canadian Football League plays 1st game (Winnipeg 29, Edmonton 21)
  • 1959-02-20 The Avro Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate.
  • 1959-02-28 Ice Pairs Championship at Colorado Springs won by Barbara Wagner and Robert Paul of Canada, their 3rd title
  • 1959-04-27 The last Canadian missionary leaves the People's Republic of China.

Historic Communication

1959-06-03 US President Eisenhower routes Canadian premier Diefenbaker a message off the Moon

  • 1960-02-19 Three time Canadian world champions Barbara Wagner and Robert Paul win the pairs figure skating Olympic gold medal at Squaw Valley, California
  • 1961-08-02 St Louis Cardinals (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 36-7 in an exhibition game in Toronto, Canada
  • 1961-11-06 US government issues a stamp honoring 100th birthday of James Naismith (invented game of basketball - actually Canadian)
  • 1962-01-26 Canadian Marine Service renamed Coast Guard
  • 1962-03-15 Donald Jackson of Canada is 1st to land a triple lutz ice skate jump

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 2,584

  • 1899-02-27 Charles Best, American-Canadian medical scientist and co-discoverer of insulin, born in West Pembroke, Maine (d. 1978)
  • 1899-03-14 K.C. Irving, Canadian industrialist (d. 1992)
  • 1899-05-26 Antonio J. Barrette, French Canadian politician, premier of Quebec, born in Joliette, Quebec, Canada (d. 1968)
  • 1899-07-24 Chief Dan George [Tes-wah-no], Canadian Indian author, poet and actor (Harry & Tonto, Little Big Man, Smith!), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1981)
  • 1899-11-17 Douglas Shearer, Canadian film sound engineer (d. 1971)
  • 1899-12-08 John Qualen, Canadian actor (Casablanca, The Grapes of Wrath, The Searchers), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1987)
  • 1900-02-20 Graham Spry, Canadian radio pioneer, born in St Thomas, Ontario (d. 1983)
  • 1900-02-25 Hartzell "Tiny" Parham, American jazz pianist, theater organist, and bandleader, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (d. 1943)
  • 1900-04-19 Roland Michener, 20th Governor General of Canada (1967-74), born in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada (d. 1991)
  • 1900-05-24 Lionel Conacher, Canadian Hockey HOF defenceman (Stanley Cup 1934 Chicago Black Hawks, 1935 Montreal Maroons) and politician (MP Trinity), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1954)
  • 1900-05-25 Alain Grandbois, French Canadian poet (Né à Québec: Louis Jolliet), born in Saint-Casimir, Quebec (d. 1975)
  • 1900-09-06 W.A.C. Bennett, Canadian politician, born in New Brunswick, Canada (d. 1979)
  • 1900-10-19 Roy Worters, Canadian Hockey HOF goaltender (Hart Memorial Trophy 1929; Vezina Trophy 1931; NY Americans), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1957)
  • 1900-12-24 Joey Smallwood, Canadian politician (Premier of Newfoundland), born in (d. 1991)
  • 1901-06-14 Hap Day, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (Stanley Cup 1932 [captain], 42, 45, 47, 48, 1949 [coach], 1951 [assistant manager]; Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Owen Sound, Ontario (d. 1990)
  • 1901-07-30 Alfred Lépine, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, born in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Canada (d. 1955)
  • 1901-08-29 Aurel Joliat, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Ottawa, Canada (d. 1986)
  • 1901-09-05 Mieczyslaw Kolinski, Polish-Canadian composer (Encounterpoint), educator, and ethno-musicologist, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1981)
  • 1901-09-12 Ben Blue, Canadian actor and comedian (Accidental Family, Frank Sinatra Show), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1975)
  • 1901-09-22 Charles Huggins, American-Canadian physician and cancer researcher (1966 Nobel Prize), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia (d. 1997)
  • 1901-10-07 Frank Boucher, Canadian Hockey HOF center (Ottawa Sens, Vancouver Maroons, NY Rangers), coach (Stanley Cup 1939–40 NY Rangers) and executive (GM NY Rangers), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 1977)
  • 1902-04-14 Sylvio Mantha, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1974)
  • 1902-06-19 Guy Lombardo, Canadian-American orchestra leader (Auld Lang Syne), born in London, Ontario, Canada (d. 1977)

Norma ShearerNorma Shearer (1902-1983)

1902-08-10 Canadian-American actress (Escape, The Divorcee), born in Montreal, Quebec

  • 1902-08-30 Arnold Maria Walter, Canadian composer, born in Hanušovice, Moravia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1973)

Howie MorenzHowie Morenz (1902-1937)

1902-09-21 Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Montreal Canadiens, 3-time Stanley Cup winner), born in Mitchell, Ontario

  • 1902-10-22 Frank Spedding, Canadian Chemist whose uranium extraction process helped make possible the first atomic bomb, born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1902-11-21 Foster Hewitt, Canadian radio broadcaster (Hockey Night in Canada), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1985)
  • 1902-11-22 Albert Leduc, Canadian ice hockey defenseman (Stanley Cup 1930, 31 Montreal Canadiens), born in Valleyfield, Quebec (d. 1990)
  • 1902-11-28 Victor Jory, Canadian actor (Kings Row, Manhunt), born in Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada (d. 1982)
  • 1902-12-29 Nels Stewart, Canadian hockey player, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1957)
  • 1903-01-03 Charles Foulkes, Canadian general
  • 1903-02-22 Morley Callaghan, Canadian author (Toronto Star, Native Argosy)
  • 1903-02-25 King Clancy, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1986)
  • 1903-04-02 Lionel Chevrier, Canadian politician (Canadian Member of Parliament), born in Cornwall, Ontario (d. 1987)
  • 1903-04-23 Guy Simonds, Canadian army, youngest General officer, born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England (d. 1974)
  • 1903-06-23 Paul Joseph James Martin, Canadian politician (d. 1992)
  • 1903-07-16 Carmen Lombardo, Canadian saxophonist, singer, and songwriter (Royal Canadians - "Coquette"; "Seems Like Old Times"), born in London, Ontario (d. 1971)
  • 1903-10-04 Bona Arsenault, French Canadian politician, historian and genealogist, born in Bonaventure, Quebec (d. 1993)
  • 1903-12-04 Al Leader, Canadian-American Hockey Hall of Fame player, referee and administrator (Western Hockey League), born in Barnsley, Manitoba (d. 1982)
  • 1904-04-16 Fifi D'Orsay [Yvonne Lussier] Canadian-American vaudeville and film actress and singer known as the "French Bombshell" (The Life Jimmy Dolan; Dixie Jamboree),, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1983)
  • 1904-04-26 Paul-Émile Léger, Canadian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and Archbishop (Montreal), born in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec, Canada (d. 1991)
  • 1904-05-13 Earle Birney, Canadian poet and novelist who twice won the Governor General's Award, born in Calgary, Northwest Territories (d. 1995)
  • 1904-05-16 Hugh Plaxton, Canadian ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1928)
  • 1904-06-26 Frank Scott Hogg, Canadian astronomer, born in Preston, Ontario (d. 1951)

Tommy DouglasTommy Douglas (1904-1986)

1904-10-20 Canadian politician (Father of Medicare), born in Falkirk, Scotland

  • 1904-11-03 Jānis Kalniņš, Latvian-Canadian organist, composer (Ugunī; New Brunswick Rhapsody), and conductor (Latvian National Opera, 1933–1944), born in Pärnu, Russian Empire (now Estonia) (d. 2000)
  • 1904-11-04 Walter Bauer, German Canadian writer, born in Merseburg (d. 1976)
  • 1904-11-18 Jean Paul Lemieux, Canadian painter, born in Quebec (d. 1990)
  • 1904-11-26 Armand Frappier, French Canadian physician and microbiologist, born in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec, Canada (d. 1991)
  • 1904-12-18 Wilf Carter, Canadian country and western singer, born in Port Hilford, Nova Scotia (d. 1996)
  • 1905-03-27 Elsie MacGill, Canadian aeronautical engineer, 1st female in Canada to get bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, born in Vancouver (d. 1980)
  • 1905-04-22 Robert Choquette, French Canadian novelist, poet and diplomat, born in Manchester, New Hampshire (d. 1991)

John Peters HumphreyJohn Peters Humphrey (1905-1995)

1905-04-30 Canadian jurist and human rights advocate (Universal Declaration on Human Rights), born in Hampton, New Brunswick

  • 1905-05-01 Paul Desruisseaux, Canadian lawyer and politician (Senator for Wellington, Quebec), born in Sherbrooke, Quebec (d. 1982)
  • 1905-06-23 Jack Pickersgill, Canadian politician (d. 1997)
  • 1905-09-21 Robert Lebel, French Canadian ice hockey executive, born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (d. 1999)
  • 1905-10-26 George Flahiff, Canadian Cardinal, born in Paris, Ontario, Canada (d. 1989)
  • 1905-11-01 Paul-Émile Borduas, Canadian abstract painter, born in Saint-Hilaire, Quebec (d. 1960)
  • 1905-12-01 Alexander Wilson, Canadian and Notre Dame athlete (d. 1994)
  • 1906-03-28 Joseph Wright Jr., Canadian oarsman (Olympic gold 1928), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1981)
  • 1906-03-28 Murray Adaskin, Canadian violinist, composer, conductor (Saskatoon Symphony), and teacher (University of Saskatchewan), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2002)
  • 1906-04-08 Raoul Jobin, French Canadian operatic tenor, born in Quebec City, Quebec (d. 1974)
  • 1906-05-16 Alfred Pellan, French Canadian painter (d. 1988)
  • 1906-07-27 Herbert Jasper, Canadian physiologist and neurologist, born in La Grande, Oregon (d. 1999)
  • 1906-08-29 Joe Sawyer [Sauers], Canadian actor (Adventures of Rin Tin Tin - "Sgt. Biff O'Hara"), born in Guelph, Ontario (d. 1980)
  • 1906-11-02 Paul Thompson, Canadian ice hockey forward and coach (Stanley Cup 1928 [NY Rangers], 1934, 38 Chicago Black Hawks), born in Calgary, Alberta (d. 1991)
  • 1906-12-02 Donald Woods, Canadian actor (True Grit, Craig Kennedy; Criminologist), born in Brandon, Manitoba (d. 1998)
  • 1906-12-10 Walter Zinn, Canadian-American nuclear physicist (invented the breeder reactor), born in Kitchener, Ontario (d. 2000)
  • 1907-01-16 Alexander Knox, Canadian actor and author (Gorky Park, 2 of a Kind), born in Strathroy, Ontario, Canada (d. 1995)
  • 1907-01-26 Hans Selye, Austrian-Canadian endocrinologist, born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1982)
  • 1907-02-01 John Canaday, art critic (Metropolitan Museum of Art Portfolios)
  • 1907-02-14 Johnny Longden, Canadian hall of fame jockey and trainer (1943 Triple Crown on Count Fleet), born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England (d. 2003)
  • 1907-03-03 Canada Lee [Leonard Canegata], African-American actor (Lost Boundaries), born in NYC, New York (d. 1952)
  • 1907-04-16 Joseph-Armand Bombardier, French Canadian inventor and businessman (Bombardier) (d. 1964)
  • 1907-05-29 Hartland Molson, Canadian businessman (Molson family), senator and sports executive (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2002)
  • 1907-08-28 Phil Edwards, Canadian-Guyanese runner (Olympic bronze 1928, 32, 36), born in Georgetown, Guyana (d. 1971)
  • 1907-09-03 Andrew Brewin, Canadian lawyer and MP for Greenwood, born in Brighton, England (d. 1983)
  • 1907-09-15 Fay Wray, Canadian American actress (King Kong), born in Alberta, Canada (d. 2004)
  • 1907-11-22 Bernard Naylor, English Canadian composer, born in Cambridge, England (d. 1986)
  • 1907-12-01 Alex Wilson, Canadian athlete (Olympic silver 800m, 2 x bronze 400m, 4x400m relay 1932), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1994)
  • 1907-12-16 Barbara Kent, Canadian actress (Lonesome, Flesh and the Devil), born in Gadsby, Alberta, Canada (d. 2011)
  • 1908-01-20 Wilfred Conwell Bain, American music educator, born in Shawville, Canada (d. 1997)
  • 1908-02-10 Jean Coulthard, Canadian composer, and music educator, born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2000)
  • 1908-02-13 Gerald Strang, American classical and electronic music composer, born in Claresholm, Alberta, Canada (d. 1983)
  • 1908-04-07 Percy Faith, Canadian-American pop and easy listening composer and bandleader ("Theme from A Summer Place"), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1976)
  • 1908-05-19 Percy Williams, Canadian athlete (Olympic gold 100m / 200m 1928), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1982)
  • 1908-06-12 Alphonse Ouimet, Canadian television pioneer and president of the CBC, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1988)
  • 1908-06-18 Stanley Knowles, Canadian politician (d. 1997)
  • 1908-09-04 Edward Dmytryk, Canadian film director (Carpetbaggers, Young Lions, Caine Mutiny), born in Grand Forks, Canada (d. 1999)

John Kenneth GalbraithJohn Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006)

1908-10-15 Canadian-American economist and writer (Affluent Society - Sidney Hillman Award, 1958), born in Iona Station, Ontario

  • 1908-10-24 John Tuzo Wilson, Canadian geologist (contributions to plate tectonics), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 1993)
  • 1908-10-29 Stewart Myles MacPherson, Canadian-born British broadcaster (WWII), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1995)

Bronko NagurskiBronko Nagurski (1908-1990)

1908-11-03 Canadian-American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame fullback (Chicago Bears), born in Rainy River, Ontario

  • 1908-11-04 Anthony Warde, American actor (Dangers of the Canadian Mounted, Buck Rogers, Black Widow), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1975)
  • 1908-11-10 Charles Merritt, Canadian Army officer and recipient of the Victoria Cross during World War II, born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2000)
  • 1908-12-23 Yousuf Karsh, American Canadian portrait photographer (Life Magazine), born in Mardin, Ottoman Empire (d. 2002)
  • 1909-02-01 George Beverly Shea, Canadian-American Grammy Award-winning gospel singer (Billy Graham Crusades, 1947-2013), born in Winchester, Ontario (d. 2013)
  • 1909-02-14 A. Moses Klein, Canadian poet (Hath Not a Jew...), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1909-03-22 Gabrielle Roy, French Canadian author (The Tin Flute, Street of Riches), born in St. Boniface, Manitoba (d. 1973)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 301 - 400 of 1,045

  • 1975-01-08 Anthony Warde, American actor (Dangers of the Canadian Mounted, Buck Rogers, Black Widow), dies at 66
  • 1975-01-25 Charlotte Whitton, Canadian politician, Mayor of Ottawa (1951-56), dies at 78
  • 1975-03-07 Ben Blue, Canadian actor and comedian (Accidental Family, Frank Sinatra Show), dies at 73
  • 1975-03-18 Alain Grandbois, French Canadian poet (Né à Québec: Louis Jolliet), dies at 74
  • 1975-08-26 Juliette Béliveau, Canadian actress (Le gros Bill) and singer, dies at 85
  • 1976-01-23 Paul Dupuis, French Canadian actor (The Fortress; Passport to Pimlico), dies at 62
  • 1976-02-09 Percy Faith, Canadian-American pop and easy listening composer and bandleader ("Theme from A Summer Place"), dies at 67
  • 1976-04-05 Wilder Penfield, Canadian surgeon (b. 1891)
  • 1976-04-26 Neil McCallum, British-Canadian actor (Pete-Saber of London), dies at 45
  • 1976-05-20 Syd Howe, Canadian Hockey HOF left wing (Stanley Cup 1936, 37, 43 Detroit Red Wings), dies from throat cancer at 64
  • 1976-08-04 Roy Herbert Thomson, Canadian publisher (b. 1894)
  • 1976-09-13 Albert Tessier, French Canadian priest, historian and filmmaker (b. 1895)
  • 1976-09-13 Armand Mondou, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1905)
  • 1976-11-28 Robert Fleming, Canadian composer, dies at 55
  • 1976-12-16 Réal Caouette, French Canadian politician (Social Credit Party of Canada), dies at 59
  • 1976-12-23 Walter Bauer, German Canadian writer, dies at 72
  • 1977-03-15 Hubert Aquin, French Canadian novelist, political activist and editor, dies at 47
  • 1977-06-24 André-Gilles Fortin, Canadian politician, dies in car crash at 33
  • 1977-07-03 Hugh Le Caine, Canadian physicist and composer, dies at 63
  • 1977-07-26 Gena Branscombe, Canadian pianist and composer, dies at 95
  • 1977-08-24 Buddy O'Connor, Canadian Hockey HOF center (Stanley Cup 1944, 46 Montreal Canadiens; Hart Memorial Trophy & Lady Byng Memorial Trophy 1948), dies at 61
  • 1977-09-17 Lou Hooper, Canadian jazz pianist, and educator, dies at 83
  • 1977-11-03 William Kurelek, Canadian artist and writer (The Maze, Passion of Christ series), dies of cancer at 50
  • 1977-11-05 (Gaetano) "Guy" Lombardo, Canadian-American orchestra leader ("Auld Lang Syne"), dies of heart attack in Houston at 75
  • 1977-12-12 Frank Boucher, Canadian Hockey HOF center (Ottawa Sens, Vancouver Maroons, NY Rangers), coach (Stanley Cup 1939–40 NY Rangers) and executive (GM NY Rangers), dies at 76
  • 1978-03-31 Charles Best, American-Canadian medical scientist and co-discoverer of insulin, dies at 79
  • 1978-04-13 Jack Chambers, Canadian artist, dies at 47
  • 1978-09-09 Jack L Warner [Jacob Warner], Canadian-American film executive and president of the Warner Bros. Studios, dies at 86
  • 1978-09-15 Robert Cliche, French Canadian politician and judge (b. 1921)
  • 1979-02-23 W.A.C. Bennett, Canadian politician, dies at 78

Cyrus EatonCyrus Eaton (1883-1979)

1979-05-09 Canadian-American financier, industrialist and steel magnate, dies at 95

  • 1979-06-09 Cyclone Taylor, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame rover (Stanley Cup 1909 Ottawa, 1915 Vancouver), dies at 94
  • 1979-07-11 Claude Wagner, French Canadian judge and politician, dies at 54

John DiefenbakerJohn Diefenbaker (1895-1979)

1979-08-16 13th Prime Minister of Canada (Conservative: 1957-63), dies at 83

  • 1979-09-28 John Herbert Chapman, Canadian physicist, and space researcher, dies at 58
  • 1979-10-27 Father Charles Coughlin, Canadian-American Roman Catholic priest and pro-Fascist radio broadcaster, dies at 88
  • 1980-03-05 Jay Silverheels [Harold J. Smith], Canadian actor (The Lone Ranger, Key Largo), dies from a stroke at 67
  • 1980-08-08 Paul Triquet, Canadian military officer, dies at 70
  • 1980-08-14 Dorothy Stratten [Hoogstraten], Canadian playmate (August, 1979), model and actress (Galixina), murdered by estranged husband and manager Paul Snider at 20
  • 1980-09-21 Ernest White, Canadian organist, organ designer, and composer, dies at 79
  • 1980-10-27 Judy LaMarsh, Canadian politician, author and broadcaster (b. 1924)
  • 1980-11-04 Elsie MacGill, Canadian aeronautical engineer, 1st female in Canada to get bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, dies at 75
  • 1980-11-18 Conn Smythe, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame team owner (Toronto Maple Leafs 1927-61; Stanley Cup x 8), dies of heart failure at 85
  • 1980-12-12 Jean Lesage, Canadian politician (19th Premier of Quebec), dies at 68

Marshall McLuhanMarshall McLuhan (1911-1980)

1980-12-31 Canadian writer and 'prophet of the digital age' (the medium is the message), dies at 69

  • 1981-01-04 Ruth Lowe, Canadian pianist and composer ("I''ll Never Smile Again"), dies at 66
  • 1981-05-07 Mieczyslaw Kolinski, Polish-Canadian composer (Encounterpoint), educator, and ethno-musicologist, dies at 79
  • 1981-05-23 David Lewis, Canadian labour lawyer and politician (b. 1909)
  • 1981-05-30 Don Ashby, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1955)
  • 1981-06-28 Terry Fox, Canadian one-legged distance runner (Marathon of Hope, 1980), dies of cancer at 22
  • 1981-07-19 Roger Doucet, French Canadian tenor, noted for his bilingual rendition of national anthem "O Canada" at Montreal sporting events, dies of a brain tumor at 62
  • 1981-09-23 Chief Dan George [Tes-wah-no], Canadian Indian author, poet and actor (Harry & Tonto, Little Big Man, Smith!), dies from heart failure at 82
  • 1981-11-03 Thérèse Casgrain, French Canadian politician and senator, dies at 85
  • 1981-12-28 (Joseph Aloysius) "Allan" Dwan, Canadian-American screenwriter and film director (Robin Hood; Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farms; Sands Of Iwo Jima), dies at 96
  • 1982-02-02 Paul Desruisseaux, Canadian lawyer and politician (Senator for Wellington, Quebec), dies at 76
  • 1982-02-11 Victor Jory, Canadian actor (Kings Row, Manhunt), dies at 79
  • 1982-03-28 William Giauque, Canadian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1895)
  • 1982-04-09 Wilfred Pelletier, Canadian conductor (Voice of Firestone), dies at 85
  • 1982-04-21 Joe Sawyer [Sauers], Canadian actor (Adventures of Rin Tin Tin - "Sgt. Biff O'Hara"), dies of liver cancer at 75
  • 1982-05-08 Al Leader, Canadian-American Hockey Hall of Fame player, referee and administrator (Western Hockey League), dies at 78
  • 1982-05-08 Gilles Villeneuve, Canadian auto racer (World F1 runner-up 1979; Ferrari), dies in a practice accident prior to Belgian GP, at 32
  • 1982-07-14 George Tremblay, Canadian-American composer, dies at 71
  • 1982-07-18 Lionel Daunais, French Canadian singer and composer, dies at 80
  • 1982-07-25 Hal Foster, Canadian-American cartoonist (Prince Valiant) (b. 1892)
  • 1982-09-27 Ralph Baldwin, Canadian harness driver and trainer (11 major world records; Hambletonian Stakes 1963, 73), dies at 66
  • 1982-10-04 Glenn Gould, Canadian classical pianist (Bach's Goldberg Variations) and broadcaster (Solitude Trilogy), dies after suffering a stroke at 50
  • 1982-10-16 Hans Selye, Austrian-Canadian endocrinologist, dies at 75
  • 1982-10-18 John Robarts, Canadian politician, Premier of Ontario (b. 1917)
  • 1982-11-13 Hugues Lapointe, Canadian politician, lieutenant governor of Quebec (b. 1911)
  • 1982-11-29 Percy Williams, Canadian athlete (Olympic gold 100m / 200m 1928), dies from self inflicted gunshot wounds at 74
  • 1983-03-16 Fred Rose, Canadian politician (b. 1907)
  • 1983-04-01 Ken Kersey, Canadian jazz pianist, and composer ("Boogie Woogie Cocktail"), dies at 66
  • 1983-05-25 Jean Rougeau, French Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1925)
  • 1983-06-02 Stan Rogers, Canadian folk musician and songwriter, dies in aircraft fire at 33

Norma ShearerNorma Shearer (1902-1983)

1983-06-12 Canadian-American actress (Escape, Romeo & Juliet), dies at 82

  • 1983-07-11 Ross Macdonald [Kenneth Millar], American-Canadian detective novelist (Goodbye Look), dies at 67
  • 1983-07-13 Gabrielle Roy, French Canadian author (The Tin Flute, Street of Riches), dies at 73
  • 1983-07-29 Raymond Massey, Canadian actor (Abe Lincoln In Illinois; Dr; Kildare (TV series)), dies of pneumonia at 86
  • 1983-09-21 Andrew Brewin, Canadian lawyer and MP for Greenwood, dies at 76
  • 1983-10-14 Willard Price, Canadian author and naturalist
  • 1983-10-20 Yves Thériault, French Canadian author, dies at 67
  • 1983-12-02 Fifi D'Orsay [Yvonne Lussier] Canadian-American vaudeville and film actress and singer known as the "French Bombshell" (The Life Jimmy Dolan; Dixie Jamboree), dies from cancer at 79
  • 1983-12-21 Rod Cameron [Nathan Roderick Cox], Canadian actor (City Detective, State Trooper, Trigger Trail), dies of cancer at 73
  • 1984-01-19 Max Bentley, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Hart Trophy 1946; Chicago Blackhawks), dies at 63
  • 1984-03-04 Ernest Buckler, Canadian novelist (b. 1908)
  • 1984-03-16 Roloff Beny, Canadian painter and photographer (A Time of Gods), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 1984-04-17 Claude Provost, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1933)
  • 1984-09-25 Walter Pidgeon, Canadian actor (Mrs Miniver, Madame Curie), dies from a stroke at 87
  • 1984-11-24 Godfrey Ridout, Canadian composer, dies at 66
  • 1984-12-15 Frank Spedding, Canadian Chemist whose uranium extraction process helped make possible the first atomic bomb, dies at 82

Eddie ShoreEddie Shore (1902-1985)

1985-03-16 Canadian ice hockey player and NHL hall of famer (Boston Bruins), dies of a lung infection at 82

  • 1985-03-24 George London, Canadian bass-baritone (Rigoleto- "Monterone"), dies at 64
  • 1985-04-21 Foster Hewitt, Canadian radio broadcaster (Hockey Night in Canada), dies at 82
  • 1985-05-13 Selma Diamond, Canadian-American comedy writer (Your Show Of Shows), and actress (Night Court, 1984-85 - "Selma"), dies of lung cancer at 64
  • 1985-06-30 James Dewar, Canadian inventor and baker (Twinkie cake), dies at 88
  • 1985-07-03 Frank J. Selke, Canadian Hockey HOF executive (9 x Stanley Cup Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens), dies at 92
  • 1985-10-19 Alfred Rouleau, French Canadian businessman (b. 1915)
  • 1985-12-14 Catherine Doherty, Russian-born Canadian activist, dies at 89

Tommy DouglasTommy Douglas (1904-1986)

1986-02-24 Canadian politician and "Father of Medicare", dies of cancer at 81

Jacques PlanteJacques Plante (1929-1986)

1986-02-27 Canadian Ice Hockey goalie who was the first to wear a goaltender mask, dies of stomach cancer at 57