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Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1945 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

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2005 Prime Minister Paul Martin announces that Michaƫlle Jean will be Canada's 27th and first black Governor General

21st Prime Minister of Canada Paul Martin
21st Prime Minister of Canada
Paul Martin

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Famous Birthdays


Person of interestMaurice Richard

1921 Maurice "Rocket" Richard, Canadian NHL star (Montreal Canadiens, MVP-1947), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2000)

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • 1972 Stefan Brogren, Canadian actor

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1939 Philosopher of communication theory Marshall McLuhan (28) weds teacher and aspiring actress Corinne Lewis (27)

Philosopher of Communication Theory Marshall McLuhan
Philosopher of Communication Theory
Marshall McLuhan

Famous Deaths

  • 1778 Pierre de Rigaud, Canadian-born French Governor of New France, dies at 79
  • 1976 Roy Herbert Thomson, Canadian publisher (b. 1894)

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