Monday, August 21, 2017

On This Day In Canadian History....

1862 - Billy Barker discovers gold in creeks running into the Quesnel River in the town of Barkerville, BC, the find sparks a massive gold rush



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Friday, August 18, 2017

On This Day In Canadian History....

1833 - Steamship 'Royal William' leaves Pictou, Nova Scotia; will arrive in Gravesend, England Sept 11; first vessel to cross the Atlantic under steam power.



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Thursday, August 17, 2017

On This Day In Canadian History....

1965 - Beatles play Maple Leaf Gardens; Toronto Telegram reviewer says, 'The Beatles whipped Toronto's teens into ecstatic frenzy last night in two wild 30 minute performances.'Admission ticket price $4.00



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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

On This Day In Canadian History....

1827 - Admiral John Franklin lays first stone of Rideau Canal locks; on his return down the Ottawa River from the Arctic. 



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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

On This Day In Canadian History...

1866 - Ottawa College chartered as the University of Ottawa; l
argest bilingual university in North America.


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Monday, August 14, 2017

On This Day In Canadian History....

1934 - Millionaire brewer John Labatt abducted at gunpoint by three men, who asked for a ransom of $150,000, which the kidnappers never received; released unharmed three days later; first recorded kidnapping for ransom in Canada.



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Friday, August 11, 2017

On This Day In Canadian History....

1906 - Pedestrian killed in first recorded fatal automobile accident in Montreal.




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Thursday, August 10, 2017

On This Day In Canadian History....

1876 - Alexander Graham Bell makes the world's first long-distance call from Brantford to the Bell homestead in Paris, Ontario; using a 13 km long line strung from Brantford.



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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

On This Day In Canadian History....

1945 - Lt. Robert Hampton Gray shot down and killed in a bombing raid over Onagawa Bay, as he sinks a Japanese destroyer. Royal Navy pilot Gray was the last Canadian known to have died in World War II; awarded a posthumous VC. In 1989, in Sakiyami Park, Japan, Gray became the first member of the Allied Forces honored by the Japanese with a memorial.


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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

On This Day In Canadian History....

1991 - Ron Joyce sells Tim Horton's, Canada's No. 1 doughnut chain to Wendy's International Inc.; $300-million deal makes Tim Horton's co-founder the U.S. burger giant's largest single shareholder.



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Friday, August 04, 2017


It's the Civic Holiday Weekend. Depending on where you live you'll be celebrating the life and achievements of John G. Simcoe, the 1st Lt-Governor of Ontario (Toronto); Joseph Brant, Mohawk Chief and hero of the War of 1812 (Brantford); Colonel R. S. McLaughlin, brought General Motors to Oshawa; Alexander MacKenzie, Canada's 2nd P.M. (Sarnia) and of course, here in Ottawa we're celebrating Colonel John By, best remembered for supervising the construction of the Rideau Canal


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Thursday, August 03, 2017

On This Day In Canadian History....

1876 - Alexander Graham Bell holds the World's first definitive telephone tests, and makes the first intelligible telephone call from building to building, at Mount Pleasant, near Brantford; in a one-way transmission, he hears his uncle David Bell recite Hamlet's 'to be or not to be...'



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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

On This Day In Canadian History....

1909 - First passenger flight in Canada made in the Silver Dart at Camp Petawawa in an evaluation by the Canadian Army; original plane built by the Aerial Experiment Association formed by Alexander Graham Bell



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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

On This Day In Canadian History....

1959 - General Georges-Philias Vanier appointed Governor General; first French Canadian to hold the post.



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Monday, July 31, 2017

On This Day In Canadian History....

1989 - CBC Newsworld makes its debut on cable; news and information channel goes on the air across Canada.



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Friday, July 28, 2017

On This Day In History....

1930 - Richard Bedford (R. B.) Bennett wins 17th Canadian general election 137 seats to 91 Liberals; 12 Progressive; United farmers 10, 5 other; defeats WLM King with 48.8% of popular vote.



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Thursday, July 27, 2017

On This Day In Canadian History....

1913 - First issue of the newspaper 'Le Droit' published at Ottawa.



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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

On This Day In Canadian History....

1991 - Canadian Football League assumes ownership of the nearly bankrupt Ottawa Rough Riders CFL football team.



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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

On This Day In History....

1990 - Lucien Bouchard announces formation of the Bloc Quebecois, a federal political party consisting of himself, five other ex-Conservative MPs and ex-Liberal Jean Lapierre; all of whom left their parties after the failure of the Meech Lake Accord


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Monday, July 24, 2017

On This Day In Canadian History....                 

1967 - General Charles de Gaulle shouts the separatist slogan 'Vive le Quebec libre' from the balcony of Montreal's City Hall.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

On This Day In Canadian History....                 

1576 
 - Martin Frobisher sails north into Frobisher Bay; thinks it is a passage to Asia; takes possession for England; names bay after himself.


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Thursday, July 20, 2017

On This Day In Canadian History....                 

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871 - British Columbia Act comes into effect, making BC the sixth province to enter Confederation; George-Etienne Cartier promises rail link start within two years, completion within ten years; Canadian government takes over telegraph lines in the province, including the Collins Overland Stage Line.


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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

On This Day In Canadian History....                 

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94 - Rolling Stones play a surprise date at the RPM club to preview of their Voodoo Lounge tour; had been rehearsing at a private school and an empty hangar at Pearson Airport.


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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

On This Day In Canadian History....                 

1976 - 
At the Montreal Olympics, Romania's 14-year-old star gymnast Nadia Comaneci, performing on the uneven parallel bars, scores the first perfect 10 in Olympic gymnastics history.


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Monday, July 17, 2017

On This Day In Canadian History....                 

1976 - 
Queen Elizabeth II officially opens the Montreal Summer Olympic Games in the afternoon, before Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau and an enthusiastic crowd of 73,000 at Olympic Stadium


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