William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook, financier and politician, was born at Maple, Ont.
1966Parlby Designated Historic Person
Advocate and respected politician Irene Parlby was designated a National Historic Person. Parlby was best known for her role in the Persons Case, but she worked in Alberta’s Cabinet as minister without portfolio at a time when female politicians were largely marginalized. She was known as the “Women’s Minister.”
1900Birth of Alain Grandbois
Alain Grandbois, poet, considered the first great modern Québec poet, was born at St-Casimir, Qué.
Four Récollets from France arrived at Tadoussac with Champlain, only to quickly go their separate ways. The best-known Récollet, Gabriel Sagard, later published Le Grand Voyage du pays des Hurons, an indispensable source of knowledge of Huron customs and culture.
1995Court Rules Against Discrimination
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Charter protects the rights of homosexuals against discrimination, though sexual orientation is not specifically mentioned in the Charter.
1900Birth of Malcolm Norris
Malcolm Frederick Norris, Métis leader, was born at St Albert, Alta.
1926Birth of Phyllis Gotlieb
Phyllis Gotlieb, world-class science fiction writer, was born at Toronto.
1995Crozier Wins Pat Lowther Memorial Award
BC poet Lorna Crozier won the Pat Lowther Memorial Award for her poetry collection,
Everything Arrives at the Light.
2000Unknown Soldier Returned to Canada
The body of an unidentified Canadian soldier was repatriated to Canada after being exhumed near Vimy Ridge in France. Three days later, on 28 May 2000, it was interred at the National War Memorial, Ottawa, in a ceremony memorializing the 28,000 Canadian soldiers who died in battle but whose bodies were never found.
1870Battle of Eccles Hill
Canadian militia and volunteers clashed with Fenian raiders near Frelighsburg, Québec. The Battle of Eccles Hill was one of the last Fenian raids. The Fenians were Canadian and American Irish patriots hoping to foment revolution for Ireland’s independence. They attacked Canada to provoke England. The Canadians successfully repulsed the invaders.
North Korean and Chinese prisoners rebelled and seized an American prisoner of war camp at Koje-Do (now Geojedo). At the request of the US military, Canadian troops helped recapture the prison. The deployment of Canadian troops without the Canadian government’s consent resulted in a public diplomatic protest to the US government.
The Québec Nordiques were sold to Comsat Corporation for US $75 millions. The new team was moved to Denver, Colorado, and renamed the Avalanche. The new team won the Stanley Cup the following year.