Trade Minister Jean-Luc Pépin presented a government white paper urging Canada to convert to the metric system.
1958Pearson Wins Leadership
Lester B. Pearson was elected leader of the Liberal Party at an Ottawa convention.
1869First <i>Montreal Star</i>
The first issue of the Montreal Star newspaper was published.
1997Strong Named Senior Advisor
Canadian Maurice Strong was named senior advisor on reforming the United Nations.
1945Canadian Casualties Announced
Canadian casualties from the start of the Second World War to November 30, 1944, were reported at 78 985, including 28 040 killed.
1911Vancouver Political Equality League Founded
The inaugural meeting of the Vancouver Political Equality League (VPEL) was held at the city’s Theosophical Hall. Maria Grant led the meeting, though the first elected president would be Woman’s Christian Temperance Union activist Florence Hall. The women chose not to use “suffrage” in their name to avoid the word’s increasing infamy.
1960Howe Passes Richard in Goals
Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings scored one goal and assists on another to pass Maurice (Rocket) Richard as the leading scorer in NHL history.
1997Canada Loses Magazine Dispute
The World Trade Organization panel rejected Canada's excise tax on "split run" publications, American magazines with Canadian advertising.
1868Birth of Octavia Ritchie
First female valedictorian at McGill, Octavia Grace Ritchie, was born at Montréal.
1948Birth of Cliff Thorburn
Clifford Thorburn, snooker player who holds the world's record of 19 perfect games, was born at Victoria, BC.
1874Birth of Robert Service
Robert William Service, poet and novelist was born at Preston, Eng.
1981Canadas First Food Bank
Edmonton Gleaners Association, better known as Edmontons Food Bank, received its official charter of incorporation.
1970Plans to Convert to Metric
The government announced plans to convert from the imperial to the metric system of measurement. A special commission was appointed to oversee the introduction of metric.
1965Canada-US Automotive Agreement
Prime Minister Pearson and President Johnson signed the Canada-US Automotive Agreement, a conditional free-trade agreement to create a single North American market for passenger cars, trucks, buses, tires and automotive parts.
2013Émilie Heymans, Olympic diver, retires
31-year-old Olympic diver Émilie Heymans announces her retirement. She won four medals (two silver and two bronze) over four consecutive Olympic Games, setting a national record.
2013Cirque du Soleil announces cutbacks
Cirque du Soleil eliminates 400 jobs at its headquarters in Montreal. Despite a strong sales record, Cirque du Soleil explains the cuts as necessary due to the state of the global economy and rising production costs.
1939Superman Comic Strip
Toronto cartoonist Joe Shuster, and writer Jerry Siegel, published the first panels of the comic strip version of Superman. It was published in hundreds of daily newspapers.
1913BC Political Equality League Hosts Membership Drive
The BC Political Equality League held a membership drive on the legislature’s first day of session in 1913. The outdoor event included speeches as pamphlets and a suffrage petition were circulated. The drive kept enfranchisement in public view.
1942Birth of René Angélil
René Angélil, Céline Dion's husband and manager, was born in Montréal, Québec. Angélil's career in the music business began in the early 1960s as a member of the band Les Baronets, who achieved some success in Québec with their French covers of Beatles songs. Angélil later moved into talent management. In 1981, he discovered Céline Dion, then aged 12, and resolved to make her a star. Over time, the two developed a romantic relationship, and they married in 1994. Angélil won a number of awards over the course of his career and was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2012. He died in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the age of 73 after a long battle with cancer.