Standard Time, advocated by Sandford Fleming, was adopted by North America. Fleming was instrumental in convening the 1884 International Prime Meridian Conference at which all 25 represented nations adopted international standard time.
1936Globe and Mail Formed
The Toronto Globe purchased the Mail and Empire newspaper to form the Globe and Mail.
1996Villeneuve Comes Second
Jacques Villeneuve came second to Damon Hill in the overall standings for Formula One motor racing. He had won the Portuguese, Hungarian, British and European Grand Prix races in 1996.
1964Lead-zinc Shipped from NWT
The first shipment of lead-zinc ore left Pine Point, NWT, destined for smelters in Trail and Kimberley, BC, over the recently completed Great Slave Lake Railway.
1975Mandatory Seat Belts
Ontario introduced legislation to make the wearing of seat belts mandatory.
1939Birth of Margaret Atwood
Novelist Margaret Atwood, who is one of Canada's major contemporary authors, was born at Ottawa.
1996Conservatives Win PEI
The Conservative Party was elected in PEI. Patrick Binns, a former bean farmer, became premier.
1927Birth of Knowlton Nash
Broadcasting executive Knowlton Nash, who was the CBC's chief correspondent and anchor on The National, was born in Toronto.
The Balfour Report was adopted at the Imperial Conference, which met in London from October 19 to November 23. This was a resolution defining Britain and the self-governing Dominions as "autonomous communities within the British Empire, equal in status."
1997Constitution Act Amended
Parliament voted to amend the 1982 Constitution Act in order to allow Québec to replace its religion-based school system with one drawn along linguistic lines.
1959Canadian Content Rules
The Board of Broadcast Governors announced that television programs must have 45% Canadian content from 1 April 1961 and 55% from 1 April 1962.
1941Death of Émile Nelligan
Émile Nelligan, French Canada's most beloved and admired poet - a romantic figure whose literary career was tragically short-lived - died at Montréal.