Trans-Canada Telephone System inaugurated Data-route, the world's first national digital system in commercial operation.
1897First Women's Institute
Adelaide Hoodless founded the first Women's Institute at Stoney Creek, Ont. Within a few years the movement spread across Canada and around the world.
196918-Month Strike Ends
The 18-month-old rotating strikes of 70 000 Québec teachers ended when Montréal judge René Lippé was appointed mediator in the dispute.
1996New $2 Coin
The new two-dollar coin was introduced by the Royal Canadian Mint to replace the two-dollar bank note. The name "toonie" became so popular that the mint trademarked it.
1996Death of Ernest Manning
Ernest Manning, former premier of Alberta, died in Calgary.
Senator Andrew Thompson was suspended from the Senate without pay for delinquency. He had attended the Senate 47 times in 14 years.
2010Montgomery Wins Olympic Gold
Skeleton racer Jon Montgomery won Olympic gold at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, just 0.07 seconds ahead of Latvia's Martins Dukurs who took silver. It was Canada's second consecutive gold in men's skeleton at an Olympic Games.
1938Mysterious Big Bang
A mysterious "big bang" woke thousands of people in Vancouver, yet no cause was ever found.
1840Birth of William LeSueur
Historian William LeSueur, the most important Canadian-born man of letters of his generation, was born at Quebec City.
1798Birth of Sir Allan Napier MacNab
Politician Sir Allan Napier MacNab was born in Newark, Upper Canada. MacNab’s politics shifted from moderate conservatism to extreme by the 1837–38 rebellions. His knighthood was based on his suppression of the rebellions.
1998Perreault Wins Olympic Gold
Short-track speed skater Annie Perreault won the Olympic gold medal in the womens 500 m event. After a spill took out front runners Wang Chunlu of China and fellow Canadian Isabelle Charest, Perreault emerged into the lead and took the medal. She capped off her Olympic experience at Nagano with a bronze in the team relay event.
1928University of Toronto Grads Win Olympic Gold
The Toronto Grads won Canada's third Olympic gold medal in hockey at St. Moritz. Realizing that the Canadian team was far superior to any other in the Games, officials made the unusual decision to advance Canada straight to the final round. Canada ultimately won in a game against Switzerland with a score of 13-0.
Pairs figure skaters Barbara Wagner and Bob Paul defeated the German team to capture Olympic gold at Squaw Valley. A pair since 1952, they mustered their eight years of international experience to perform flawlessly in the final competition. When all 7 judges awarded them first place they became the first non-European duo in Olympic history to win the event.