Mad-cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) was discovered in a northern Alberta farm, threatening the $7.6 billion beef industry.
In the Québec referendum on sovereignty-association, Quebeckers voted 60 per cent against giving the provincial government the right to negotiate sovereignty.
1776Birth of Simon Fraser
Simon Fraser, explorer best known for his daring exploration of the Fraser River, was born at Mapletown, Hoosick Township, New York.
1873Death of Sir George-É. Cartier
Sir George-Étienne Cartier died of Bright's Disease in London, England.
Inter-provincial Pipelines Ltd received approval to extend its pipeline from Sarnia to Montréal.
1856Birth of Eliza Ritchie
Eliza Ritchie, educator, feminist, probably the first Canadian woman to secure a doctorate, born at Halifax.
1999Monarch Butterflies in Danger
A study published in the journal Nature reported that pollen from genetically altered corn crops was lethal to monarch butterflies.
1939Royal Winnipeg Ballet Founded
Canada's oldest ballet company, the Winnipeg Ballet (designated "Royal" in 1953), was founded by Gweneth Lloyd and Betty Hall Farrally.
1932Earhart Begins Transatlantic Flight
Pilot Amelia Earhart took off from Harbour Grace, NL, in an attempt to complete the first female solo flight across the Atlantic. After navigating through a thunderstorm and treacherously icy conditions, she landed safely in Northern Ireland 15 hours later, her mission accomplished.
1938Relief Workers' Strike in BC
Unemployed members of the Relief Project Worker's Union in Vancouver occupied the Hotel Georgia, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the central post office and began a sit-down strike.
1882Triple Alliance Forms
The Triple Alliance was a secret military alliance formed between Austria-Hungary, Germany and Italy. The treaty stipulated that those three states were to defend one another if attacked or provoked by Russia or France. The treaty was renewed several times in the lead-up to the First World War.
1999Off-Reserve Voting Rights
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled unanimously to open aboriginal band elections to off-reserve band members, stating that excluding them violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
1814Birth of William Henry Steeves
Politician and businessman William Henry Steeves was born in Hillsborough, New Brunswick. A Father of Confederation, Steeves was inclined to support both Confederation and Maritime union, but lost his seat due to anti-Confederation sentiment in the colony in 1865. He attended the Charlottetown and Québec Conferences. Steeves received a Senate appointment in 1867.
1919Yukon Women Get Vote
Yukon women won the right to vote and seek elected office.
FLQ member Francis Simard was sentenced to life in prison for his role in Pierre Laportes murder during the October Crisis.
1837Birth of William Jackman
William Jackman, sealing captain remembered for the dramatic sea rescue at Spotted Island, Labrador, was born at Renews, Nfld.
1920Newfoundland Petition Calls for General Franchise
Newfoundland suffragists delivered a petition requesting the general franchise for women to the island’s legislature. The petition had 1,700 signatures, and a bill was introduced to move forward on its demand. Later in the year the Liberal government, under Sir Richard Squires, rejected the bill by way of a party vote.
1999Gay Spousal Rights
The Supreme Court of Canada struck down the definition of the term "spouse" in Ontario law under which homosexuals were denied the right to sue for spousal support.