Feminist Flora MacDonald Denison was born in North Hastings County.
1796Yonge Street Opened
Yonge Street was opened from York to Pine Fort Landing on Lake Simcoe, a distance of about 55 km.
1959Diefenbaker Cancels Arrow
The Diefenbaker government announced the cancellation of the CF-105 Arrow fighter aircraft project.
1941Birth of Buffy Saint-Marie
Folk singer Buffy Sainte-Marie was born at Piapot Reserve, Sask.
1942Birth of Phil Esposito
Hockey player and executive Philip Esposito was born at Sault Ste Marie.
1844Birth of Joshua Slocum
Sea captain Joshua Slocum, who sailed alone around the world 1895-1898, was born at Wilmot Township, NS.
1945Birth of Donald McPherson
Donald McPherson, the first Canadian to win the Canadian, North American and world figure skating championships in the same year, was born at Windsor, Ont.
1887Birth of Vincent Massey
Charles Vincent Massey, Canada's first native-born governor general, was born at Toronto.
2000Dosanjh Heads BC's NDP
Ujjal Dosanjh was chosen leader of BC's NDP. When he was sworn in as premier 4 days later, he became the first Canadian of South Asian descent to serve as premier of a province.
2006Womens Hockey Team Wins Second Olympic Gold
Canadas womens hockey team defended its gold medal performance of 2002, beating the Swedish womens team 4-1 to win the gold medal at the Torino Olympics.
1865Vote for Confederation
The legislative council of the Province of Canada adopted an address urging the Imperial Parliament to pass legislation to achieve the union of British North America. The Assembly adopted the address on March 11.
1894Manitoba Separate Schools
The Supreme Court refused the appeal of the Manitoba Roman Catholics after the abolition of separate schools.
1955Sai Wan Bay War Memorial Unveiled
The Sai Wan Bay Memorial, which stands at the entrance to Hong Kong’s Sai Wan War Cemetery (established 1946), honours those who died during the defence of Hong Kong during the Second World War and have no known grave. Over 200 of the 2,071 names are Canadian, while another 283 Canadian soldiers are buried in the cemetery itself.
1808Ezekiel Hart Expelled
The Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada voted to expel Jewish member Ezekiel Hart.
Ironically, he had been elected by a riding whose voters were largely Canadian and Catholic and was expelled by an assembly whose majority was also Canadian and Catholic.
The womens short-track speed skating relay team consisting of Angela Cutrone, Sylvie Daigle, Nathalie Lambert and Annie Perreault won the Olympic gold medal in the 3,000 m race at Albertville. Initially thought to be a contest between Canada and China, a fall by a Chinese skater in the final qualifying round clinched the competition for the women from Québec, who easily beat their nearest competitor, the US, by 1.23 seconds.
1864Death of Rose Fortune
Respected local figure and entrepreneur Rose Fortune, also considered Canada’s first female police officer, died at Annapolis Royal, NS. The daughter of Black Loyalists who moved to Annapolis Royal in 1784, Fortune built a successful cartage business that outlived her by a century. She certainly cut a figure in town, becoming Annapolis Royal’s (unofficial) police officer as she patrolled its streets and wharf.
1930Natural Resource Transfer to BC
The federal government transferred control of natural resources in the province to BC.