Canada's 1st contingent made a suicidal attack on Afrikaners at Paardeburg Drift, South Africa. Their second engagement took place on Feb 27. Under withering fire, 2 companies from the Maritimes maintained their position.
1901Interprovincial Bridge Opens
The Interprovincial Bridge opened between Hull, Qué, and Ottawa.
1975Sylvia Ostry Becomes First DM
Sylvia Ostry became the first woman to hold Deputy Minister rank in Canada.
1980Liberals Return to Power
In a federal election, the Liberals returned to power, winning 147 seats to the Conservatives' 103. The NDP won 32. Trudeau became prime minister again.
1916Birth of Jean Drapeau
Jean Drapeau, famous mayor of Montreal, was born at Montreal.
1994Bedard Wins First Olympic Gold
Myriam Bédard won the 15 km event in biathlon. It was Canadas first Olympic medal in Nordic competitions. She would win an additional gold medal days later in the 7.5 km event, becoming the first Canadian woman to win two Olympic gold medals and the first North American athlete ever to win gold in an Olympic biathlon event.
2010Death of John Babcock
Canada's last known WWI veteran died at the age of 109 at his home in Spokane, Washington, the last of nearly 650 000 Canadians who served. The government offered Babcock a state funeral but his family, knowing his wishes, declined.
2010Nesbitt Wins Olympic Gold
Speed skater Christine Nesbitt won gold in the 1000 m event at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games with a winning time of 1:16.56, barely besting silver medal winner Annette Gerritsen of the Netherlands who finished the race with a time of 1:16.58. It was the smallest margin of victory in the race's history.
1997Martin's 1997 Budget
Paul Martin's federal budget continued the course to balance the federal budget but also included modest increases in spending on social programs.
2014Death of Mavis Gallant
Mavis Gallant, whose novels and short stories often deal with expatriates who have been displaced from their cultural milieu through choice or circumstance, died in Paris.
1996Glen Clark Becomes Premier
Employment and Investment Minister Glen Clark won the leadership of the British Columbia NDP. He was sworn in as premier, replacing Mike Harcourt, on February 22.
1896Suffragists Hold Mock Parliament in Toronto
The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and the Dominion Women’s Enfranchisement Association organized a mock parliament in Toronto’s Allan Gardens’ Pavilion. Women and men participated in the performance, with men asking for the male franchise from a female premier (impersonating the province’s leader Sir Oliver Mowat). The event was a rousing success.
1946Birth of Mayann Francis
Mayann Francis, the first Black lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia, was born at Sydney, NS. Francis worked in a variety of senior public service positions, including director and chief executive officer of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission from 1999 to 2006, and she was the first female provincial ombudsman from 2000 to 2003. She was named lieutenant-governor in 2006.