NDP leader Darrell Dexter was sworn in as Nova Scotia's 27th premier.
1888Birth of Francis Johnston
Painter Francis Johnston, a founding member of the Group of Seven whose landscapes reflect his knowledge of turn-of-the-century ideals, was born at Toronto.
1930United Farmers Win
In Alberta provincial elections, the United Farmers under John Edward Brownlee maintained the government they had formed since 1924.
1983BC Place Opens
BC Place in Vancouver officially opened.
A Special Joint Committee on a Renewed Canada (Dobbie-Castonguay, later Beaudoin-Dobbie) was established by the House of Commons to make recommendations to Parliament on the proposals made public on September 24.
1934Liberals Win in Saskatchewan
The Liberals under James Garfield Gardiner won the Saskatchewan elections.
1996Fewer Traditional Families
StasCan reported that only 44.5% of all Canadian families were composed of officially married couples with children, down from 55% in 1981.
StatsCan reported that Canada's population would be 29 955 000 by July 1 and would pass the 30 million mark in August of 1996.
1793Simcoe's Anti-Slave Trade Bill
When Simcoe left England to take up his appointment as the first lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada, he pledged never to support discriminatory laws. On 19 June 1793, Attorney General White introduced Simcoe's anti-slavery measure and it passed, although it was not a total ban on slavery but a gradual prohibition.
A violent confrontation between protesters and the RCMP and city police erupted in Vancouver. Estimates indicate that 42 people were hospitalized, including five police officers, after a brutal fight between law enforcement and those protesting government cuts to unemployment relief camps earlier that year.
1914Hillcrest Mine Explosion
An explosion of methane gas at Hillcrest, Alta, killed 189 men in Canada's worst mining disaster.
1986New Competition Act
The new Competition Act and Competition Tribunal Act came into force.
In an amphibious assault, British Commodore Yeo seized American supplies and set fire to the Sodus Point, New York, storehouses.
Regina, Sask, was incorporated as a city.
1973Kain and Augustyn Win Duet
Canada's prima ballerina Karen Kain and her partner Frank Augustyn won the award for best pas de deux at the Moscow International Ballet Competition.
1963Université de Moncton is founded
Université de Moncton was founded by the New Brunswick legislature in accordance with the recommendations of a royal commission. Université de Moncton began with the amalgamation of three institutions which agreed to suspend their charters in order to become affiliated colleges: Saint-Joseph (founded 1864), Sacré-Coeur (1899) and Saint-Louis (1946). As amended in 1977, the university's charter authorized campuses in each of New Brunswick's three francophone regions: Moncton, Edmundston and Shippagan.
1902Birth of Guy Lombardo
Bandleader Guy Lombardo, whose dance band, the Royal Canadians, was among the most popular of its day, and whose New Year's Eve broadcasts were a traditional part of N American celebrations, was born at London, Ont.