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1991 CARDINAL LEGER DIESMontreal Quebec – Paul-Emile Léger 1904-1991 dies in hospital at age 87; 1950 Archbishop of Montreal; 1952 Cardinal; 1967 missionary in Cameroons; 1979 returned to Montreal and set up a relief agency; brother of former Governor General Jules Léger.

Also On This Day...

St. John’s Newfoundland – David Kirke, the first Governor of Newfoundland; brings out the first 100 colonists from England. He builds forts at Ferryland and St. John’s to control the Grand Banks fishery. He is co-proprietor of the Colony with the Marquis of Hamilton and Earls Pembroke & Holland. Here is an picture of the old fishing village of Cupids.


Also On This Day...

Montreal Quebec –
Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer Victor Davis 1964-1989 is hit by a car outside a Montreal bar and dies in hospital the following day. Davis sets his first world record for the 200 m breaststroke at the world championships in Ecuador, Aug 1982; reaches his peak at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics where he wins Gold in the 200m breaststroke by breaking his own world record – 2:13:34. He also wins Olympic Silver in the 100m breaststroke and as part of Canada’s 4x100m medley relay team; also wins two Golds at the 1986 Commonwealth Games, Gold at the 1986 World Championships and Silver as part of the 4 x 100m medley relay at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. [Canapress Photo]


And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...

George Parkin Grant 1918-1988
philosopher, was born on this day at Toronto in 1918; died in Halifax Sept 27, 1988. Grant was educated at Queen’s and Oxford universities; 1947-60 taught philosophy at Dalhousie; 1960-80 Chairman of the Department of Religion at McMaster; 1980 returned to Dalhousie to teach political science and classics; works include 1959 Philosophy in the Mass Age, a discussion of religion and technology; 1965 Lament for a Nation, in which, as a pessimistic Red Tory, he mourns what he sees as Canada’s slide into the maw of the American liberal empire; 1974 English Speaking Justice, where he says technological progress has replaced freedom and justice as our main social foundation; 1979 Technology and Empire, a critique of Vietnam and modern ideology; 1986 Technology and Justice.Also Pierre Bédard 1762-1829
lawyer, politician, was born on this day at Charlesbourg, Quebec, in 1762; died at Trois-Rivières, Apr. 26, 1829. Bédard was called to the Quebec bar in 1790; 1792 first elected to the Assembly of Lower Canada for Northumberland; a leader of the growing Parti canadien, in opposition to the Chateau Clique; 1806 helped found the Le Canadien newspaper; 1810 arrested and jailed with other staff of Le Canadien by Governor Sir James Craig, after writing critical commentary; released without being brought to trial; 1812 appointed to the bench.

Also Charles Constantine 1849-1912
soldier, police officer, was born on this day at Bradford, Yorkshire, England, in 1849; died at Long Beach, California, May 05, 1912, while on leave. Constantine came to Canada as a young man; 1870 member of the Red River Expedition; stayed in Manitoba and became chief of the Manitoba Provincial Police; 1885 served in the North West Rebellion; Inspector in the North-West Mounted Police; 1894 sent to the Yukon to control abuses by the miners; 1895 commanded 20 man NWMP detachment in the Yukon, and helped maintain the law and Canadian sovereignty when gold was discovered in 1896; 1903 he led first NWMP expedition to western Arctic; set up detachments at Fort McPherson and Herschel Island.

Also John MacIntosh Lyle 1872-1945
architect, urban planner, teacher, was born on this day at Connor, Ireland, in 1872; died at Toronto Dec. 19, 1945. Lyle came to Canada as a boy, attended Hamilton School of Art, trained as an architect at the Yale School of the Arts; 1894 attended l’École des beaux-arts in Paris; 1894-1906 architect in New York; 1906 designed Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre; 1913-27 Toronto’s Union Station; 1923 Memorial Arch, Royal Military College in Kingston; 1923-24 Bank of Nova Scotia in Ottawa; 1930 Runnymede Library, Toronto; 1936 Dominion Coin Competition (animal and leaf motifs).

Also Thomas Raddall 1903-1994
writer, was born on this day at Hythe, England, in 1903; died at Liverpool, Nova Scotia Apr. 01, 1994. Raddall came to Nova Scotia as a boy. Short story collections: The Pied Piper of Dipper Creek and Other Tales (1939, Governor General’s Award, 1943); The Dreamers (1986). Historical novels: His Majesty’s Yankees (1942); The Governor’s Lady (1960). Non-fiction: The Nymph and the Lamp (1950, about his time as a Sable Island radio operator after World War I); Halifax, Warden of the North (1948, Governor General’s Award); In My Time (1976, autobiography).

Also Madeleine Sherwood 1922-
actor, was born on this day in 1922. Sherwood played the Mother Superior in The Flying Nun.

Also Gérald Godin 1938-1994
poet, Parti québécois politician, was born on this day at Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, in 1938; died Oct. 12, 1994 after a 10 year battle with a brain tumor. Godin published his first collection Chansons très naïves in 1960, followed by Poèmes et Cantos (1962), Nouveaux poèmes (1963), Les Cantouques (1967), Libertés surveillées (1975), Sarzènes (1983), Soirs sans atout (1986), Ils ne demandaient qu’à brûler (1987). In 1975 he became head of the St-Jean Baptiste Society; worked as a researcher, then head of news at Radio-Canada from 1963-69; journalist at Québec-Presse de 1969-74; taught journalism at l’Universit&eaute; de Montréal and UQAM 1975-76; writer in residence at l’Université d’Ottawa 1976-1977; wrote for Macleans, La Presse, Le Journal de Montréal, Canadian Forum, Montreal Star; 1977 elected for the PQ in Mercier, beating Robert Bourassa; minister in Levesque and Pierre-Marc Johnson cabinets 1980-89.

Also Wayne Parker 1960-
rock bass guitarist, was born on this day in 1960. Parker played with the group Glass Tiger.

Also Mark Fitzpatrick 1968-
NHL goaltender, was born on this day at Toronto in 1968; selected as underage junior by Los Angeles Kings in second round (27th pick overall) of 1987 NHL Entry Draft; selected by Florida Panthers in the 1993 NHL Expansion Draft; now plays for Chicago Blackhawks.

In Other Events…
1997 Denver Colorado – Maple Ridge, BC, baseball outfielder Larry Walker chosen as most valuable player in the National League, with 22 of 28 first-place votes by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America; Colorado Rockies star the first Canadian to win MVP (no Canadian has won the award in the American League); led the NL with 49 home runs in 1997, placed third in RBIs with 130 and second to Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres in batting race with a .366 average; led the major leagues with a .720 slugging percentage and had 409 total bases, more than anyone in baseball since Stan Musial had 429 in 1948. Walker broke into the majors with the Montreal Expos; according to Felipe Alou, Walker’s winning means the book is now almost closed on the 1994 Expos team that was in first place at the time of the players strike before being dismantled in a spring-training fire sale.
1995 Vancouver BC – Izzy Asper’s Can West Global Communications Corp. launches $636-million takeover bid for WlC Western International Communications Ltd.; attempt to form Canada’s third national television network.
1992 Hollywood California – Winnipeg’s Keanu Reeves stars in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, directed by Francis Ford Coppola; with Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder and Anthony Hopkins.
1992 Montreal Quebec – Benoit Bouchard announces $2.5 m funding for 5 university research centres to study family violence and child abuse; at site of University of Montreal massacre in 1989.
1992 Ottawa Ontario – Jack Major appointed to Supreme Court of Canada replacing fellow Albertan William Stevenson; 61 year old ex partner of Premier Lougheed; from Alberta Court of Appeal.
1990 Montreal Quebec – Montreal invests $15 million to save the Expos baseball team.
1988 Quebec – CEGEP students end strike in Quebec community colleges.
1985 Ottawa Ontario – National Research Council develops world’s first microwave oven for thawing plasma; in collaboration with the Red Cross.
1985 Burbank California – André-Philippe Gagnon appears on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, doing his imitations.
1984 Ottawa Ontario – Pierre Trudeau receives the $50,000 Albert Einstein Peace Prize.
1981 Space – Canadarm remote manipulator performs flawlessly in four hours of tests on board the space shuttle Columbia STS-2; Canada’s $100 million robot arm made by Spar Aerospace in Toronto; tests include manual and automatic modes of operation, ease of control, operation of joints and positioning accuracy; its wrist-mounted camera also put through its paces.
1979 Yellowknife NWT – Radio station CJCD goes on the air in Yellowknife; first private radio station in the North West Territories.
1976 New York City – Gordon Lightfoot’s ‘The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald’ peaks at #1 on the Billboard hit singles chart.
1976 Edmonton Alberta – The Citadel opens the first phase of its new theatre complex, with its Shoctor, Rice and Zeidler theatres; founded in 1965 by Joseph Shoctor in the old Salvation Army Citadel; in 1984, Citadel Phase II will open, with the Maclab, a 700-seat thrust theatre, the Tucker, a 150-seat open-air amphitheatre, and 3 other theatres linked by an indoor tropical garden and waterfall.
1974 Montreal Quebec – Mario Tremblay plays his first NHL game in a Canadiens uniform.
1974 Toronto Ontario – Queen’s Park cancels contract with West German Kraus-Maffei firm for $25 million urban transit system.
1973 Montreal Quebec – Henry Morgentaler 1923- acquitted in Montreal of having performed an illegal abortion; despite admitting carrying out 6,000 other abortions.
1968 Montreal Quebec – FLQ bomb explodes at Domtar factory.
1965 Grand Rapids Manitoba – Manitoba Hydro opens generating station at Grand Rapids.
1964 Ottawa Ontario – Canada ratifies International Labour Organization Convention against job discrimination; on grounds of colour, race, religion, sex, politics, nationality.
1950 Grenoble, France – Canadian Curtiss-Reid DC 4 crashes, killing all 58 passengers.
1944 Ottawa Ontario – William C. Ives chairs Royal Commission on Taxation of Annuities and Family Corporations; reports March 29, 1945.
1939 London England – Lt. Gen. Henry Duncan Graham Crerar 1888-1965 sets up Canadian Military HQ in London; to coordinate move of First Canadian Division to Britain.
1871 Victoria BC – John Foster McCreight sworn in as first Premier of the Province of British Columbia; replaced by Amor de Cosmos Dec. 23, 1872.
1838 Boucherville Quebec – Boucherville rebels disperse on the arrival of the militia.
1837 Montreal Quebec – Louis-Joseph Papineau flees Montreal in disguise after a warrant is issued for his arrest.
1775 Montreal Quebec – American Revolutionary General Richard Montgomery 1736-1775 enters Montreal through the Recollets Gates.
1775 Quebec Quebec – Benedict Arnold 1738-1789 arrives before QuŽbec with only 700 of his original troop of 1100 men, after a hard trip from New England via the Kennebec and Chaudière Rivers; crosses St. Lawrence to Plains of Abraham; repulsed at St Louis Gate; waits for Richard Montgomery to join him.
1760 St-Malo, France – Some Montreal militia delivered in transport ships to St-Malo after the fall of New France.
1757 New Brunswick/Nova Scotia – Some Acadians go into exile in Quebec.
1673 Quebec Quebec – First suggestion of the beaver as an emblem of Canada.
1613 Annapolis, Nova Scotia – Samuel Argall c1572-c1641 leaves Port-Royal after putting French settlements in Acadia to the torch.
1612 Paris France – Henri de Bourbon, prince de Condé, named Viceroy of New France.

<!– “Our stodginess has made us a society of greater simplicity, formality, and perhaps even innocence than the people to the south.”
George P. Grant
Lament for a Nation

Today in Canadian History is written, compiled, edited and produced by Ottawa Researchers © 1984-2002.

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