On This Day


November 27

maple leaf Today's Canadian Headline...
1977 SWEET CONNECTS FOR SIX IN GREY CUPMontreal Quebec – – Don Sweet kicks Cup record six field goals and scores Cup record 23 points as Marv Levy’s CFL Montreal Alouettes beat the Edmonton Eskimos 41-6 in the 65th Grey Cup game.

Also On This Day...

Port Robinson, Ontario – William Hamilton Merritt opens Welland Canal from Port Dalhousie to Port Robinson; engineered by Samuel Keefer; to Port Colborne in 1833; deepened in 1841; enlarged in 1850; replaced by the new Welland Canal, with a depth of nine metres, in 1932.


And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...

Sheila Copps 1952-
politician, born at Hamilton in 1952, the daughter of perennial Hamilton Mayor Vic Copps. After working for the Ottawa Citizen and Hamilton Spectator, Copps ran for a seat in Queen’s Park in 1977. She was defeated, but after a stint working for Liberal leader Stuart Smith, she won a seat in 1981. In 1982, after coming second to David Peterson in the leadership race, she switched to federal politics, and was elected for the Liberal Party in Hamilton East during the Mulroney sweep. With Brian Tobin and John Nunziata, a trio called the Rat Pack, she harried the PC government with disruptive tactics. She ran for the leadership against Jean Chrétien in 1990, was appointed to Cabinet as Minister of the Environment after the 1993 election; currently Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Canadian Heritage.Also Yves Thériault 1915-1983
writer, born on this day at Quebec City in 1915; died at Joliette, Quebec, Oct. 20, 1983. Thériault is famous for his novel Agaguk, published in 1958 and translated into 7 languages.

Also Jacques Godbout 1933-
novelist, filmmaker, poet, born on this day at Montreal. Godbout worked for the National Film Board; 1959 co-founder of Liberté; 1962 helped found the Mouvement laique de la langue française; 1977 helped found the Union des écrivains québecois. His films include Yul 871, Kid Sentiment, Ixe 13, La Gammik, and over 16 documentaries; novels include: L’Aquarium (1962), Le Couteau sur la table (1965), Salut Galarneau! (1967), D’amour, P.Q. (1972), L’Isle au dragon (1976), Les Têtes à Papineau (1981) and Une Histoire américaine (1986).

Also Nicole Brossard 1943-
writer, publisher, feminist, was born on this day at Montreal in 1943. Brossard founded the literary magazine La Barre du jour in 1965; poetry collections include Le Centre blanc (1970), Suite logique (1970), Mécanique jongleuse suivi de masculin grammaticale (1974, Governor General’s Award), Double impression (1984, Governor General’s Award).

Also Garry Valk 1967-
NHL left winger, born on this day at Edmonton, Alberta, in 1976; selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the sixth round (108th pick overall) of the 1987 NHL Entry Draft; selected by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the 1993 NHL Waiver Draft; traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for J.J. Daigneault, Feb. 21, 1997.

Also Chad Kilger 1976-
NHL centre, born on this day at Cornwall, Ontario, in 1976; selected by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the first round (fourth pick overall) of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft’ traded by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks with Oleg Tverdovsky, and a 1996 third-round pick to the Winnipeg Jets for Teemu Selanne, the rights to Marc Chouinard, and a 1996 fourth round draft pick on Feb. 8, 1996; now with Chicago Blackhawks; son of Bob Kilger, a former NHL referee (1970-80) Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.

In Other Events…
1994 Vancouver BC – David Richie’s British Columbia Lions beat Baltimore Stallions 26-23 to win 82nd CFL Grey Cup game; first Grey Cup game with a US expansion team.
1989 St. John’s Newfoundland – Congregation of Christian Brothers close their Mount Cashel Orphanage for Boys in St. John’s after 90 years. Nine current and former Christian Brothers of the Roman Catholic lay teaching order are charged with child abuse, and a judicial inquiry is under way.
1988 Ottawa Ontario – Mike Riley’s underdog Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeat British Columbia Lions 22-21 to win 76th Grey Cup game; first to feature two Western CFL teams.
1986 Ottawa Ontario – Iona Campagnolo 1932- retires after 4 years as President of the Liberal Party of Canada.
1983 Vancouver BC – Bob O’Billovich’s Toronto Argonauts beat British Columbia Lions 18-17 to win 71st CFL Grey Cup game. This is the first indoor Grey Cup game, under the BC Place dome, and the first Argo victory in 31 years.
1975 Ottawa Ontario – National Defence to buy fleet of new long-range patrol aircraft for almost $1 billion; plus modern tanks for European land forces.
1967 Manitoba – Walter C. Weir 1929- succeeds Duff Roblin as Progressive Conservative Premier of Manitoba.
1965 Toronto Ontario – Ralph Sazio’s CFL Hamilton Tiger Cats beat Winnipeg Blue Bombers 22-16 in 53rd Grey Cup game.
1961 Ottawa Ontario – Arturo Frondizi President of Argentina starts four-day visit to Ottawa.
1961 Detroit Michigan – Gordie Howe becomes the first hockey pro to play in 1,000 NHL games.
1960 Toronto Ontario – Gordie Howe scores his 1,000th point with an assist as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Toronto Maple Leafs.
1956 Melbourne Australia – Donald Arnold, Ignace d’Hondt, Lorne Loomer and Archie MacKinnon win a rowing Gold medal for Canada in Coxless Fours (four-oared shell without coxswain) at the Melbourne Olympic Games.
1954 Toronto Ontario – Pop Ivy’s CFL Edmonton Eskimos beat Montreal Alouettes 26-25 to win the 42nd Grey Cup match; game famous for Hunsinger fumble.
1952 London England – Louis Stephen St. Laurent 1882-1973 attends two-week long Commonwealth Conference in London.
1948 Toronto Ontario – Calgary Stampeders beat Ottawa Roughriders 12-7 in 36th Grey Cup game. Hundreds of Calgary fans made the three-day train trip to Toronto, breaking into a spontaneous square-dance as they arrived, bringing a real chuckwagon and team of horses.
1947 Montreal Quebec – Camilien Houde re-elected Mayor of Montreal by acclamation; had spent some of the war years interned at Camp Petawawa.
1944 Ottawa Ontario – Air Minister C.G. ‘Chubby’ Power quits King cabinet in protest against conscription.
1943 Toronto Ontario – Hamilton Flying Wildcats beat Winnipeg Bombers 23-14 in 31st Grey Cup game.
1898 Yarmouth Nova Scotia – East Coast gale sinks S.S. Portland, drowning 91; 400 other Maritimers killed by the same storm.
1896 Ottawa Ontario – Clifford Sifton 1861-1929 put in charge of immigration; MP for Brandon and Minister of the Interior to 1905; starts hard sell promotion to lure settlers from US and Europe.
1885 Battleford Saskatchewan – Wandering Spirit hanged outside Fort Battleford with 7 other Crees; for the murders at Frog Lake on April 1; last public execution in Canada; in his statement, Wandering Spirit blamed the CPR as the main cause of his peoples’ sufferings because the railway brought many settlers to the region.
1861 Montreal Quebec – First streetcars in Montreal make their debut.
1860 Montreal Quebec – Christ Church Anglican Cathedral completed.
1860 Montreal Quebec – Christ Church Anglican Cathedral completed.
1837 St-Charles, Quebec – Funeral for 24 Patriotes killed at St-Charles in battle with British troops.
1645 Quebec Quebec – First violin played in New France.

<!– “Steam has exerted an influence over matter which can only be compared to that which the discovery of Printing has exercised upon the mind. These two great discoveries – pillars of cloud and fire which have brought us out of the mental wilderness of the dark and middle ages – have combined to supply the mind with daily food and to illustrate the value of time.”
T. C. Keefer
Canal & Railway Engineer
The Philosophy of Railroads

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


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